KAYSVILLE - Plans are moving ahead for a new stop light at the intersection of 200 North and Fairfield Road in Kaysville, after the city council approved an agreement for design services at the site.
Increased traffic is anticipated at the intersection with the construction of a new county library along 200 North, just to the south of Heritage Park. The entrance to the library will be along Fairfield Road, at the parking entrance now used for the park’s playground and splash pad facilities.
After considerable discussion, the council approved an agreement with Avenue Consultants to design the signalized intersection.
City manager John Thacker said he hopes the intersection can be complete “this season.” He said it will be paid for by impact fees that have already been accrued and are available to pay for both design and construction. Impact fees are paid when new homes and businesses pay building fees.
Because Fairfield Road does not align with 100 East, the design is complicated and city council members discussed at length various options for people turning left onto 200 North from 100 East.
Discussion also centered on whether painting a double yellow line to prevent traffic from crossing 200 North west of the intersection would be as effective as installing a raised median.
In the end, four council members voted in favor of the yellow lines, the option recommended by John Thacker, city manager. Council member Brett Garlick abstained from voting, expressing a concern that the cheapest option might not be the best in this case. Garlick supported a raised median, something Mayor Steve Hiatt said he “adamantly opposed.”
“The experts -- the traffic engineers -- have said this works best without the median,” said Hiatt.
As it is now designed, the lanes will be separated by double yellow lines and if that is inadequate, medians can be added later.
“I like the incremental approach,” said Thacker. The option he recommended is the “most readily expandable ... without any loss of the improvements installed.”
City engineer Andy Thompson said 10,000 cars travel 200 North each day. Only 2 percent of the total turn left off of 100 East.
“Let’s see how it functions,” said Thacker of the option recommended by city staff, “and then add other improvements ... We’ll study it again.”
Also at the council’s Jan. 21 meeting, Eric Myrberg challenged a council decision made last year to accept Pine Cove Lane as a city street. Hiatt said city leaders would talk with the city attorney about revisiting the decision.
The council also considered a request from Bruce Montrone to close a portion of Ashford Drive near Windsor Lane in the summer to prevent access to the secluded area that has become something of a hangout. Winter access would be allowed for snow plows, but gates were proposed for summer months.
Council members asked city staff to contact neighbors in the area to get their feedback before considering the request further.