The CorridorThe East-West corridor is a concept that has been around almost since the incorporation of Highland. The idea is that there would someday be a need for traffic to get easily across the river from the Alpine Highway to 4800 West. The problem has always been the park that was built by the developmental center for the use of the handicapped kids and the Tri-City Golf course that was built by American Fork, Lehi and Pleasant Grove both with State and Federal money. To change the use of those properties to anything other than their original intent is so cost prohibitive that an economically feasible route has never been found. To add to the original problem the existing streets from the Alpine Highway West to 7200 West close to where the intended route across the river was did not have the necessary right-of-way. So a new street was planned and the route was charted through vacant property to be constructed with an adequate right-of way as the property developed. This would not effect any existing homes and those who moved into new homes along the route would realize that the street was much wider than a normal residential street and be aware of the eventual use.
9600 NORTHThe recent discussions regarding 9600 North were prompted by its tentative designation as the regional East West corridor by MAG (Mountainland Association of Governments) and the Cities published intention to include this designation as a part of the master plan. Currently this is only a planning concept which is long term, meaning not to take place for a fairly long time, however, the recent rapid growth in the region and the fact that the chairman of the MAG committee is our own Mayor lends validity to this concept and makes if much more likely to be acted upon.
Congestion at 4800 WestThe students attending Lone Peak High School create congestion on 4800 West and 11000 N (SR92) just before the start of school and just after school dismisses each day for about forty-five minutes to an hour. This, along with the proposed Wal-Mart in Cedar Hills, has prompted the resurgence of the East West issue . The school transportation issue is one that has a changing dynamic. As the growth has taken place the School District has made plans for the construction of a new High School to the West of Highland. Currently the high school students who live North of 10400 North attend Lone Peak and those who live South of 10400 North attend American Fork High. This will change with the new High School and go a long way to solving the traffic problem at Lone Peak as it will remove the need for those students to travel eastward to Lone Peak from western Highland. Also, the State is currently in the planning stages of widening 11000 North and 4800 West to five lanes (two each direction and a center turn lane). This will also mitigate the congestion at the beginning and end of each school day in that intersection.