South Jordan officials celebrated the grand opening of 4800 West and approximately 9600 South with a ribbon-cutting on Monday, Nov. 17.
Residents will now be able to cross over Bingham Creek instead of having to drive around Glenmore Golf Course to reach Daybreak. City officials hope the three-quarter-mile-long road will draw traffic away from the often-congested Skye Drive and offer a link to the Mid Jordan Trax station at 4800 West and Old Bingham Highway.
Cheryl Gentle, who lives on 4800 West close to the new section, said she was apprehensive about building the road through a wildlife area and hopes to see some wildlife return soon.
“I know it’s going to be an access to the new regional park (Welby Park) when that appears in a couple of years. I’m also sorry that some of the natural habitat for foxes and the other animals in this area may not be as evident but, progress is what it is, and I’m glad to have the construction over with, that’s for sure,” she said.
Gentle said that she and the other neighbors who live around her are cautiously optimistic about the increased traffic along the new road. They hope traffic will stay at a minimum.
South Jordan Police Department Master Officer, Sam Winkler said that the police department will be patrolling traffic on the new road for a few months.
“We always encourage people who are driving a new section of road to drive slowly because they’re not aware of what’s going on around them. The road may be hilly or curvy, so take the extra time and slow down,” he said.
The finished project came in at just under $6 million, with 94 percent of the cost coming from federal funding. The remainder came from the city’s general fund, said Tina Brown, South Jordan’s public information officer.