By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Preston City is finalizing plans to open 400 East at U.S. 91. The access to the highway was at one time open, but closed several years ago after a federally funded highway-widening project was completed.
Mayor F. Lee Hendrickson said he has met again with the state highway department who is in favor of returning the intersection to the way it was prior to its closure.
“The state is concerned about the safety of students who are dropped off near the intersection onto Preston School District property. We are working with school officials to discuss the possibility of installing fencing or gates to help solve the problem,” he said.
Adjacent property owners have indicated a desire to reopen the intersection. “We’re working with a landowner who has recently purchased property and plans to open a business. We told them if they cannot obtain permission from the state for access to their property off of the highway that they could access it off of 400 East where it is most convenient for them,” the mayor said.
City engineer Derek Kimball said the highway department would prefer a 90-degree angled entrance onto the highway, but added that isn’t feasible.
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