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2007 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Excellence in Ecosystems, Habitat, and Wildlife:

Legacy Parkway and Nature Preserve

This 14-mile, four-lane, limited access divided highway provides an important alternate route for Northern Utah commuters. The project resulted in a unique environmental mitigation project: the Legacy Nature Preserve. A collaborative design team working with the public incorporated many unique and innovative features into the final parkway design. Some of the features included observation points and trailheads along with roadside pull-off lots, landscaping with native species, use of vegetated berms for screening, connections to other trails and communities and designing narrower paved portions of the roadway. UDOT found that they could meet their safety standards while also designing a roadway which was aesthetically compatible with the local communities and protected the environmental integrity of the area. The Legacy Nature Preserve, restores and preserves over 2,100 acres of important wetland and wildlife habitat from encroaching development and provides buffers that are important to the survivability of wildlife along the Great Salt Lake. By enhancing and maintaining the wetlands, habitat values, and uplands to maximize their use by a diverse array of vegetation and migratory species UDOT is ensuring that the outstanding environmental resources around the Great Salt Lake will be available for future generations.

Project Contributors:

  • Utah Department of Transportation
    John Thomas
  • Federal Highway Administration, Utah Division
    Greg Punske
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Jason Gibson
2 photos of wetlands ecosystem, Airplane view of Legacy Parkway, Utah, and view of open field in Nature Preserve
Updated: 10/25/2012
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