ABC4 found out that the area is controlled by UDOT and the county. Both are responsible for building a wall that could solve this problem and keep neighbors safe too. The problem? The mile long concrete barrier that would protect the neighborhood along 5600 West would cost more than a million dollars...and neither agency has the cash.
“We don't have the funds available at this time,” Philip Bernal, Associated Director of Public Works for Salt Lake County told our cameras and continued, “In these tight economic times, we're not sure when it's going to happen."
Kevin Lundy from the Kearns Community Council says there have been 12 crashes too many here in the past few years, “It's really a concern that we have had had for a long time,” Lundy told ABC4.
Lundy and the community want a concrete barrier, and although they've voted and asked the county and the state, they are still waiting.
ABC4 also spoke with State Senator Karen Mayne, she told us that this isn't a new problem but it's one that needs to be solved. Some ideas being discussed are building that expensive barrier in pieces and possibly place more speed signs in the area.
For now the county says folks just need to slow down, and have asked police to crack down on speeders in the area.
And neighbors are left to hope and pray nothing more serious than a broken fence happens.