The city of Orem may be expanding in many ways, but residents want some areas of the city to retain an undeveloped, country flavor.
One example is Carterville Road, which is pretty much off-limits to future expansion thanks to a decision by the Orem City Council to give the road a "rural" designation and to create a cul-de-sac at about 200 South.Dwane J. Sykes, who lives on Carterville Road, represented the Carterville Neighborhood Committee and supported the council's decision.
"We would request that the council do everything possible to prevent any future increase in traffic," Sykes said.
According to Sykes, the neighborhood committee has been in existence for more than 15 years and the residents there are committed to keeping the road "a quaint, quiet country lane."
Ted Thaxton from Orem's Public Works Department explained that the "rural" designation is new. It requires that the street have at least a 26-foot wide driving area and it is not required to have curb, sidewalks or gutter.
"This is a unique street in Orem and it is our feeling that we ought to maintain its rural setting," Thaxton said.
He added that it would be nearly impossible to upgrade the road because a lot of private property would have to be purchased to make necessary improvements.
The council also voted unamimously to create a cul-de-sac at about 200 South and connect Carter-ville Road with Center Street by a bike and walking path.
Councilman James Evans said, "If we are going to do something, we should do it now to show future developers that we are serious" about maintaining the condition of the area.
A traffic study performed by The Sear-Brown Group showed that most of the traffic is south of the proposed cul-de-sac.
"We see no notable negative traffic impact to the section of Carterville Road if this action (creating the cul-de-sac) is taken," the report said.
Ott Dameron, director of Public Works, also noted that possible future residential development in the area would not cause a major increase in the traffic flow.