Utah's first flex lanes system opens on 5400 South in Taylorsville

About 40,000 vehicles drive along 2-mile stretch each day

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  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 5:59 p.m.

    I've watched over the last week as the lights have been turned on.

    At least two accidents have already been caused by the changing flex lanes from 1900 W to 2200 west. I've watched drivers ignore the red "X's" and drive down the wrong lane.

    AND, about 1/4 of the directional lights have already failed- green arrow lights on the right hand sides of the road have been out for nearly a week.

    I've seen drivers who misunderstand the white turn arrows at intersections as the turn signals and turn against the red turn arrows, partly because the traffic flow indicator lights are 5x brighter than the traffic signal lights at the intersections.

    UDOT went against the wishes of Taylorsville residents and put the Flex lanes in anyway. The traffic jams in the mornings and evenings at the intersections of Redwood and 5400 S and at Bangerter and 5400 S were primarily relieved by the continuous flow intersections. There really wasn't much of a need for the Flex lanes after that.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 2:40 a.m.

    Don't see any advantage to what this road does, other than increase road rage because it created a speed up and stop traffic jam on both ends of the road going nowhere. Its like installing an artery ready to rupture in a space limited by driving conditions and the new suicide intersections that further restricts traffic in the city. They would have been better off making 5400 so and 6200 s one way roads that business and road rage can adapt to.

    I can see Taylorsville being turned in to a blights in the valley where no business will want to be and those here will leave and have nothing and all the buildings along this road will be empty. This flex lane has put more road blocks in so small businesses cannot benefit from this change. This road and the suicide intersections have been installed in Taylorsville without any thought about what its going to do with its business districts.

    Talk about turning off the lights of business and industry, wasteful UDOT spending like this can do the trick.