Logan Municipal Council considers vacating 700 North

The Logan Municipal Council is considering vacating 700 North at Utah State University. Vacating means the city gives this stretch of road to the adjoining property owners, which is in this case the university.The section of 700 North in question, from 800 East to 1200 East, is a large city block that runs through USU’s campus. Darrell Hart, associate vice president of USU Facilities, said the crosswalks are the main reason the city is considering vacating the road. Students have been conditioned to use several crosswalks along 700 North, Hart said.”Our students crisscross that street pretty much the whole length of the street,” Hart said.These crosswalks don’t fit the city’s definition of a crosswalk. If the city were to continue to occupy this stretch of road, the students would have to cross the street only at the stop lights on either end of campus, Hart said.During a Logan Municipal Council meeting May 18, Mayor Randy Watts voiced his concern that vacating the road would leave any future decisions to close 700 North up to USU officials. He said the city’s emergency vehicles rely on 700 North.However, Hart said the university doesn’t have any plans to close the road. Hart said service vehicles, students coming to-and-from the university, parents bringing their kids to the Edith Bowen Lab School on campus and others also rely on 700 North and use it frequently.Closing 700 North to vehicles “would get too complicated, Hart said. However, should the university decide to rethink this stretch of road in the future, Hart said the university will have discussions with city officials to decide on the best course of action.

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