The Layton City Council held a special meeting on Oct. 17, 2013 where residents with concerns about the extension of Antelope Drive to U.S. 89 could interact with City Staff and also with UDOT.
However, the plan to extend Layton’s Antelope Drive eastward to Highway 89 is not a new proposal. In fact, it has been in Layton City’s master road plan for 36 years, since 1977.
Layton City sent a letter to UDOT in 1977 that stated: “Layton City has adopted as part of its master road plan the extension of Antelope Drive eastward to connect with State Highway No. 89.”
If you were to look at a 1970 Layton map, it shows that Antelope Drive only went as far east as where Church Street intersects it today. It has previously been extended eastward, though not to its ultimate destination – Highway 89.
Antelope Drive began as a small, rural two-lane road with farms on both sides. It was originally called “Syracuse Road.” Resident mail then was delivered by Rural Free Delivery or RFD routes. The main business on the road was Harris Dairy. Another farmer actually raised a small herd of reindeer.
Changes to Antelope Drive came in the 1960s as I-15 was constructed. At that time, an overpass was built, but not an interchange. North Layton Junior High School opened in 1969 along Antelope Drive.
By 1976, Davis Hospital was open and the Freeport Center to the west was growing. UDOT responded to the need and a full interchange was built at Antelope Drive. Also, Antelope Drive was widened to four lanes, from Main Street to Hill Field Road. Many homes along this stretch were either purchased and demolished, or lost their front yards. (Later, rapid retail development meant even more homes were bought and taken out.)
NOTE: Anytime someone is considering purchasing a new home, or property, it is always wise to check with Layton City’s Planning Department to see what the City’s Zoning and Master Plan contains for the area. This includes checking current zoning – especially for vacant lots – and seeing what future status roads and the area may have.
SOURCE: “Environmental Assessment: Syracuse Road Interchange,” by UDOT, 1977.