KEARNS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - It's expensive, dangerous, and a frustrating on-going problem for some Kearns residents. They're fed up with out-of-control drivers constantly running down their backyard fences.
The problem is near 4800 South Joaquin Street and those homeowners want something done before someone gets hurt..
The section of 5600 West near 4800 South is steeper than it looks. The speed limit is 50 miles per hour and cars simply going too fast or slipping on ice are slamming right into fences on the side of the road.
Mary Dais showed us her backyard, which goes right up to the busy street. Half of her fence is destroyed. After replacing it at least three times she's fed up with how expensive this problem is getting, but she's more upset at the safety hazard to her family. Dais says, “I'm worried one of our kids is going to be in the backyard next time one goes through.”
Dais says she wants the state or county to help solve this traffic problem and provide better protection to her property. She says, “I would love them to put a retaining wall up here something to keep the cars out of our yard.”
Since 5600 West is a state road we talked with the Utah Department of Transportation. Spokesman Adan Carillo says, “UDOT has the jurisdiction of maintaining roadways basically from curb to curb.” That means the sidewalk and fencing is not their responsibility. We did ask if UDOT would install signs to put drivers on alert. Carillo says, “Not at this point.”
We then talked with Salt Lake County officials who say they are responsible for the sidewalk, but their engineers will need to determine where the fence line is. Once that is established they'll know if the county has jurisdiction over the fences as well or if that falls on the homeowners.
County engineers will be assessing the area in the next several weeks. Depending on what they find they may work with the Kearns Community Council to come up with a short term solution.