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Controversy growing over expanding road in Draper

DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A road in Draper is expanding and so is the controversy surrounding it. Some people are upset about the city's plan to widen a section of 132nd South. It was part of a pointed discussion during Tuesday night's city council meeting.

DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A road in Draper is expanding and so is the controversy surrounding it. Some people are upset about the city's plan to widen a section of 132nd South. It was part of a pointed discussion during Tuesday night's city council meeting. 


"Just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should do it," said Derek Coulter, Draper resident.  


Some people in Draper aren't happy with the city's plan to expand the road on 132nd South. 


"I'm very, very frustrated," said Brittney Hansen, Draper resident. 


"It's extremely disappointing, it looks bad, it smells bad, they've negotiated in bad faith and there's no two ways about it," said Coulter. 


On Tuesday people expressed their frustration to the city council. Draper resident Derek Coulter tells Reporter Brian Carlson the city wants to widen the road on 132nd between Fort Street and 13th East from roughly 21 feet to 66 feet, but that means dozens of trees will be torn down and some people who own houses along 132nd would lose a significant portion of their yards.  


"They're shortening our front yard to where we can't park our big trucks, we own a business and we can't park in the front yard at all," said Hansen. 


"Here's where the road ends now, but if I walk off the distance of where the expanded road is going to be, you can see how much property this road is going to take up. It goes all the way from where I was standing to this marker roughly 15 feet from the front of this house," said Reporter Brian Carlson. 


Tuesday the city council unanimously authorized the use of eminent domain to move the project forward. 


"We continue to receive comment, I think we've done that very well, very thoroughly," said Jeff Stenquist, Draper City Council member. 


Coulter agrees the roadwork needs to be done, but he doesn't like the way the city has handled the situation. 


"It seems to be completely and procedurally wrong," said Coulter.   


It's important to note, ABC 4 Utah tried to connect with the city council to hear more of their side, but they couldn't immediately comment before the deadline of this story. 


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