Beautification project on eastside 400 North on hold

About a year ago the cobra-style street lights that had been in place for decades on Logan’s 400 North near the University were replaced by more attractive, soothing street lights that transform the four-lane thoroughfare to look more like an old-town avenue.

According to Logan Mayor Craig Petersen, the city has received many compliments about the change. But on KVNU’s Speak to the Mayor hour on <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>For the People on Wednesday</a>, he said another improvement project will probably go on the ‘back burner’ for now.

Mayor Petersen said, “one of the plans we’d had would put some medians along 400 North for beautification, also to calm traffic. And we had that actually planned and put it out to bid this summer and we had a Community Development Block Grant funds and some other money.

“The architects’ estimate was that the project would cost about $380,000, which is not a trivial sum but at least we had identified the money. We got the bids back, we got a single bid. And the single bid was $650,000.”

The mayor said that seems to be characteristic of what’s happening right now with construction as activity is way up and other communities have experienced something similar. So that project has been put on hold for now and the money that was allocated will instead go to a sidewalk project in another part of town.

Mayor Petersen also paid tribute to two long-time KVNU broadcasters about to be inducted into the Utah Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

“I just wanted to comment…I’ve known Al and Jennie for a long time in a lot of different ways. And I really applaud this, they’ve been great contributors to the community. Jennie and I have been on her Cross Talk show many times; she covers the city council. And Al has been the voice of USU Sports.”

That induction ceremony for Al Lewis and Jennie Christensen is Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Riverwoods Conference Center and a public reception will follow from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

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