- The pavement is new, smooth, and quiet
- Traffic is just a little slower at 55 MPH, a more relaxed drive. The UHP was patroling for speeders and drivers for the most part were probably keeping it under 65. No aggressive drivers.
- You are surrounded by fields, you feel like you are driving out in the country instead of a concrete high speed freeway.
- No concrete "sound" walls blocking views of the mountains.
- The nature trails running alongside the parkway are occupied by numerous walkers, joggers, bikers.
- I discovered some new wetlands that are accessible by car
- The overpasses are aesthetically designed for beauty as well as function.
- The curving road truly does give you interesting views and makes it kind of fun to drive. It would be fun to drive fast on those curves, I'll admit, but I do like that 55 MPH limit.
There are only a couple of things I don't like:
- There are lots of small animals getting hit by cars. Hopefully, the wildlife will adapt to the parkway.
- There is no entrance or exit to North Salt Lake. Somehow I missed that little important fact during the construction. Since the parkway begins in NSL, I had just assumed we would be the first on-ramp from the south. I have to use 500 South in Bountiful. Not as convenient as I would have liked.
I have to compliment our state for this new parkway. If we must build more freeways to carry thousands of more drivers through sensitive environments, this is an example of a good compromise. And it's a pleasure for a driver.