New street name implemented decades after it was approved

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West Valley City • William Kendrick's great-grandparents homesteaded the property on 2515 West where he lives.

His grandparents were married there in 1896, he said, and his father put in the road that runs in front of the house in the 1970s.

And now the family name will be on the street sign at about 3050 South. The West Valley City Council has voted to name that stretch of road Kendrick Drive.

The change was requested because emergency services and others have a hard time on that part of 2515 West. The street coordinate is in three subdivisions and runs in all directions; it curves at what is now Kendrick Drive and runs parallel to 3100 South for a short distance.

West Valley City plans to install three Kendrick Drive signs, including one with a directional arrow.

The council vote, on Nov. 27, came almost 40 years after Salt Lake County agreed to the Kendrick Drive name. According to a West Valley City staff report, the county planning commission approved the request in September 1973.

"Why the name was not changed is not known, but a petition from residents living along this street at that time was reviewed and approved," the report says.

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