Quoting a recent article in the Millcreek Journal:
A joint effort of Kearns community officials, Salt Lake County, UDOT and local contractors has resulted in construction of a decorative concrete sound wall on the east side of the road, between 5400 and 4800 South. Officials met on Aug. 20 to cut a ribbon symbolizing completion of just the first phase of the project.
Former KCC chairman Chuck McDowell, who helped lead the effort to get the wall project started, said “we’ve always seen this as a major thoroughfare for the valley, I can’t begin to tell you how grateful we are for this.” He praised the efforts of late state Sen. Ed Mayne, and “by extension, his wife Sen. Karen Mayne,” for their work on getting funding approved and the wall constructed.
“These are long-term friendships we have with the residents in Kearns,” Karen Mayne said. “Ed always saw the needs for the west side and fought for us.” The improvements along 5600 West, including expansion of the road to four lanes, was always a priority for Ed Mayne, she said.