September 10, 2013 | Salt Lake Tribune | By Pamela Manson |
Farmington • The Davis County Commission voted Tuesday to ask the Utah Department of Transportation to work with local cities to provide “adequate on and off ramp access points” for the new West Davis Corridor freeway.
The commissioners voted 3-0 to send a letter to UDOT that includes the request. The letter also supports the process used by the agency to select the preferred route for the freeway and to gather information for a recently released draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
“UDOT has done an outstanding job of addressing the complex issues surrounding this West Davis Corridor Project,” the letter says. “To make this a funding priority to the State of Utah, we stand unified in offering our support and suggest that residents in Davis County get involved in the process by attending public meetings or engaging via other forums where they can help give additional input to obtain the best possible outcome for project design.”
The letter is an amended version of one approved in August that included recommendations for access points at either Clark Lane or Shepard Lane for the development around Station Park in Farmington and possibly at the new Highway 193 expansion. Commission Chairman John Petroff Jr. said those suggestions pinpointing locations caused some “consternation” for some residents so they were removed from the letter.
UDOT officials say they studied 46 early alternatives during a review process for the northwestern extension of Legacy Parkway. The selection process included getting public comment at open house and via email.
The preferred route, announced in May, starts at Glover Lane in Farmington, where the new freeway would have an interchange both with Legacy Parkway and Interstate 15. The agency hopes to make a final decision on routing next year.