As UDOT considers options for the West Davis Corridor, one of their highest priorities should be protecting the rights of homeowners. I recognize that the government can legally "take" land to build roads, but this should be done only when there are no other good alternatives.
The compensation given for taking someone's home cannot make up for the true costs of displacing a family. UDOT has said that aside from complying with laws and regulations, they do not have guidelines that tell them what is most important in considering routes. They just try to see which one is best overall.