LAYTON -- The Davis Chamber of Commerce says roads are one of the biggest keys to economic viability.
The chamber recently released its transportation committee's Project Watch List with 11 Davis County projects on the state's long-range plan as critical for the economic vitality and growth of Davis County.
The list is broken down into four separate categories of emphasis, including Interstate 15, U.S. 89, east-west mobility and the West Davis Corridor.
All of the projects in those categories are currently unfunded, but the list also includes projects that are funded.
Three projects are on Interstate 15 -- adding an express lane from Hill Field Road to the Davis County border, an upgrade of the interchange at Hill Field Road and a new interchange at 1800 North in Sunset.
Utah Department of Transportation is conducting an environmental impact study on 1800 North in Clinton and Sunset on a project that would involve a new freeway interchange that would serve both Clinton and Sunset to the west and Hill Air Force Base to the east.
UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders said a decision on the project is still years away.
On U.S. 89 there are two projects -- connecting Antelope Drive to U.S. 89 and constructing a new interchange at 400 North.
East-west capacity projects include widening 1800 North in Clinton and Sunset and adding a railroad overpass, and adding a second eastbound leftturn lane at the State Road 193 and U.S. 89 interchange.
"We've got some great north-south routes with the improvements made on I-15 and with Legacy Parkway," said Jim Smith, president and chief executive officer of the chamber. "But we are still missing some really good east-west arteries."
Eric Isom, new chairman of the Davis Chamber Transportation Subcommittee, said the chamber will consider strategies and tactics to assist Davis County legislators, local elected leaders and government entities in getting the unfunded projects started and completed.
The funded projects on the list include a diverging diamond interchange at 500 South in Bountiful and intersection improvements on 500 South at 500 West and 200 West, an extension of the SR193 extension to 2000 West and improvements to the 650 North interchange.
Smith said projected increases in population and commercial traffic through Davis County make the projects a necessity.
"All of the projects on the list have to do with commerce," he said. "If a company can't move its goods because the transportation system is congested, they won't come here and they won't stay here."