UDOT gets few comments on proposal to widen 1800 North

Nov 2 2011 - 10:54pm

CLINTON -- A study on a state road project that could widen 1800 North in Davis County and create a new interchange on Interstate 15 drew only a few dozen comments from the public.

Only 36 comments were received as part of the 1800 North environmental impact statement alternatives public open house in late August.

The Utah Department of Transportation is studying the impacts of a possible widening of 1800 North, the construction of a grade-separated crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad/Utah Transit Authority FrontRunner corridor and an I-15 interchange at 1800 North.

The improvements to 1800 North, also called State Road 37, are being studied because of projected traffic and population growth in the area and the increasing demands being placed on the roadway network, said UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders.

In contrast to the 1800 North open house, the West Davis Corridor public open houses last winter received more than 6,000 comments.

"The number of comments we get always depends on the type of project we are looking at," Saunders said of the seemingly low turnout.

"With the West Davis Corridor, there is a lot more property being looked at. There is agricultural land and a few other things."

UDOT will purchase residential property as part of the 1800 North project, but not to the same degree as it did for the West Davis Corridor.

Saunders said engineers are studying how an interchange would be built in the 1800 North area, taking into account Hill Air Force Base, a new development and an Army railroad facility.

In addition to projected population and traffic growth in Davis County, the 1800 North study is taking into account the planned Falcon Hill development on the west side of Hill adjacent to I-15.

The $1.5 billion development encompasses 550 acres on Hill's west side and will include 8 million square feet of new office and retail space, restaurants and hotels.

Construction on the project began in the spring. When complete, base and transportation officials say, traffic in the area is likely to increase exponentially.

Also presenting a challenge for an interchange is the U.S. Army Defense Generator and Rail Center at Hill in the area just west of I-15. There, workers repair and overhaul locomotives used by the Defense Department.

UDOT expects to complete the environmental study next year and then submit a final environmental impact statement to the Federal Highway Administration.

A final record of decision is expected by winter 2012.

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