Corridor designs for Farmington updated

Dec 6 2011 - 5:30pm

FARMINGTON -- Updates have been made to the West Davis Corridor project and Farmington officials are clear on what they want the road to look like through their city.

The Utah Department of Transportation's West Davis study team recently updated the Farmington interchange concept designs at both Shepard Lane and Glovers Lane.

"We didn't have the actual drawings of the two interchanges," said West Davis Project Manager Randy Jeffries. "We just had a footprint, but now we've got a more detailed picture."

If the West Davis Corridor gets built, it will include a large interchange off of Interstate 15 that will connect to the road in Farmington.

The state will build the interchange at either Glovers Lane or Shepard Lane.

Numbers released by UDOT show that the Shepard Lane option would cut across northern Farmington and will require 10 residential relocations and four business relocations.

The Glovers Lane option, which loops around the western portion of Farmington, will require one residential relocation and three business relocations.

The Glovers Lane option would impact 45 acres of prime farmland, 25 acres of wetlands, 13 acres of high quality wildlife habitat and 166 acres of 100-year floodplains.

An interchange at Shepard Lane would impact no prime farmland, 15 acres of wetlands, 35 acres of high quality wildlife habitat, and 18 acres of 100-year floodplains.

Both interchanges would be pricey, talking up a large portion of the corridor's estimated total cost of $439 million to $482 million.

The Shepard Lane interchange will cost an estimated $168 million while Glovers comes in at $134 million.

City Manager Dave Millheim said that for Farmington City, there is only one choice when it comes to the two possible interchanges.

"We want the Shepard Lane option and we have from the beginning," Millheim said. "The Glovers option doesn't give us anything but headaches."

Millheim said the city has already based many of its future business and transportation plans on an interchange at Shepard Lane.

"Our city is kind of the dumping ground for all of the highways, everything kind of converges here," he said. "And we've based planning on that fact. The Glovers Lane option is out west and will just cause people to back track from a central area and it will just create more sprawl in our city."

Millheim said city officials have been and will continue to meet with UDOT officials to push for the Shepard Lane option.

UDOT hopes to complete a draft environmental impact statement on the road in the summer.

Once the EIS is complete, UDOT will submit the report to the Federal Highway Administration.

A final route decision is expected in 2013.

 

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