5 projects in Davis, Weber receive federal road funds

Mar 29 2012 - 7:28am


CLEARFIELD -- After a contentious meeting Wednesday, the Wasatch Front Regional Council has decided how to spend more than $10 million in federal money on local road projects.

The council decided to split about $10.2 million of federal funds from the Surface Transportation Program among five road projects in Weber and Davis counties.

Representatives from every Top of Utah city submitted projects to be considered for funding.

WFRC Engineer Ben Wuthrich said 22 projects were submitted with a total cost around $64 million.

The WFRC will program $2 million toward Midland Drive in West Haven and Roy to widen the road and add enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities between 4000 South and Hinckley Drive.

In Hooper, $3.5 million will go toward a new road that will connect 4300 West to 3000 West.

In Harrisville, WFRC will dedicate $534,000 to realign and widen the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Larsen Lane.

In Davis County, $3.7 million will go toward the widening of 3000 West in Syracuse between 700 South and Bluff Road.

Another $500,000 will go toward completing the last segment of the Denver and Rio Grande Rail Trail in Centerville and Farmington.

The projects were all recommended by the WFRC to be voted on and approved by the Ogden-Layton Area Transportation Technical Advisory Committee.

The committee is made up of city and county representatives from Weber and Davis counties and has the final say on which projects will get the funding.

Ogden City Engineer Justin Anderson made a proposal at the meeting to remove the trail project and the projects in Syracuse and Hooper and add a project that would widen 5600 South in Roy from 1900 West to the Interstate 15 interchange, reconstruct Fairfield Road in Kaysville and improve the intersection of 2nd Street and Harrison Boulevard in Ogden.

"I feel like these are the projects that we need right now," Anderson said.

Of the 19 voting members present, 10 voted to adopt the WFRC recommendations, while nine members voted for Anderson's revision.

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