The West Davis Corridor study team will visit the three cities that will be affected by the most recent changes to the state’s heavily debated road proposal.
In early October, after considering information from stakeholders in the project and after a more detailed analysis of area wetlands, the Utah Department of Transportation made changes to the road proposal in select areas of Farmington, West Point and Hooper.
To discuss those changes in detail, the West Davis team will visit city councils from the three cities during the next month.
On Nov. 15, the team will visit the Hooper City Council, 5580 W. 4600 South; on Nov. 20, it will present at the Farmington City Council, 130 N. Main St.; and on Dec. 4, it will be at the West Point City Council, 3200 W. 300 North.
All West Davis presentations will begin at 7 p.m.
West Davis Project Manager Randy Jeffries said the new round of refinements to the two alternatives for the corridor have resulted in fewer homes, farmland and wetlands being affected.
The refinements don’t represent sweeping changes to previous routes, but rather small alterations in several spots that reduce the total number of impacts.
Although there are fewer impacts now, some areas that weren’t impacted before now could be.
A detailed look at the exact changes can be found on maps on the project’s website, udot.utah.gov/westdavis.
Jeffries said because the state made alterations to the proposal, a final decision on the corridor will take about a year longer than originally planned. A final record of decision on the road was expected in spring 2013, but that has been pushed back to spring 2014.
A draft of the environmental impact statement will be released in spring 2013 and be followed by a round of public hearings. Updated cost estimates on the road won’t be available until the draft EIS is released.