FARMINGTON — As the Utah Department of Transportation presses forward with the environmental study for the West Davis Corridor, Farmington’s elected officials are taking a hard stance about which option they want.
The city recently sent UDOT a detailed letter, outlining their preference for the Shepard Lane interchange option.
The letter, dated Nov. 20, was signed by Mayor Scott Harbertson and all five city council members.
If the West Davis Corridor gets built, it will include an interchange off Interstate 15 that connects to the road in Farmington and southern Kaysville.
The state will build the interchange at either Glovers Lane or Shepard Lane.
Farmington leaders say the Glovers Lane option spells disaster for their city.
Harbertson said the city has already based many of its future businesses and transportation plans on an interchange at Shepard Lane.
If UDOT chooses the Glovers Lane option, Farmington says, it will divert potential revenue away from the Station Park retail center.
The Glovers Lane option would create corridor exits in Kaysville and Centerville instead of Farmington.
The city also says that having no exits off the road for 10 miles, which is what the Glovers option would do, is a safety issue because it would limit the areas where emergency responders can get off the highway.
The letter also points out that, in the next three years, a new elementary school is set to be built in the area, which will require an access road to and from Glovers Lane.
That access road would be impacted if an interchange is built at Glovers Lane.
The Davis School District has also informed Farmington that it is attempting a bond cycle that would bring a new high school to the city in 2018.
City officials say a high school would significantly impact west-side transportation patterns and that the Glovers Lane alignment would significantly restrict opportunities for road connections in the area.
Finally, the city says that the Glovers Lane option would cost taxpayers more money because it would require an additional connector road between I-15 and the corridor.
Harbertson said the city submitted the letter in hopes that the concerns would be addressed before UDOT finishes its draft Environmental Impact Statement.
WDC Project Manager Randy Jeffries said all information from project stakeholders is valued and seriously considered.
A decision has not been made on the road, Jeffries said, and the state will choose the option that best serves the entire Top of Utah region.
UDOT hopes to complete the draft EIS on the road by the spring.
Once the EIS is complete, UDOT will submit the report to the Federal Highway Administration.
A final route decision is expected in spring 2014.