As UDOT considers options for the West Davis Corridor, one of their highest priorities should be protecting the rights of homeowners. I recognize that the government can legally "take" land to build roads, but this should be done only when there are no other good alternatives.
The compensation given for taking someone's home cannot make up for the true costs of displacing a family. UDOT has said that aside from complying with laws and regulations, they do not have guidelines that tell them what is most important in considering routes. They just try to see which one is best overall.
There are many people willing to "speak for the trees" and legislation protecting the environment. Who protects the most basic right of owning a home? UDOT should do everything possible to find a good route that takes the fewest homes possible.
In regard to the West Davis Corridor, the Glover option, which takes no homes should be considered a much better option than the Shepard route, which takes at least ten homes and goes right through the middle of a community. I speak for the people.
Katrina Wooley Kaysville