FARMINGTON -- The final decision on the West Davis Corridor is slowly inching toward a resolution.
After spending the last three years collecting and studying data, meeting with project stakeholders and affected residents and developing several different alternatives for a continuation of the Legacy Parkway through Davis County, the Utah Department of Transportation is weeks away from completing a big step in the project: finalizing the draft environmental impact statement on the road.
The West Davis study team is currently drafting the final chapters of the DEIS, a large report, documenting all the data, information, input and analysis the team has collected.
"We don't have an exact release date yet, but it will be released in the spring," said UDOT spokesman John Gleason.
Gleason said that once the DEIS is released, UDOT will hold another round of public meetings regarding the road.
The WDC team will hold three open houses as part of the public comment period. Gleason said the open houses will allow the public an opportunity to learn about the EIS process, view maps of the alternatives and review data collected during the study.
Public hearings will also be part of the public open houses. The hearings will be an opportunity for residents to have their comments received by project leaders and recorded by an official court reporter.
"We've obviously had a lot of citizen feedback already, but we'll need even more," Gleason said.
With the release of the DEIS, UDOT will identify its locally preferred alternative.
Gleason said the alternative is not a final decision, but a recommendation from UDOT based on all the data and information reported in the DEIS.
UDOT currently has two alternatives for the road, both of which can be seen in detail at www.udot.utah.gov/westdavis.
After the public hearings, UDOT will send the report to the Federal Highway Administration, which will then give the department its recommendations on the road.
That information will be integrated into what the state has already gathered, and a final decision will be made sometime next year.
It is rare, however, that any substantial changes are made once the DEIS is submitted to FHWA.