OGDEN -- The Utah Department of Transportation released its recommendation for the West Davis Corridor on Thursday.
Its draft environmental impact statement, a 1,400-page document that identifies the state's preference for a 20-mile extension of Legacy Parkway and alternative to Interstate 15, was revealed -- wherein, of the eight possible iterations of potential alternative configurations, UDOT identified alternative "B1" as its locally preferred alternative.
The alternative begins in Farmington with an interchange at Glovers Lane, then heads northwest through Kaysville, Layton, Syracuse, West Point and Clinton before terminating around 5500 South in Hooper.
UDOT Project Manager Randy Jefferies said it has taken the state three years of study to get to this point and that the DEIS includes input from residents, farmers, community groups, cities, counties, and state and federal agencies.
UDOT's alternative will cost $587 million to build. It will take 26 homes and five businesses and will have a direct impact on 110 acres of prime farmland.
Jefferies said UDOT's alternative was chosen because it has the least number of impacts to homes, businesses, historic properties, parks, farmland and agricultural areas, but is still able to handle expected increases in traffic.
UDOT expects the population in the project study area to jump from 150,000 people -- where it is now -- to 250,000 by the year 2040. The state also expects the number of homes in the area to double during that time.
"There is going to be tremendous growth in western Weber and Davis counties in the next few decades," Jefferies said. "And with all that growth comes a whole new set of transportation demands."
The release of the DEIS kicks off a 90-day public comment period. Comments on the DEIS can be submitted online at http://www.udot.utah.gov/westdavis/. Comments also can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to 466 N. 900 West, Kaysville, UT 84037.
UDOT will also hold three public meetings, combining formal public hearings in conjunction with informational open houses.
The meetings are scheduled for June 11, 12 and 13 at the following respective locations: Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 110 West, Farmington; West Point Junior High, 277 W. 550 North, West Point; and Freedom Elementary, 4555 W. 5500 South, Hooper. The meetings will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Several groups have challenged UDOT's previous alternatives, and Jefferies said the state's decision on the road is not yet final and all input received from the public in the next 90 days will be seriously considered.
"We are going to evaluate all the new information and ideas and incorporate them as appropriate," Jefferies said. "And those new ideas could theoretically change our recommendation. Now is the most important time for the public to get involved and provide feedback on the study."
The entire 1,400-page DEIS is available for review at www.udot.utah.gov/westdavis/.