FARMINGTON -- Farmington city's hope for a West Davis Corridor interchange at Shepard Lane appears to be dashed, but the city says it has accepted its fate.
On Thursday, the Utah Department of Transportation released its recommendation for the corridor, which includes an interchange off of Interstate 15 that connects to the road at Glovers Lane instead of Shepard Lane, which Farmington had hoped for.
Throughout the study process, both Farmington and Kaysville have taken hard stances about which option they preferred, with Kaysville lobbying for the Glovers Lane option.
But Farmington leaders have said all along that option spells disaster for their city.
Farmington has already based many of its future businesses and transportation plans on an interchange at Shepard Lane, not Glovers.
City officials say the Glovers Lane option will divert potential revenue away from their Station Park retail center because the interchange creates corridor exits in Kaysville and Centerville instead of Farmington.
"We as a city still maintain that the Shepard Lane option was the best option for us," Harbertson said. "But after we sat down with (UDOT Project Manager) Randy Jefferies and his study team, we understand why they chose the route."
Harbertson said while he is aware that UDOT's recommendation is not final and there is still plenty of opportunity for interested groups to push for the state to make changes to its recommendation, the city likely won't try to get UDOT to change its mind.
"We're not going to go out of our way to fight their decision this late in the game," the mayor said. "What we are going to do now is work with UDOT to make what we have in front of us the most effective for our city and our residents."
Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt said he's happy UDOT chose Glovers over Shepard because it saves several homes in his city and keeps residential neighborhoods from being divided.
"We aren't exactly celebrating the decision because we realize there will still be impacts to some other folks," Hiatt said. "But we feel like this was the best choice because of the impact Shepard Lane would have had on homes and neighborhoods."
While the Glovers Lane option saves homes in Kaysville and UDOT's preferred alternative has the fewest amount of home impacts of eight possible iterations of potential alternative configurations, all Davis County residents aren't happy with the state's decision.
Farmington resident Lori Kalt said she's concerned about the environmental impacts the road will bring to her community.
"It will bring tons of pollution," she said. "Air pollution, noise pollution, light pollution, sound pollution and visual pollution."
Kalt also shares the same economic concerns of Farmington city officials.
"The road does nothing to foster Farmington's local economy," she said. "We've got a brand new multimillion- dollar shopping center near the Farmington FrontRunner station. It makes no sense to have spent hundreds of millions of our taxpayer money to build Legacy to this point, only to turn around a short time later and say, 'Hey, let's back it up three miles and go around all this stuff.'"
Syracuse resident Tracy Silva lives near Bluff Road and shares Kalt's environmental concerns, especially considering that the new road would be close to the Syracuse Arts Academy.
"I don't know anyone who would want to risk their child's health by sending them to a school where the playground is 30 feet from where big rig trucks would be spewing toxic fumes into the air," she said.
A final decision on the road is expected in the spring of 2014.
UDOT spokesman John Gleason said a construction timetable will not be available until the decision is final and funding for the road is secured.