Two cities -- Clinton and Hooper -- have entered into an interlocal agreement to build an extension that will connect a dead-end road in Clinton with a dead-end road in Hooper.
What's between the two dead ends is a half-mile undeveloped field of sagebrush and weeds. The land crosses Hooper and Clinton city boundaries and crosses the Weber-Davis county line connecting 4300 West and 3000 West.
Weber County's 4300 West stops at 6000 South -- with Hooper on the southwest side of 6000 South and Roy on the northeast side. Davis County's 3000 West stops at 2300 North in Clinton. The extension will connect the two roads in an almost straight line.
Project manager Lynn Vinzant, of Clinton, said it became evident that this corridor would be the last possibility for a direct north-south route that would run from Gentile Street in Layton to 4000 South in West Haven.
The road is not meant to be a main throughway but will be used as an alternative route, eliminating the need to travel on several streets through existing neighborhoods to get from one county to the other.
It also would provide an alternative route to 3300 West in the event of heavy traffic or closures and could make that area more appealing for commercial development.
The Weber Area Council of Governments considered five transportation projects for funding this year. The 4300 West extension project connecting the half-mile gap between Hooper and Clinton scored the highest of the five, considering factors such as population needs, cost effectiveness and anticipated use.
The extension will be a two-lane, 66-foot-wide right of way with curb, gutter and sidewalk.
A fixed amount of the funding is forecast through the Wasatch Front Regional Council.
The project will cost an estimated $4,284,000, with most of the funds coming from corridor preservation funds, sales tax and similar funds from Clinton city and Davis County, as the majority of the extension is on that side of the county line.
Hooper Mayor Korry Green said little of the money will come from Hooper city funds.
Vinzant said completion of the extension will take a few years because a lot of work needs to be done to the property to get it ready for the actual road construction.