FARMINGTON -- After receiving a record number of comments for the West Davis Corridor, the Utah Department of Transportation is extending its public comment period on the road for the second time in less than a month.
The state announced Monday it would allow public comment on the highly controversial road until Sept. 6, lengthening the already extended public comment period by two weeks.
UDOT spokesman John Gleason said newly appointed UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras decided the abundance of comments the state has received so far has warranted some additional time.
"We keep getting flooded with comments," Gleason said. "Basically, we just want to give everybody the opportunity to be heard on this issue."
UDOT's preferred alternative for the road is a 20-mile, $587 million extension of Legacy Parkway that would weave its way through western Davis County.
The state's preference for the road would take 26 homes and five businesses and will have a direct impact on 110 acres of prime farmland.
In July, UDOT Region One Director Kris Peterson told the Utah State Transportation Commission that the transportation department had received nearly 700 formal, written comments since the release of its preferred alternative for the road in early May.
Back then, Peterson said the West Davis study had already yielded more comments than any other project he has ever seen, and because interest in the road was high, UDOT would double the comment period from 45 days, which is required by federal law, to 90 days.
"Now we're tacking on an additional two weeks to that," Gleason said Monday.
Environmental and citizens groups, such as Utahns for Better Transportation, the Sierra Club and Friends of the Great Salt Lake, have come out against the road and have asked the state to undertake an additional study of an alternative-build solution that does not include a new road.
Roger Borgenicht, co-chairman of Utahns for Better Transportation, said an alternative that is based on improving existing infrastructure and integrating transportation and land-use development to reduce automobile congestion would better suit Utahns than another new highway.