LAYTON -- The Davis County Commission will conduct its own independent study on the hotly debated West Davis Corridor project.
The commission has hired Ecotone One environmental engineers to perform a study on the Utah Department of Transportation's three remaining alternatives for the road that will stretch 24 miles from Parrish Lane in Centerville to 12th Street in Marriott-Slaterville, said Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr.
He said the commission's contract with Ecotone is not to exceed $17,000 and will likely be paid for by the county's corridor preservation fund, which was established in 2007 and collects $10 for every car registered in the county.
The county used the money to purchase properties along a route in western Davis County that was identified in a 2001 study by the Wasatch Front Regional Council as the preferred alternative for the extension of Legacy Parkway, although most of those properties are outside of UDOT's three remaining alternatives.
Petroff said he has personally received at least 200 emails from Davis County residents in opposition to the state's three alternatives.
He hopes the independent study will further advance those views.
"We felt like we needed to do something," he said.
"Most of the comments I've seen have been well done and articulate, but few actually dealt with the laws that the (UDOT) folks will have to follow. We hope this study will do that."
Although UDOT's public comment period ended March 25, Petroff said the commission submitted a preliminary comment and UDOT has agreed to give the county more time to flesh out the details of the comment.