OGDEN -- A study to select a preferred route for an extension of Legacy Parkway through Weber County has been completed and Davis County is next.
The North Legacy Transportation Corridor Supplemental Study was completed in September by the Utah Department of Transportation and the Wasatch Front Regional Council.
The study aimed to establish a corridor that Weber County cities could agree on and incorporate into their master plans.
After starting with 23 possible routes, transportation officials, working with city governments in Weber County, narrowed the list to six. From the final six, officials chose one route as most likely to be advanced.
The chosen route is the farthest west of the six finalists. It begins near the Davis County border, west of 5100 West, near Hooper. The route stays on the westernmost boundary of Hooper, West Haven and Plain City and ends near the Box Elder County border, connecting with I-15 in Pleasant View.
For a more detailed description of the exact coordinates of the road, visit the WFRC Website at www.wfrc.org.
The route through Weber County was chosen because it best balances environmental concerns and accommodates predicted growth. It will have the smallest impact on homes in western Weber County.
"It was chosen because it provides separation from I-15 and it doesn't cut through so much agricultural land," said UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders.
At the Utah State Transportation Commission meeting in Ogden on Wednesday, Rex Harris, of UDOT, said cities affected by the road are involved with the project.
"The county, Hooper, and West Haven are on board," he said.
Meanwhile, UDOT will begin a study for the extension of Legacy from its current end in Farmington, through the rest of Davis County.
UDOT will begin the West Davis Corridor Environmental study in January, which will examine environmental, cultural, economic and other potential impacts of extending Legacy Parkway in Davis County.
No alignment has been chosen yet in Davis County.
The study is expected to take from three to five years and will result in an Environmental Impact Statement.
Saunders said the Davis County study could yield a result in which a "no-build" option is chosen, which would affect what happens in Weber County.
"The Weber County portion kind of hinges on the outcome of what happens in Davis," Saunders said.
"If that portion doesn't ever happen, is there a need for it in Weber County? Probably not."
Currently, the extension of Legacy Parkway exists only on UDOT's long-range plan, with construction projected to occur sometime between 2016 and 2025.
"At this point everything is basically a 'what if' scenario," Saunders said.