LAYTON -- An extension of Legacy Parkway through Davis County will soon be up for public debate.
The West Davis Corridor Environmental Study -- which will identify whether there is a need for the extension, and what possible alternatives, if any, may meet that need -- will begin early next year.
The study will examine environmental, cultural, economic and other potential impacts of various transportation alternatives and recommend either a preferred transportation solution or a no-build option.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders said the state will begin to hold public meetings on the extension in late January or early February.
"We're going to begin polling in the next few weeks and start to get the community's opinion on the road," Saunders said.
"We hope residents will participate fully in the public process."
The study is expected to take from three to five years and will result in an environmental impact statement.
Saunders said it is important to emphasize that there is no agreed-upon future alignment of the West Davis Corridor in Davis County, but the extension does exist on UDOT's long-range plan.
"Davis County is growing so fast," he said, "so we have to know what options are going to be available in the future transportation system."
The North Legacy Transportation Corridor Supplemental Study -- a study on Weber County's portion of a possible extension of Legacy -- was completed in September by UDOT and the Wasatch Front Regional Council.
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 Interstate 15 in Pleasant View.