KAYSVILLE -- The city council is adamant about having an interchange in Kaysville for the proposed West Davis Corridor, but the city is not guaranteed that access.
Residents are in nearly unanimous support for the western-most alignment of the West Davis Corridor and in opposition to the alternative that passes between Hunter's Creek and Quail Crossing, Utah Department of Transportation Project Manager Randy Jefferies recently told the city council.
"Kaysville residents support a four-lane highway rather than two lanes," Jefferies said.
The road is intended to be an important regional transportation corridor during peak periods of mobility, he said.
In Kaysville, there is really only one alignment on the west, and it is the original 2001 alignment, Jefferies said.
The proposed highway will not connect to Legacy Parkway at the Farmington interchange with Interstate 15 and State Road 89.
"That is a very busy intersection, and we need to have another alternative. We will wait to see which cities get access to the corridor," Jefferies said.
Jefferies said that most cities along the corridor will have an interchange for access. There could be an interchange at 200 North in Kaysville, but there is the possibility the interchange would be built in Layton to give direct access to Layton Parkway rather than 200 North.
"This council is very concerned about that issue," said Councilman Gil Miller, who believes the city needs the 200 North access.
"My goal is to learn which interchange provides the most benefit," Jefferies said.
Resident Eric Isom asked if the land along the corridor has been preserved.
"So far as we can tell, the county has preserved 20 parcels," said Jefferies.
City Manager John Thacker said the corridor has been preserved since 2001, and the city does not allow development at the end of 200 North Street.
Other residents were concerned about the impact on neighborhoods if a different corridor were to be chosen, and some asked if there would be other accesses to the road.
"This will not be like Bangerter. There will be interchanges with on and off ramps," Jefferies said.
Councilman Jared Taylor reminded Jefferies that 200 North is the only east/west street from Highway 89 to the west corridor in the county.
"It is very important to us that there is an interchange there," Taylor said.
Jefferies said a four-lane road would fill the transportation needs in the area until 2040, but every five years UDOT will do an update.