FARMINGTON -- Farmington is the lone city to endorse an alternative for the West Davis Corridor, but many city residents prefer a different route.
On Thursday, one day before the Utah Department of Transportation closed its public comment period on the alternatives for the corridor project, nearly 1,000 Davis County residents signed a petition against the current route through Farmington and Kaysville.
The route, which is called the "C-1 option" as it passes through the two cities, closely parallels Interstate 15 between Park and Shepard lanes.
The petition and a letter were sent to UDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, Farmington city, state senators and representatives, and Gov. Gary Herbert.
Most of the residents who signed the petition live in Farmington or near its border in Kaysville, said Farmington resident Jason Wheeler, who drafted the letter that accompanies the petitions.
"There has been big frustration from citizens here," he said.
The petitioners would prefer a route that would have fewer impacts on residential properties, Wheeler said.
"We want to see the road pushed as far west as possible," he said.
After initially favoring an option that would have stretched to the extreme western portion of Farmington, city officials now like the C-1 alternative.
Farmington City Manager Dave Millheim said the city favored the option from the outset, but early data from UDOT showed that the option was unlikely.
City officials say the C-1 alternative keeps north/south traffic in a consolidated area parallel to I-15 and is the option with the least impact on wetlands, existing homes and area businesses, as well as the least noise generation.
WDC Project Manager Randy Jeffries said UDOT has received more than 6,000 comments on the corridor. They will be evaluated to further refine the remaining alternatives.
After a full review of public comments, UDOT will begin to draft an environmental impact statement, which will be followed by a public hearing process.
A final record of decision is expected by spring 2013.
Funding for the corridor project is uncertain, and before the road can be built, UDOT has to finish environmental assessments and obtain approval from the Federal Highway Administration.