FARMINGTON -- Farmington city will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday night to discuss the highly debated West Davis Corridor project.
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Farmington Arts and Community Center, 120 S. Main St.
"We have two goals for this meeting," said Farmington City Manager Dave Millheim, "to give people the history of this project as it relates specifically to Farmington and then to let people speak their minds: vent, complain, support -- whatever it is."
After initially favoring an option that would have stretched to the extreme western portion of Farmington, city officials now like what the Utah Department of Transportation calls the C-1 alternative, a route that closely parallels Interstate 15 between Park Lane and Shepard Lane, heading underneath the Park Lane overpass.
Farmington Mayor Scott Harbertson said the city favored the option from the onset, but early data from UDOT showed that the option was very unlikely.
After more in-depth study by UDOT, the option is now back on the table, and the city endorses it.
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, noise generation and area businesses.
Both Harbertson and Millheim say they have had e-mail flooding in from Farmington residents with questions and concerns about the project.
"We understand there are some concerned citizens out there," Millheim said. "But there has also been a lot of misinformation out there too. Hopefully, we can clear some of that up at this meeting."
Millheim said the city is also working with UDOT to facilitate discussions with large stakeholders in the project and to address specific concerns.
Funding for the project at this time is uncertain, and before the road can be built, UDOT has to finish environmental assessments and obtain approval from the Federal Highway Administration.
Exact physical design features of the road have not been decided upon yet for any of UDOT's final three alignments, so there is still some question as to exactly how the road will affect property owners.
A record of decision on the project is expected in 2013.