LAYTON aEU" For years, an extension of the Legacy Parkway has been thought of as the solution for western Davis CountyaEU(tm)s traffic needs.
But now such an extension is only one of many possible options, transportation officials say.
Earlier this month, the Utah Department of Transportation began the West Davis Corridor Environmental Study, which will not only identify whether an extension of Legacy is needed, but also what alternatives should be considered.
The study will examine environmental, cultural, economic and other potential impacts of various transportation alternatives.
aEUoeWeaEU(tm)re going to be looking at all options, all solutions, and then go with the best one,aEU said Randy Jeffries, project manager for the west Davis corridor.
aEUoeThere are a lot of different things on the table.aEU
He said options are not limited to roads aEU" even a commuter rail system could be considered.
aEUoeWeaEU(tm)re looking at all modes of transportation.aEU
In 2001, 2006 and 2007, representatives from UDOT and the Wasatch Front Regional Council studied possible corridors with Davis County and local municipality officials and residents.
A corridor study completed in Weber County identified a potential transportation corridor that would serve as an alternative to Interstate 15.
Right now, the Legacy Parkway extension through Davis County exists only on UDOTaEU(tm)s long-range plan, but that doesnaEU(tm)t mean it is the studyaEU(tm)s preferred option.
aEUoeIt could even be an east-west corridor,aEU Jeffries said of possible study outcomes. aEUoeThere is no agreed-upon future alignment of the west Davis corridor in Davis County.aEU
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said the corridor study will likely take three to five years to complete and will result in an environmental impact statement.
When the study is complete, UDOT officials will recommend either a preferred transportation solution or a no-build option.
UDOT will hold public meetings for the corridor study on Feb. 23 at Syracuse High School, 665 S. 2000 West; Feb. 24 at the Legacy Events Center at the Davis County Fairgrounds, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington; and Feb. 25 at West Weber Elementary School, 4178 W. 900 South.
All meetings will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Jeffries said public involvement is critical to the study.
He encourages area property owners to participate in the public process portion of the study.