LAYTON -- Recently released data from the Utah Department of Transportation may answer the question of why the state isn't considering a previously preferred alignment for the road.
As the debate over the corridor heats up, much has been made of an alignment for an extension of the Legacy Parkway that was identified in a study conducted by the Wasatch Front Regional Council in 2001.
Several cities, including Kaysville, West Point and West Haven, have voiced public opposition to UDOT's final three alignments for the road, saying they have based many of their long-term building plans on the 2001 WFRC alignment.
Davis County also purchased properties in an attempt to preserve the corridor based on the alignment.
But for a large section of northern Davis County, the state's alternatives have less residential impact than the 2001 version.
According to data recently released by UDOT, the 2001 alignment would have included 65 residential acquisitions between 5400 South in Weber County and the intersection of Bluff Road and Gentile Street in Davis County.
Of the state's final three options, the C option would result in 53 residential acquisitions, while options A and B would each result in 18.
A deviation of the A and B options, which would run farther west in Syracuse, would require only eight acquisitions.
"We've been trying to get the word on this out," said West Davis Corridor Project Manager Randy Jeffries. "We're trying to balance all the impacts as best we can."
The state's options also have far greater impacts on designated wetlands areas.
The 2001 WFRC alignment would affect 144.5 acres of wetlands from 5400 South to the Gentile Street/Bluff Road intersection, while UDOT's C option would affect 20.9 acres, with A and B affecting 3.9 acres each. The westward deviation would affect 12.9 acres of wetlands.
Jeffries will present the data tonight at the Syracuse City Council meeting at Syracuse City Hall, 1979 W. 1900 South.
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said the environmental process still has a long way to go, noting that 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.
"We understand that there are concerns," Jeffries said. "And we're still looking to learn any information that could be useful in this process as we move forward."
A record of decision on the project is expected in 2013.