LAYTON — With construction pending, the state's transportation department will provide the public with new details on a large-scale project to rebuild U.S. Highway through northern Davis County into Weber County.
The Utah Department of Transportation will hold an open house to update residents on a project that will widen U.S. 89 along a 9-mile stretch of the highway between Farmington and Interstate 84 in South Weber.
The meeting is scheduled to run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 21, at Layton High School, 440 Wasatch Drive. UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said members of the project team will be available to answer questions and provide details about the project.
UDOT has been working on the design for the project since March 2018. Earlier this year, the transportation department announced that the rebuilt highway would pass under the cross streets instead of over them. The change in design came after public feedback the state received during the project’s State Environmental Study and from input from the project's design builder, Oak Hills Constructors.
At Tuesday's open house, Saunders said residents and property owners will be able to review large printouts of the project design and get specific information about work that will be done in their area. Several graphics and posters will provide additional detail about the project’s phasing and schedule, the frontage roads being built on each side of U.S. 89, and new interchange designs. Right-of-way representatives will also be at the meeting to answer questions, Saunders said.
As part of the project, the road will be widened from four lanes to six, with signalized cross-street intersections eliminated and new interchanges added at 200 North in Kaysville, 400 North in Fruit Heights and at Oak Hills Drive, Gordon Avenue and Antelope Drive in Layton. UDOT will also build two overpasses, crossing over Nicholls Road in Fruit Heights and Crestwood Road in Kaysville. The plan also includes new side roads, pedestrian bridges, a multi-use trail and bicycle improvements.
UDOT says the nearly 100-year-old highway is currently operating at failing conditions and by 2040, the department figures average daily traffic there will increase by 40 percent.
Safety is also a factor in the reconstruction, as the number of crashes on the road have been rising with congestion. The state’s environmental study says heavy traffic and signalized intersections cause sudden speed changes, making dangerous conditions for vehicles entering the road from cross-streets, especially for those making left-hand turns.
In April 2018, a grassroots group called “Residents’ Voices United on 89” filed the suit in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake County, asking the court to rule UDOT’s State Environmental Study on the project invalid and thereby halting construction on the project until another environmental review, conducted under National Environmental Policy Act requirements, has been completed.
In March, the Utah Transportation Commission approved a $200 million funding infusion for the project, bringing it’s total value to over $473 million.
Saunders said the project is still in the design phase, and a construction schedule has not yet been determined.