UDOT OKs final version of US-89 environmental study

OGDEN—After months of work and several public hearings, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has approved the final version of its environmental study of US-89 through Davis and Weber Counties. The study team considered input it received from hundreds of stakeholders and also worked with the cities on various alternatives to improve mobility and safety on the US-89 corridor from Farmington to I-84, according to UDOT. Approval of the SES is the last step in the environmental process. It identifies the Preferred Alternative that meets the need for efficient and safe transportation while minimizing the impacts to the environment and community, the release said. “We’ve received hundreds and hundreds of comments,” said Vic Saunders, communications manager for UDOT – Region One in a previous interview. “We’ve held a lot of big public meetings and a lot of people have been concerned. The general response is that they want to see it go forward. We realize the impact on them (public) but people will be able to get to where they’re going effectively.” Responses to those comments received on the revised Draft SES that was released in January are included in the approved SES. Although the study is complete, Mike Romero, UDOT project director, said they will keep an open dialogue with the communities. “We’ll continue working closely with the cities and other stakeholder groups, as more detailed design takes place and throughout construction,” said Romero in the statement. Saunders said by 2040 there would be total gridlock on US-89 if something is not done. “If we do nothing it will take over an hour to get from Farmington to south Ogden,” he said. “Traffic is increasing on that roadway during peak hours. Motorists can wait through several lights to get through. This will solve that problem and improve it. Right now you can’t go east and west, it’s too crowded.” Property acquisition and detailed design will be ongoing through 2018. Construction is slated to begin in 2019, with anticipated completion by 2021. The Final State Environmental Study (SES) is available at www.udot.utah.gov/us89. Residents can continue to ask questions although the study is complete by calling 888-752-8789 or emailing us89@utah.gov. bginos@davisclipper.com


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