BY TOM BUSSELBERG
KAYSVILLE — The Davis Chamber of Commerce agrees with the Utah Department of Transportation that the West Davis Corridor should be built near Glover Lane.
“Based on information gathered we believe the study is thorough and conclusions are sound,” said Chamber President Jim Smith.
The Glover Lane route was announced as UDOT’s preferred alternative early this month. Opponents, especially those from Syracuse, say it that option would negatively impact the area around Syracuse Arts Academy. They have numerous other complaints as well.
Smith said the chamber “strongly supports the need for an additional north/south transportation corridor on the west side of Davis County.”
Smith cited population growth projections for the next 30 years and current congestion on I-15 as creating “a vital need” for more transportation infrastructure.
Legacy Highway’s construction in south Davis County and opening of FrontRunner have “dramatically reduced congestion and improved the commute time to points south,” the chamber CEO said.
“Building a complex artery is a very emotional issue,” Smith said, especially for those whose property and lives are impacted.
He praised UDOT’s efforts to encourage participation from residents, governments and businesses that will be affected.
UDOT’s recommendation followed a draft Environmental Impact Statement, but the decision is not final. A 90-day comment period closes in August. In addition, several public hearings are planned.
Public hearings are scheduled June 11 at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington, June 12 at West Point Junior High School and June 13 at Freedom Elementary School in Hooper, Weber County.
“Under every scenario, Davis County will need to focus on higher density housing and transit oriented development if we are to maintain our quality of life and encourage economic growth,” he said.
A final decision on the route is expected to be announced in the spring of 2014, after a review of all input and the Federal Highway Administration’s OK of UDOT’s findings.
Learn more about the opposition at savefarmington.org. Read about the other perspective by visiting Protestors of the Shepard Lane West Corridor Route on Facebook.
The Chamber’s statement is a change from statements its leadership made in 2011. Then, the chamber wanted UDOT to adhere to the original 2001 Corridor Preservation plan.