BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE – Members of the city council here made it clear where they stand on the options proposed by the Utah Department of Transportation for the West Davis Corridor.
“The Shepard route seems far inferior to the Glovers route,” said Mayor Steve Hiatt after hearing a presentation by Randy Jefferies, UDOT project manager, at a city council meeting last month.
“Let me reiterate that we fully support the Glovers route,” said Hiatt. “It seems like an obvious choice.”
Jefferies outlined the adjustments made to routes since the proposals were first made. UDOT is still accepting input on the routes, he said, and a final decision is expected in spring of 2014.
Both routes leave I-15 in Farmington and connect north of Shepard Lane in Kaysville. From there, the proposed freeway would follow a path to the northwest, then separate again at Gentile Street in Layton (see map). Several options are under consideration as it continues north.
The debate around the southern end of the corridor, is over where the route leaves I-15. Farmington city has come out strongly supporting an exit at Shepard Lane (see accompanying story) and Kaysville city leaders strongly favor of an exit at Glovers Lane, more to the south.
Fewer homes would be affected by the Glovers Lane route, but it would have a greater impact to the natural environment and wetland vegetation, Jefferies told the Kaysville council.
The two alternatives as first proposed would have impacted more homes and businesses than those affected by current plans. Several protests were organized over the past year by Kaysville homeowners affected by the Shepard route.
Neighbors rallied to point out that not only would families be displaced, but those whose homes are nearby would lose property value and quality of life with a freeway cutting through their neighborhood.
Families demonstrating also pointed out that the Shepard route as initially proposed would cost $38 million more to construct, another reason the Glovers’ route made more sense, they argued.
Adjustments were made to both routes. The Glovers alignment shifted to avoid the Buffalo Ranch complex and the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management area.
Elevations and design are still being reviewed for the Shepard route, which, as now outlined, would require the removal of 10 Kaysville homes and three businesses. The Glover route would impact no homes, but one business and 150 more acres of flood plain.
Kaysville city leaders support a west-side corridor, which will include a park and ride at Kaysville’s 200 North, according to John Thacker, city manager.
“It is very much needed,” he said on Wednesday.
“This (new plan) reinforces the city’s opinion and makes it more evident that the Glover route is the best route and will make the best transportation facility,” he said.