I am highly concerned about building a freeway west of Glover Lane in Farmington for safety, fiscal and community reasons. I live within a mile of Glover Lane, which is adjacent to Farmington Bay. The concerns I have about building west of Glover Lane are threefold:
First, it is a safety hazard. During the winter in Farmington it can be very hazardous driving on the existing freeways because there is low level, dense fog in our neighborhood. Combined with the freezing rain we experienced this year, freeway travel can become deadly, as evidenced by the fatalities we had near Park Lane. During the morning of the freezing rain when there were hundreds of accidents, I turned my vehicle back around and did not venture on the freeway. I saw nine cars abandoned on the Park Lane overpass and two semi trucks that had skidded off the I-15 on ramp. Even with traction control, my car was skidding although I drove way below the speed limit. Considering these winter conditions in Farmington it would be reckless of UDOT to even consider building another freeway near Farmington. The existing roads were not cleared or salted in time. Adding more roads and overpasses will only make it more deadly. The further west that one travels in Farmington, the more wet and foggy conditions occur. UDOT would be building a death trap.
Second, it is a waste of taxpayer money to have invested in Legacy Parkway, and already having made a connection to it, to go toward Shephard Lane only to abandon it. We have enough fiscal waste. I can think of much more important things in which to spend my tax dollars. UDOT should continue with the original plans of Shephard Lane, especially since new homeowners signed documents with the understanding that a larger road would be built by their homes and community.
Third, new homeowners by Glovers Lane were blind-sided by UDOT when they decided to look at Glovers Lane instead because of heavy lobbying by the Shephard Lane community. This is not a valid excuse for wasting taxpayer money. My wish would be that there be NO road built. However, UDOT has emphasized that a road will be built. So, my answer to that is, stop wasting our time and taxpayer money and start building where it was originally intended.
By building mass freeways and overpasses in a city that has limited square footage, Farmington has a potential to “disappear” from the landscape and turn into a transit hub.
UDOT cannot in good conscience, build the West Corridor near Glovers Lane, nor in Farmington at all.