Davis Chamber CEO
One of the most significant Р and polarizing Р issues in Davis County today is the proposed West Davis Corridor. After extensive discussion and study, the Executive Board of the Chamber approved the recommendation of the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee to issue a Letter of Support for the most recent UDOT recommendation on a route for the West Davis Corridor. The text of that Letter of Support follows:
The Davis Chamber of Commerce has reviewed the efforts of UDOT in preparing the DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the West Davis Corridor. Based on information gathered, we believe the study is thorough and the conclusions are sound. We support the recommendations as presented.
Identifying the Need
The Davis Chamber strongly supports the need for an additional north/south transportation corridor on the west side of Davis County. Based on current population, growth projections for the next 30 years, and current congestion on I-15, there is a vital need for additional transportation infrastructure. The addition of the Legacy Parkway Scenic Byway in the south part of our county, combined with the opening of the FrontRunner, dramatically reduced congestion and improved the commute time to points south.
In the future, 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. We need to maintain air quality we also recognize the need for an alternate north/south route through our county in the event of an emergency. We believe that the proposed route addresses each of these issues.
Although this new road is essential, building a complex artery is a very emotional issue, particularly for those whose property and lives are impacted. We are encouraged by UDOT’s efforts to solicit participation from all stakeholders in this process. We appreciate the open and thorough process that UDOT has followed as these very difficult decisions are made.
As we reviewed the detailed data supporting UDOT’s conclusions and recommendations, we are impressed by the exceptional job of addressing the complex issues faced. The final recommendations are well-researched and supported by sound engineering and science. We encourage UDOT to work with local municipalities to design adequate on/off access throughout the system. If one of UDOT’s defined missions is to promote economic vitality, then allowing additional points of access to the business community is vital.
Community Involvement Encouraged
That said, UDOT has been quick to point out that the recommendations are not finalized. We encourage all Davis County residents to get involved in the process and provide additional input to assure the best possible final project design.