FARMINGTON — Davis County commissioners formally threw their weight behind the West Davis Corridor Draft Environmental Impact Statement Tuesday.
“To help make it a funding priority for the state, we stand unified in offering support,” the commissioners said in a letter to Randy Jefferies, project manager.
“We appreciate and support UDOT’s ‘tremendous efforts’ in the ‘extensive three-year process to gather information and complete the recently-released draft environmental impact study,” the letter said.
The road, “coupled with enhanced zoning opportunities and transit options” will be a “vital and essential component of transportation,” commissioners said.
It will provide “infrastructure to accommodate future growth, quality of life including air quality and mitigating traffic congestion,” and promote economic development, the letter said. It was signed by all three commissioners: Chair John Petroff, Louenda Downs and Bret Millburn.
They praised efforts to “accommodate our important agricultural community” and encouraged UDOT to work with local cities to allow for “adequate on and off ramp access points throughout the county, allowing additional points of access to the business community that will be critical.”
Access points should be programmed on Clark Lane or Shepard Lane to give access to Station Park. Access should also be considered to the new Highway 193 expansion in the Clearfield-northwest Davis area.
Public comment is being accepted on the project through Sept. 6, with a final decision not due until next spring. Currently there is no funding allocated to build the road that would extend into southern Weber County.
Various groups have voiced strong opposition to the project, from Farmington to Syracuse. They have expressed concern that at least one school could be impacted along with homes and other property. Kaysville city leaders passed a resolution in support of the statement.
Comment may be made online to the EIS study website, udot.utah.gov/westdavis, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to West Davis Corridor EIS Team, 466 N. 900 West, Kaysville, UT 84-037.