Environment & Public Lands
Tue May 7, 2013
Groups Ask UDOT to Stop West Davis Corridor
A coalition of community and environmental groups is asking the Utah Department of Transportation to reconsider building a new freeway along the west side of Davis County. Their so-called "Shared Solution" asks U-DOT to study improving east-west roads and walkable communities as an alternative.
Community activist Lori Kalt wants to avoid a new freeway cutting through her neighborhood on the west side of Farmington.
“Smart transportation should include looking for ways to maximize and use our existing infrastructure and what we already have," Kalt told a news conference in Syracuse. "Sometimes less is more.”
The state’s plan for the West Davis Corridor is set to come out next week. John Gleason with UDOT says all options will be on the table, including not building the planned freeway.
“We want to invite the public hearing and the media to show up at these public hearings once we release the draft environmental impact study," Gleason tells KUER.
A legal battle resulted in a scaled back version of the Legacy Parkway from Salt Lake to Farmington a few years ago. Tim Wagner with the Sierra Club says they have no plans for a court challenge this time.