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Public hearings held over proposed West Davis Corridor

FARMINGTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Emotions ran high at the first public hearing held by the Utah Department of Transportation over the proposed West Davis Corridor.
FARMINGTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Emotions ran high at the first public hearing held by the Utah Department of Transportation over the proposed West Davis Corridor.

A public hearing was held at the Legacy Events Center on Tuesday by UDOT in an effort to give residents the chance to voice their concerns.

The corridor will impact thousands of Utahns in Weber and Davis Counties as UDOT is trying to alleviate traffic and congestion due to the growing population. UDOT has previously announced their locally preferred option, known as alternative B1, to run from Glovers Lane in Farmington to 4100 West near Clinton.

Jennifer Rodda, a Farmington resident, said she supports UDOT’s option to name B1 as the best alternative.

“It’s been really hard to imagine the neighborhood we decided to raise our children would be taken out,” she said.

Several people are supportive of UDOT building the West Davis Corridor as a solution to area’s growing population. Still, there are many others opposed to the plan.

“We’re protesting because we think this is a very dumb idea and a stupid way to spend our $600 million in tax money,” Lori Kalt, President of “Save Farmington,” said.

Kalt and other members of environmental groups, including the Great Salt Lake Audubon, Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment, Utahns for Better Transportation and Friends of Great Salt Lake, protested at the public hearing.

“It is going to exacerbate air quality and it’s going to divide neighborhoods,” Lynn De Freitas with Friends of Great Salt Lake said.

UDOT Project Manager Randy Jefferies said the corridor is needed. Data collected from the Utah’s Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget project the population to grow significantly by the year 2040. Jefferies added the B1 alternative option costs under $600 million, which is about $20 to $120 million less than other options.

“It’s not a final decision,” Jefferies said. “We can still make changes and adjustments to further minimize impacts.”

Another public hearing is set for Wednesday evening at West Point Junior High School. A third public hearing will be held at Freedom Elementary in Hooper on Thursday.

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