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UDOT prefers freeway option along Highway 89; Public hearing set for Sept. 7

Article Published 08/25/2017

The Utah Department of Transportation’s preferred alternative for U.S. Highway 89 expansion is to make it a six-lane interstate freeway, between Farmington (I-15 connection at Shepherd Lane) and Weber Canyon (I-84 junction at South Weber).
The details are explained in a 942-page environmental study draft document released August 24 by UDOT.
-A public open house on the proposal is planned for Thursday, Sept. 7, 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Davis Conference Center, 1651 North 700 West, Layton.
(This is a public hearing in an open house format, where the public can come in at any time during the hours listed. They can make comments either to a live person, or in a number of other ways, both electronic and manually.)

For the Layton portion, access to U.S. 89 would be restricted to just four places – State Highway 193, Antelope Drive, Gordon Avenue and Oak Hills Drive. 
The draft study reported that the areas of Layton City currently adjacent to US-89 are zoned primarily for
residential use with smaller agricultural areas near Oak Hills Drive and 1400 North. Commercial areas are planned for 1400 North and Cherry Lane. The east side of the Highway at 1400 North, around Valley View Drive, is zoned for public use.
Along its length, a 10-mile corridor, the proposed project would require the removal of a total of 22 homes and three businesses, plus Layton City’s water tank – located just west of Highway 89 and north of Oak Hills Drive.
Twenty of the homes to be removed are in Layton City and the other two are in Fruit Heights. The three businesses that would be removed are all in Layton and include the Chevron Gas Station; Grounds for Coffee; and the Pick-and-Go Food Mart/Sinclair Gas Station. 
Recreation-wise, the preferred highway alternative would:
1. Require the acquisition of 0.91 acres of Davis Park Golf Course Davis Park Golf Course (but would not change the nature or use of the golf course.)
2. Would convert the existing trailhead parking at the popular Adams Canyon trailhead into roadway facilities (would require a new parking area).

When UDOT developed some interchanges along Highway 89, like at Highway 193, in the 1990s, there was logical indication that the busy road would one day become a full freeway.
In fact, in the early 1960s, Highway 89 was studied extensively as a possible location for the planned I-15, though today’s western route was eventually selected. 
-Public comment is being sought by UDOT through Sept. 25 at utdot.utah.gov/us89, by email at us89@utah.gov or by telephoning 888-752-8789.
-The full draft document can be accessed at:
http://www.udot.utah.gov/us89/draft-study/