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UDOT public hearing May 7 for Layton Interchange EIS

Article Published 04/15/2008

April 15, 2008

Officials from the Utah Department of Transportation have announced they will be holding a public hearing on the Layton Interchange Environmental Impact Statement.

The public hearing will be held Wednesday, May 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Layton Elementary School. The school is located at 369 W. Gentile Street, Layton.

There will not be a formal presentation. Residents are urged to stop by anytime between 5:30 pm. and 7:30 p.m. to view displays and visit with project team members. Those unable to attend the open house may still submit comments via e-mail, letter, calling the project hotline, or visiting the project Web site.

Contact information: Project Hotline 1-801-990-5555; www.udot.utah.gov/laytoninterchange; or e-mail brad@horrocks.com.

Project Location: The partial South Layton Interchange (Exit 330) and I-15 access from the Layton area west of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Project Background: The population and traffic in this area of Layton has shown rapid growth over the last few years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the census tract population of this area increased by 62 percent between 1990 and 2000. This growth is continuing, and traffic demand continues to increase on the local street system. The Union Pacific Railroad is a barrier to emergency vehicles and all other traffic because all street crossing are at grade.

The transportation needs in this area of Layton have been analyzed for the past several years. An Environmental Assessment was prepared, which included the purpose and need, alternatives, environmental analysis, and identified a preferred alternative. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the purpose of an Environmental Assessment is to determine whether an Environmental Impact Statement should be prepared. Following the circulation of the Environmental Assessment, and a public hearing, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) determined there was adequate justification to require the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.