How the coming West Davis highway will impact northern Utah residents


Northbound traffic moves slowly during rush hour on I-15 near Antelope Drive in Layton on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

Northbound traffic moves slowly during rush hour on I-15 near Antelope Drive in Layton on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

Congestion, lost productivity, speed limits all slated to change

SALT LAKE CITY — In 21 years from now, Weber County’s population will jump by 63%, Davis County’s will increase by 33% and a transportation study area that encompasses both counties will skyrocket by 80%.

If popular arterial transportation corridors aren’t improved, and the West Davis highway remains on the drawing board, transportation planners with the Wasatch Front Regional Council have some dire predictions:

Vehicle miles traveled in congestion will jump by 246%.
Delays by motorists will increase 148%.
Total lane miles traveled in congestion go up by 65%.

Progress on the West Davis highway, however, is quietly unfolding through property acquisition for the right of way, and the planned selection of a design-build firm that will facilitate an expected completion date in 2023.

The completion of the highway is expected to stave off an anticipated 148% increase is lost productivity (per day) by motorists stuck in traffic and ease a more than 10% reduction in highway speeds caused by traffic jams, according to the regional council’s study.

The Utah Department of Transportation’s project director for the highway, Rex Harris, said the $800 million highway, during this first phase of funding, begins at its southern end near Glovers Lane in Farmington with new ramps from I-15 and Legacy Highway and ends at 4500 West in West Point with the planned extension of state Route 193.

Currently, state Route 193 T-bones at 3000 West in Clinton.

Although the four-lane divided highway — similar to Legacy with low noise pavement and low lighting to minimize night sky impacts — could extend further into Davis and Weber counties and wrap through Hooper and West Haven, Harris said there is no money on the table for …read more

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