SYRACUSE (ABC4 Utah News) – Davis County drivers are getting a new option for their commutes, the West Davis Corridor, but it will come at the expense of a few dozen homes
From an initial list of 51 different possible routes, a 19 mile stretch running from Farmington to West Point received final approval Tuesday. It starts at Interstate 15 and Glovers Lane and runs northwest to 1800 North, 4000 West. Project manager Randy Jefferies says the Utah Department of Transportation has their eye on the present and two decades down the road.
“If you try and get around in Davis County these days especially in the peak hours you’ll notice I-15 is heavily congested, east-west roads are heavily congested,” Jefferies told ABC4 Utah News. “That’s just going to get worse over the next 20 years as population increases, households are going to increase by 65 percent in this area so this one project, this 19 mile corridor will reduce all congestion west of I-15 by a third and that’s going to provide a significant increase in mobility in this area.”
In order to make way for the project, UDOT will purchase and tear down 25 homes, maybe as many as 34 including Tim and Cathy Rodee’s dream home in Syracuse.
“I built this house for my wife,” Tim Rodee said. “Told her if she hung in there with me I’d build her a dream home and this is her dream home and my dream barn out back so it’s tough.”
The Rodees planned to live out the rest of their lives here, teaching grandchildren to ride their horses. Now with the wrecking ball looming, 62 year old Tim says they’ll have to start all over someplace else.
“I don’t understand the need to wreck peoples’ lives for transportation and to cut 2 minutes off of a commute, which is what it does,” Rodee said. “It’s going to cut 2 minutes off the average commute time to Salt Lake so it’s pretty difficult.”
UDOT says they hope to start construction in 2020 and have the first phase completed by 2022.