Salt Lake County, Utah— The Utah Department of Transportation has selected 5800 West as the department's preferred roadway alternative for the proposed Mountain View Corridor in Salt Lake County. UDOT right-of-way representatives were on hand at a recent open house announcing the selection to answer property acquisition questions.
The two roadway alternatives under consideration for the Mountain View Corridor in Salt Lake County are 5800 West and 7200 West, and both share the same alignment south of 5400 South. Each would also include high-capacity transit improvements on 5600 West.
"Compared to 7200 West, the 5800 West alternative better meets the transportation need while impacting fewer homes, businesses and wetlands," said Mountain View Corridor project manager Teri Newell. "While this provides some clarity for property owners and local officials in West Valley City and Magna, the Federal Highway Administration will ultimately make the final selection of a preferred alternative."
UDOT and the FHWA are conducting an environmental impact statement on the Mountain View Corridor. UDOT's preferred alternative selection focused on three key areas of differentiation: traffic/transportation performance, property impacts and wetland impacts. Preliminary analysis of the impact data shows that 5800 West carries 10-percent to 15-percent more traffic than 7200 West; 5800 West has more historic and recreation properties but fewer home and business relocations than 7200 West; and wetland impacts are fewer overall on 5800 West than 7200 West. Construction costs and tolling considerations were also important factors, but the difference between the alternatives was negligible.
Both alternatives will continue to be analyzed as part of the ongoing EIS. The final alternative selection will not be made until the alternatives' impacts and comments on the EIS and from the public hearings have been fully evaluated by the FHWA. A record of decision on the preferred alternative and the EIS is expected in 2008.
Alternative routes are also being considered for the project in Utah County, but UDOT has not yet announced its preferred alternative for the Utah County portion of the project.