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Utah Highway 89 Truck Speedway – F.A.Q

What are UDOT’s plans for Highway 89?

It is a little hard to determine because they have not posted their plans on their website. They have presented plan alternatives to city councils. There appear to be three options:

  • Do nothing Not a serious proposal.
  • Expanded highway Expansion to three lanes in each direction and limited access points via frontage roads.
  • Expressway Freeway configuration with on and off ramps, removing lights, and increasing speed limit. This appears to be the favored option as UDOT has mostly secured the land to do this option.
Why would UDOT’s plans create a High Speed Truck Route on 89?
If you are a trucker coming on I-84 with the intention to go south, you have three poor alternatives:

  • Parley’s Canyon Steep pass and subject to climate.
  • Highway 89 Nice transition from I-84 to Highway 89, but then stoplights along 89.
  • I-15 No easy transition from I-84 to I-15 southbound. The transition was never built by UDOT.

The Expressway option changes the calculation. Highway 89 becomes the easy choice.

Why should I be concerned about increasing truck traffic?
Two things: (1) noise and (2) safety. For noise, think of waking up to the sound of air brakes in the morning. For safety, there have been two incidences in recent years involving trucks and requiring evacuation of nearby homes.
Can trucks be banned from Highway 89 like from the Legacy Highway?
Apparently not according to UDOT as this is a federal highway which precludes banning trucks.
So, what can be done?
First, demand that the southbound transition from I-84 to I-15 be built as part of any plan. Second, oppose the Expressway option. Opposing the Expressway option will keep the post speed down and will keep the traffic lights.
How do I make my voice heard?
This is tricky. UDOT boasts of a transparent process, but as evidence by their response in the first meeting and the website, there is very little information. Additionally, being transparent on their plans does not equal listening and modifying their plans. The open house forum that they are using fractionates feedback and should be abandoned.

  • Email your concerns to UDOT and your legislative representatives.
  • Attend all UDOT meetings and be direct on your ideas.
  • Write to newspapers.

 

Finer Fruit Heights News

 

U.S. 89 upgrade plans spur Kaysville man’s call for I-15/I-84 …

 Monday , June 19, 2017
US89-upgrade-plans-spurs-Kaysville-man-s-call-for-I15 -I84-improvements….

U.S. 89 upgrade details in Davis County may come into better focus …

Wednesday , June 14, 2017
The Utah Department of Transportation will reveal updated details of plans to upgrade U.S. 89 through northern Davis County at a meeting on …

Bountiful, Fruit Heights and Sunset mayors face election challenges

Jun 8, 2017 In Fruit Heights, city leaders’ support for Utah Department of Transportation plans to build U.S. 89 over Nicholls Road, eliminating access

Some Fruit Heights Residents Oppose Proposed Overpass – Story

Apr 17, 2017 FRUIT HEIGHTS (ABC4 Utah News) -Some Fruit Heights residents fear a proposed overpass on Highway 89 will change their small Davis …

Fruit Heights residents, leaders debate future of busy U.S. 89 …

http://www.standard.net/…/FruitHeights-residents-leaders-debate-UDOT-U-S-89- project-Nicholls-Road

Apr 15, 2017 Fruit Heights Mayor Don Carroll, center, addresses a meeting at City Hall on April 13, 2017, to discuss plans to upgrade the U.S. 89-Nicholls …

Some in Fruit Heights say no to overpass as U.S. 89 upgrade debate simmers

April 1st, 2017

A great follow up article from the Standard Examiner. There are many quotes from members of the community. We will continue to press forward and upward as we work to get our elected officials to be mindful to communicate to all the residents of Fruit Heights.

UDOT Delays U.S. 89 Project

March 30th, 2017

Thank you Standard Examiner. And Thank you to all the All members of our community who have worked so hard to raise our voice. I am grateful for UDOT and their representatives taking time to listen and understand. All residents deserve to have information regarding any and all impacts a project of this magnitude could have on them and their community.

 A Finer Fruit Heights

Posted on: March 30th, 2017

Residents of the commuter community of Fruit Heights are facing a modern day “David vs Goliath” story. The upcoming UDOT US -89 Project will further separate the “City of Good Neighbors”, by converting US 89 into a mini I-15. Residents are asking “what is the precedent for bisecting a residential community with an expressway?” Riding on the momentum of other communities who have had recent success in stopping big government from rolling over the greater interest of residents, like Better Bountiful and their rally for “No New City Hall”, residents of Fruit Heights are just beginning their stand.

Currently the new expressway calls for removing most of the access points, greatly complicating things for residents who currently live near and access US-89. Residents from Farmington to South Weber have had a great number of access points until summer 2016 when some access points were removed in preparation for the new project. The UDOT plan calls for further limitations by removing all those access points and replacing them with at least 4 interchanges, causing impact to property values and major disruption to residents along the 11 mile future expressway. Fruit Heights will have HWY 89 raised above the current grade, putting a great burden on the corridor’s smallest community.

Fruit Height’s City Council strongly supports UDOT’s plans in spite of their constituents’ calls for more logical thought and consideration of impact to residents. Fruit Heights residents are feeling frustrated by their City Council’s lack of communication and listening to their concerns. Heather Bodily, a concerned resident, states, “There are many issues facing the city with the proposed construction for US-89 and certain pieces of this intricate puzzle are important to different residents, but I think we all agree that this proposed project is creating detrimental polarization of our beautiful community.”

The proposed 25-foot-high overpass of US-89 over Nicholls Road is the largest and most devastating feature of the project for homeowners living at and near that intersection. Rachel Bergeson, one of the most affected residents says “If it wasn’t bad enough that this project calls for the closing of access to 89 at Nicholls Rd, the plan also calls for putting a huge concrete wall in my backyard and the yard of my immediate neighbors!”

Facing what residents are calling a “lack of representation by their elected local government officials”, they have joined together to create a community action committee called A Finer Fruit Heights. The group includes citizens from various parts of the city. A Finer Fruit Heights stands to challenge the city council and UDOT with thought and logic on the impacts this project has on the entire community.

“The need for the group arose from the frustration we and our neighbors are feeling regarding this UDOT US-89 Project encompassing Farmington, Fruit Heights, Kaysville, Layton and South Weber County. We’re going to our city council and being told ‘This is not a democracy’. We can’t help but feel that there are forces lurking behind the scenes on this project. We simply want more transparency and the opportunity to see the data prior to any absolute determination being made”, said a spokesperson for the group.

In fact the group, A Finer Fruit Heights, has already achieved what they are calling a small victory. Group member John Pohlman, “We have been able to meet with the Project Manager for UDOT on this Project and they are willing to come to the table to hear and discuss our issues.” Tonight there will be a UDOT Public Information Meeting held on March 30th from 6-7:30 p.m. for the US-89 Nicholls Crossing Project at the Farmington Community Center (120 Main St).

An email invitation with more details was sent to all of those that had previously provided their email address for the project to date. UDOT is also coordinating with the City to communicate the meeting information. “Please feel free to contact adeslis@utah.gov with any questions or to be added to the email notice.” – Amalia Andrews, UDOT Consultant Public Information Manager
A Finer Fruit Heights feel that they have been given no choice but to become a formally organized group. Their mission is “Protecting the City of Good Neighbors” and bringing attention to issues important to all city residents–not just what City Council wants. The group spokesperson went on to say,” There are many issues facing this project and though all may not be important to some, when added together the issues effect ALL the residents of Fruit Heights.”

“Fruit Heights City Council insists that the proposed overpass is positive for the city as a whole. As I add it up, the cons dramatically outweigh the pros for most residents. So I have to wonder, just who really is the benefactor of this project?” asks group member, Amy Canter.

Resident and group member Kristi Bybee stated, “NO OVERPASS! I think that the more people become familiar with the issues we’re facing by separating our great community of close neighbors, they can see that cutting our city in half with a major expressway is going to have long lasting effects on our community. All we ask is that this be done with the foresight and best practice of doing what is right because it is right!”

A Finer Fruit Heights is asking all the residents of their community to join them in their discussion on Facebook as well as on their website http://www.FinerFruitHeights.us

U.S. 89 upgrade proposal in Davis County raises noise, pollution …

Feb 16, 2017 LAYTON — Change is coming to U.S. 89 through northern Davis ….

UDOT study could initiate major change for Highway 89, eastern …

Feb 8, 2017 While U.S. Highway 89 through Weber and Davis counties looks more … RELATED: U.S. 89 bridge project in Fruit Heights will improve safety, …

 

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Jan 30, 2017 Fruit Heights residents, leaders debate future of busy U.S. 89 crossing … Utah roads officials propose bridging U.S. 89 over Nicholls Road, but …

U.S. 89 bridge project in Fruit Heights will improve safety, boosters say

Jan 20, 2017 Crossing U.S. Highway 89 via Nicholls Road in Fruit Heights can be a nerve- wracking experience. A new bridge project should improve safety …

15 million UDOT project will lift U.S. 89 in Davis County

Jan 17, 2017 The Utah Department of Transportation plans to build a grade-separated crossing where the road intersects with Nicholls Road in Fruit Heights.
Oct 31, 2016 Fruit Heights residents, leaders debate future of busy U.S. 89 crossing … Utah roads officials propose bridging U.S. 89 over Nicholls Road, but …

 

 

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Oct 3, 2016 FARMINGTON — When a final decision is made on the West Davis Corridor, the road could extend further — or possibly even be made shorter …

Posted Oct 10, 2016 by Louise R. Shaw  The Davis Clipper

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/269434/N-DAVIS-SECTION-OF-US-89-GETS-LOTS-OF-OFFICIAL-ATTENTION.html?pg=all

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