The public hearing ordered by a 3rd District Court judge on the so-called "Ski Connect" road in Sandy has been set for Sept. 20 by the Utah Department of Transportation.
The hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Jordan Middle School, 9360 S. Third East, Sandy. UDOT is required to give notice of the hearing 30 days in advance, and will accept written comments postmarked as late as Sept. 30.Judge Scott Daniels on Monday ordered the hearing held before work could proceed on the $1.4 million road, which will connect 90th South with 94th South from Seventh East to about 1150 East.
He ruled that UDOT must follow its own regulations requiring that a public hearing be held on road projects. Earlier hearings on the road did not fulfill that requirement because transcripts of those proceedings weren't available to decision makers.
Because a written order has not yet been issued in the case, it is not clear what else must be done before construction could continue on the road. Work was already under way when the injunction was issued.
The injunction had been sought by the owners of the Sandy Mall and other businesses near the busy intersection of 94th South and Seventh East that stand to lose customers because the road will bypass them.
Area residents are also members of the coalition that joined the Sandy Mall in the lawsuit, fearing the road will disrupt their neighborhoods, especially after the planned expansion from two to four lanes.
Oponents of the road see the public hearing as their opportunity to prove that the road, which has been discussed by Sandy officials for about 28 years, is not needed.