Citizen advisory committees are being formed to make suggestions and outline the problems for a study of U.S. 89 through Davis County.
Residents of Fruit Heights and Farmington are invited to an informal meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Farmington's Municipal Building with the firm hired to do the six-month study of the highway.Elizabeth Vincent, a transportation planning engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas Inc., is coordinating the study, commissioned by the Utah Department of Transportation and the Davis Council of Governments.
The study was suggested by mayors of several of the cities adjacent to U.S. 89, sparked by the high number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths along the road.
At an earlier meeting with Fruit Heights residents, it was suggested that a traffic interchange linking I-84 with southbound I-15 in Weber County would divert much of the truck traffic U.S. 89 carries.
Truckers use U.S. 89 because it's a direct link to I-15, the residents told Vincent. With no southbound direct access to I-15 from I-84, truckers choose the four-lane highway rather than fighting city traffic in Ogden or Riverdale, they said.
Vincent agreed to a point but said U.S. 89 also offers a mileage savings and construction of an interchange might not solve the problem.
One citizens group, the Citizens Co-op for a Safer 89 in '89, has already formed to obtain suggestions and collect money to improve the highway. Organizer Teresa Wood, Layton, said the group came together out of concern for traffic victims and their families.
Vincent said the six-month study her firm is doing has two goals: A short-term solution that can be implemented quickly, while a longer-term, final solution to the highway's traffic problem is developed.
Solutions suggested so far, in addition to an improved interchange at I-15 and I-84, range from installing traffic lights to building frontage roads.