The Sierra Club has asked for a full environmental impact study on the Utah Department of Transportation's plans for widening U.S. 89-91 from Wellsville to Brigham City.
About 60 people attended a recent UDOT scoping hearing on the project.A $560,000 study on alternatives for improving the highway will be made by Centennial Engineering Inc., aided by subcontractors BIOWEST Consultants and Valley Engineering Inc., Logan.
David Berg of Centennial said it has not been determined whether an environmental assessment or a full-scale environmental impact statement will be done.
Tom Twedt of BIOWEST said major issues identified so far are big-game migration and feeding areas, wetlands near Dry Lake and Mantua, visual aspects, geological concerns relative to steep slopes and unstable soils and Box Elder Creek, a class 3 fishery.
Lukez asked that consideration be given to providing turnouts and parking areas for recreational purposes.
"A bicycle lane should also be explored because a surprisingly large number of bikers enjoy that highway," he said.
Wendell Johnson, manager of E.A. Miller Trucking Co. and representative of the Cache Chamber of Commerce, said his company and the chamber support major improvements to the highway.
Margaret Pettis, a Cache County teacher, said she realizes there are many deer-vehicle collisions on the highway, "but I would rather see the highway patrol do more with enforcement than over-construct to take care of the problem."