Syracuse Mayor DeLore Thurgood has been named chairman of a nine-member committee to study possible safety improvements for U.S. 89 in Davis County and southern Weber County.

"We will be looking at providing a long-range solution for Highway 89," to reduce traffic accidents and improve pedestrian safety, Thurgood said.The cities of Clearfield, Farmington, Fruit Heights, Kaysville, Layton and South Weber will have representatives on the committee, using a $90,000 grant to study traffic density, highway improvements and environmental problems.

The study of the four-lane highway is expected to take about six months to complete, Thurgood said.

One proposal already being considered, he said, is construction of side lanes to give motor vehicles turning off U.S. 89 or entering the traffic flow a greater distance to either slow down or accelerate.

"It will get worse if we don't do something," said Fruit Heights Mayor Dean Brand. "We are willing to do anything that's legal. A top item on my (election) campaign was to make a safe crossing."

Brand said he would like the committee to study whether a U.S. 89 overpass is needed in the Fruit Heights area.