Dear Mr. Jenks: Enclosed is a package of information concerning the US-89 corridor from Farmington to Ogden as was discussed at the March 22, 1990, meeting at the Utah Department of Transportation. We would like you to make this information available to the appropriate person on Congressman Hansen's staff. Thank you for your help in this matter. If you have any questions, please contact me. Sincerely, Doug Hattery Transportation Engineer
Dear Congressman Hansen: The Wasatch Front Regional Council as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Salt Lake and Ogden Areas has a significant interest in the US-89 corridor in Davis and Weber Counties. As Chairman of the Regional Council's Transportation Coordinating Committee (Trans Com), I am interested in pursuing improvements in the corridor as soon as possible. The Utah Department of Transportation and cities and counties along US-89 from I-15 in Farmington to Harrison Boulevard in Ogden have been studying the corridor for several years. Their studies have identified improvements needed to promote safety and better traffic flow in the corridor. Last year, a consultant study of the corridor recommended that a limited-access expressway with interchanges at several locations is the best alternative for meeting the needs on US-89. The recommendations of the study have been endorsed by all cities and counties along the corridor and by the State Transportation Commission. UDOT has begun environmental and design work for an interchange at SR-193
(Hill Field Road) and US-89. Construction is planned for 1992. However, funding for the remaining sections of the corridor has not been identified. A combination of state and federal funds will be required to complete the project. We would appreciate your support in pursuing funding options for the corridor. I am enclosing some information which will be helpful to you. Included are copies of: 1) A petition Signed by Davis County majors and legislators requesting Congressional support for US-89 2) A letter of support from Weber County officials April 5, 1990 If you need more information or have any questions, please call Doug Hattery at the Regional Council offices or call me at (801) 626-6013. We would be also glad to meet with you or any of your staff to further discuss this issue. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Robert H. DeBoer Enclosures
PETITION TO: Representative James Hansen Rayburn Building Room 2421 Washington, D.C. 20515 WHEREAS, the Highway 89 corridor between Farmington junction and South WEber is used extensively by north/south commuters from Ogden to Salt Lake City, and WHEREAS A recently completed study accepted by the affected entities indicates that Highway 89 should be developed as an expressway and development along the corridor seriously jeopardizes the implementation of that concept, and WHEREAS, usage of Highway 89 in this area has increased vastly over the last several years and is expected to double by the year 2000, and WHEREAS, the fatal accident rate is far above the typical rate, and WHEREAS, Highway 89 serves as a vital link to Hill Air Force Base, NOW, THEREFORE the Mayors and Legislators who represent the citizens who reside in communities adjacent to Highway 89 in David County respectfully request that our senators and congressmen make application for federal funding to make the much needed improvements on Highway 89 to be dispensed to the Utah Department of Transportation in the usual way. Dated this 28th day of February 1990 James J. Layton Layton City Mayor Rex Bouchard South Weber City Mayor Robert W. Arbuckle Farmington City Mayor Representative Walter Bain Blaine L. Nelson Fruit Heights City Mayor Representative Don Bush Brit Howard Kaysville City Mayor Representative Franklin Knowlton Senator David H. Steele Senator Haven Barlow
Dear Mr. DeBoer:
The US-89 Corridor from Farmington to Ogden is very important to the elected officials and citizens of Weber County. It is one of only two corridors linking the Ogden Area with Salt Lake City. It services such major traffic generators as Hill Air Force Base and Weber State College. Maintaining the ability of US-89 to serve these needs is critical to the continued growth of Davis and Weber Counties. Over the past few years, several studies of the corridor have been conducted. Last year, a consultant hired by the Utah Department of Transportation and the cities and counties in the corridor recommended that US-89 be upgraded to a limited-access expressway with interchanges at several locations. Such an expr.essway would increase the safety in the corridor while maintaining traffic flow at a high level of service. The Weber Area Council of Governments has unanimously supported the recommendations for developing US-89 as an expressway. We would like to ask for your support in pursuing the expressway alternative and in obtaining funding for making the improvements. Your help would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, David Andersen, Chairman
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