Utah prison relocation sites ranked in report

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Images of conceptual renderings for a new prison. Images were created by the Prison Relocation Commission consultants. While these in no way represent the actual design of the prison, it gives a feel for what a modern correctional institution might look like.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Prison Relocation Commission continues to narrow down its potential sites for a new state prison.

The report, published last week, ranks the sites on a scoring system of 0-100. A site near Fairfield, in Utah County, was the top spot with a score of 76. Prison consultants revealed the same rankings at a February meeting.

Here’s how those sites ranked:

  • Cedar Valley South site (in Utah County), a score of 76;
  • I-80 and 7200 West in Salt Lake City, a score of 75;
  • SR-138 Industrial Park site (in Tooele County), a score of 72;
  • Cedar Valley North site (in Utah County), a score of 69;
  • Five Mile Pass site (in Utah County), a score of 68;

Read the entire report here:

Soil sampling of the sites is underway. These are the current contenders, according to prison consultants:

  • I-80 / 7200 West – Expanded (Salt Lake County)  [NOTE: This is the site west of the Salt Lake City International Airport. From Round 1; expanded site in Round 2]
  • SR 112/Depot Boundary Road (Tooele County) [NOTE: This is near the Miller Sports Park. From Round 1]
  • Lake Mountains West (Utah County) [NOTE: This site is the southern part of Eagle Mountain. From Round 1]
  • Cedar Valley South (Utah County)  [NOTE: This site is southwest of Eagle Mountain and west of the Town of Fairfield. This was added in Round 2]
  • Grantsville Industrial Park (Tooele County) [NOTE: This is near the Walmart Distribution Center. This site was added in Round 2]

The Utah Prison Relocation Commission is set to decide a permanent site for the new Utah State Prison by early summer. The legislature and the governor would have to approve the final site.

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