About a decade ago, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) rolled out three potential alignments for a new major freeway. Each put the new freeway near existing homes. Residents of Lehi, Utah wanted the freeway to cross a major bluff at the northern end of town — a financially impractical option that would have meant constructing a clone of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The department held a public involvement meeting, where I met up with these neighbors and heard out some of their concerns. I also got to chat with Teri Newell, the project manager for UDOT’s Mountain View Corridor project to see what the department was doing to minimize impact.

Road Guy Rob

A 12-year veteran public radio reporter and producer. Rob covered transportation and urban issues. He earned a graduate degree in Civil Engineering (MS) in 2018.

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