When the Great Recession hit in the fall of 2008, elected officials across America pumped the brakes on planned highway projects. This included the state of Utah, which stopped all upcoming contracts.

After a new months of financial analysis, the governor of Utah looked at low labor and commodity prices — and decided he’d be foolish not to start building roads as quickly as possible.

In this archived video story, I talk with Nile Easton, Director of Communications for the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) about big plans for an expressway in Highland, Utah.

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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