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

Rob is a 12-year veteran public radio reporter and talk show producer. Other staffers at the station called him the "road guy" because he kept running off to cover all the transportation stories. Rob has degrees in Geography (BS, 2010) and Civil Engineering (MS, 2018).

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