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LDS Church looking at proposals for future freeway

   |  Posted Jun 25th, 2009 @ 1:28pm



 

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is looking at its farmland in Utah County as a possible route for a new freeway.

Future projections show hundreds of thousands of people could be living on the western side of Utah County within the next several decades.

A good chunk of farmland near Saratoga Springs, the Cedar Valley and the Genola area are owned by The LDS Church. The Church hired consultants to find the best possible freeway routes through that land.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Timothy Parker has been looking over the proposals. "Proposed extension goes through part of Saratoga Springs and then crosses the foothills of Lake Mountain into Eagle Mountain and continues down through Cedar Valley all the way to the south end of Utah Lake," he said.

Parker says now is the time to start preserving land for future transportation corridors, something he wishes would have been done even earlier.

Don't expect to see construction starting up any time soon. It could be up to 50 years before the state decides it is time to put in a freeway.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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