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Community Protests UDOT's Plan for new Freeway in Lehi

Community Protests UDOT's Plan for new Freeway in Lehi



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LEHI, Utah (AP) -- The Utah Department of Transportation says it's picked the best route for a new freeway.

But hundreds of residents packed the Lehi Legacy Center last night saying the road must be stopped.

UDOT says the project called the Mountain View Corridor is need to reduce congestion and link Interstate 80 to Interstate 15 in Utah County.

They say the proposed route at 2100 North in Lehi will force the removal of the fewest homes and businesses, cost the least, and have the smallest environmental impact.

The grass-roots group Citizens Organized for Smarter Transportation says Lehi residents should not have to give up their homes to eminent domain. Nor should they have to find their homes suddenly next to a 320-foot-wide connector road.

The route will not be final until it is approved by the Federal Highway Administration, which is expected to issue a decision in 2008.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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