Spending Bill Gives Utah Millions of Dollars

Spending Bill Gives Utah Millions of Dollars

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OREM, Utah (AP) -- A section of Alpine Loop would get a $2 million study in a federal spending bill agreed to by House and Senate negotiators on Friday.

The bill would bring $21 million in federal spending to Utah, and Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, said that $6.3 million of that is for his 3rd district, which covers parts of central and western Utah.

The House passed the measure 392-31. If approved by the Senate and signed by President Bush, it would bring:

-- $600,000 to Provo for the city's new performing arts center,

-- $500,000 to Orem to widen Geneva Road from 1600 North to University Parkway

-- $200,000 to Eagle Mountain for community development and park improvements.

"Transportation is one of the most pressing challenges in Utah and throughout our nation," Cannon said. "This bill will help give us the tools and resources we need to respond."

Cannon's communications director, Charles Isom, said $2 million was set aside to fund an environmental study of transportation needs in the Lehi-Alpine area.

The Lehi interchange is under increasing stress, UDOT spokesman Brent Wilhite said.

"That whole area right there around U-92 has seen tremendous growth, not just because of commercial growth but residential growth, too," he said. "So many people have moved into that area, congestion has increased significantly."

Developments on I-15 just south of Point of the Mountain include Cabela's, a popular tourist attraction and outdoor equipment retailer, which opened in August. In October, Lehi officials announced plans for the Terrace at Traverse Mountain, a 150-acre business retail park overlooking I-15.

The I-15 interchange at U-92 was improved in anticipation of increased traffic to the new Cabela's sporting goods store. An extra left-turn lane was added to the southbound I-15 offramp.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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