Feds Sign Off on Highway Widening Project

Feds Sign Off on Highway Widening Project

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TOOELE, Utah (AP) -- The rush hour bottlenecks might soon be a thing of the past.

The Federal Highway Administration has signed off on proposed enhancements to Utah Highway 36, clearing the way for the Utah Department of Transportation to begin the second phase of road-widening, from Mills Junction to the city of Tooele.

The two-lane roadway will be widened to four lanes with a center turn lane and wide shoulders.

The stretch of highway from Interstate 80 to Mills Junction already has been widened to four lanes with a center turn lane, but traffic now bottlenecks at Mills Junction during the evening commute.

Traffic also is extremely congested in the morning, Tooele County Commissioner Gene White said.

A majority of the project should be completed by the end of 2004 with some work continuing in the 2005 construction season.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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