Planners Move Ahead on Legacy Highway's Second Leg

Planners Move Ahead on Legacy Highway's Second Leg

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Although the initial segment of the Legacy Highway is stalled and undergoing a court-ordered environmental revision, regional and state transportation planners are pushing ahead on the second leg and hope to have it built within the next decade.

The second section would run nine-point-four miles from Farmington to Syracuse.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council has pushed that leg up from the third phase of its 30-year transportation plan to the first phase meaning it would be built between next year and 2014.

The initial leg of the highway, a 14-mile segment which begins in North Salt Lake, is undergoing a supplemental environmental impact study. The tenth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state's first E-I-S was lacking and it issued an injunction to halt construction.

The court ordered the state to consider an alignment less damaging to the adjacent Great Salt Lake wetlands.

The second Legacy leg could face similar problems. Plans call for the highway to run on what is now known as Bluff Road, just east of the Great Salt Lake shoreline.

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

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