New Pollution Standards May Delay Some Road Projects

New Pollution Standards May Delay Some Road Projects

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Some of Utah's road projects could get hamstrung by new federal air-pollution rules.

State transportation officials say they can move forward to widen roads in 2004 and 2005 in urban Salt Lake County and Ogden.

What they can't do is make design additions or changes that violate more restrictive pollution standards.

The projects already on the drawing board were evaluated under an expiring air emissions model used to measure air pollution from vehicles.

Max Ditlevsen is program development director for the Utah Department of Transportation.

He says the new rules could delay some projects.

But it will not bring all capacity-adding projects to a halt as was the case in Utah County during 2001 and 2002.

And routine road maintenance is not subject to the tougher standards.

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

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