House Approves Renaming Road After Hansen

House Approves Renaming Road After Hansen

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Drivers in northern Utah may soon be cruising along the Jim Hansen Highway.

The Utah House of Representatives voted 62-9 to rename a stretch of Route 89 -- beginning at the Farmington interchange and running north to Harrison Boulevard in South Ogden -- the James V. Hansen Highway.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

"Whether you agree with him or not, he's done great work for Utah," said Rep. Doug Aagard, R-Kaysville.

Former congressman Hansen recently retired after serving 11 terms representing Utah's First District.

During his 22 years in Congress, Hansen became Utah's most powerful House member ever, wielding his authority in a manner that made him the most polarizing figure in Western environmental issues and a champion of Hill Air Force Base.

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

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