Utah County Officials are requesting more freeways

Utah County

There is no doubt that Utah as a whole is growing, especially Northern Utah County. With new companies like Adobe, IM Flash, Cabella’s, MultiView, Vivent and numerous others in tow we will continue to see growth for decades.

Utah County expects to nearly double its population to 1 million by 2040, said Shawn Seager, director of regional planning at the Mountainland Association of Governments. “Lehi, Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain are what we call the epicenter of growth,” he said, adding that his planning agency expects this fall to call formally for three new freeways in that area to handle extra traffic from growth.

The three new projected freeways are:

  • State Road 73 to Eagle Mountain and Cedar Valley
  • 2100 North in Lehi
  • Finishing the Mountain View Corridor from Salt Lake County into northern Utah County (paralleling Redwood Road) as a freeway

The Salt Lake Tribune released the article below discussing the projected freeways.

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Lehi • As the Utah Transportation Commission rotates its monthly meetings around the state, it usually takes a few minutes to hear concerns from local officials.

That stretched to two hours Friday as a parade of worried northern Utah County officials begged for new freeways and other road projects to handle exploding growth there.

“Lehi’s not sick because of our roads. We’re in cardiac arrest,” said Mayor Bert Wilson. His city’s population swelled from 19,000 in 2000 to 55,000 now, attracting major new businesses such as Adobe, IM Flash, Cabela’s, the Outlets at Traverse Mountain, and big office complexes around Thanksgiving Point.

But other businesses considering coming to the area are getting cold feet, he warned, because of bad and worsening traffic congestion, especially near Interstate 15 and State Road 92 at Thanksgiving Point.

“We don’t want to drive them off because we can’t provide for them,” Wilson said.

Utah County expects to nearly double its population to 1 million by 2040, said Shawn Seager, director of regional planning at the Mountainland Association of Governments.

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