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Lehi project to ease Main Street gridlock

LEHI (Deseret News) — There's no such thing as a mad dash out of Lehi, Saratoga Springs or Eagle Mountain.

When people in those areas want to escape to I-15, there's only one way out: Lehi Main Street, a one-lane road in each direction that promises stop-and-go traffic at any time of the day, except maybe 3 a.m.

Perhaps that's why the crowd last week at the Lehi Legacy Recreation Center was fairly easy on Utah Department of Transportation employees who were trying to explain to them the three-mile project at 2100 North to connect Redwood Road and I-15 at 1200 West that will bring construction, dust and detours.

With construction slated to begin in December and finish in fall 2011, the $130 million project is actually part of the Mountain View Corridor, a new road in western Salt Lake and Utah counties that planners envision as a freeway. Some day, provided enough money and need, planners hope it will span from I-80 to the Lehi Main Street exit, said Dave Smith, UDOT spokesman.

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