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Relief for Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs commuters on the way

DESERET NEWS -- Driving out to Saratoga Springs or Eagle Mountain is a bit laborious, but motorists from those two communities are getting a little relief.

Two separate projects in north Utah County will make the road to Saratoga Springs and beyond into Eagle Mountain much easier by next fall.

"We're pretty excited about it, as you could imagine," Eagle Mountain City Manager John Hendrickson said. "We should have a substantially improved transportation system to and from the city. We've dealt for 10 years with two-lane roads and, frankly, a country-lane road. And that's a pretty tough thing when you're growing — sometimes we were growing at 30 percent a year. We've grown from about 150 people to about 23,000 people in about 10 years."

An almost-$3.5 million joint effort shared by Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs and Utah County, along with planning provided by the Mountainland Association of Governments, will extend Eagle Mountain's Pony Express Parkway to Redwood Road in Saratoga Springs.

The east-west road will run along 7200 North, directly south of Saratoga Spring's new high school and adjacent junior high. Hendrickson said the road will initially be two lanes wide, but later expand to a four-lane divided road from Redwood Road to Smith Ranch Road in Eagle Mountain. Eventually, he said, it will continue east to 2300 West in Lehi. Original Article