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State officials say they didn't endorse Utah Lake bridges

Provo (Salt Lake Tribune) » State officials say they do not endorse Utah Crossing's proposal to span Utah Lake with two bridges, contrary to what the company said on its Web site.

Dick Buehler, director of the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and David Grierson, the division's sovereign lands director, said they have asked Utah Crossing President Leon Harward to take their names off the Web site,

"That was listed on there without my consent," Buehler said. "I asked him to take it down several weeks ago."

Utah Crossing, a private company, is proposing to build two three-lane bridges from near Pelican Point in Saratoga Springs northwest to the former Geneva Steel site in Vineyard to tie in with Orem's 800 North and create an east-west corridor across the county. The $600 million bridge would be financed through a $3 toll drivers would pay each time they drove on the bridge.

On its Web site, the company listed a number of state officials as "agency support" under the "Endorsements" section. They included Buehler, Grierson, Mike Styler, executive director of the Division of Natural Resources, and John Njord, Utah Department of Transportation executive director.

The site also listed the Utah Taxpayers Association as a supporter. The UTA's vice president, M. Royce Van Tassell, said it does support the bridge.

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