Phoenix and Salt Lake City— The Arizona and Utah departments of transportation have been busy hosting public meetings about planned highway improvements.
ADOT has held meetings about proposals to widen Grand Avenue (US-60) between the Loop 101 and Loop 303 freeways in the northwest Valley and to add lanes to the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway between State Route 51 and Loop 101. Both projects are currently under design and scheduled to begin construction in 2009.
In Lehi, Utah, UDOT held an open house to seek public input on proposals to shift the alignment of the Mountain View Corridor in Utah County. UDOT and the Federal Highway Administration are preparing an environmental impact statement for the proposed highway through the corridor in western Salt Lake County and northwest Utah County. The study has identified four potential route alternatives in Utah County, and concerns have been raised regarding proximity of the alignments to Utah Lake.
Since its proximity to Great Salt Lake was one of the factors that stalled construction of the Legacy Parkway to the northwest of Salt Lake City, UDOT is paying attention to requests that it move the proposed Southern Freeway alignment further from the lake.
A public hearing on the draft environmental impact statement is expected in fall 2007, with FHWA approving the final EIS in 2008.