On The Issues
Our “Technology Corridor” was moved up to number one on UDOT’s project list in 2018, and is now scheduled for completion in 2020.
We're nearing completion of the "Technology Corridor."
Before I ran for office in 2015, I was admittedly somewhat naïve about how much we can “pre-build” road infrastructure. It seems simple, right? If a neighborhood is coming eventually, why not just build the roads now instead of later? If the Master Transportation Plan says a road will eventually be six lanes, why not just expand it early? I learned quickly that there are lots of reasons why it doesn’t work that way.
For starters, the roads can’t be built until we have sufficient impact fees to fund them and enough labor force to do the work. That means building construction and road construction are often running neck-and-neck. Plus, there are lots of moving parts between our Transportation Plans (which need to be updated) and UDOT’s (which are prioritized due to everyone’s needs, not just Lehi’s). In many cases, coordination between the two entities is much more difficult than it should be.
There is some good news. We’re nearing completion of the 1200 West expansion. The west Main Street update is funded and will start soon. The Triumph Boulevard bridge was completed in 2018. Our “Technology Corridor” was moved up to number one on UDOT’s project list in 2018, and is now scheduled for completion in 2020. The gridlock in the Thanksgiving Point area hasn’t gone unnoticed, either. Mayor Johnson is looking at some new connections that he plans to submit to our legislators for funding as part of our Local Area Transportation Plan, including potential new connections to 2100 North and another east-west corridor to the north of Thanksgiving Point. The implementation of some new TOD zones should also help bring mass transit to our area earlier. Our massive growth certainly brings traffic growing pains, but relief is on the way!