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Matheson Transportation Safety Projects Included in New Highway Bill

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Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Matheson Transportation Safety Projects Included in New Highway Bill

Congressman Jim Matheson said the bipartisan transportation bill sent to the President today includes technical corrections that will move several vital Utah projects forward. The Highway Technical Corrections Act of 2007 -HR 1195-- was approved by Congress at the end of April. The law makes changes to remedy problems in an earlier comprehensive federal highway authorization bill that had kept some projects on hold.

"From bridge repairs in Washington County to pedestrian and bicycle access in Moab, some important safety improvements had been stalled. This bill clears the obstacles so that local and state transportation officials can move forward," said Matheson.

Matheson said he successfully advocated for the following projects in Washington, San Juan and Grand counties:

* Increased lane capacity and approaches on the bridge over the Virgin River on Washington Fields road;
* Expansion of the Red Hills Parkway in St. George;
* Roadway improvements to the road from Halchita to Mexican Hat on the Navajo Nation;
* Roadway improvements on Highway 262 on the Navajo Nation in Aneth;
* Construction of a pedestrian safety project and roadway improvements on the Navajo Nation in Montezuma Creek;
* Reconstruction of 500 West to include pedestrian and bicycle access in Moab.

"Investing in infrastructure enhances safety and boosts the economy. I'm very pleased that the needs of local communities can be advanced with this bipartisan bill," said Matheson.

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