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LACK OF FUNDS FORCING UDOT TO REDUCE LOGAN CANYON WORK

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A lack of funding has made planned improvements to U.S. 89 through Logan Canyon impractical, according to a state transportation official.

Dyke LeFevre, a regional director for the Utah Department of Transportation, has suggested that only critical areas of the road be improved until funds are available - something environmental groups have long supported.The Utah Transportation Commission, which met Friday in Salt Lake City, agreed with LeFevre's recommendations.

He said bridges and certain high-use interchanges should be built first, while a proposed $1 million rest area at Bear Lake overlook and improvements to the rest of the road would follow.

The original plan specified that bridges be built first, then the overlook and then the rest of the road.

Commissioners also appointed members of a Cooperating Advisory Team, which will advise UDOT on each phase of the project design. Citizens for the Protection of Logan Canyon Vice-Chair Shawn Swaner was chosen over the Logan Canyon Coalition's nominee, Don Hickman, to represent the environmental community.

"Once the bridges are in place, it will reduce the need for other improvements in the canyon," Swa-ner said.

The revised first phase now closely approximates the "conservationist's alternative" favored by Citizens for the Protection of Logan.