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SENATE PASSES PROPOSAL FOR LETTING I-15 CONTRACTS

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The Utah Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would enable the Utah Department of Transportation to begin letting contracts for the renovation of I-15.

Gov. Mike Leavitt and UDOT officials both support the so-called "design-build" proposal they contend could hasten the renovation of I-15 by years and save up to $100 million.The measure passed the Senate, 27-0, after little debate. It already has passed the House and will now go the governor.

The measure clarifies UDOT's authority to pursue the proposal, which would involve a single contractor to oversee construction of I-15 from 600 North in Salt Lake City to 12600 South at Point of the Mountain.

The contractor would begin construction next year and design the project, under UDOT supervision, as it goes along. If things go as planned, the project would be done by 2001, the year before the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games.

Under a normal bidding procedure, construction would continue through 2004 or longer.

Some senators, including Sen. Mike Dmitrich, D-Price, said they support the bill but do not want to see other highway projects neglected.

Lawmakers have yet to decide exactly how they're going to pay for the design-build proposal. This year's budget contains $110 million for highway construction, but that would not cover design-build and all the other highway projects in the state.