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U.P. agrees to remove nearly 4 1/2 miles of track

One of the two potentially fatal obstacles to Salt Lake City's Gateway project has been cleared.

Mayor Deedee Corradini told the Utah Transportation Commission Friday that Union Pacific Railroad has agreed to a proposed consolidation of tracks in the area adjacent to Pioneer Park. A major change from previous proposals is that nearly 4 1/2 miles will be removed.Now all that remains is environmental approval from the Federal Highway Administration, to shorten the I-15 viaducts at 400, 500 and 600 souths.

The shortening of the viaducts is crucial to opening up the Gateway area to realize the city's vision of a "funky" area of retail, restaurants, night- spots and light manufacturing. "This is great news," Corradini said.