Gov. Mike Leavitt told Utah County mayors Wednesday he is hearing, loud and clear, their pleas for road funds.

But he stopped short of promising a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow."Given our limited amount of resources, the local communities may need to move themselves up and stretch the dollars they do have," Leavitt said after the mayors met with him in a 30-minute session Wednesday.

The governor urged the mayors to see the entire spectrum of the state's road needs.

"We're going to each have to take our turn," he said.

However, he said lobbying for state road funds is important and necessary, and knowing Utah County's road needs is helpful.

"It helps to see and visualize," he said.

The Utah County mayors presented Leavitt with a list of their top four road projects that need funding. The projects were unanimously agreed upon in a recent Council of Governments meeting.

Mary DeLaMare-Schaefer, representing Provo Mayor Lewis Billings, said the University Avenue interchange project can be funded, but the widening of I-15 between University Avenue and Center Street needs to be done at the same time, and funding is needed for that project. Completing the projects separately would increase costs and be more disruptive to traffic.

"We want to do it right," she said.

Pleasant Grove Mayor Ed Sanderson pleaded for a new freeway interchange near his city. Besides serving Pleasant Grove, the interchange would provide another badly needed access for all north Utah County communi- ties.

Lehi Mayor Ken Greenwood said development west of Lehi is forcing a need for another route to Utah County's west desert area.

"I'm going to get lynched if I don't get a plan," he said.

Orem Mayor Joe Nelson pleaded for a change in the overpass structure at the Provo Canyon interchange that intersects with 800 North in Orem.

"We've got a real challenge there," he said.

Nelson noted that the list of needs assumes that the two highest priority projects, the University Parkway interchange and improvements to U.S. 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon, will remain funded and move ahead as planned.

Leavitt said he's familiar with the stresses that growth is putting on Utah County's transportation system.

"I've been backed up on 1200 South. I've waited in line on University Avenue. I've been stopped on Center Street and I'm familiar with the problems in Provo Canyon.

"Your needs are not falling on deaf ears. I know what you're saying."

The governor said he believes Utah County is an area that will see continuing rapid growth in the next 15 to 20 years.

He plugged the need for the Legacy Highway project, saying Utah County's needs emphasize his contention that a western corridor must be developed.