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Attention on I-15 shifts south

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With less than $1 million of work left to do in the $1.59 billion I-15 project in Salt Lake County, the attention is shifting to another stretch of I-15 — the 44 miles in Utah County.

The Utah Department of Transportation and the Mountainland Association of Governments are seeking public comment on freeway planning for Utah County's portion of I-15.

"We're asking the community, 'What do you want? What are you looking for?' " said UDOT director John Njord.

The questions are being posed to Utah County residents through a series of public meetings next week.

Monday, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Orem Senior Center, 93 N. 400 East in Orem.

Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m. at the American Fork Junior High School Auditorium, 1120 N. 20 West in American Fork.

Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Payson Junior High School "cafetorium," 1025 S. U-198 in Payson.

Mountainland Association of Governments director Darrell Cook said Utah County is adding about 10,000 people a year to its population.

"We're in relatively good shape at this point," he said. "As time passes, we'll exceed capacity (on I-15)."

A 30-year plan for the I-15 corridor will include "mainline improvements, interchange modifications, over and under passes, new interchanges, as well as interim measures that could extend the useful service life of facilities where practical," according to www.utahcountyi-15.com, the Web site for the Utah County I-15 Corridor Management Plan.