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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 22 2012 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Afterglow Fanissimo
Salt Lake City, Utah

I'm very impressed by the bold actions of our governor. I support his initiative.

Stephen Kent Ehat
Lindon, UT

I have been nothing but impressed, from the beginning all the way through, with the obviously competent management, the excellent planning, and the safety of the traffic configurations brought to bear during the construction project. From top to bottom, those who have been involved in all aspects of this massive project have done a yeoman's job and are leaving us with a very useful corridor. Thank you all.

Zadruga Guy
West Jordan, UT

I commute to work in Provo daily. There has been occasional glitches but overall, the project went far better than I expected. Hats off to everyone involved!

Kaysville, UT

One piece I heard yesterday about this visit by the Governor was that he was vindicated by this visit. It was stumping for people that forgot that his coffers increased by $80,000. Just because this group of companies may be finishing the project early, it doesn't mean a whole lot if they had problems with the Governor's ethics or appearance of his ethical questions that haven't been answered. He may have been voted in but as Mr. Cooke said, "The end doesn't justify the means." If the Governor wants that type of mark on his legacy that the I-CORE project was finished early but he gave up ethics for that is not worth it. Integrity is what the I in I-CORE should mean. It got blemished when the Governor put himself into the UDOT process of getting a company he wanted awarded the project at a $13,000,000 grant to the other company that didn't get the contract.

Supposedly, that Other Company got the $13,000,000 for their efforts in attempting to get the contract. Did that actually pay them for their plans so that Wadsworth could use them?

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

I guess "the end justifies the means."
Congratulations, Gary, despite all the apparent corruption, we got some nice roads out of it.

Orem, UT

If you recall, the other contractor (Flatiron/Skanska/Zachry) is connected with the poor quality work done on Timpanogos Highway. So, I'm glad that despite the means we got a better contractor with less quality issues on the CORE project! It would be awesome for the contractors to meet this goal, functional use of the highway before the bulk of winter weather would be such a blessing to those driving the corridor.

American Fork, UT

My understanding also is that the accident rate along Utah County I-15 during reconstruction has been far less than the Salt Lake County I-15 when it was being redone in preparation for the Olympics.

Orem, UT

good grief Provo River Constructions is the major contractor for a 1.5B dollar project? Holy cow the owners can definitely retire LOL.

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