The Utah Department of Transportation wants to move the U.S. 189 highway designation from University Avenue in Provo to Eighth North in Orem.

And Orem city officials say there may be nothing they can do about the increased traffic and pollution that would result from tourists and trucks coming from and going to Provo Canyon.

"We only heard about it last week," Jack Jones, Orem public works director, said in City Council meeting Tuesday night. "UDOT said local legislators have been pushing for it, especially those from Provo."

Jones estimated the change would increase traffic on Eighth North about 25 percent. He said he doesn't know of any plans to improve the road to make it safer for area residents.

"The extra traffic will be a burden on the street and will put area residents in more danger from fast-moving traffic," he said.

Councilman Kelvin Clayton thought the action was unfair. "We have our fair share of traffic. UDOT wants us to take more than our share."

Air quality concerns Councilwoman Joyce Johnson. "I don't see why Provo should solve its problem by sending pollution to us," she said.

Asked what could be done to stop the change, Jones said: "Not much. It is pretty late in the process."

The council agreed to draft and send a letter Wednesday.