A bill that would have appropriated $1.6 million toward construction of a highway connecting 72nd South at Seventh West to 70th South at 13th West in West Jordan was defeated Tuesday by the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee.

Rep. Jed Wasden, R-Midvale, said his bill was needed to help move commuters from I-15 to the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. Currently, freeway drivers exiting onto 72nd South can travel west only as far as Seventh West.