PROVO — The Utah Lake Commission approved Thursday a resolution to support proposed legislation to acquire funds for feasibility and project studies about, among other east-west transportation measures, a causeway across Utah Lake.

Rep. Kenneth Sumsion, R-American Fork, says he will propose a bill in the 2008 Legislature to receive about $5 million to study east-west transportation near Utah Lake, including a proposed causeway and other highways that would affect the lake.

The resolution passed by the committee doesn't support any specific road, but supports the funding for studies to be done for east-west transportation, said Reed Price, executive director of the Utah Lake Commission.

The resolution also supports other proposed and future state bills to acquire funds for projects concerning the impact of Utah Lake not only for transportation, but also for control of non-native species of fish and plants, shoreline protection and other goals the commission has for the lake, Price said.

Darryl Cook, executive director for the Mountainland Association of Governments, said the study would fit with the other ongoing east-west corridor studies.

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