AMERICAN FORK More lanes, newer interchanges, more convenience many people who frequently travel along I-15 would probably be appreciative of a more accessible freeway, but some of those directly affected aren't excited.
About 80 people attended the Utah Department of Transportation's first public hearing/open house Thursday for widening I-15 in Utah County, some of whom could lose land if the plan is approved.
UDOT sent letters to landowners who would be directly affected by the widening of the interstate and invited them to discuss concerns and ask questions, said Geoff Dupaix, UDOT's Region 3 spokesman.
Father and son Claude and Tyree Lamph own land in American Fork along I-15, and one option could hurt them. Option C of the American Fork Main Street interchange, which would realign Main Street along the railroad track's north side, would cut the Lamphs' farm in half. The Lamph family has owned and farmed the 100-plus acres for about 100 years, said Tyree Lamph and they want to be able to continue that. Because of their desire to farm, the Lamphs have never considered selling the land to developers.
"It's just unfortunate," Tyree Lamph said. "We want to remain farmers, we want to stay in a rural area. If the road goes through, it's like we'll be punished because we didn't sell."
Moving combines, pipe and tractors across the freeway to farm on both sides would be impractical, Tyree said.
UDOT will hold a second open house for the I-15 expansion on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dixon Middle School in Provo. Those who cannot attend can make comments and read information about the expansion at www.udot.gov/i15utahcounty.