The federal government should help Utah correct a dangerous trafic problem along 84th West in Magna, Rep. Wayne Owens said Thursday.
Owens, D-Utah, has asked the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee to provide between $750,000 and $1 million to the state of Utah to build sidewalks, widen 84th West or in other ways make the route through Magna sager. The street is heavily used by construction trucks, and there have been several serious accidents along the route, including 13 fatalities.Owens said that although the state will build a truck turnout lane on 84th West, state officials have said they cannot afford other improvements.
The federal government doesn't usually pay for work on non-federal-aid routes but has financed certain projects to demonstrate techniques for certain kinds of improvements.
Owens also plans to seek $20 million for the Utah Transit Authority to acquire a former Union Pacific Railroad right of way paralleling I-15 as a route for a proposed light rail system.