TESTIMONY OF CONGRESSMAN JAMES V. HANSEN BEFORE THE TRANSPORTATION SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE May 6, 1993 Chairman Carr, distinguished members of the Subcommittee, I appreciate the opportunity I have to appear before the Subcommittee. On behalf of the constituents of the First District of Utah I am asking along with leaders from the state of Utah for $73,600,000 for the continuation of completion of upgrading U.S. 89 and $3,600,000 for the completion of a new interchange on Interstate 15 (I-15). The U.S. Highway 89 route extends approximately 12 miles between the cities of Farmington and Ogden. Not only does it provide the principal link between major Interstates and these cities, but it is the main line of transportation between many smaller communities und their markets and suppliers. Additionally, it is a principal connection between a major Air Force installation, Hill Air Force Base, and the rest of the country. Last year Congress appropriated $2,400,000 to continue conducting initial studies and engineering. The $2,400,000 is an initial portion of a larger, multi-year appropriation initially requested by myself, former Senator Jake Garn and Senator Orrin Hatch. This project has been authorized through the Highway Reauthorization Bill but for far less than is needed to complete the project. The reasons that I have come before the Committee to seek continued funding for U.S. 89, are that the concerns with the highway continue to multiply as the highway
is excessively dangerous, the volume of traffic is too large for the size of the highway, and the local and state governments simply cannot afford to pay for the upgrade of U.S. 89. I am also asking that the committee appropriate $3,600,000 for the completion of a new interchange on I-15 at Forest Dt. in Brigham City, Utah. Spending for the project has been authorized at a level of $3,600,000 in the Highway Reauthorization Bill. The proposed site of the interchange is located west of Brigham City, Utah. This is the present location of Morton
International and the future location of a visitor center for the United states Department of the Interiorfs Bear River Bird Refuge. Morton International is a large manufacturer of automotive safety products. At present, there is no direct off-ramp providing access from I-15 to the Morton International facility. Being the largest manufacturer of automotive air bags, Morton International is projecting dramatic growth at the
Brigham City site over the next four years. Travelers to the Morton International facility must presently access the plant by exiting I-15 approximately 3 miles south of the plant or approximately 3 miles to the north of the plant and necessitates heavy trucks enroute to the plant to travel to travel by way of busy streets to reach the Morton International facility. Reduction of congestion and increased safety are utmost in the planning of the new interchange. Additionally, the United States Department of Interior Bear River Bird Refuge is planning to locate it's visitor center at the site of the interchange. The visitor center is expected to draw in excess of 500,000 visitors per year, or 170,000 vehicles. Due to safety and logistic concerns, construction of a new intersection is vital to the viability of the visitor center. Again, I would like to reiterate my support for the effort of the State of Utah to obtain $73,600,000 to complete upgrade of U.S. Highway 89 and $3,600,000 to construct a new interchange on I-15. As growth continues in these areas the safety and logistic concerns will only continue to mount.
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