Planning officials outline transportation efforts to accommodate Utah County growth

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Adequately investing in and planning for future transportation infrastructure is a critical aspect of ensuring that growth in Utah County and along the Wasatch Front is sustainable, planning officials told state lawmakers Wednesday.

Andrew Gruber, executive director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, told lawmakers during a Transportation Interim Committee meeting that “any discussion about long-term planning in Utah, of course, starts with the omnipresent issue of population growth.”

Utah has been “the fastest growing state in the nation over the past decade,” Gruber said, noting that the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah projects the state’s population will jump from 3 million to 5 million by 2050.

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