UDOT Gives Gov’t Leftover $32M

SALT LAKE CITY?The Utah Department of Transportation has given Gov. Mike Leavitt a $32 million check?the leftovers from the I-15 reconstruction project.

The Legislature will ultimately decide where the money will go, but Gov. Mike Leavitt said a ?good chunk? will probably go to other highway projects.

?We?re dealing with a budget deficit right now,? Leavitt said. ?A project that?s ahead of schedule and under budget is a welcome outcome.?

A few changes in the original plans helped. One such change was the shortening of bridges, which saved about $10 million, said UDOT Executive Director John Njord.