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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Transportation Director Says Utah Bridges Are Safe

John R. Njord, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, has written an article insuring travelers that our highway bridges are safe. Here are excerpts:

"We at the Utah Department of Transportation are saddened by the tragic collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minnesota. Our hearts and our prayers go out to the victims and their families. And our sympathy and support go out to our colleagues at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, who must sort out how and why this happened and how to prevent it from happening again.

"Here at home, we want to assure Utahns and others who travel our state's roads that there is no cause for alarm here. Our bridges are safe.

"We are fortunate here in Utah to have strong leadership on bridge safety from state politicians, who have given us the funding we need to ensure your safety. This past legislative session alone, the governor recommended and the Legislature funded UDOT an additional $30 million for bridge repairs.

"Take care of what we have" is one of UDOT's primary strategic goals. Equally important is: "Improve safety." We are doing exactly that. When you drive across a bridge, you are entitled to the assumption that the structure is safe and sound. We are doing everything in our power to ensure that assumption is correct."

Read the entire article.

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