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Utah transportation leaders get an unexpected gift: an extra $371 million to spend on some big projects

MARCH 25, 2019 | by Lee Davidson | THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

First, sales taxes that help fund the state’s Transportation Investment Fund produced more than expected amid a healthy economy. Second, and more important, other ongoing projects ended up costing much less than budgeted, so the excess is being returned for other work. He said UDOT tries to be conservative in its long-term budgeting and often includes extra in projects to cover risks about such often unknown costs as land acquisition, moving utilities or legal challenges.

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