DALLAS - The Utah Department of Transportation last week celebrated the $1.8 billion awarded by the state Legislature to expand Interstate 15 in the Salt Lake City area, even though the original reconstruction plan called for nearly $5 billion.

"I'm extremely pleased with what we got," said UDOT executive director John Njord. "We're going to be addressing the most critically needed and most congested portion of the project. The rest of it will come."

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