Last week, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) secured a total of $11.5 million in community project funding within House Appropriations legislation. This funding, distributed between four separate projects, would provide critical support for Utah’s 2nd congressional district.
“This is a major win for Utah and its people,” said Rep. Stewart. “These projects will make significant, immediate impacts across the district, from ensuring safe drinking water to improving our infrastructure. There is nothing more important than ensuring the health and safety of Utahans, and I’m proud to have secured a level of funding that will do exactly that.”
Ephraim Road Safety & Economic Development Project:
This project would receive $4 million in funding. It would be used to construct a new street corridor on U.S. Highway 89 in downtown Ephraim, Utah. The project funding would address the highest priority transportation master plan and economic development priority for the city.
Critical Drinking Water Resiliency Project:
This project would receive $3 million in funding. Right now, Ephraim’s main transmission line for drinking water is deteriorating. The project funding would be used to replace the line and ensure safe drinking water for Ephraim City residents.
Industrial Road Improvements Project:
This project would receive $3 million in funding. It would be used to overhaul the industrial road corridor in Cedar City, Utah. The overhaul is critical to the city’s ability to manage the commercial truck traffic and high population growth.
In the past nine years, the city’s population has grown by nearly 19 percent, and unforeseen COVID-19-related growth in 2020 and 2021 is straining the city’s current infrastructure. Repaving and widening the industrial road would facilitate improved flow and safety of commercial traffic.
Green Steel Tank Replacement Project:
This project would receive $1.5 million in funding. The green steel tank is developing pin holes, and it is far too close to a fault line. This funding would go toward building a new reservoir that meets earthquake codes and improves safety for the city’s residents.