Owens’ Mountain View Corridor Completion Act Clears Committee

WASHINGTONThe Mountain View Corridor Completion Act, introduced by Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04), has passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources, initiating the third and final phase of the Mountain View Corridor. The legislation directs the transfer of 36 acres of federal lands, within the Bureau of Land Management’s control, to the state of Utah to finalize this transportation project, 15 years in the making. This fulfills the critical need for a north-south transportation corridor from western Salt Lake County to northern Utah County, identified in long-range transportation plans as far back as the 1960s.

“The Mountain View Corridor Completion Act will finalize phase three of the Mountain View Corridor, spanning 35 miles from I-80 in Salt Lake County to S.R. 73 in Utah County,” said Rep. Owens. “With Utah’s population growth straining our infrastructure, this project will alleviate pressure on I-15, shorten commute times, and introduce recreational amenities such as bike and walking trails, benefiting both residents and visitors alike. I’m proud to see the Natural Resources Committee passing this crucial bill and eagerly await a full floor vote.” 

“The Mountain View Corridor Completion Act is the kind of commonsense solution Representative Owens has continually championed,” said House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman. “H.R. 2468 will convey the land necessary to complete the Mountain View Corridor Project to the state of Utah and allow the final portion of the project to be completed. I applaud Rep. Owens for his leadership on this legislation and look forward to moving this bill into law.”

Background: 

  • The Mountain View Corridor serves as the sole public access route to the Utah National Guard headquarters and the National Security Agency (NSA) data center. 
  • The Mountain View Corridor Completion Act is necessary because the BLM lacks authority to transfer land under military control.
  • Two-thirds of the Mountain View Corridor project has been completed. The final third requires acquisition of three irregular parcels of federal land totaling 36 acres, technically owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
  • These parcels lie within the boundaries of an active military reservation established in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson’s Executive Order.
  • The BLM does not actively manage these parcels; they are overseen by the US Army National Guard, with no current or future plans for use.
  • The Utah National Guard supports the Mountain View Corridor project and has collaborated extensively with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the BLM to ensure proper alignment.

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