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The message from Heather Barnum, public relations manager for the I-15 Utah County Corridor Expansion project, to motorists about planning ahead when wanting to exit freeway construction areas impressed me as careful cautioning ("Unusual I-15 lane splits coming to Utah County," Tribune, July 9).

It also raised questions in my mind about the working conditions for the construction crews. I tried to imagine how it would be to work heavy labor between two lanes of heavy traffic: huge trucks grinding by on both sides, a gazillion cars, constant noise, constant exhaust. Who could stand to work under such conditions? (I suspect often maligned Mexican labor is there; if only we could celebrate them as good neighbors!).

I hope for a follow-up article about construction workers and how they are being protected from harm while they rebuild our freeways.

Catherine Kreuter

Salt Lake City

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