Bills pass related to Murdock Connector and Developmental Center 04

A pink marker blows in the wind near the area that the proposed east-west connector would run on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in American Fork.

Utah County commissioners paved the way Tuesday for a north county east-west connector road to go through.

In their regular meeting Tuesday, Utah County commissioners approved a cooperative agreement between the county, the Utah Department of Transportation, the Mountainland Association of Governments and Highland City to design and build the east-west connector.

Dubbed the Murdock Connector by American Fork, Highland, Alpine and Cedar Hills representatives, the road will serve as an important east-west corridor connecting Highland to American Fork between state Route 92 to the north, and 300 North on the south.

The proposed route will start on the east and connect to Harvey Boulevard in Cedar Hills, run through Utah State Developmental Center land and come out on 100 East American Fork/5300 West Highland.

The exact design and placement of the road has not been finalized yet. Representatives from Highland, UDOT and Utah County will work together on the plans and designs.

“Having UDOT involved, it will get done in a rigorous way using processes that utilize public input. Everything now follows UDOT processes, and that means the road will happen,” said Highland Mayor Rod Mann in a phone call.

Once the road is complete, Highland will own and maintain it.

Cedar Hills, Highland and American Fork passed resolutions earlier this year in support of the road, emphasizing the public safety need for the road, due to both residential and commercial growth in the area.

City representatives hope it will be a collector road with speeds of 30 to 35 mph so it is a viable thruway for northeast county residents.

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely