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Letter: Like Syncrete, Inland Port is just another Utah legislated snake oil sale

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Trucks carrying shipping containers move in and out of the Union Pacific intermodal terminal at a steady pace, west of Salt Lake City. Directly south is the future site of the transloading facility, which will be the heart of the inland port, as seen on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

Is the Utah Inland Port Authority just a repeat of the 1989 failed Syncrete project?

Do you remember it?

Experimental synthetic concrete purchased by UDOT, sold to be “salt resistant” and applied between 5900 South and 3300 South. Less than a year after Syncrete was applied, it was removed, costing millions while causing extensive vehicle damage.

The inland port and its no-bid contract exemption policy and clear lack of operational transparency looks a lot like the state’s Syncrete decision 33 years ago. Utah does have a reputation of being the fraud scheme capital, so I suppose the inland port is, like Syncrete, just another Utah legislated snake oil sale.

Rand Marcus, Millcreek

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