The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced its list of Top 10 Projects for the 2016 construction season.
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced its list of Top 10 Projects for the 2016 construction season. At the top of the list is the $105 million reconstruction of I-215 in western Salt Lake County, which is scheduled to begin in May and to be completed late next year.
More than 150 projects are scheduled this season statewide to improve mobility now and in the future. These construction projects are designed to enhance safety for drivers and pedestrians, improve the flow of traffic and keep Utah's roads in good condition.
Three projects in this year's Top 10 are in western Salt Lake County, an area that has seen tremendous population growth. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, three western Salt Lake County cities are among the fastest growing municipalities in the state (South Jordan, West Jordan and Herriman).
The following are UDOT's Top 10 Projects for 2016:
1. I-215 — 300 East to S.R. 201, $105 million — Construction starts May 2016; scheduled completion fall 2017.
UDOT's top project this season will reconstruct the I-215 west belt with new concrete pavement from S.R. 201 to 4700 South. Crews will repave the westbound lanes with new asphalt from 300 East to Redwood Road. In addition, this project will widen the freeway to add auxiliary lanes from S.R. 201 to 4700 South, and will reconstruct the two bridges over S.R. 201. All four lanes will remain open in the peak travel direction during commute hours, but motorists should plan for delays and consider alternate routes such as Bangerter Highway and I-15.
2. I-15 — The Point Project, $252 million — Construction continues from last season; scheduled completion this fall.
Crews continue widening the freeway and placing new concrete pavement on I-15 from 12300 South to S.R. 92. Major construction this season will happen primarily between 12300 South and Bangerter Highway, with finish work taking place at the southern end of the project area from Bangerter Highway to S.R. 92.
3. Mountain View Corridor — 5400 South to 4100 South, $180 million — Construction started in March; scheduled completion fall 2017.
UDOT is extending Mountain View Corridor farther north to 4100 South. This new construction will include two lanes in each direction, separated by a wide median (similar to the current open segment of Mountain View Corridor).
4. I-15 — Farr West to Brigham City, $52 million — Construction started in March; scheduled completion this fall.
Crews are widening a 13-mi. (21 km) section of I-15 to add a lane in each direction from 2700 North in Farr West to U.S. 91 in Brigham City. Most work is taking place in the freeway median, and traffic delays are expected to be minimal. This widening will improve traffic flow in the area.
5. Bangerter Highway — 600 West Interchange, $48 million — Construction started in April; scheduled completion spring 2017.
UDOT is constructing a new freeway-style interchange on Bangerter Highway at approximately 600 West. This new interchange will enhance safety and reduce traffic congestion in the area near Bangerter Highway and I-15. UDOT is in the middle of a multi-year process to upgrade Bangerter Highway by replacing many of its existing intersections with interchanges, which will improve traffic flow.
6. I-15 — Hill Field Road Interchange and TTI, $28 million — Construction continues from last year; scheduled completion summer 2016.
UDOT is reconstructing the I-15 interchange at Hill Field Road, converting it to a single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow and reduce delays in Layton. Last season, UDOT constructed new ThrU Turn Intersections on Hill Field Road on each side of I-15.
7. I-15 — St. George Blvd. to Green Springs Drive, $24 million — Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion late 2016.
Crews are adding two lanes in each direction to I-15 in St. George and building new underpasses to connect Red Cliffs Drive with Red Hills Parkway near Mall Drive. These new lanes will help meet the needs of the growing population in the St. George area, and make it easier for drivers to enter and exit I-15.
8. I-15—Riverdale to Farr West, $14 million — Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion fall 2017.
UDOT is repaving I-15 in Weber County from the I-84 junction to 2700 North in Farr West. This new pavement will prolong the life of the freeway and provide a smoother ride for drivers.
9. U.S. 189—Deer Creek Widening, $13 Million — Construction started in April; scheduled completion summer 2016.
Crews are widening a 6-mi. (9.6 km) segment of U.S. 189 near Deer Creek Reservoir to two lanes in each direction, plus a center turn lane. Currently, U.S. 189 consists of one travel lane in each direction in this area. Adding these lanes will reduce congestion and enhance safety, specifically for recreational travelers.
10. U.S. 6 — Repaving near I-70, $6 million — Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion this fall.
UDOT is repaving a 10-mi. (16 km) section of U.S. 6 near the I-70 junction to improve the road condition for drivers and extend the life of the road surface.
UDOT reminds drivers that construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.
For more information, visit udottraffic.utah.gov.