Special Coverage: Navigating Utah Construction

Apr 6, 2018, 9:37 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — The saying ‘no pain, no gain’ might well apply to Utah’s roads during 2018.

The Utah Department of Transportation announced an ambitious construction plan for the year at the start of April. The projects run the gamut from adding segments of sidewalk to a major lane expansion on I-15 in Lehi. UDOT highlighted its top 10 projects by providing estimated costs and timelines.

In total, UDOT identified 188 construction projects totaling $1.46 billion.

FILE:  S.R. 92 (Timpanogos Highway) and Main Street in Lehi. (Photo credit: UDOT) UDOT plans to spend $450 million dollars to widen I-15 between S.R. 92 (Timpanogos Highway) and Main Street in Lehi, the last remaining section of I-15 between Salt Lake City and Spanish Fork where the freeway is still only four lanes instead of six lanes wide. (Photo: UDOT) UDOT is entering the second year of construction to widen and reconstruct S.R. 108 from Antelope Drive to 300 North in Davis County. (Photo: UDOT) Crews are reconstructing S.R. 9, the gateway to Zion National Park, through the town of Springdale. Workers are removing the old pavement and replacing it with new asphalt, and adding new pedestrian and bike improvements. Lambs' Canyon (Photo courtesy: UDOT) Crews plan to add a new I-80 westbound lane for trucks from Jeremy Ranch to Parleys Summit, and a new wildlife crossing at the summit. (Photo courtesy: UDOT) Mountain View Corridor in Utah County will be extended from the Redwood Road/2100 North intersection to S.R. 73.  (Photo credit: UDOT) UDOT plans to extend Mountain View Corridor in Utah County from the Redwood Road/2100 North intersection to S.R. 73.  (Photo credit: UDOT) In Davis County, crews will reconstruct I-215 from the I-15 interchange in North Salt Lake to 2100 North. This project will also construct a new Diverging Diamond interchange at Redwood Road and I-215.  (Photo courtesy of UDOT) I-215 in Davis County is set to get a complete rebuild, as well as a new Diverging Diamond interchange at I-215 and Redwood Road. (Photo: UDOT) UDOT will replace three bridges on I-80 near the S.R. 36 interchange: eastbound and westbound I-80 over the Union Pacific railroad tracks, and the S.R. 36 ramp bridge. Construction on these bridges will start in late spring, and is expected to be complete in summer 2019. (Photo courtesy: UDOT) The Utah Department of Transportation reported it would be closely monitoring more than 60 bridges after an infrastructure report from the White House found them in poor condition. (Photo courtesy: UDOT) UDOT is working to widen I-15 Southbound in Salt Lake County by adding a new southbound lane from 2100 South to 12300 South. Some southbound ramps at the I-15/I-215 south interchange will also get redesigns to improve traffic flow, and crews will
widen 7200 South to three lanes from I-15 to Bingham Junction Boulevard in Midvale.  (Photo courtesy: UDOT) UDOT is widening Bluff Street in St. George from 100 South to Sunset Boulevard.  (Photo courtesy of UDOT) Crews will widen Bluff Street in St. George from 100 South to Sunset Boulevard.  (Photo courtesy of UDOT) FILE: Multiple interchanges on Bangerter Highway have been undergoing a facelift to remove stoplights. Photo: UDOT, 2018 Four different interchanges on Bangerter Highway are getting makeovers: 5400 S., 7000 S., 9000 S. and 11400 S. (Photo courtesy of UDOT) Work continues to convert four intersections on Bangerter Highway into freeway-style interchanges. (Photo courtesy of UDOT) Bangerter Highway: Work continues to convert four intersections on Bangerter Highway into freeway-style interchanges. New interchanges are under construction at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, and are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. (Photo courtesy of UDOT)

It comes amid a period of sustained growth for the state. The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah projects the population of Utah will climb from roughly 3 million people in 2018 to 4 million by 2032. Much of UDOT’s plan revolves around accommodating that growth, adding capacity to heavily-used routes including I-15, I-215, I-80, Redwood Road, Bangerter Highway, Bluff Street and others.

KSL Newsradio will provide ongoing, daily coverage of the unfolding construction situation in order to help drivers safely and quickly navigate the work zones. That will include Triple Team Traffic reports live on the radio from the KSL Traffic Center during the morning and afternoon commutes, as well as breaking Emergency Traffic reports any time crashes or construction impact the normal flow of travel.

The KSL Traffic Center’s Twitter feed provides continuous, real-time look at conditions affecting the drive through the eyes of UDOT cameras, KSL staff and our “traffic troopers.”

Traffic reports are also available any time through the free KSL Newsradio app on iOS and Android.

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Special Coverage: Navigating Utah Construction