GOVERNMENT

10-year expansion of I-15 “Tech Corridor” essentially complete

Oct 30, 2020, 4:32 PM
I-15 construction...
(I-15 in Lehi. Credit: Paul Nelson)
(I-15 in Lehi. Credit: Paul Nelson)

LEHI, Utah — After nearly 10 years of construction, traffic restrictions and hard-to-see lane markers, UDOT officials say the construction projects on the I-15 “Tech Corridor” are essentially finished.  Drivers now have six wide-open lanes of traffic in both directions.

It’s a day many drivers say they never expected to see: The end of highway construction on I-15 through Lehi.  Over the years, the Utah Department of Transportation has upgraded the off-ramps at Timpanogos Highway and 2100 North, built a new frontage road and installed 17 new bridges.  They’ve also replaced aging infrastructure with materials expected to last another 40 years.

Construction has been present on I-15 in Utah County in one form or another since 1997, as the state was getting ready to host the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Despite all those upgrades, UDOT Spokesman John Gleason said traffic through Lehi was a nightmare at times because of one portion of the road had fewer lanes than other parts of the freeway.

“You would have this bottleneck every evening commute where you would go from six lanes to four lanes,” Gleason said. “It would really snarl traffic.”

With that finished, Gleason said the drive should take half as long as it used to.

“If you had a 14-minute commute prior to construction, it will now be seven minutes,” he said.

Some drivers told KSL they could see a difference in how smoothly the traffic flowed.  One woman said it was “interesting” not to have any delays getting off at S.R. 92 to go to the outlet stores.

“It was very nice to have a lot of the construction removed,” she said.

However, others who live nearby reported doubts that construction will ever truly be “over.”  One woman said there has been so much growth in Lehi over the past couple of decades, she is certain UDOT will have to plan more projects to keep up with demand.

“We’re just going to be in a really big waiting period,” she said. “I kind of wish that we went two lanes wider on each side so we don’t have to go through this again in ten years.”

Construction crews still have some finishing touches they need to make through the “Tech Corridor,” so there will be some temporary lane restrictions while crews finish things like landscaping and installing traffic cameras.

Today’s Top Stories

Government

File photo: Soldiers from the Utah National Guard prepare to depart Roland R. Wright Air National G...
Amie Schaeffer

Utah Air National Guard Airman dies during routine deployment

An airman from the Utah National Guard passed away from undisclosed medical issues while deployed in Guam on Nov. 29.
19 hours ago
Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson wants his old job back. ...
Mark Jones

Rocky Anderson announces bid to run for SLC mayor in 2023

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson announced Wednesday that he is seeking reelection to get his old job back.
2 days ago
Former Vice President Mike Pence is seen here with audience members after appearing at at CNN town ...
Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

Pence says Trump was ‘wrong’ for dinner with Holocaust denier

Former Vice President Mike Pence says former President Donald Trump was wrong for having dinner with a Holocaust denier and should apologize for it.
3 days ago
FILE - A Montana man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the Capitol riot. (AP P...
The Associated Press

Montana man gets 3 years in prison for role in Capitol riot

A Montana man will spend three years in federal prison for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S Capitol.
7 days ago
Dozens of residents were displaced after fire at a low income apartment complex in Richfield, Utah....
Mark Jones

American Red Cross of Utah seeks volunteers in central Utah

The American Red Cross of Utah is seeking volunteers in central Utah after a fire in Richfield earlier this week displaced 35 families.
7 days ago
On Thanksgiving Day, Crave Cookies donated to the Utah County Jail and The Salvation Army hosted me...
Waverly Golden

Thanksgiving Day donations and volunteering

On Thanksgiving Day, Crave Cookies donated to the Utah County Jail and The Salvation Army hosted meal preparation and delivery to Utah families.
7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
10-year expansion of I-15 “Tech Corridor” essentially complete