Orange Barrels Return with Spring

UDOT_logo_blue.svgAs the days get longer and warmer temperatures begin to take their hold on the Beehive State. Construction season is about to commence. Last week, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) released a list of the top ten projects that will affect Utah motorists this summer.

Perhaps the project that will have the most impact on motorists is the reconstruction and expansion of Interstate 15 in Davis County. The project also includes multiple bridge replacements from North Salt Lake to Farmington as well as new interchange configurations at 2600 South and 500 South, which is expected to help improve traffic flow in those areas. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month, with completion expected in 2015.

A reconstruction of State Road 201 is also planned to start later this month. Crews plan to widen the ramps at the 5600 West interchange and replace the existing concrete pavement from 5600 West to 9450 West. The project is expected to complete by this fall.

Also planned to cut through the heart of Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake is the resurfacing of State Street from 400 South to 3300 South and the construction of a new interchange at the Redwood Road and Bangerter Highway intersection. It is expected to be similar to the freeway-like interchange at 7800 South and Bangerter Highway.

A number of big projects are also planned in other areas of the state. Riverdale Road in Roy is being reconstructed, various improvements are being made to U.S. 40 in Wasatch, Duchesne, and Uintah counties to help improve safety and traffic flow, and two intersections are being converted to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) – one in Cedar City and Brigham City.

Two projects relating to the Interstate 80 in Summit County are also in the works. A seven-mile section of the freeway between Silver Creek and Wanship will be reconstructed. The westbound bridge that goes over Silver Creek is also expected to be replaced. Construction starts in June and won’t be complete until next year. A resurfacing of the freeway from the mouth of Parley’s Canyon to the Jeremy’s Ranch exit is expected to commence this summer and will be complete by the fall.

All in all, construction crews will be working on more than 175 projects this summer with a combined budget of $800 million. For more information on all the UDOT projects planned for this year, citizens are encouraged to visit UDOT’s website devoted to all statewide projects.

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