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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Road Construction Season Begins In Utah

Utah has had several road construction projects going year-round and now as we move into the warm season there will be more projects launched. Travelers should be aware of projects that may cause delays.

The biggest project involves reconstruction of I-15 in Utah County. Much work has been done to add lanes to the freeway and that is now wrapping up. However, several interchanges will be rebuilt during the next few weeks and they will cause changes in the traffic flow.

There will be a major closure this weekend, with the University Parkway exchange in Orem shut down from Friday evening through early morning on Monday.

The Utah Department of Transportation website has current information on road projects. View general details here. The I-15 core project has its own website - see current information here.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the I-15 project. Below are excerpts.

"This will be a year of interchange construction," said Todd Jensen, project manager for the Utah Department of Transportation."The project is 75 percent complete, so the end is near [expected in December]. But we still have a lot of work to do this year that will impact traffic."

First up is a closure of University Parkway at I-15 beginning Friday at 9 p.m. until Monday at 5:30 a.m. for signal work. The southbound on- and off-ramps of I-15 there are also scheduled to be closed for ramp reconstruction and paving.

Reconstruction of other interchanges will then come to the north half of the 1600 North interchange in Orem, scheduled to close as early as April 23 for 30 days.

Jensen said that UDOT research shows that for such a large highway project — costing at least $1 billion — it is the quickest-completed project of its kind in U.S. history. The 24-mile project from Lehi to Spanish Fork is now scheduled to be completed in 35 months, or just under three years, from start to finish.

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