UDOT unveils top summer construction projects

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Major construction will be happening on Utah roadways this summer.

As part of the Utah Department of Transportation's "Know Where, Know Why" campaign, UDOT revealed its top construction projects so drivers aren't caught unaware by any orange cones or closures.

Top 25 UDOT projects of 2010
  1. S.R. 39 (12th Street), Ogden
  2. S.R. 26 (Riverdale Road), Riverdale
  3. I-15, Clearfield
  4. I-84 Bridge, Taggart
  5. I-15, South Layton
  6. I-15, Bountiful to Farmington
  7. I-15 ExpressLink, North Salt Lake
  8. 4700 S. at Bangerter and Redwood Rd.
  9. 5400 S. Flex Lanes, CFI, Taylorsville
  10. 6200 S., Redwood Rd.
  11. 700 E., Sandy to Draper
  12. 11400 S.
  13. Mountain View Corridor, SL County
  14. U.S. 189, Heber to Provo Canyon
  15. S.R. 92, Highland
  16. Mountain View Corridor, Utah County
  17. Pioneer Crossing, I-15 American Fork Main St. Interchange
  18. I-15 CORE, Utah County
  19. U.S. 189 (University Avenue), Provo
  20. S.R. 198 (Spanish Fork Main St.), S.F.
  21. I-15, Spanish Fork to Santaquin
  22. U.S. 89, Piute County
  23. I-15, Washington County
  24. S.R. 9 (State St.), Hurricane
  25. I-15, St. George

UDOT hopes by unveiling the interactive construction map, drivers will be better prepared for traveling this summer -- both with everyday commuting and road trips to Utah vacation destinations.

On the list of the top 25 projects, seven on I-15 alone will have a major impact on commuters.

"On the top of that list is the I-15 CORE project that begins this month, 24 miles of reconstruction from Lehi down to Spanish Fork," said UDOT Deputy Director and Chief Engineer Carlos Braceras. "We expect significant delays throughout the three years of construction."

However, the next five months will likely be the worst, as one lane will be shut down.

The top 25 projects include seven on I-15 that will cause significant delays from Utah County to Weber County during construction season. -UDOT

Another big project that has been going on for a year already is the 11400 South Interchange on I-15. That project will finish this fall, adding merge and auxiliary lanes between 12300 South and 10600 South in addition to the new interchange.

Additional I-15 projects include Pioneer Crossing, the American Fork Interchange and the Express Link project on I-15 at 500 North in Salt Lake City, which will be wrapping up this fall. That project entails adding Express Lanes in each direction and replacing bridges at U.S. 89, Beck Street and 1000 North.

More improvements are planned for I-15 from Bountiful to Farmington, including new lanes and a new interchange along I-15 in south Layton and bridge repairs on I-15 in Clearfield.

In addition to north-south travel, there are also projects planned that will help east-west travel in the Salt Lake Valley in South Jordan and Taylorsville.

"Our state continues to experience growth, and with that comes a responsibility of this department to maintain our transportation system," Braceras said.

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