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I-15 Core project on track for winter 2012 completion

By Sam Penrod | Posted - Dec. 26, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.

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OREM -- In less than two years, more than six million tons of dirt has been excavated and 249 miles of lanes have been filled with concrete in the I-15 Core project in Utah County.

Come next winter, UDOT plans to have the project completely finished.

"We only have a year left on this project, but we still have a lot of work to do," said Mindy Nelson, UDOT spokesperson. "Orem will be heavily impacted next year as we work on reconstructing the interchanges at 1600 North, 800 North and Center Street."

I-15 Core project
Since April 2010
  • 6 million tons of dirt have been excavated.
    • Would fill BYU's Marriot Center 12 times.
  • 11 city blocks of sound wall has been installed.
    • Could surround the Gateway, Temple Square and City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake.
  • 4 1/2 million man hours logged.
  • 249 lane miles of concrete laid.
  • 1100 miles of striping put down.
    • Enough to paint a line from Provo to Houston.

Last winter I-15 traffic was slowed by massive potholes and repairs along the corridor. UDOT says that this winter will be a much smoother ride.

"The majority of the project is on new concrete and that will really help with winter driving conditions this year," Nelson said.

Though potholes won't be the problem, there will still be lane restrictions in most areas and some closures drivers will have to deal with.

UDOT encourages drivers to check the road conditions before they leave home, and is making that easier with a new app for smartphones.

"It's a great tool that will help you with your commute, it gives you road conditions, accident information, anything you might need to plan your commute, before you go," Nelson said.

Once the project is finished, there will be 24 miles of brand new freeway in Utah County. Construction is expected to be finished by this summer between Lehi and Lindon, so that is something to look forward to during holiday travel in June or July.

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