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WEST VALLEY CITY — A new roadway will help make navigating around the I-215 interchange near Valley Fair Mall a bit less congested.
The Utah Department of Transportation announced Wednesday the completion and opening of a new frontage road at the south interchange of I-215 and 3500 South in West Valley. The new two-lane road at 2400 West runs along the east side of Valley Fair Mall between 3500 South and 3800 South.
The $6 million project was designed and constructed by UDOT in coordination with West Valley City and improves access to nearby businesses and residences, said West Valley Mayor Mike Winder.
The estimated time savings for motorists going south between the I-215 interchange and 3800 South is up to 4.5 minutes, according to Winder.
Project improvements will help reduce traffic congestion and improve safety on 3500 South between I-215 and 2700 West, an area that carries an average of 46,000 vehicles per day, said UDOT project manager Oanh Le-spradlin.
“It’s now easier and safer to get where you want to go,” he added.
UDOT spokesman Adan Carillo said the new frontage road runs one-way southbound and provides access to the mall, Costco and 3800 South from the I-215 interchange off-ramp and 3500 South. The pre-construction configuration required westbound 3500 South traffic to navigate the busy intersection of 2700 West, while the new road provides another option for southbound motorists and mall patrons, he said.
The project slightly realigned the southbound I-215 on- and off-ramps at 3500 South to facilitate access to the frontage road. Also included were the replacement of noise wall on the off-ramp and installation of infrastructure for a future meter on the on-ramp.