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OGDEN — The Utah Department of Transportation is bracing for its busiest summer of construction, with 200 projects in the works. To help drivers avoid significant backups, Thursday the agency announced its top 20 summer road construction projects drivers need to be aware of.
One of those projects will take place in front of Mind Condition, a car detailing shop at 2869 Washington Blvd. But co-owner Shane Constable said he's actually excited about the construction.
I consider it a short-term inconvenience for a long-term gain.
–Shane Constable, Ogden business owner
"I consider it a short-term inconvenience for a long-term gain," he said.
Washington Boulevard in Ogden, between 26th Ave. and 40th Ave., is No. 1 on UDOT's top 20 summer construction projects. Crews will be fixing the existing road and putting in new material to make the road smoother and last longer. But there will be lane closures.
"It might be inconvenient getting vehicles in the front — the entrance is in the front — but we'll figure it out," Constable said.
The biggest project on the on UDOT's list is the I-15 CORE work being done in Utah County. There is still a lot of work to do.
"It's amazing how much work, how much work they're getting done," said Jason Davis, UDOT's Region 2 director. "The fact that it's going to be wrapped up in December is faster than really anything being done of that magnitude in the country."
Another big project is at 7800 South and Bangerter also made the list. Crews are putting in an overpass that will allow traffic on Bangerter to flow without having to stop at a light. East-west traffic will go underneath.
"The majority of these (top 20 projects) are state-funded," Davis said. "Our Legislature has done a great job in allocating funds for us to do highway construction."
That means millions of dollars for these projects, but Constable says sometimes progress costs money.
"I don't like spending taxpayer money if they don't need to," he said. "But if it improves the image of Ogden, and the morale, then I'm all for it.
Contributing: Peter Samore