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UTAH COUNTY -- Construction to widen S.R. 92 in northern Utah County officially began Wednesday afternoon. Not only will the existing lanes of the road be expanded to five lanes from I-15 to Highland Blvd., but new commuter lanes will also be built alongside the road.
The commuter lanes will be the first of their kind in Utah. Project director Bryan Adams with UDOT says the concept of the commuter lane came about while trying to find the best way to accommodate both commuters heading to the freeway as fast as possible and people making trips around the community."The notion of building separate lanes that could bypass intersections just sort of flowed out of that," said Adams.
"Commuter lanes will give people direct access without going through signal lights and intersections from Highland Blvd. all the way to I-15, both getting on the freeway and then coming off the freeway," said UDOT's regional 3 spokesperson Scott Thompson.
"We will probably look and see how successful this is and see if this is something we want to include in other areas around the state as we build and re-do other roads," said Thompson.
In the project, the commuter lanes will be built first so traffic can be moved to the commuter lanes while the original portion of S.R. 92 is being reconstructed and widened.
The $139 million project is scheduled to be done in the summer of 2011.