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Jed Boal ReportingAs less predictable weather moves in, the Utah Department of Transportation is finishing up several major projects along the Wasatch Front. The improvements could make a difference in your travel time.
UDOT spent more than 100-million dollars along the Wasatch Front this summer. We all ran into delays, but now it's time for the pay-off.
Governor Olene Walker put the hammer down to win the first bumper-car race across the Park Lane interchange in Farmington. This link between east and west Farmington will provide access to I-15, US Highway 89 and eventually commuter rail and Legacy Highway. The link should spur new development and improve access and safety.
Sen. Sheldon Killpack, (R) Farmington: “I was joking with some of the UDOT people, saying we were sure glad to see you come and sure glad to see you go. It's going to be nice to have this project open and running."
The state insists Legacy will be built and will end here when court-ordered environmental impact changes are made.
In the meantime this widening project at Beck Street will help reduce congestion and headaches for northern county commuters.
Carlos Braceras, UDOT Deputy Director: “This project is now going to give us three continuous lanes through that area. Should eliminate a lot of the back-up we see through that area."
South on I-15, at the south end of the Salt Lake Valley, you can look forward to completion of the biggest project of the summer. If the weather doesn't cause any problems, UDOT will finish off its expansion from three to five lanes. They'll open the northbound lanes a week from today and the southbound lanes a day later.
Carlos Braceras, UDOT Deputy Director: “That's been one of our biggest traffic delays throughout the whole state."
Five lanes are already open through most of the eight-mile stretch. In the next three weeks all of the work at the 12300 south interchange should be done.
And on the east side of I-215 fewer slow downs as crews finish those bridges. UDOT is still working on long-term solutions in Utah County; the completion of one project always means it's time to move on to the next.