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DAVIS COUNTY -- It's been a headache for drivers for more than a year, but the Utah Department of Transportation says a section of freeway construction just north of Salt Lake City is in the home stretch.
UDOT has been working on the area from 500 North to I-215 in Davis County since December of 2008 for the EXPRESSLink project. Sunday night, several on- and off-ramps closed and a few they had been working on opened up -- making it easier for drivers to navigate.The southbound 2300 North on- and off-ramps and the southbound 1000 North on-ramp reopened.
The newly closed ramps are the southbound off-ramp from 1-15 to 600 North, southbound on-ramp from U.S. 89 to 1-15 and the southbound off-ramp from 1-15 to U.S. 89/Beck Street (exit 312).
UDOT says the transition went smoothly overnight and the whole project should be completed sometime this coming fall.
Scott Thompson of the Utah Department of Transportation said, "Be patient with us. We're going to add more lane capacity, some more express lanes opening up, and we've got some old bridges that we've been replacing. And it will be a much better area of I-15 once it's all done."Next Sunday, Jan. 24., there will be another round of closures.
Northbound I-15 between 500 North and I-215 will be restricted to one lane from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The northbound on-ramp to I-15 at 600 North will also be closed during that time. And the 2300 North on- and off-ramps from I-15 to U.S. 89 will stay closed for the remainder of the project.
UDOT advises drivers to start planning an alternate route now to avoid getting caught in traffic.