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State Street in Orem Being Reduced to Two Lanes in Each Direction

State Street in Orem Being Reduced to Two Lanes in Each Direction



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Sam Penrod Reporting The good weather means spring is here and that also means road construction.

If there is one issue that may be the most critical in Utah County right now, because of all of the growth, it is transportation.

One big project in Utah County that drivers will want to avoid is the intersection at 800 North and State. The lanes are narrowed down to just two, and the backup is pretty bad right now.

This intersection in Orem is one of the busiest intersections in Utah County and suddenly the center of a major road building project. Crews started work this weekend to move major utility lines so actual road construction can begin in May.

Geoff Dupaix, UDOT spokesman: "We have a lot of traffic that uses this corridor on a daily basis; it not only serves the local residents here in the local community but also as a major connector between I-15 and Provo Canyon."

The actual rebuilding of 800 North is a $56 million dollar project that won't be finished until the fall of 2008. That's about the same time the major rebuilding of the highway in Provo Canyon will be finished.

Another project under study right now, is the north-south route of Geneva Road, which is becoming a popular alternate to I-15 during rush hour.

Geoff Dupaix: "We have about $28 million in federal money that we can actually apply to improvements to the Geneva road corridor that won't solve the entire problem, but it will give us a starting point in which to make improvements."

In fact UDOT plans traffic studies for Highway 92, the road between I-15 and Alpine, as well. Then there are initial plans under way for the Mountain View Corridor in northern Utah County.

All of the road projects are needed to keep up with the constant population growth, which means more road construction.

Geoff Dupaix: "In order to accommodate not only today's traffic but tomorrow's as well."

We have heard about several wrecks up at 1200 North today, where cars have been hit because of the slowdown. In one case, five cars were involved in just one wreck.

Again, the left turn lanes will be closed here and the lanes restricted until the end of the month.

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