Road work 2018: Expect major projects around Utah County

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Since 2010, more than 58,000 jobs have been generated just in the Point of the Mountain area, and the growth is expected to continue. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

Snow is melting in the mountains, ski resorts are closing, temperatures are rising. It’s spring, aka the start of road construction season. And this year, Utah Valley residents can expect some major projects.

“We always like to remind drivers to be alert and extra cautious in construction zones,” said Eileen Barron, a spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Transportation. “We reduce speeds for the safety of drivers and the safety of crews that are working. … Buckle up, put your phone down, slow down and pay attention.

“There really is a lot going on there in northwest Utah County, between Redwood Road, Mountain View Corridor and I-15 but really we’re trying to keep up with the growth in the area,” she said.

Here are some of the major projects happening around Utah County:

Interstate 15
Where: Lehi Main Street to State Road 92
Timeline: Now-late 2020

One of the first parts of this $450 million project will be a new overpass bridge at Triumph Boulevard — near Mountain Point Medical Center, providing a new east-west connection in the area. “The new bridge at Triumph Boulevard will help with traffic circulation,” Barron said.

During construction, this section of I-15 will have five lanes open in each direction during peak travel times. (This area now has four lanes.)

When complete, I-15 will have six lanes in each direction between Lehi Main Street and SR 92.
This project also includes:

  • One-way frontage roads between SR 92 and 2100 North
  • Redesigned interchanges at SR 92 and 2100 North
  • Reconstructed bridges at cross streets and railroad crossings
  • New bike and pedestrian connections

Get more information and project updates at udot.utah.gov/techcorridor.

Mountain View Corridor
Where: 2100 North in Lehi to State Road 73 in Saratoga Springs
Timeline: Spring 2018-Fall 2019

Crews will be building a new road with two lanes in each direction, with signaled interchanges as well as walking and biking trails. The new road will be west of Redwood Road, with the connection into SR 73 at Foothill Boulevard. Eventually, this new section of Mountain View Corridor will connect to the existing portion in Salt Lake County, Barron said.

Get more information and project updates at udot.utah.gov/mountainview.

SR 73/U.S. 89
Where: Main Street/State Street in Lehi
Timeline: Now-July 2018
This project includes:

  • Widening Lehi Main Street from the northbound I-15 onramp to State Street
  • Improvements at the Main Street/State Street intersection
  • New signal at Main Street and 1200 East
  • Upgrades to the railroad crossing and traffic signal at Main Street and State Street
  • Raised medians on Main Street

“Businesses are open and we are providing access to those businesses,” Barron said. “That’s a very busy corridor.”

Get more information and updates here.

This map shows construction to improve transportation in Utah County and Juab County. (Map courtesy of UDOT)

TRIP
Where: University Parkway in Orem and Provo, University Avenue in downtown Provo
Timeline: Now-Fall 2018

This is the last year of construction on the multi-year project involving University Parkway, University Avenue and Bus Rapid Transit, Barron said. When complete, University Parkway will have three lanes in each direction and a new bridge over the Provo River. University Avenue also will have exclusive lanes for Bus Rapid Transit (Utah Valley Express) and bikes. “We’re all working toward the August state date,” she said.

Get more information and project updates at ProvoOremTRIP.com.

I-15 Interchange Improvements
Where: Pioneer Crossing/American Fork Main Street
Timeline: Summer-Fall 2018

This project will add one lane in each direction at the northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp. “We’ve been noticing a lot of traffic congestion on those ramps,” Barron said.

State Road 68
Where: Redwood Road, south of Pioneer Crossing
Timeline: Summer 2018-Fall 2019

Crews will add a lane in each direction as well as signals at Stillwater Parkway and Ring Road, dual-left turn lanes at Grandview Boulevard, bike lanes and a bike signal at Pony Express Parkway and a new trail from Pioneer Crossing to 400 South. The intersection with Pioneer Crossing will be a continuous-flow intersection.

Get more information and updates at udot.utah.gov/redwoodsaratoga.

State Road 77
Where: 400 South in Springville, Spanish Fork Main Street to I-15
Timeline: March-August 2018

Crews are widening 400 South in Springville to five lanes from I-15 to Spanish Fork Main Street. The project also includes adding a sound wall next to residences on the south side of the road as well as a second eastbound-to-northbound turn lane at the 400 South interchange.

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Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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  1. Krissie Bushman Reply

    When are they going to ever work on University Parkway? I never see anyone working on the project? What is the plan? How much longer will it be a mess?

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