DRAPER — Three of the Utah Department of Transportation's top 15 construction projects for 2015 are in Davis County.
Last year, the I-I5 South Davis Improvement Project was UDOT's largest construction project. This year, it still comes in at number two, according to information provided by UDOT.
As the project continues, crews will add express lanes from North Salt Lake to Farmington.
Work is currently underway on the project to reconstruct interchanges at 2600 South and 500 South in Bountiful, as well as bridges at 1500 South and 400 North. Drivers can expect lane shifts as well as nighttime lane restrictions and surface street closures as construction continues.
The work should be completed by the fall of 2015 and will cost an estimated $127 million, according to UDOT officials.
Coming at number six on the top 15 list is work on the I-15-Hill Field Road interchange that will be converted to a single-point urban interchange. The project, and one on Antelope Drive, are expected to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in the areas, agency officials say.
The project will construct new Thru-Turn intersections on Hill Field Road on each side of I-15.
Construction begins this spring and is expected to continue through 2016, at an estimated cost of $28 million. Drivers are advised to plan ahead for lane restrictions and traffic delays during construction.
Antelope Drive will be widened near the I-15 interchange, coming in at number 15. Additional turn lanes are being constructed near the entrance to Davis Hospital and Medical Center. Lane restrictions and occasional delays are expected, but two lanes in each direction will remain open on Antelope Drive at all times.
The project, already under construction, should be completed by May and is expected to come in at $8 million.
As part of the announcement made Friday at UDOT's South Valley Maintenance Shed in Draper, agency officials said more than 180 construction projects are scheduled statewide this year.
"Utah is at the crossroads of the national freight network, and hundreds of thousands of people rely on our roads to get to work every day," said UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras. "That’s why UDOT is investing in major upgrades on our highway system this construction season to keep Utah moving.”
This year's top project will be widening I-15 to six lanes in each direction between 12300 South in Draper and State Road 92 in Lehi. The project isn't expected to be finished until the fall of 2016 and is expected to cost $252 million.
"The Point project exemplifies our commitment to Keep Utah Moving because it will alleviate a bottleneck on one of Utah’s most important transportation corridors, Braceras said.
Because two of the top projects will be on I-15, motorists are advised to rethink how they commute to reduce delays by carpooling, using mass transit, and adjusting work schedules.