If the weather co-operates, UDOT plans to begin construction on the second phase of the Parrish Lane Bridge Widening Project. Once construction begins, the southbound off ramp to Parrish Lane will be reduced to one lane.
Construction crews will be widening and reconstructing the railroad bridge west of I-15 during this portion of the reconstruction project, eliminating the traffic bottleneck that has been in effect since the Parrish Lane Interchange was widened in 2007.
The second phase of the project, which will also necessitate occasional nighttime closures, is expected to be completed in 2008.
"It's great news," said Centerville City Manager Steve Thacker. Both phases of the project were designed by UDOT in order to ease access onto the Legacy Parkway once it opens.
"We're very appreciative of UDOT treating us as a priority."
The project is a continuation of last year's Parrish Interchange widening project, which was completed last September just before the opening of the Centerville Wal-Mart.
The project added an extra lane to Parrish, which will gain a complete second lane after the railroad bridge widening is complete.
"The two projects together will put us in pretty good shape for the next several years," said Thacker.
Initially, Centerville officials were worried that funding issues would keep the railroad bridge widening, which carries an $8 million price tag, from being started until later this year or even sometime next year.
Even after the second phase of the project made it onto UDOT's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) list, officials didn't think construction would begin until this summer.
"We appreciate the legislature for making funds available for additional transportation projects in last year's session," said Thacker. "This is one of those projects."
As construction progresses, updates will be posted online at www.udot.utah.gov/legacy. The site also includes a list of what motorists can expect during construction.