WEST BOUNTIFUL - The 4th North bridge that connects the majority of West Bountiful with Bountiful is going to be replaced by a wider structure.
“The present bridge is not long enough to allow the addition of express lanes beneath it,” said Vic Saunders, public information officer for the Utah Department of Transportation.
Through the year 2040, the agency’s long range plan shows traffic numbers “do not support the costly addition of lanes to it,” he said.
The structure will be widened sufficiently to add winder shoulders to accommodate sidewalks and bicycles,” Saunders emphasized.
“Additionally, the railroad bridge will have a barrier placed on it to separate traffic from bicycles and pedestrians,” he said.
The 400 North bridge project is not an interstate reconstruction effort, Saunders said.
“Because there is limited funding, only those items actually required to enhance the express lanes project, and functionality of the interchanges at 500 and 2600 South were considered,” he said. “The 1500 South bridges on I-15, for example, are being widened to facilitate the addition of the express lanes.”
He noted that 500 South was completely reconstructed through Woods Cross and West Bountiful “only a couple of years ago, and it is designed to handle inresi9ng east-west mobility through this area until well beyond 2040.”
“We don’t want UDOT to be shortsighted,” said West Bountiful City Administrator Duane Huffman.
The city council was informed last week that the 400 North bridgework likely will take place for a couple of months this fall, rather than over the summer months.
That means another way will have to be found for students to get to West Bountiful Elementary School and Bountiful Junior High School, at least for some students, Huffman said.
“We can only do so much with each project and the funding that has been made available,” Saunders said.
Express lanes will be completed from North Salt Lake to Farmington and back, he said. In addition, “we’ll be able to improve the operation of two interchanges (5e00 and 2600 South) that truly need to move much more traffic than that for which they were originally designed.”