BOUNTIFUL – Despite a few traffic delays and a little dust, the I-15 improvement project in Davis County is moving along.
The $117 million project that began in April will eventually add express lanes and replace bridges between I-215 and Farmington.
As of July, the project is approximately 25 percent completed.
One of the key enhancements of the project includes the replacement of aging bridges at 2600 South, 1500 South, 500 South and 400 North, along with reconfiguration of the freeway interchanges at 2600 South and 500 South.
Work began on April 18, and is expected to take 16 months.
“The crews are making big strides,” said Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Adan Carillo. “It’s cruising along, as expected.”
The remodel project was designed to be kept within the freeway’s current footprint, with most work being done overnight, to reduce traffic james.
UDOT estimated that 20 percent of daily traffic would have to be removed to alternate routes like the Legacy Parkway and U.S. 89.
Motorists were also encouraged to use FrontRunner, and were offered incentives to use public transportation through a UDOT/UTA partnership.
According to UDOT, there are some 165,000 trips taken daily on I-15 through south Davis County, and 85,000 of those are coming from Weber County.
The project also aims to improve active transportation for bicyclists and pedestrians through south Davis County, with improved facilities at 500 South, 400 North and a new pedestrian bridge at Parrish Lane.
Carillo said projects like the current one are necessary to increase safety and traffic flow.
Speaking of the current project and the proposed West Davis Corridor Carillo said, “We have to think not just of what’s going on today. We have to think of 20-30 years from now.”
More information can be found at udot.utah.gov/i15southdavis or through a toll-free hotline at 888-966-6624.