Saturday , July 15, 2017 - 5:30 AM
NORTH OGDEN — North Ogden residents will have a chance to sound off on an upcoming construction project that will change the face of the city.
Working with the Utah Department of Transportation, North Ogden is planning a three-phase, $10.5 million project to rebuild the intersection of Washington Boulevard and 2600 North, widen Washington north of the intersection and then widen 2600 North as it runs east of Washington.
The city has been planning for the project since 2014, and construction is slated to begin in the spring or summer of 2019.
As North Ogden and UDOT enter the final planning stages of the project, the city will hold an open house meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at the North View Senior Center, 485 E. 2550 North.
On his public Facebook page, North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor said residents will be able to view details of the project and ask questions or voice concerns to members of the city’s administration and council.
All intersections will include new dual left hand turn lanes when the project is completed. On top of that, 2600 North will be widened with new travel lanes in each direction, a center turn lane and bike lanes from Washington Boulevard to the city hall building at 475 East.
Washington Boulevard, or 400 East, will get new lanes in each direction, a center turn lane and bike lanes between 2600 North and 2850 North.
In May, the city received $1.35 million from the Utah Transportation Commission, a sum that represented the final portion of funding for the project and allowed the city to begin property acquisitions, engineering and design work.
According to commission documents, the funding was allocated so UDOT and North Ogden can work on the project in tandem and avoid duplicate efforts. The city owns Washington north of 2600, and the state owns everything to the south. The city also owns 2600 North east of Washington, while the road is owned by the state to the west.
Taylor has said traffic on the road has outstripped its capacity to carry it.
The numbers of drivers in the area tripled between 2000 and 2015. According to UDOT traffic statistics, Washington Boulevard near 2600 North carried a daily average of about 23,000 commuters in 2015. In 2000, the number was just over 7,500.
The city plans to eventually widen Washington Boulevard all the way to 3100 North. That project, which hasn’t been funded, would require the city to purchase all properties on the east side of the street.
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