Tuesday , October 31, 2017 - 5:15 AM
But that work is just the tip of the iceberg for State Road 108.
S.R. 108 stretches 13 miles south through West Haven, Roy, Clinton and Syracuse, and turns east through Layton. The road is also known as Midland Drive, 3500 West, 2000 West and 1700 South — changing names as it weaves through the two counties.
The Utah Department of Transportation is in the middle of a $52 million project to widen to road to five lanes between 470 North in West Point and S.R. 127 (Antelope Drive/1700 North) in Syracuse.
Work on that section of road began last winter and is scheduled to conclude by the summer of 2018, according to UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders.
The 2000 West section of the road, which the state is working on now, carries as many as 18,000 vehicles per day. Saunders said expected growth — in population, construction of new homes, and jobs — is driving the expansion.
The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget says Utah’s population will likely double from its current 3 million residents by 2050. Much of that growth will occur along the Wasatch Front.
Considering the entire length of the corridor, the least busy section of S.R. 108 carries about 10,000 daily motorists while the busiest section holds more than 41,000 motorists per day, according to UDOT statistics.
“A way to look at S.R. 108 is that it’s kind of like the western version of U.S. 89,” Saunders said. “It’s not quite as big or as fast, but it serves the same kind of purpose — an alternative to I-15.”
UDOT has previously widened a small portion of the road in Weber County, between Hinckley Drive and 4275 South, and there are three other sections to be completed in the future.
At a Utah Transportation Commission meeting earlier this month, UDOT Program Manager Nathan Peterson said the entire length of the road will eventually be widened to five lanes.
A section from 300 North in West Point to 1800 North in Clinton has been funded for $60 million, Peterson said. Work on that portion is expected to begin by 2023.
Two more sections, from 1800 North to 4275 in Roy and between Hinckley Drive and 1900 West in West Haven, are awaiting funding. Peterson said UDOT is “monitoring” those two sections, but offered no timetables for potential funding and construction.
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