Commuters beware: Davis County Interstate 15 project starts Tuesday

Saturday , July 23, 2016 - 5:10 PM5 comments

MITCH SHAW, Standard-Examiner Staff

FARMINGTON — Commuters, brace yourselves. One of the most congested stretches of Interstate 15 in Northern Utah will be under construction for the next three months.

On July 26, the Utah Department of Transportation will begin work to add a new lane to I-15 from Lagoon to the Layton Parkway.

UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said crews will add a northbound auxiliary lane just south of Shepard Lane in Farmington that will stretch to the Layton Parkway off-ramp. Southbound I-15 will get a new auxiliary lane from the Layton Parkway on-ramp to 200 North in Kaysville.

Work on the $11 million project will be completed during daytime hours and is expected to create heavy congestion during peak traffic hours. According to UDOT’s Projects and Studies website, the project is tentatively scheduled to be finished by Oct. 10.

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Saunders said the outside lanes will remain operational through most of the construction work, motorists should consider alternate routes when they can. 

“I-15 and Highway 89 are the only two mainline options through that zone,” Saunders said. “But if motorists can use other local north-south routes, that might be wise.”

Saunders said using the Utah Transit Authority’s FrontRunner commuter train should also be a consideration.

The latest traffic statistics from UDOT show that more than 195,000 vehicles passed through I-15 near Lagoon on the most congested day in May. Saunders said the project, which will also include ramp metering at the 200 North Kaysville interchange, will improve maneuvering and traffic flow on the notoriously busy stretch of interstate.

“This is an area where there’s already some significant traffic impacts,” he said. “It’s just really congested and some of that congestion has started to spill over onto Highway 89. It’s a symptom of a growing population. We’re trying to squeeze commuters through an area that’s constricted by a mountain on one side and a lake on the other. It’s a bottleneck. It’s a challenge.”

Projections from the Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget say the state’s population will double from its current size of about 3 million by 2050. UDOT, the Wasatch Front Regional Council, the Mountainland Association of Governments and UTA are currently studying ways to battle the effects of that growth on I-15 between the southern end of Davis County to the northern portion of Utah County.

The study is examining options for transit, bike paths and walking trails and improving connectivity between them. 

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23 or like him on Facebook.

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