South Ogden's 40th Street upgrade to take longer than first expected

Friday , November 10, 2017 - 5:15 AM3 comments

TIM VANDENACK, Standard-Examiner Staff

SOUTH OGDEN — The widening of busy 40th Street in South Ogden will take longer than originally hoped due to unexpected complications and a later start date than anticipated.

So don’t expect those orange and white construction to barriers to go away anytime immediately.

“Yes, there have been hiccups at times and most definitely some inconveniences,” South Ogden City Manager Matt Dixon said Thursday.

The $7.1 million project — widening the street from three to five lanes between Washington Boulevard and Gramercy Avenue — was originally to have been completed by Nov. 15. But work started later than originally anticipated, in late May, due to design questions that had to be resolved. Unexpected issues with gas, water and sewer lines and the discovery of concrete blocks and other materials in the road bed that had to be removed further slowed things.

Now officials expect the project to be completed by next May.

RELATED: 40th Street in South Ogden under construction until November

On the bright side, the section west of Jefferson Avenue to Washington Boulevard will be largely complete in about a week or so, allowing for two lanes of traffic in each direction, Dixon said. East of Jefferson to Gramercy Avenue, however, there will only be one lane of traffic going each direction through the winter and into next spring, pending completion of work in that section.

The project, funded largely with Utah Department of Transportation and Weber County money, has been needed. The section had consisted of one travel lane going each direction with a center turn lane and will be expanded to two travel lanes with a center turn lane.

“This has been a bottleneck for many years,” Dixon said. The roadway is a key east-west corridor, linking Riverdale Road, Washington Boulevard and Harrison Boulevard, and hauling motorists to Weber State University and McKay-Dee Hospital.

As is, the road traffic amounts to 19,000 to 20,000 vehicles a day and that’s expected to increase to 30,000 in coming years, according to Dixon.

Despite it all, Dixon said, work has progressed “smoothly.” Project reps have maintained regular contact with residents and business operators in the zone to keep them appraised of developments.

As of Thursday, traffic traveled in the north half of the roadway between Jefferson and Gramercy as crews finished the southern part. By the end of November, a new traffic signal at Adams Avenue will go live and autos will be shifted to the southern half of the roadway, according to a press release from the city of South Ogden.

Access to side streets off 40th Street will be limited and those living in the zone can expect increased noise and vibration during work hours. Motorists can expect delays during peak travel times, according to the press release. Work for the winter season will stop on Dec. 16.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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