CLEARFIELD -- Davis County's next big road project is set to begin early next year.
The State Road 193 project will likely go out for bid in January, with construction following soon after, said Vic Saunders, spokesman for the Utah Department of Transportation.
"Once a contractor has been selected, we expect work to begin in the spring," he said.
UDOT officials had hoped the $70 million project would go to bid this fall, but that timetable has been pushed back because utility work is just beginning.
Clearfield city approved an agreement with UDOT that authorizes 100 percent reimbursement for the number of utility facilities and infrastructure that will be affected by the project.
As part of the agreement, UDOT will reimburse the city for all costs incurred for the utility relocations.
Residential properties along the proposed route have already been purchased by UDOT for the project, and the state spent much of the spring and summer removing the homes.
As part of the project, the state plans to extend SR 193, also known as Bernard Fisher Highway, farther west of the freeway as an east-west corridor between West Point, Clearfield, Syracuse and Interstate 15.
The planned extension is a five-lane road south of 200 South, beginning at 2000 West, with a grade-separated crossing over the FrontRunner and Union Pacific rail lines.
When complete, 200 South will function as a residential access road.
At 500 West, the new road will turn southeast on a new alignment west of the Utah Transit Authority right of way at 700 South.
At 700 South, the alignment would turn east and continue along 700 South to State Street, where it will connect with the existing SR 193.
UDOT Project Manager Randy Jeffries said the extension of SR 193 will provide additional mobility within West Point, Clearfield and Syracuse that will result in fewer impacts on the community when compared with widening other east-west roads.
Currently, the main east-west routes between 2000 West and I-15 in that area of northern Davis County are 300 North and Antelope Drive.
When work is completed on the project, UDOT officials say, the road will maintain traffic capacity for at least 40 years.