More express lanes planned for I-15

Oct 28 2011 - 12:25am

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LAYTON -- Major construction work is on the horizon for the state's busiest road.

The Utah Department of Transportation is conducting an environmental study on a project that would add Express Lanes on Interstate 15, from I-215 in North Salt Lake to US-89 in Farmington, and from Hill Field Road in Layton to its junction with I-84 in Riverdale.

This study began about a month ago and UDOT plans to complete it in the winter of 2013.

Wasatch Front Regional Council Transportation Engineer Ben Wuthrich said the project is estimated to cost $86 million dollars.

The WFRC recently programmed $60 million toward the project for 2013 and another $26 million for 2014, as part of the 2012-2017 Transportation Improvement Program.

The Legislature passed Senate Bill 229, which went into effect on July 1 and takes up to 30 percent of the growth of certain sales tax money and puts it into a fund that can go toward transportation needs.

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