OGDEN -- Making left-hand turns out of Business Depot Ogden should soon be easier and safer.
Utah Department of Transportation crews have begun work to install a new traffic signal at the intersection of 12th Street and Depot Drive.
Depot Drive is the main access road to the BDO from 12th Street. Traffic on the road has been steadily increasing and will likely continue to be heavier as work is completed on several new high-volume employment centers in the depot.
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said demand for a signal at the intersection has been high, but traffic numbers in the area have only recently warranted the installation.
"The BDO has felt like they've needed this signal for quite some time, but we couldn't just install it on our own accord," Saunders said. "We've looked into it in the past, and it wasn't warranted, but as we've studied it again more recently, it now fits the criteria."
Saunders said large trucks are coming in and out of the depot more frequently, and they should be able to maneuver more safely onto 12th Street once the lights are installed.
"Those trucks are a big reason why the light is being installed," he said. "You are seeing more and more of them coming into the area."
Saunders said the work should take a little more than a week to complete.
During the installation, the outside lanes of travel may be affected, so motorists should reduce speed, move to the left and be prepared to stop at any time.
The signal installation is the first of two significant projects beginning in Ogden this week.
On Washington Boulevard, crews are preparing to resurface the road from 36th to 26th Street. Ogden city has started a water-line replacement project, and that activity is expected to continue for several weeks.
When Ogden finishes its work, UDOT will begin resurfacing the road.
Saunders said the project is designed to rehabilitate the existing roadway surface and to extend its life for up to five years.
When work begins, major traffic impacts are expected.
Washington Boulevard from 26th Street to 36th Street will be restricted to one lane in each direction until the project is complete, expected to be about 60 days.
Saunders said motorists who would normally travel on Washington Boulevard should consider alternative routes.