ROY -- The Utah Department of Transportation will spend $28 million to complete the Riverdale Road project up to 1900 West in Roy.
The main area of construction will be where work was terminated last time on SR-126 just east of the freeway entrances and exits at 1900 West.
Chris Peterson, a representative from UDOT, made the announcement at a recent city council meeting to a thrilled mayor and council.
Official physical work to the road won't begin until July 2013, but concept plans are already underway.
Mayor Joe Ritchie said the city is excited about the announcement, but wondered why things will move slowly.
Peterson explained that it because of money allocation. Only $6 million is allocated for fiscal year 2012-2013 and the other $22 million will be allocated in fiscal year 2013-2014. The same contacting method will be used as was used on the other Riverdale Road project.
"We will get the best value for our dollar," Peterson said.
Plans are to make changes to the intersection at 1900 West and Riverdale Road, creating triple and dual turning lanes. Currently, only dual and single lanes exist in the area.
The islands that currently exist in the intersection will also probably change.
City Councilman Willard Cragun suggested putting a committee together that included representatives from businesses that will be most affected, to make sure the lines of communication stay open and fluid.
Peterson said a business district advisory council would be used to help with issues that may affect businesses and for suggestions as to what would work best.
Peterson assured the city that the funding is set and allocated to the completion of Riverdale Road and extra funding sources would be looked at for extra projects surrounding the road. The money is specifically designed by the legislature to be used for the road, he said.
City Manager Chris Davis invited Peterson to come to a future work session with the council so the council could give ideas, along with business leaders, about what the city is envisioning for the road changes.
Peterson said that would be a great idea.
No specific date has been set for that work session.