EDEN -- A large project will soon begin on the most heavily traveled road in the Ogden Valley.
Within the next 30 days, the Utah Department of Transportation will begin a project to make safety improvements on State Road 158, from its junction with State Road 39 at Pineview Reservoir, to Mile Marker 8.1 on what is known locally as the Powder Mountain Highway.
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said the $4.3 million project will include new asphalt, a realignment of the intersection at 2200 North, an upgrade of the bridge over North Fork Creek, and new turn lanes at the intersections of Willow Brook Lane and Moose Hollow Drive, and Elkhorn Drive and Fairway Drive.
Guard rails also will be added at appropriate locations.
UDOT Project Manager Nathan Peterson said the project has been on the state's to-do list for a number of years, but money hasn't been available.
Recent funding from several federal sources has allowed the project to begin immediately, Peterson said.
"This is definitely the right project at the right time," he said. "This project has been four years in the making, so we're glad that we can move forward now and make these improvements."
Peterson said the project will make the "V-style" intersection at 2200 North, which has been a trouble spot for years, much safer.
Saunders said sometime in the next few weeks a "Meet the Contractor" night will be scheduled to provide answers to Ogden Valley residents who have specific questions about the project.
During the project, traffic will be affected. The project is scheduled to be complete by late fall.