OGDEN — Bumpy bridges over Interstate 15 will be fixed before the summer ends.
For the next several weeks, construction crews will perform warranty work on various bridge decks along I-15 through Weber County.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders said the work will reduce the exaggerated bumps motorists experience when approaching the bridge structures.
All of the bridges in the project were originally part of the state’s $215 million I-15 NOW project, which was completed in August 2008.
As part of that project, I-15 was widened from 31st Street in Ogden to 2700 North in Farr West and several bridges along the interstate were rehabilitated or replaced.
But since construction was completed, some of those bridges have moved out of alignment, causing noticeable bumps.
In some cases, the trailers of high-profile semitrailers would shift out of place when driving over the bridges, Saunders said.
Work has already been completed on the 31st Street bridge and the Denver & Rio Grande railroad bridge, but crews must still fix bridges at 24th Street and 450 North in Marriott-Slaterville.
During the work, northbound and southbound traffic on I-15 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction near the areas of the bridge repairs.
To maintain traffic flow, work will primarily be done during weekend nighttime hours, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., on both northbound and southbound I-15.
Work will continue on the bridges through mid-September, but no work will be conducted over the Labor Day weekend.
The contractor fixing the bridges under warranty is Weber County Constructors, which is a consortium of Granite Construction and Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction.
In an unrelated project, UDOT will perform regular maintenance on bridge decks at Glovers Lane and State Street over Legacy Parkway in Farmington.
That work will continue through the end of this week with crews working from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during the work.