OGDEN -- The Wasatch Front Regional Council is studying six intersections across Weber and Davis counties, looking for ways to decrease the time motorists spend at them.
Earlier this year, WFRC staff asked local officials, Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Transit Authority to identify congested intersections where improvements have not recently been completed, where funds are not currently programmed and where significant reductions in delay could be achieved for less than $3 million.
In response, the WFRC compiled a list of the following trouble intersections: the intersections of Antelope Drive and Church Street and King Street and Gentile Street in Layton; 450 North and 500 West in Bountiful; 2600 South and Highway 89 in Woods Cross; Harrison Boulevard and Highway 89 in South Ogden; and 20th Street and Wall Avenue in Ogden.
The list also includes 12 intersections in Salt Lake County.
Engineer Kip Billings said that the WFRC staff has collected turning movement counts and modeled existing conditions and already found potential ways to improve congestion at the intersections.
The WFRC recommends removing traffic lights from the two Layton intersections and turning them into roundabouts.
Turning lanes would be added to the intersections in Bountiful, Woods Cross and South Ogden, and a westbound through lane would be added to the intersection in Ogden.
Billings said the projects can now be submitted to receive funding from the state's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality fund.
In related news, Ogden is also conducting upgrades to several traffic signal lights throughout the city.
The city is installing new sensors and pedestrian push buttons at several sites, which will decrease the wait time at traffic lights for motorists during off-peak hours and will increase ease of use for pedestrians.
The replacement contract was awarded to Hidden Peak Electric Company for $101,000, which will come from Ogden city funds.