CLEARFIELD -- After nearly two years of delay, the $70 million extension of State Route 193 extension is finally set to begin in Clearfield.
The Utah Department of Transportation recently selected Granite-Ames Construction as the contractor who will complete the project, meaning work on the road will start before the year is out.
"We do expect some work to get started and be in progress over the winter," said UDOT Project Manager Randy Jeffries. "Most of the work over the winter will include draining, grading and excavation work, which will take place off the roadway."
UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders said most of the work will take place between Main Street and 2000 West.
Saunders said motorists should watch for electronic message boards announcing the onset of work at specific locations, and plan ahead now to begin using alternate routes.
In the project, UDOT will construct approximately three miles of east/west transportation capacity improvements in northern Davis County.
The state plans to extend SR 193, also known as Bernard Fisher Highway, farther west of the freeway to provide additional mobility as an east/west corridor between West Point, Clearfield, Syracuse and Interstate 15.
The planned extension is a new five-lane roadway beginning at 2000 West south of 200 South, with a grade-separated crossing over the FrontRunner and Union Pacific rail lines.
The project was first scheduled to begin in 2011, but the environmental review process took longer than expected.
Jeffries said with the project starting this winter, all work should be complete by the summer of 2014.
UDOT officials said the extension of SR 193 will provide additional mobility within West Point, Clearfield and Syracuse that will result in fewer impacts on the community when compared with widening other east/west roadways.
According to a draft state environmental study on the project, Davis County's population will jump to 390,159 by the year 2040, an increase of 62 percent from the population in 2000.
The population in the northwestern portion of the county will grow even more, according to the study.
By 2040, the population of West Point, Syracuse, Clearfield and Clinton will reach 124,016, a 130 percent increase from 2000.