BRIGHAM CITY -- A large freeway project is set to take place in Brigham City this summer, and while the work will cause some headaches for motorists, the state says it's completing the project for a fraction of what it would normally cost.
In July, the Utah Department of Transportation will begin work to install a new Interstate 15 interchange at 1100 South in Brigham City.
The project will fully reconstruct the existing roadway and includes the removal of the old road as well as some of the base materials it was built on.
Reconstruction will also include new drainage systems, new signing and striping, widening, including additional lanes, and the widening of shoulders and auxiliary lanes.
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said at $12 million, the project will cost far less than what a typical interchange would cost.
For comparison purposes, the Layton Parkway interchange, which was finished in 2010, cost the state $97.5 million.
In Brigham City, the state will build what is called a "diverging diamond" interchange, which requires traffic on the freeway interchange to briefly drive on the opposite side of the road from what is customary, but increases the capacity of turning movements to and from the ramps and decreases delay.
Saunders said UDOT will use as much of the existing interchange as possible and the state doesn't have to purchase any right of way for the project -- both major factors in reducing the overall cost of the project.
"Over the years, we've looked at several options for this," Saunders said. "We've even looked at a fly-over ramp, but that would have cost $40 million."
While the project will be built on the cheap, it will still have major impacts to the traveling public.
The project won't be complete until the summer of 2014, taking the state a year to complete it.
During construction, traffic will likely be redirected around the project throughout its duration, meaning motorists will not exit or enter I-15 from 1100 South for a year.
After the project begins in July, live updates of traveling impacts can be found at www.udot.utah.gov/traffic.