Oldest section of I-15 to be rebuilt

Aug 19 2013 - 10:25am

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is making plans to rebuild a 7-mile stretch of Interstate 15 along the divide for Salt Lake and Utah counties.

The Utah Department of Transportation says the Point of the Mountain is last major stretch of I-15 that hasn't been improved in about 50 years, and it was prone to buckling in this summer's heat.

The $247 million project will start in spring and take nearly two years to complete.

Contractors will widen I-15 to six lanes from four or five and replace bridges at the Bluffdale interchange.

UDOT is assembling a project team to issue bid documents. It plans to select a contractor by early 2014. Highway planners say the goal is to maintain freeway capacity during construction.

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