CLEARFIELD -- The next big road project in Davis County may not begin as soon as officials had hoped.
The State Road 193 project, which will extend the road west of Interstate 15, will not begin this spring as transportation officials had planned.
In June 2010, former Utah Department of Transportation Region One Director Jason Davis, who has since been replaced by Kris Peterson, told the Davis Chamber of Commerce the project would go to bid for construction early in 2011, with construction starting in the spring.
But UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said the project hasn't gone to bid yet, as the environmental review process has taken longer than expected.
"Sometimes these projects have issues that have to be worked out before we can ask for bids," Saunders said. "The project isn't moving forward as quickly as everyone would like, but it is moving forward."
As part of the project, UDOT will construct approximately three miles of east-west transportation capacity improvements in northern Davis County.
The state plans to extend S.R. 193, also known as Bernard Fisher Highway, farther west of the freeway as an east/west corridor between West Point, Clearfield, Syracuse and I-15.
The planned extension is a new five-lane roadway, south of 200 South, beginning at 2000 West, with a grade-separated crossing over the FrontRunner and Union Pacific rail lines.
After construction is complete, 200 South will function as a residential access road.
At 500 West, the new road will turn southeast on a new alignment west of the Utah Transit Authority right of way at 700 South.
At 700 South, the alignment would turn east and continue along 700 South to State Street, where it will connect with the existing S.R. 193.
UDOT officials say the extension of S.R. 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.
Currently, the main east-west routes in northern Davis County between 2000 West and I-15 are 300 North and Antelope Drive.
"From an economic development standpoint, this project should provide benefits similar to the Layton Parkway," Saunders said.