CLEARFIELD -- Davis County's next big road project has officially started. Although the orange cones and construction equipment hasn't quite been set up yet, the Utah Department of Transportation has purchased several homes along State Road 193 west of State Street, marking the beginning of a project that will extend the road and bring more east-west mobility to the county.
"We've been working with property owners for quite some time, and homes along (SR 193) will be coming down in the next couple of weeks," said Randy Jeffries, project manager for the SR 193 extension.
As part of the project, the state plans to extend SR 193, also known as Bernard Fisher Highway, farther west of the freeway as an east-west corridor between West Point, Clearfield, Syracuse and Interstate 15.
The planned extension is a five-lane road south of 200 South, beginning at 2000 West, with a grade-separated crossing over the FrontRunner and Union Pacific rail lines.
When 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 SR 193.
UDOT officials say 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 roads.
Currently, the main east-west routes between 2000 West and I-15 in that area of northern Davis County are 300 North and Antelope Drive.
"If you've ever tried to get to West Point City Hall at about 4:30 p.m., you know traffic in the area can be a nightmare," Jeffries said. "This project will take a lot of pressure off of Antelope Drive and 300 North."
Jeffries said utility work on storm drains and sewers will begin this summer. Construction on the actual road will begin next spring.
"We'll have some major construction this time next year," Jeffries said.
When work is completed, UDOT officials say, the road will maintain traffic capacity for at least 40 years.