OGDEN -- A popular route to get to Wall Avenue will be closed for three weeks.
Utah Department of Transportation and contractor crews are working to install a new traffic signal and complete a new configuration at the intersection of Wall Avenue and North Street.
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said the intersection has experienced a significant increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic since the opening of a Deseret Industries and a state liquor store in the immediate area during the past year.
"We did a traffic study because the area was seeing an increase in (traffic) volume," said Saunders. "We determined that the signals need an upgrade."
Saunders said crews began work on the intersection modification and signal work about three weeks ago, but have found it difficult to complete the work with the high volume of vehicles attempting to use the eastbound leg of the intersection.
To speed up the project and ensure the safety of both motorists and construction workers, Ogden city has granted permission to UDOT to close the access to Wall Avenue from North Street for the next 20 days.
"This is just the safest and fastest way for us to do it," Saunders said.
Access to residences and the Ogden Buddhist Church on North Street during this closure will be from U.S. Highway 89 only, and the street will remain open as far as 120 West.
The roadway will be closed and blocked to all traffic beyond that point.
Right and left turns to North Street from Wall Avenue will be prohibited, as well as eastbound through traffic on North Street originating west of Wall Avenue.
Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive with caution while approaching and passing through the construction zone.
The northbound, right-hand lane on Wall Avenue may be restricted from time to time during this project, and motorists should be prepared to move to the left, or stop at any time.
Saunders said the road is a popular shortcut for motorists and trucks from U.S. 89 to Wall Avenue.