WOODS CROSS -- The city is spending $70,000 on an environmental study to garner funds for a stoplight and widening of 1500 South.
The city already has funding arranged in 2013 to install the stoplight at the Redwood Road and 1500 South intersection. To get the federal highway money via the Wasatch Front Regional Council, the city needed an environmental study.
That's not the only project officials hope to do on 1500 South.
City Manager Gary Uresk said the city also is interested in widening 1500 South, which is about a half-mile long. It is now a single lane each way.
"The road is just a little narrow," he said. "We just want to widen it out. It will make the road a little safer."
The plan is to widen the road slightly while keeping it a single lane in both directions, potentially create a bike lane and install curb, gutter and sidewalks. The city is working on cost estimates for the project.
Because the city already needed an environmental study for the 1500 South and Redwood Road traffic light, officials opted to extend the study to include the widening project.
Uresk said the city hopes to seek additional federal funding for the project at some point.
"We had to do the study anyway, so we just expanded it," Uresk said. "If we get additional funding, you have to have an environmental study."
The city is using class C funds, money the city gets for roads from the state gasoline tax, to pay for the study.