CLEARFIELD -- Construction on Davis County's next big road project is on the horizon.
The extension of State Road 193 in Clearfield is officially planned to begin next year.
The project would likely start sometime in summer 2011 and be finished by fall 2012, Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Adan Carrillo said Wednesday.
"Basically, it will take a year to complete it," he said.
UDOT announced the project last fall, but only recently has the target construction date been made available.
An project environmental study was completed earlier this year, and a preferred alternative was selected.
The state plans to extend SR 193, also known as Bernard Fisher Highway, farther west of the freeway to provide additional mobility as an east/west corridor between West Point, Clearfield, Syracuse and Interstate 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 SR 193.
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said travel demand and east/west roadway connectivity are the two main reasons for the road.
"Davis County has experienced tremendous growth over the last 20 years and will continue to see additional growth in the future," he said. "And that means more vehicle trips on local roadways."
As for connectivity, east/west routes in northern Davis County between 2000 West and I-15 are limited to 300 North and Antelope Drive.
"The east/west routes we do have are becoming congested," Saunders said.
The extension of SR 193 will provide additional mobility within West Point, Clearfield and Syracuse, he said, and that will result in fewer impacts on the community when compared with widening other east/west roadways.