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The Interstate 15 Express Lanes system in March 2018.

OGDEN — The Utah Department of Transportation is doing some creative financing to allow nine Northern Utah cities to complete needed road projects sooner than they otherwise would have.

On Nov. 16, the Utah Transportation Commission approved an action where the state will take federal funding that had been set aside for the local projects and exchange it for some available state funds.

UDOT will move $20.5 million in federal funding (money that had been set aside for the local work) and put it toward next year’s massive Express Lane project in Weber and Davis counties. The money will be replaced with $17.4 million in state Transportation Improvement funds.

The $175 million Express Lane project, which consists of adding new lanes to north and southbound I-15 between Hill Field Road and Interstate 84 near the Riverdale/Ogden border, is scheduled to begin in March 2019 and will likely take two years to complete. In October, the commission approved transferring $14 million to the project.

Ivan Hartle, the Utah Department of Transportation‘s director of financial programming, said though the dollar figure is some $3 million lower, the transfer over to state funding will let local municipalities avoid certain federal restrictions and distribution timelines, allowing them to complete their projects within the next year.

During Friday’s transportation commission meeting, Hartle produced letters from all nine cities, showing support of the proposal.

A list of the projects to be funded includes the following:

• 4700 West in West Haven, 4000 South to 4600 South, $1.97 million.

• 4700 West in Hooper, 5100 South to 5500 South, $2.1 million.

• 800 North in Sunset, Main Street to 450 West, $1.7 million.

• 300 North in West Point and Clearfield, 1000 West to 2000 West, $1.9 million.

• 20th Street in Ogden, Washington to Monroe Boulevard, $2.4 million.

• 800 North in Clinton and West Point, 2000 West to 3000 West, $2.4 million.

• 1200 West in Perry, 3600 South to south Perry boundary, $2.1 million.

• 1200 West in Marriott-Slaterville, 400 North to Farr West, $2.9 million.

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23 or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/MitchShaw.StandardExaminer.

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