CLINTON — As the state transportation department puts a renewed focus on Interstate 15, a long-discussed and substantial interchange project in Northern Davis County is gaining steam.

The Utah Transportation Commission recently approved a $173,000 acquisition of a single-family home at 568 W. 1800 North in Clinton. Charles Stormont, Utah Department of Transportation director of Right-of-Way, said the 1,100-square-foot home is in the path of a widening project the department plans to commence in a few years.

The widening dovetails with a plan to build a new I-15 interchange at 1800 North. The widening is estimated to cost $110 million, while the interchange has been funded for $90 million.

Stormont said the state has already acquired several properties along the 1800 North corridor and is in negotiations to purchase several more.

“We have property owners who have expressed an interest in discussing a possible acquisition,” he said.

UDOT completed an environmental study on the project in 2015, the culmination of more than five years of analysis and debate surrounding environmental concerns related to the project and future transportation needs.

As part of the project, 1800 North will be widened to five lanes between Main Street and 2000 West. Additional lanes will be included at Main Street and 2000 West to provide space for turning.

UDOT will also build a railroad bridge that will lift 1800 North over the Union Pacific Railroad and Utah Transit Authority FrontRunner tracks. UDOT officials say the bridge will eliminate unsafe interactions between trains, motorists and pedestrians.

The new interchange will include flyover ramps on the east side of freeway and will also provide another entrance to the Falcon Hill Research Park at Hill Air Force Base.

In 2016, the Federal Highway Administration cleared the way for the project to begin, granting final approval for the plan to build the interchange, widen 1800 North and build the railroad bridge.

According to UDOT Transportation Investment Fund documents, the interchange construction is set to begin in 2024. The widening is currently unfunded, but has been tabbed as a “high priority” project for funding.

After several years of a piecemeal construction approach on I-15, the freeway will be getting a lot of attention from UDOT in upcoming years.

After citizen activist groups sued the state to halt construction on the Legacy Parkway in 2001, a settlement was reached in 2005 that allowed UDOT to build the parkway, but prevented the state from completing any large expansions on northern I-15 until 2020.

Several freeway projects will occur over the next few years, including a $158 million endeavor that will add a new lane to both north and southbound I-15 between Hill Field Road in Layton and Interstate 84 near the Riverdale/Ogden border.

The project is expected to begin later this year and will likely take two years to complete.

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23.

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