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UDOT to host public hearing on proposed interchange project

By Rob Nielsen - | Dec 4, 2023

Rob Nielsen, Standard-Examiner

The intersection of U.S. Highway 89 and Interstate 84 is seen Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.

SOUTH WEBER — Public comment is being sought on an important step toward a major project in South Weber.

This week, the Utah Department of Transportation will host a public open house on an Interstate 84/U.S. Highway 89 interchange environmental assessment. The hearing is set for Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at South Weber Elementary School.

According to UDOT Senior Communications Manager Mitch Shaw, the meeting is part of an effort to evaluate the future of the interchange.

“This interchange is the meeting point of two major highways that serve users across the state,” he said. “The study considers current and future transportation needs while taking into account any potential impacts to the natural and built environments.”

He said a potential project could include several implementations.

“We’re seeing commuter traffic in this area get caught up with local traffic, and that’s causing problems,” he said. “So we’re looking at building some bridges to help separate local traffic and commuter traffic. We’re looking at a bridge flyover at Harrison Boulevard’s intersection with U.S. 89 that would allow people looking to go southbound on 89 to bypass the local traffic. On U.S. 89 at I-84, north- and southbound commuters would go up and over the freeway and nearby intersections, via another flyover bridge, and bypass the local traffic.

“The 2-mile stretch of 89 between Harrison and I-84 would also get upgrades — widened road, improved intersections and new, more efficient interchange with I-84. We’re also looking at adding some tunnels and bridges to connect to local trails.”

Shaw said there is no timeline for the project itself at this time, but UDOT is hoping to have a decision on the project finalized sometime in 2024.

For more information, visit https://udotinput.utah.gov/84-89interchange.


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