SYRACUSE — State Route 193 is busy — and it figures to get even busier over the next few years.
UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders said the new pavement has been put down and the only work remaining involves installing a noise wall and tying the new piece of road and intersection into 2000 West.
Saunders said the project is expected to be finished and open to traffic before the year is out.
The expansion encompasses just over a mile of new road, but the project carries with it some serious long-term ramifications.
UDOT Program Manager Nathan Peterson recently told the state transportation commission the road will eventually connect to the West Davis Corridor, which is scheduled for construction in 2020 and should be open to traffic by 2022.
The $725 million, 19-mile corridor will serve as an alternative to Interstate 15 in western Weber and Davis Counties.
A connection to the WDC will link the road to what will be the three major north/south routes in Northern Utah: the new corridor, I-15 and U.S. 89.
According to UDOT traffic statistics, the busiest section of the road carries about 40,000 vehicles per day. In addition to its current freeway and U.S. 89 connections, S.R. 193 also serves Clearfield High School, Hill Air Force Base, Weber State University’s Davis Campus, the Davis County Landfill and several other schools and businesses.
“It’s one of our major east/west routes,” Saunders said. “It sees a lot of traffic.”
The WDC will pump more traffic onto the road when it opens and over the past few years, the state has worked to prepare the road for the expected traffic influx.
In the summer, UDOT completed one project to repave the road from U.S. 89 to Hill Field Road and began another to redesign the road’s I-15 interchange. A $58.5 million extension of S.R. 193 from I-15 to 2000 West was completed in 2014.
Saunders said the current extension is being done in conjunction will the state’s $52 million project on 2000 West, or S.R. 108 as it’s also known. UDOT is widening that road to five lanes between 470 North in West Point and S.R. 127 (Antelope Drive/1700 North) in Syracuse.
Work on that section of road began last winter and is scheduled to finish by the summer of 2018.