FARR WEST — A $6.2 million project to fix an infamous Weber County bottleneck will begin later this month.
The Utah Department of Transportation will begin a project to add two lanes to 2700 North in Farr West, near the Interstate 15 interchange. A new westbound lane will be added between the freeway and Farr West Elementary, with an eastbound lane planned from I-15 to Rulon White Boulevard.
The state will also build a raised median from I-15 to 1775 West, add dual left-turn lanes on 2000 West and upgrade signals and signage in the area. Further east, dual left-turn lanes will be added to 2700 North on both sides of U.S. 89. The upgraded signals, new lanes and a new “free right turn” that allows cars coming off of the freeway to turn east onto 2700 North without stopping, should move traffic through the area more safely and efficiently, UDOT says.
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said crews recently finished up irrigation line work on the project and full construction is slated for May 28.
In the mid-2000s, the east-west running 2700 North was extended from North Ogden through Harrisville and Pleasant View, to U.S. 89.
The connection and nearby development made for a steady traffic increase on the road over the past 15 years. Since UDOT extended the road, 2700 North has become the primary freeway access route for many northern Weber County residents, including those living on the north end of the Upper Ogden Valley.
A busy commercial spot as well, the road is dotted with gas stations, restaurants, a hotel and several large warehouses and employment centers.
UDOT traffic statistics show that average number of motorists driving on the road each day near I-15 is around 25,000. In 2006, the number was below 15,000. The traffic increases have caused chokepoints all along the corridor and at the freeway interchange.
The bottleneck is especially bad during weekday commute times.