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Interstate 15 Express Lane on Wednesday March 7, 2018.

LAYTON — Commuters beware: work is beginning on a $175 million Interstate 15 project through Davis and Weber counties.

Utah Department of Transportation Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said crews are beginning preliminary work on the state’s I-15 Davis-Weber Express project, with initial construction activities taking place from Layton to Riverdale. Crews will be working later this month in the freeway median from north of Antelope Drive to Riverdale Road, Saunders said.

Motorists should expect single lane closures in both directions on I-15 between Hill Field Road and the Riverdale area when construction begins.

The project will add lanes to north and southbound I-15 between Hill Field Road and Interstate 84 near the Riverdale/Ogden border, expanding the state’s Express Lanes system that allows carpoolers, buses, motorcycles, emergency vehicles and clean-fuel vehicles.

The system also allows solo drivers in the lane when space is open, but those motorists have to pay a fee for usage. An electronic payment process charges solo drivers by using an algorithm that adjusts the price based on current traffic conditions. Costs are higher when I-15 is more congested.

During the 2018 legislative session, state lawmakers approved a measure that doubled the state’s Express Lane toll for single-occupancy drivers, bumping the maximum toll rate from $1 per segment to $2 per segment, or from about 10 cents to 20 cents per mile.

As part of the project, UDOT will also replace freeway bridges at Church Street in Layton and at 200 South in Clearfield, as part of the project. They will replace bridge decks at Gentile Street in Layton, at 700 South and 650 North in Clearfield, and at 5600 West and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Roy.

According to UDOT’s website, Gentile Street could be closed for as many as 45 days, with Church Street closed for up to six months. The two Layton streets would not be closed simultaneously.

The project will likely take two years to complete. Once the work is finished, the Express Lanes system will extend to 82 miles, running contiguously from Utah County to Weber County. The expansive project was funded in 2017 after the Utah Legislature approved a bill that allowed the state to expedite certain transportation projects with a $1 billion, four-year bond.

UDOT says crews will work day and night, seven days a week to complete the project, though all lanes on I-15 will be open during the day, Monday through Friday. Lanes will be shifted and narrower during certain construction activities.

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

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