OGDEN — The transportation department has hundreds of millions of dollars tied up in near future projects on high-capacity, north-south running highways.
But the state says work also needs to be done on several east-west routes that feed into them.
During the next two years, the Utah Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin work on a $275 million reconstruction of U.S. 89 between Farmington and Interstate 84 in South Weber; a $175 million project on Interstate 15 that will add new Express Lanes between Hill Field Road and Interstate 84 near the Riverdale/Ogden border; and a $610 million extension of the Legacy Parkway known as the West Davis Corridor.
With more than a billion dollars slated for the three big Northern Utah highways, UDOT says it’s imperative that major east-west feeder roads have enough capacity to effectively shuttle commuters too.
“We have a lot of great north-south projects going on,” UDOT Region One Director Lisa Wilson recently told state transportation commissioners. “(But) with all the development that’s occurring and the growth going in ... we do have some eat-west corridors that are going to need some attention.”
UDOT says the number of households in western Weber and Davis counties is expected to increase by more than 65 percent by 2040.
Wilson said the state is currently studying several east-west running roads (mostly in Davis County) to come up with “solutions and proposed costs” on construction projects.
Environmental studies have been started on state routes 97, 193, 127 and 106, with a study on S.R. 37 already completed.
“A lot of our planning right now is focused on making sure traffic can run smoothly through some of these routes,” said UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders.
S.R. 193 and S.R. 37 figure to play major roles in the functionality of the West Davis Corridor.
The state is looking at extending S.R. 193 from 3000 West to 4500 West in West Point, where it would connect to the WDC. If that project is seen through, S.R. 193 will connect to all three of the previously mentioned north-south highways.
According to UDOT traffic statistics, the busiest section of S.R. 193 carries about 40,000 vehicles per day. The road serves Clearfield High School, Hill Air Force Base, Weber State University‘s Davis Campus, the Davis County Landfill and several other schools and businesses.
UDOT is planning to widen S.R. 37 between 2000 West and the eventual WDC. The road (which is also know as Antelope Drive and 1700 South) is home to several businesses and large commercial retail centers. Connecting to the popular tourist spot Antelope Island, the road near Bluff Road in Syracuse saw an average of about 21,000 vehicles per day in 2016, which was more than double the 10,000 seen in 2014.