Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Express lanes planned for I-15 in Davis, Weber

The Utah Department of Transportation is currently conducting an environmental study on a project that would add express lanes on Interstate 15, from I-215 in North Salt Lake to U.S. 89 in Farmington, and from Hill Field Road in Layton to the junction with I-84 in Riverdale.

The new lanes would total 21 miles on both the north and south sides of the freeway.

UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said the objective of the study is to obtain environmental clearance to connect the Express Lanes on I-15 in central Davis County to those in Salt Lake County, and to fill in missing sections in Weber and Davis counties.

 “The plan is to make it one continuous stretch, without any interruptions on the busiest part of I-15 in the state,” Saunders said. UDOT hopes to have concept designs for the road finalized by the end of the summer and public hearings will be held in late fall. Final environmental clearance is expected by early spring of 2013 and construction would likely begin soon after. Standard Examiner