Break the bottleneckUDOT encourages drivers to plan for next year and to TravelWise and reduce delays during The Point project by doing the following:
- Riding mass transit (FrontRunner, Buses)
- Carpooling and vanpooling
- Adjusting work schedules to avoid heavy travel times
- Trip chaining
PROVO -- The easy commute on Interstate 15 through Utah County is nice -- until northbound drivers get to the 2100 North exit in Lehi and the bottleneck begins.
The Utah Department of Transportation has announced it will be taking care of that come spring.
UDOT has announced a $252 million plan known as The Point Project, in reference to Point of the Mountain. The project will include widening the interstate and placing new pavement on a seven-mile stretch between State Route 92 in Utah County and 12300 South in Salt Lake County.
"This is one of the original sections of I-15 built in the 1960s that needs to be replaced," said John Gleason, UDOT public information officer. "Our focus is to prioritize critical needs. This was the next area of need."
The project will be paid for with state funds. Those funds will also replace bridges and realign the east Frontage Road intersection at the 14600 South interchange in Bluffdale for future interchange modifications.
The project will also install ramp meters, fiber optics and other infrastructure to improve mobility.
According to Gleason, UDOT has selected Utah County Constructors to design and construct the project. Preliminary construction activities are expected to begin this fall, with major construction starting in March 2015. Completion is expected in the fall of 2016.
"Within that project area, the concrete pavement is nearly 50 years old and needs to be replaced," says a post on UDOT's website. "The interchange at S.R. 92 is also a primary entrance and exit point for the communities of north Lehi, Alpine, Highland and Cedar Hills.
"As funds become available, UDOT plans to build additional improvements in the area to further enhance traffic flow."
UDOT is expected to establish a comprehensive public information program to provide motorists with up-to-date information during construction, including website updates, hotline, regular email updates, mass communications and social media efforts.
"Our main purpose is to keep Utah moving," Gleason said.
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