LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A major construction project is moving into a new phase, which also means new road closures, particularly overnight Wednesday, when crews are sliding a freeway overpass into place.
Hill Field Road will be closed down between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am.
It is all part of two-phase undertaking called the ‘Layton Improved Project,’ which officials say will improve the flow of traffic around the interchange. Currently, the area is notorious for traffic congestion.
“We did the ThrU-Turns [intersections] on either side of the structure, and now this is the second phase. We built bridges in temporary locations, and tonight is the first of two slides. We’re going to slide the northbound bridge into place tonight,” said Brett Slater, Project Manager for Utah Dept. of Transportation.
“The goal here is to get in, get the job done as quick as possible, and then get out of the way…” said UDOT spokesperson John Gleason. “It used to be that we would have to close down an entire interchange like this for months at a time while we would do construction like this. Now, we build the bridge on the side and move it in overnight, so we don’t impact traffic,” he said.
Gleason says all freeway lanes will remain open during the slide.
Crews will eventually reconstruct the area into a ‘single point interchange,’ meaning entrance and exit ramps will all be controlled by one traffic signal. Officials say the finished product will take up less space and operate more effectively.
Though officials admit road closures cause drivers headaches, they say people and businesses in Layton continue pushing through the construction, knowing it will all be worth it soon.
“Businesses have been functioning pretty well. I know the tax revenues for the city have been on normal, so the customers are still coming to Layton… This will help reduce that congestion and delay that they’ve experienced in the past,” said Woody Woodruff, Layton City Engineer.
UDOT officials are committed to reopening Hill Field Road by 6 am, Thursday, even if crews have a glitch overnight or the bridge is not in place. They say their goal is to avoid affecting the morning commute as much as possible.
Crews will also be sliding a southbound I-15 bridge into place in coming weeks.
The entire project is slated for completion this August.
You can read the plan in detail at the following link: