WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – West Jordan City is set to begin its 7800 South widening and realignment of the new Bingham Highway project.
As a result of this project, West Jordan City officials say 7800 South from 4150 West to Airport Road will be closed from Monday, March 25 through Thursday, June 25.
The city says the first phase of the project is to widen 7800 South for additional lanes and multi-directional traffic.
They say drivers may use 5600 West, Grizzly Way, 4000 West, and Airport Road as alternate routes.
This project will eliminate the confusing road split with New Bingham Highway, according to city officials. They also say it will improve the capacity of the 7800 South and 4000 West intersection heading into Jordan Landing, and open eastbound 7800 South for continuous eastward access beyond Airport Road.
City officials anticipate the project will be completed in January 2020.
Like most Utah cities, West Jordan is generally laid out in a north-south, east-west grid and the diagonal New Bingham Highway interrupts that grid, authorities said.
It was originally constructed to provide access to the copper mine west of the city, but they say with the heavy growth in the area, it no longer meets traffic demands and will not be enough to accommodate planned future development.
West Jordan City says they are moving forward with projects to restore the arterial grid system in the area.
City officials say they have already completed several other aspects of this plan, including improving access to Mountain View Corridor at 7800 South and 9000 South.
The city, Salt Lake Department of Airports and the Utah Department of Transportation chose this project from several options identified during a joint study by to improve traffic mobility without negatively impacting the airport’s Runway Protection Zone.