Drivers happy about end of Bangerter Hwy construction

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WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 News) The Utah Department of Transportation officially marked the end of construction on Bangerter Highway Monday morning

Around 5:30 a.m., crews credited with working nearly 290,000 hours over two years drove off the job site for the last time.

It ended a $215 million construction project recreating interchanges at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South.

“It was fantastic,” Matthew Peterson said, Bangerter Highway commuter.

“Thank goodness,” Scott McCalmon said, who lives in the area.

UDOT rebuilt parts of Bangerter Highway to be more like a freeway to better handle the population boom on the southern half of Salt Lake County. Workers built seven new bridges and a pedestrian overpass.

“By converting these intersections to interchanges, we are eliminating stoplights, eliminating the times people have to stop. We are making the road more effective. We are also making it safer,” UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras said.

UDOT is far from finished with Bangerter Highway. In 2020, similar interchange work will happen at 6200 South, 10400 South, and 12600 South.

“We think these projects are such a good return on investment.  For the amount of money we put into this we are getting a good improvement for mobility,” Braceras said.

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