WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC4 News)— The good weather brings out the construction barrels every year.
Wednesday the Utah Department of Transportation announced their Top 10 Construction Projects for the year.
169 construction projects are scheduled to begin this year costing taxpayers two point one billion dollars.
Jason Davis the UDOT Engineering and Operations Deputy Director says, “It is a big deal; it’s a lot of things going on this summer, and multiple summers for some of them, and we want everyone to be careful both for their safety and our worker’s safety.”
The biggest project is going to be the Mountain View Corridor expansion.
UDOT will connect the highway all the way up to S.R. 201 from 4100 South.
It will have two lanes going in each direction along with 13 new bridges. This construction will go on for two years.
Down in the Sandy area, a collector ramp will be build from 9400 South up to the I-215 interchange in Midvale. It will be like the one from 900 south to 21st south and completed in 2020.
Davis says, “If you’re just going a short distance and don’t need to get on I-15 it’s going to give you a great opportunity to go.”
Up in Davis and Weber Counties folks will get a new express lane on I-15 between Hill Field and Riverdale Roads.
UDOT’s John Gleason says, “Once complete, UDOT’s Express Lanes will be 80 miles long – the longest continuous Express Lanes in the country. Construction starts in May and will extend through 2020.”
Down in Washington County, residents can expect changes at Exit 16.
UDOT is widening I-15 and S.R. 9 to get better access to the northern part of the county and Zion National Park.
“Getting that one down is going to be a big benefit to the residents down in southern Utah, and those who go down there and recreate and visit,” Davis Says.
Officials also want to remind drivers to slow down in construction zones to avoid the fines from troopers.