Those traveling on I-15 in Utah County have enjoyed several months of construction-free driving since the I-15 project was completed in December, but now UDOT is planning another multi-year construction project that will widen and replace pavement from SR 92 in the Utah County to 12300 South in Salt Lake County.
The appropriately named Point Project is designed to reduce congestion at the Point of the Mountain during commute times.
"There are about seven miles of I-15 that are in need of new concrete pavement and widening," project director Tim Rose said. "Congestion has gotten to the point where there is a lot of delay there for commuter traffic."
The project, which is scheduled to being sometime in 2014, will widen the road from the existing four lanes to six lanes in each direction. The project will also replace the concrete pavement along the section with 40-year concrete. UDOT said pavement replacement will help eliminate emergency repairs, like those that happened this summer due to high temperatures.
UDOT will be using $247 million of state funds for the project and said it likely won't be completed until the end of the 2015 construction season. Rose said they hope to have a design-builder on contract by April and construction will begin sometime after that.
The project will also replace the bridge at 146000 South that will allow for future interchange upgrades. Rose said there are plans in the future to widen the road from SR 92 to 2100 North in Lehi, where the I-15 project stopped, but there wasn't enough money in the budget to do that construction now, so they chose the area that needed widening the most.
UDOT spokesman John Gleason said they plan to keep the impacts to drivers to a minimum.
"The goal is to minimize the inconvenience and keep existing lanes open as much as possible during peak hours," Gleason said. "We are going to try to do most of the work during the overnight hours to cut down on that inconvenience and provide a little less of a headache."
Rose said they will keep the seven-mile stretch at its current capacity during peak hours of the day and will only do lane closures during off-peak times.