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Traffic backs up on southbound Interstate 15 on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Point of the Mountain in Lehi.

The Utah Department of Transportation approved accelerated funding Friday for a stretch of freeway from Lehi Main Street to Timpanogos Highway, with construction set to begin in 2018.

This is sooner than the previous 2020 begin date, and is a result of the passage of Senate Bill 277 during the recent legislative session. The project is budgeted at $450 million. According to documents from Tuesday’s Transportation Commission meeting in Heber, the commission estimates spending $110 million for the project in 2018, $157 million in 2019, and almost $160 million in 2020.

Dubbed the Lehi Technology Corridor Project, this is an area of Interstate 15 that is a bottleneck of traffic during commuting hours. The section of freeway north of Timpanogos Highway has six lanes running both northbound and southbound. At Timpanogos Highway, also known as State Route 92, the freeway slims down to four lanes in each direction until just south of Lehi Main Street, where it opens back up to six lanes.

According to a UDOT fact sheet, the project would rebuild the corridor and widen the freeway to six lanes in both directions.

The funding, which is part of Transportation Investment Fund Projects plan, passed without any dissent or discussion Tuesday.

Karissa Neely reports on Business & North County events, and can be reached at (801) 344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely

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