A big construction project will be starting next week affecting those who live in southern Utah County, and another large transportation project is in the process of being studied.

The Utah Department of Transportation will begin work to widen State Route 198 between Woodland Hills Drive and Arrowhead Trail Road in Spanish Fork and Salem — about a one-mile section of road. Construction for the $8.2 million project is anticipated to last throughout the summer, ending in the fall.

The project will widen the road, adding one lane in each direction, as well as build a new multi-use trail along the east side of the road for cyclists and pedestrians, which will be connected to existing trail systems.

Because shoulder areas will have to be reduced during construction, cyclists are encouraged to take alternate routes if they can.

Crews will maintain one lane in each direction, but should expect one-way flagging operations as needed during off-peak commute hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Another large project for southern Utah County is currently in phase I of an environmental impact study. That project is studying the possibility of putting a new Interstate 15 Interchange at 1600 South/Springville 2700 North/Spanish Fork at approximately mile marker 258.

“What we’ve been seeing is a lot of congestion and backing up onto the freeway at 400 South in Springville,” said Geoff Dupaix, communications manager for UDOT’s Region 3.

The first phase of that study, is expected to wrap up in the next few months. Phase II of the study won’t likely be complete until next spring.

The second phase will take a more in-depth look at details of the intersection as well as start public outreach.

After the environmental analysis is complete, the project can move forward with other steps.

In April, the Utah Transportation Commission approved $25 million for design and construction for the interchange, though no timeline has been formed for when construction might start, according to Dupaix.

Katie England covers politics, county government and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

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