At certain times of the day, I-15 can be a nightmare. With all the cars getting on the freeway at the same time, the highway can feel like a parking lot. Rush hour traffic can cause significant delays for commuters. These delays in either the morning or evening can thwart plans, make you late for appointments, and make any reasonable driver cranky. When there are more cars on the road, an accident is more likely. An accident can only exacerbate traffic problems. It can make typical delays associated with usual traffic patterns take double or triple the time. Each year, as Utah’s population continues to grow, it seems as though traffic gets more and more congested.
Fortunately, there is some good news for commuters, and, unfortunately, there is some bad news as well. According to an article in the Deseret News, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has announced that they will expand the stretch of I-15 known as the “Technology Corridor.” This project ranks as UDOT’s top priority on their “Top 10 list of construction projects” for 2018. An estimated $450 million has been dedicated to the project to widen the freeway to six lanes. This announcement is much needed. Traffic analysis shows this area as one that is busy during rush hour and will continue to get busier and busier with the increased growth in the area. These lanes would stretch from the Timpanogos Highway (State Route 92) and Main Street in Lehi in both directions. The construction began Monday with the removal of the median barrier. The widening of the freeway will help alleviate some of the current traffic strain and prepare to meet future needs.
The bad news of this announcement is there will construction for the next little while. However, one of the goals of the development is to minimize the impact on regular traffic. UDOT spokesman John Gleason said in a statement that most commuters would not notice a significant alteration in their commute for a few weeks. “There will be some overnight lane closures that won’t affect peak hours, but they won’t see orange construction barrels out on I-15 for another couple of weeks. Probably mid- to late April,” Gleason said.
The project is not set to be completed until the tail end of 2020. Gleason recognizes that the changes to the freeway will cause delays. “We recognize with construction activities comes inconveniences. . . . We try to take to make it as easy to navigate as possible and keep traffic moving as much as possible to minimize some of those headaches.” The other areas on UDOT’s Top 10 list can be found on the Deseret News’ Website.
As Utah’s population continues to grow, there is a need for the roads and freeways to expand to meet the needs of the community. While there is additional construction for many commuters, in the future, we at The Advocates Law Firm would like to remind all drivers to stay safe. Construction areas require drivers to be on their guard while driving. As always, if you were the victim of an accident, contact The Advocates Law Firm.