June 25, 2024

UDOT launches into an active construction year with 217 projects and calls for drivers to exercise caution in work zones

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is picking up the pace of their highway development projects as the weather improves. They’re encouraging Utah drivers to stay vigilant and cautious when driving through construction zones.

In 2023, UDOT plans to oversee 217 different construction projects, cumulatively valued at $3.2 billion. This implies the creation of 217 roadside construction zones where drivers need to be cautious to ensure the safety of both construction crews and themselves.

UDOT’s Deputy Director for Engineering and Operations, Lisa Wilson, has said, “This is set to be one of our most active construction years yet, with major projects taking place in every corner of the state. We aim to help all Utahns stay connected to what matters most to them: family, education, work, and recreation.”

UDOT’s 2023 construction plans include launching new highways, interchanges, and the broadening of existing highways. Pedestrian and cyclist paths will be introduced, routine maintenance will take place, and novel pathways will be created for Utah’s new state park.

UDOT suggests drivers stay aware of their key projects, which include:


Bangerter Highway in Salt Lake County ($378.5 million) is expected to have four new freeway-style interchanges, easing traffic on Bangerter Highway. The construction kicks off this summer. Visit the [project website](https://udot.utah.gov/bangerter).

The 5600 South project in Weber County ($238 million) will reconstruct the interchange near Hill Air Force Base and expand a portion of the road from three to five lanes, along with introducing a new trail system. Construction launches this summer. Check out the [project website](https://udotinput.utah.gov/5600south).

The 9000 South project in Salt Lake County ($56.6 million) is set to widen the road from five to seven lanes and install bike lanes. This will improve road conditions, safety, and traffic flow, with construction beginning this summer. More information is available at the [project website](https://udotinput.utah.gov/widen9000south).

The West Davis Highway project in Davis County ($750 million) will create a new four-lane divided highway complete with 10 miles of trails, improving access to I-15.

Construction on I-15 in Washington City ($73.6 million) is already underway. A new interchange is being built and I-15 is being widened to improve traffic flow and access.

SR-108 in Davis County ($71 million) will be widened to improve safety and accessibility and to enhance traffic flow.

Redwood Road in Taylorsville ($8.5 million) will be widened from 6200 South to the I-215 interchange. Visit the [project website](https://udotinput.utah.gov/redwoodroadupdated).

US-40 in Wasatch County ($9.9 million) will see new sections of pavement near Heber City as well as a new bridge surface at the Mayflower exit. Check out the [project website](https://udotinput.utah.gov/us40improved).

Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Pleasant Grove ($15.9 million) is being widened to provide easier access to I-15 northbound. More information can be found on the [project website](https://udotinput.utah.gov/afpgimprovements).

The I-15 lane striping project in Utah County ($11.6 million) will replace or improve lane markings from Payson to Lehi.

The I-15 bridge repairs in Juab County ($17.8 million) will replace the driving surface on two bridges and complete other various repairs near Nephi. Visit the [project website](https://udot.utah.gov/go/nephibridges).

New passing lanes on SR-132 in Sanpete County ($8.7 million) will enhance drivers’ safety.

Work on US-191 in Grand County ($13.3 million) will include new passing lanes and improved access to the new Utahraptor State Park.

In 2022, there were 1,297 road crashes in work zones across Utah which led to 11 fatalities. The months with higher temperatures, such as June and September, recorded the highest number of accidents.

Given the extensive plan for construction projects, UDOT is urging drivers to be extra careful and mindful of signages and speed limits in construction zones.

Construction timelines are dependent on weather conditions and subject to change. Up-to-date information is available on the [UDOT Traffic website](https://udottraffic.utah.gov) or on the UDOT Traffic app. You can also follow UDOT on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/utahdot), [Facebook](https://facebook.com/utahdot), and [Instagram](https://instagram.com/utahtransportation) for changes and updates.