UDOT ramps up work as weather grows warmer

Posted at 4:45 PM, Apr 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-24 18:45:17-04

UTAH — The Utah Department of Transportation is welcoming the warm weather by starting 150 construction projects across the state.

The number may seem large, but 150 projects is actually a reduction from last summer’s total.

Crews are working on replacing the drainage system in I-80 in Parley’s Canyon. Officials said most of the work will be preformed overnight, so that traffic flow won’t be impeded.

UDOT Spokesman John Gleason said the projects planned for this year largely focus on maintenance, so there aren’t any large-scale projects on the horizon.

“Last year we completed I-15 core and the Mountain View Corridor,” he said. “We spent about $1.4 billion and had about 200 projects—a record breaking year for us. This year it’s scaled down just a little bit with 150 projects and about $700 million.”

Work will also be done in Utah County where the I-15 Core project left off. UDOT crews will also be working to widen 7 miles of road stretching from the south Payson interchange to the Spanish Fork River. Most of that work will be done in the median.

UDOT has information about the construction projects planned for 2013 available here.