SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Lane closures at Bangerter Highway and Redwood Road are expected to last throughout Monday as crews finish the construction of a new bridge.
Officials with Utah Department of Transportation say the bridge will help with congestion in the long run.
“To accommodate construction, Bangerter Highway will be down to one lane in each direction from Saturday night through Monday morning, but all lanes on Bangerter are scheduled to open for the morning commute,” said UDOT spokesman John Gleason.
The bridge is part of a UDOT project that has been under construction since last summer. Gleason said the bridge is scheduled for completion in July.
“This is a pretty big milestone for the project,” Gleason said. “When work is compete, this will be a freeway-style interchange, just like the one on Bangerter at 7800 South.”
Gleason added the area is very populated.
“We're expecting to see a doubling of the population in the next 30 to 40 years,” he said. “So we want to stay on top of that. We want to make sure we address any congestion issues and make sure we provide enough roads and access for people to travel on out here.”
Even with the expansion, UDOT officials say they won't be able to keep up with population growth.
Alternate means of transportation will also be encouraged by making the area friendlier to bikes and pedestrians.