FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When will construction of the interchange begin?
A: UDOT is in the process of awarding the design-build contractor within the next month and expects construction to begin in May 2017.
Q: What is the Bangerter Highway Interchange Project?
A: As part of its efforts to keep traffic moving on Bangerter Highway now and into the future, UDOT will construct freeway-style interchanges at four locations on Bangerter Highway:
The improvements will be similar to the interchanges on Bangerter Highway at 7800 South and Redwood Road. State Environmental Studies were completed by June 2016 and construction is scheduled to begin in May 2017.
Q: Why is it necessary to change these intersections?
A: The intersections serve the fast-growing area of western Salt Lake County and the improvements will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow along Bangerter Highway and the east-west arterial roads. These are four of many Bangerter Highway intersections that UDOT plans to replace with interchanges over the next twenty years.
Q: How did UDOT prioritize the order in which the interchanges are being built?
A: Each interchange was evaluated and prioritized based on traffic and safety data, it's potential to reduce congestion and several other factors. All intersections have been prioritized and the top six are listed below:
Q: Why wasn’t Bangerter Highway built to be a freeway in the first place?
A: When Bangerter Highway was built in the 1990s, the amount of traffic in the area didn’t warrant a full freeway configuration.
Q: What role does public input play in this process?
A: A series of public meetings and formal public hearing and comment period were held as part of the environmental study. Members of the public can contact the project team at any time with input or questions. Also, a Community Coordination Team will be organized to provide input and address community concerns throughout construction.
Q: How is safety being considered?
A: Safety is a main priority for every UDOT project, ensuring the safety of road users, pedestrians and residents. Building an interchange will reduce the amount of conflict points because cross-traffic and thru-traffic are separated.