New ramp bridge taking shape for West Davis CorridorMay 06, 2022 12:16PM ● By Becky Ginos
FARMINGTON—Drivers experienced some lane closures last weekend near Farmington as crews did some temporary repaving and a traffic shift as part of UDOT’s West Davis Highway project, where they are also constructing a ramp bridge to connect I-15 with the future highway.
“We’re putting up MSE (Mechanically Stabilized Earth) walls that are light weight concrete,” said UDOT West Davis Highway Project Director Rex Harris on Friday. “We’re working on the first column at the northbound off ramp of the bridge that will go over I-15, the Union Pacific Railroad, FrontRunner and Legacy Highway.”
That is a major milestone, he said. “We’re shifting traffic to an east configuration. We’re doing some concrete grinding to the east and overlaying asphalt over the old concrete that will be the surface for the next project.”
The project is anticipated to be completed in 2023. “It’s been a two-year process,” said Harris. “It’s been eight years since we started the environmental study. Construction started a year ago.”
Total cost for the project is $800 million. “We’re using state funds,” he said. “The legislature saw the need for transportation” and allocated the money.
“It’s a busy time for construction,” said John Gleason, UDOT Public Relations Director. “People are going to start seeing a lot of orange barrels. We have 175 projects happening right now. Pay attention and avoid distractions while driving in a construction zone. Have your wits about you so that you get home safely and we can make sure our workers get home safely as well.”
This is an exciting project to see these columns for the fly over to connect I-15 with the West Davis Highway, he said. “To see where it was years ago and where it is today is something spectacular. To see how it looks now and eventually what it will look like is really neat.” λ