Thursday , September 21, 2017 - 5:15 AM
RELATED: New Layton I-15 overpass planned
The corridor to be developed measures only about 0.75 miles, but officials think the $23.16 million Utah Department of Transportation project will have a major impact. Preliminary work started in early July and crews are in the midst of installing pilings to support the planned bridge over I-15, with work to be completed by April next year, according to UDOT.
“They’re thrilled about this new opportunity for access,” said Kent Andersen, deputy director of community and economic development for the city of Layton, alluding to public response. “Most people look at this as a no-brainer. It makes all the sense.”
The new road would not provide access to I-15. But it would give shoppers and others wanting to get from one side of the interstate to the other an alternative and a means to avoid the busy Hill Field Road and Antelope Drive crossing points to the south and north, respectively, which do access I-15.
“This project is all about mobility,” said UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders. “It will really help local traffic.”
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Increased mobility could encourage increased back-and-forth traffic, helping the many businesses on either side of I-15 by making it easier to get to them, Andersen expects. What’s more, the upgraded roadway is expected to draw traffic that otherwise would use Hill Field Road or Antelope Drive, with the daily vehicle count on 1425 North eventually going from 2,000 up to 7,000, relieving congestion at the two other crossing points.
Layton Hills Mall is located just east of I-15 in the area, along with numerous restaurants and, further north, the Davis Conference Center and big box outlets like Lowe’s and Target. Kohl’s, Shopko, Hobby Lobby and other locales sit on the west side of the interstate.
On the down side, Andersen has heard rumblings of discontent from some who live along Angel Street on the west side of I-15, south of Main Street. He suspects most motorists driving from the east side of I-15 to the west would likely turn from the new roadway onto busy Main Street. But some will likely continue onto Angel Street, which will connect to the new road, bringing more traffic past the homes there.
Linda Kelley, general manager of Layton Hills Mall, backs the project, saying it’ll make it easier for motorists coming to shop to get around. Though 1425 North is currently closed from Layton Hills Parkway west to Woodland Parks Drive to accommodate construction, she reported no major disruptions brought on by the ongoing work.
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