Lane reductions causing gridlock in Utah County

North section of freeway to open in June

Published: Thursday, March 22 2012 4:32 p.m. MDT

Concrete work on I-15 Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Utah County south of Lehi.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

AMERICAN FORK — No pain, no gain.

That's the motto on the I-15 CORE project in Utah County, where drivers between Lindon and Lehi are often finding themselves stuck in traffic, especially during the morning and afternoon commutes.

“You'll notice the contractor is doing some concrete paving work in the middle of the freeway in that area,” said Todd Jensen, the I-15 CORE project director. “It's really about creating work space, so that work can safely be accomplished.”

Traffic really starts to bottleneck, as the four lanes squeeze down to three in both directions of the freeway in the American Fork area. It's one of many spots where the warmer weather is allowing the construction to get going again.

The major area of focus on the project this summer will be in Orem. "There is some more work that needs to happen, particularly in the Orem interchange areas," Jensen said. "We've got 1600 North, 800 North and Orem Center Street, in which all will be reconstructed."

But the news isn’t all bad. Motorists who are getting stuck in traffic right now will be rewarded in just three months. The northbound section of freeway will be completely finished and opened from Lindon to Lehi.

"We'll be done at the end of June of this year, and so that's good news. You'll have all lanes open at that time, in that particular area, and then the rest of the project will be completed in December of this year," he said.

Jensen added that the mild winter helped the contractor, especially after the wet winter and spring last year.

UDOT plans to have the freeway in American Fork opened back to four lanes in each direction by April 11.

E-mail: spenrod@ksl.com

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