More to the point, is UDOT only installing overpasses at 7800 South and at
Redwood road, when any Bangerter highway commuter can tell you that the whole
road would flow more smoothly with every intersection grade-separated? Ah, we
"a grade separated interchange." In other words, an overpass.I remember when Bangerter was being built and one of the questions being asked
was, "Why aren't we putting in overpasses at these intersections."
We were told that it was 1) Too expensive, and 2) Unnecessary.It
seems strange that now, all these years later, we are starting to go back and
install overpasses if they are "unnecessary." And, even more to the
point, how much more is it now costing us to "retro-fit" these
intersections than it would have cost us to originally build them? 2x, 5x, 10x
as much? Perhaps, rather than building Bangerter "on the cheap" (which
it was), we should have used some forward thinking (knowing that the west side
of the valley was poised for explosive growth) and answered the question that
people, including some engineers at UDOT were asking back then- "Why
aren't we putting in overpasses at these intersections?"