The Utah Department of Transportation obligated $217 million in road construction and maintenance work during 1990 and completed several major projects, including completion of the interstate system in Utah.

Some $100 million in construction and rehabilitation work is on the agenda for 1991, including construction of the West Valley Highway, said Community Relations Director Kim Morris."The most notable of our successes came in October with completion of Interstate 70 in southern Utah, and in late November with the opening of Interstate 15 near Tremonton," he said.

The latter wrapped up the last mile of Utah's 930-milelong system of interstate highways.

The Utah interstate system has taken 34 years to complete and has cost $1.8 billion.

Morris said the completion "does not mean an end to interstate construction, however.

"Many of the state's older interstate highways - those in service for 25 years or more - are long overdue for repair."

UDOT started on that reconstruction program in 1989 and in October 1990 completed its most complex project to date, rebuilding I-80 between I-15 and Redwood Road.

Other major projects undertaken during 1990 included the reconstruction of Ogden's Washington Boulevard, resurfacing of U.S. 40 between Tabiona Junction and Duchesne, construction of the Dead Horse Point road; completion of the Salt Creek Interchange of I-15 in Nephi, widening and construction of 18 miles of Utah 24 between I-70 and Hanksville, reconstruction of 9 miles of U.S. 89 between Thistle and Fairview and reconstruction of Foothill Boulevard and 5400 South in Salt Lake City.

Some of the jobs ahead in 1991 include:

- Widening 8400 West through Magna;

- Widening 9000 South between Redwood Road and I-15 to four lanes;

- West Valley Highway between 2100 South and 3100 South will be open to traffic and the section south to 5400 South will be under construction;

- Ogden's Washington Boulevard reconstruction will move into another phase;

- Work will continue to upgrade the highway between Orem and Heber Valley in Provo Canyon;

- Widening the Park City road to four lanes will begin in the summer and take two years;

- Widening U.S. 40, from I-80 south to Utah 248, to four lanes;

- U.S. 40, from Utah 248 south to Midway, may get under construction during the year but this is dependent on continuation funding from the Bureau of Reclamation;

- The new $9 million Port of Entry on I-15 in St. George, being jointly built by Arizona and Utah, will go into operation.