The Utah Transportation Commission on Friday approved a tentative list of highway construction proj-ects that will receive a piece of the $19 million bond approved by the Legislature last month.
Meeting in St. George, the commission selected 10 projects throughout the state that were on the state's five-year schedule and ready to begin.In addition, $500,000 of the bond revenue will go toward preliminary studies of five projects still in the conceptual stage.
The commission voted to commit:
- $2 million for grading and paving of the the West Valley Highway from 5400 South to 7000 South. The entire length will be graded, while paving will go to 6200 South.
- $4.2 million for improvements on six miles of U-191 in Blanding.
- $4.5 million for reconstruction of Washington Boulevard in Ogden, from 12th Street to 2nd Street.
- $2.9 million toward reconstruction of U.S. 189 in Provo Canyon.
- $1.3 million for reconstruction of a one-mile stretch of Main Street in Ephraim.
- $977,000 for widening and resurfacing of U.S. 6, from Soldier Summit to Colton.
- $450,000 for realignment and improvements of the U-12 and U-24 junction near Torrey.
- $450,000 for pavement reconstruction on sections of 30th and 31st streets in downtown Ogden.
- $3.2 million for reconstruction of 1.5 miles of 200 North in Cedar City..
- $600,000 toward five-mile reconstruction of U-9, from Dalton Wash to Grafton.
- $500,000 for preliminary engineering and environmental studies on 700 East and 900 East, between North Union and Casa Negra in Salt Lake City; additional lanes on I-15 between I-215 in North Salt Lake and Woods Cross; U-214 from I-15 to U-6 in Spanish Fork area; and Forest Street interchange near Brigham City.
The list actually totals more than $20 million, but some projects will be dropped.
"This is a tentative list. The commission will look at it again and some (projects) may come off if they can't meet the bonding schedule," said Kim Morris, UDOT spokesman.
He said the commission and UDOT must spend up to 45 percent of the bond revenue within a year and the entire $19 million in two years.
The Legislature's approval of the bond during last month's special session was the first time the state has bonded for road construction proj-ects, Morris said, and UDOT hopes the practice continues.
"This has allowed us to accelerate our construction schedule," he said.