The Utah Transportation Commission has approved a list of highway construction projects that will receive a piece of the $19 million bond approved by the Legislature last month.
During a Friday meeting, the commission selected nine projects on the state's five-year schedule that are 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 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 the second phase of reconstructing Washington Boulevard in Ogden, from 12th Street to 2nd Street.
- $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.
- $405,000 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.
- $3.5 million 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 and U-6 from I-15 to Billies Mountain in Spanish Fork area; and Forest Street interchange near Brigham City.
The list actually totals more than $20 million. "But, I am certain some of the projects may not go for some reason or another," said commission chairman Sam Taylor.
A tentative list approved earlier in the month split proceeds between the U-9 project near Grafton and U.S. 189 in Provo Canyon. But UDOT's staff recommended Provo Canyon be entirely funded with federal money and U-9 receive the balance of the bonding proceeds.