Motorists can expect some delays as construction gets under way on a new, $5.2 million, four-lane highway that will connect I-215 to Big Cottonwood Canyon.

The 1.5-mile highway will run from I-215 at the Knudsen's Corner interchange east to Wasatch Boulevard, roughly parallel an existing road at 6525 South, then head south along Wasatch Boulevard to the canyon.The Utah Department of Transportation is advising motorists that 6525 South will be closed between 30th East and Wasatch Boulevard beginning April 11.

There will also be a detour around the construction of a new bridge over Big Cottonwood Creek on Wasatch Boulevard just north of the 70th South intersection.

Other projects associated with the new highway that are likely to cause future traffic delays are the relocation of the gun club road east of Wasatch Boulevard and the relocation of a section of Wasatch Boulevard between approximately 64th South and 66th South.

That work on Wasatch Boulevard and the gun club road relocation are scheduled to be completed by Aug. 1.

Construction is expected to continue on the new highway along the Wasatch Boulevard section until Dec. 1, when it will be completed in time for the anticipated opening of I-215. The rest of the new highway should be finished by July 1, 1990.