SANDY — The I-15 freeway now has a new exit.
The 11400 South exit opened Monday night. While drivers currently can only take the exit to go east, that will change over the next three or four months as the Utah Department of Transportation constructs a new road.
Before the project to create the new exit began in 2008, there wasn't a road at 11400 South between 700 West 1300 West. That's what UDOT is building now.
"We are still working on a bridge, adjacent to the Walmart, that will take the road over the railroad tracks," said UDOT spokesman Adan Carrillo.
Once that's done, there will be a four-lane road with a bike shoulder, sidewalks, bright lights, an updated drainage system, planted medians and new access to the Jordan River.
"It's just another way to connect communities," Carrillo said.
The project has been in Draper, Sandy, West Jordan and South Jordan's mass transit plans for years. It will help residents get from one city to another more efficiently, even if they don't take the new exit.
"It will relieve congestion at 10600 South and 12300 South tremendously," Carrillo said.
The $240 million project was paid for by state funds.
Construction is 83 percent complete.
The new I-15 interchange is open at 11400 South.
11400 South is closed west of I-15 at the railroad tracks near 400 West for bridge construction over the railroad tracks. The closure will remain in place through December.
Sept. 21-25: I-15 will be restricted to three lanes in each direction from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for striping. Additional lane restrictions will begin at midnight.
Completion is estimated for November 2010, although work at the railroad bridge may continue until early 2011.
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