New Layton bridge over I-15 aims to reduce congestion

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  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2018 4:44 p.m.

    @majmajor,

    Admittedly it has been since last August when I drove that way. Last few times I drove that way; the exit on HillField Road forced me to turn right; get over two or three lanes; go down two stop lights; U-Turn; come back through three stop lights to go under the freeway.

    There was no left turn off of the freeway. That added a ton of extra time; added far more congestion than it was before they made it that way; and such.

    Last August they were doing a bunch of construction again; so I don't know. Maybe they made it one of those diamonds? Or, maybe this "bridge" as another article suggested; is actually further up; on the North end of the Mall rather than the south end. But, if they still have that exit ramp forcing a right turn; through several lights and over several lanes to make a U-turn just to come back through several lights (and be sure to be in the correct lane depending on going North, West, or South after getting to the West side of the freeway); I suspect this bridge won't help fix the congestion that mess created.

    It is much better to have traffic wait on the exit ramp for a light to turn left; than to force all that traffic to go 1-2 extra miles.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    June 26, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    NeifyT - Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2018 5:42 p.m.

    “...they were forcing traffic exiting the freeway to go by the mall first east, curving north; just to U-turn and come right back by the mall south... ...under the freeway to get to main street. Going through several extra stoplights.”

    Neify,
    It would be better to take a look at the map, or look at the UDOT website. When getting off the I-15, in either direction, one is met with a diamond intersection. Not a through-turn. This eliminated 2 lights on hill field road.

    The through-turns at main, and Gordon allow traffic to continue past those roads, and avoids bottling up a lane, by cars attempting to make a left turn. People wanting to make a left continue past main and make a u-turn, and then a right.

    These are great to fairly quickly move cars out of the congested area under the freeway. I imagine that cops love the area, because the increased attention required of drivers, makes the area a great tool to catch DUIs, people on cell phones, or just can’t understand a different traffic pattern.

    The weakness of through-turns is one has to plan 2 turns in advance. Not easy for some.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    June 26, 2018 9:03 a.m.

    If one is in the West Layton or Syracuse areas, the through-turns have been the best improvement to the traffic patterns if one wants to get to Hill AFB, or Hwy-89. The through-turns solves the problem of traffic waiting multiple light patterns to make a left turn. The only problem is that people have to pay attention, know where they want to go, and quit driving and texting. Hill Field road and Gordon further supports this traffic by allowing cars to move out of the mall area.

    The new overpass gets people into the mall, restaurants, and the theaters. If one wants to go anywhere else it will be a pain. The roads around the mall will not support much traffic, and is mainly residential.

    The new overpass and the associated speeders will be a new revenue source for Layton.

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2018 9:13 p.m.

    The article is talking about a new bridge north of the mall, which allows access from Main Street near Kohl's, over to the area by the movie theatres. The redesigned freeway "Thru-U" interchange to the south has nothing to do with this bridge, two different areas. Hope that helps!

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    June 25, 2018 6:53 p.m.

    Would it have been too difficult to include an Ariel map or photo showing where it is located and the streets to which it connects along with the text?

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2018 5:42 p.m.

    While I am quite confused at what this article is saying; and probably won't understand it I suppose until the next time I drive that way.

    I do have to wonder if the problem with traffic congestion by the mall was because they were forcing traffic exiting the freeway to go by the mall first east, curving north; just to U-turn and come right back by the mall south and west in order to go west under the freeway to get to main street. Going through several extra stoplights.

    Even if they now have a bridge, if they still have the forced one direction, to make a U-turn in order to go the other direction; the traffic will still be congested; because you are forcing people to drive where they are not intending to go; and having to wait for extra lights in order to make the forced turns. Thus adding tons of extra traffic right in front of the mall.

    (I had presumed that was the intent; trying to get people to stop at the mall by forcing them to pass it not once, but twice, anytime they exit the freeway.)

    If this bridge redesigns the issue so that there are not forced directions; that would be good. But who in their wrong mind pushed the forced directions in the first place?