BANGERTER STUDY FAQ
Q: What is the Bangerter Highway Interchange Project?
A: As part of its efforts to keep traffic moving on Bangerter Highway now and into the future, UDOT will construct freeway-style interchanges at four locations on Bangerter Highway:
The improvements will be similar to the interchanges on Bangerter Highway at 7800 South and Redwood Road. State Environmental Studies were completed by June 2016 and construction is scheduled to begin in early 2017.
Q: Why is it necessary to change these intersections?
A: The intersections serve the fast-growing area of western Salt Lake County and the improvements will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow along Bangerter Highway and the east-west arterial roads. These are four of many Bangerter Highway intersections that UDOT plans to replace with interchanges over the next twenty years.
Q: What is the Jordan Aqueduct? Why does it need to be replaced?
A: The Jordan Aqueduct is a 66-inch diameter pressurized pipeline. This pipeline supplies drinking water to the majority of the Salt Lake Valley. The aqueduct runs from Provo Canyon to 2100 South in Salt Lake City.
With the bridges at the intersection and the new design of the interchange, the aqueduct needs to be relocated. The relocation will take place over the winter to avoid high water demands in the summer.
Q: How did UDOT prioritize the order in which the interchanges are being built?
A: Several factors played into the prioritization. Each interchange was evaluated and prioritized based on number of crashes, safety, and potential level of reduced congestion. While all intersections have been prioritized, the top six are listed below:
Q: Why wasn’t Bangerter Highway built to be a freeway in the first place?
A: When Bangerter Highway was built in the 1990s, the amount of traffic in the area didn’t warrant a full freeway configuration.
Q: What role does public input play in this process?
A: A series of public meetings and formal public hearing and comment period were held as part of the environmental study. Members of the public can contact the project team at any time with input or questions. Also, a Community Coordination Team will be organized to provide input and address community concerns throughout construction.
Q: What does it mean if I own property within the project area?
A: UDOT has notified property owners who will be directly impacted by construction of the new interchanges, and is only acquiring the property needed to build and safely operate each interchange. For any property that needs to be acquired for a project, UDOT follows state and federal relocation processes and procedures. This document outlines the right-of-way process in more detail. Property acquisitions will be ongoing through Spring 2017.
Q: How is safety being considered?
A: Safety is a main priority for every UDOT project, ensuring the safety of road users, pedestrians and residents. Building an interchange will reduce the amount of conflict points because cross-traffic and thru-traffic are separated.
Q: Will landscaping and aesthetics be considered as part of the project?
A: UDOT is currently working with Taylorsville City to determine how remnant property will be addressed.
Q. What will happen to the Thru Turn at 5400 South?
A: The Thru Turn intersection at 5400 South and 4015 West is planned to be converted to a traditional intersection, but may not happen as part of the interchange project.
Q. How will Flex Lanes at 5400 South integrate/function with a new interchange?
A: The Flex Lanes on 5400 south will continue to function as they do now, and will be integrated with the new interchange.
Q: How will traffic be handled during construction?
A: Traffic control for the interchange will be determined prior to construction, which is scheduled to begin in early 2017. UDOT will attempt to keep traffic impacts to a minimum.