FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 May 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: 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. Property acquisitions will be ongoing through Spring 2017. Please contact a member of our team to receive a brochure explaining the property acquisition process.