Plans call for three phases of construction. During the first phase, crews will build two lanes in each direction. The roadway will curve out to the edges of the right of way where future off-ramps will be, creating two one-way intersections. This preserves space in the middle to build overpasses, as funding and need permits, during phase two. In Utah County, crews will build two one-way frontage roads, leaving space for phase-two freeway construction in the middle. Full, high-speed freeway-to-freeway ramps will also be part of phase two. Phase three will widen the freeway from two lanes to five, in each direction. One of these lanes will be striped as a carpool lane.
The environmental impact statement for the freeway was completed in November 2008, leaving funding for the highway as the biggest remaining obstacle. Previous proposals included raising the state fuel tax or tolling the new road as a public/private partnership, an issue that became highly... Read More