As early as Friday, the Utah Department of Transportation will implement a long-term, east-west closure of 12600 South across Bangerter Highway.
The closure will remain in place through August 2021 and will facilitate the construction of a grade-separated interchange. Designated detour routes will be signed for drivers navigating the area.
“Every time we build a new interchange on Bangerter Highway, it helps drivers get where they’re going more safely and efficiently,” said Marwan Farah, UDOT Bangerter Interchanges project manager, in a news release. She added:
We know this closure will be impactful, so we’ve worked closely with the city and local businesses to minimize inconvenience for the community. The trade-off is, the closure allows us to build the interchange more quickly and safely, at a lower cost to taxpayers.
UDOT stated on its website that although east-west traffic will be restricted, northbound and southbound drivers on mainline Bangerter Highway will have free-flow travel with the permanent removal of the traffic signal. Right turn movements to-and-from 12600 South will also be allowed. Local drivers have several options to get around the closure, including 11400 South and 13400 South.
The decision for the east-west closure was made in partnership with UDOT and Riverton City because of the complexity of the new interchange. To construct the underpass on 12600 South, crews will build from the “top down,” starting with bridge components first, followed by excavating the underpass. UDOT stated that this approach will emphasize safety for both the traveling public and workers and allow efficient interchange construction.
Click here to view closure information, detour routes, and project updates.