Construction begins on continuous flow intersection at Bangerter and 13400 South
The Utah Department of Transportation has begun a $7 million project to change the intersection at Bangerter Highway and 13400 South to a continuous flow intersection.
According to UDOT spokesman Adan Carillo, the end result will be two right-turn lanes, going from eastbound 13400 South to southbound Bangerter Highway, with improved traffic signals and improved drainage conditions.
Carrillo said contractor Goran Construction has done several projects over the years, but this is the first time UDOT has worked with them.
Carrillo also said UDOT officials wanted a company that understands UDOT culture, which is strict on how many lanes are restricted, keeping traffic flowing.
“Goran Construction demonstrated a keen sense of understanding our culture, not creating delays. We were surprised at Goran’s willingness to understand and comply with our concerns,” he said. “Construction is always a disruption, always a shock for people being impacted. It is a life-changing experience for commuters and residents.”
Carrillo said this is an expedited project; construction crews began work immediately because 80 percent of utilities were relocated prior to Feb. 1. The utility companies are almost finished with the relocation work, and the CFI should be finished by June.
Construction will take place during non-peak hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drivers can expect lane restrictions, but businesses will still remain open and accessible.
No residences were affected by this project, Carrillo said.
Montessori Bluffdale School is located near the project, so UDOT made sure crossing guards were there to make sure the kids were safe, Carillo said. UDOT also left the overhanging crosswalk in place to help with students walking to and from school.
Wesley Ray, manager of the IHOP just east of the intersection, said construction has had an impact on his business.
“It is more difficult to get here. We have noticed a small decrease in the number of customers we serve,” he said.