RIVERTON — Beginning early Friday, the east-west access across Bangerter Highway at 12600 South will close for seven months as Utah Department of Transportation crews build a new freeway-style interchange.
According to the department, the closure is necessary due to the complexity of building the grade-separated interchange. To construct the underpass at 12600 South, crews will build from the top down, starting with bridge components first, followed by excavating the underpass.
Although east-west traffic will be restricted, northbound and southbound drivers on Bangerter Highway will have free-flow travel with the permanent removal of the traffic signal. Right-hand turns to and from 12600 South will also be allowed.
“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. “We know this closure will be impactful, so we’ve worked closely with the city and local businesses to minimize inconvenience for the community.”
Farah added, “The trade-off is the closure allows us to build the interchange more quickly and safely, at a lower cost to taxpayers.”
Local drivers have several options to get around the closure, including 11400 South and 13400 South. Designated detours will have signs posted along the routes, and engineers will adjust the timing of stop lights to accommodate the increased traffic. More information on the closure area and alternate routes is available at the project website, udot.utah.gov/bangerter12600south.
Three new freeway-style interchanges are currently under construction along Bangerter Highway at 6200 South, 10400 South and 12600 South. These interchanges will eliminate stoplights for Bangerter Highway drivers and improve safety by removing cross traffic. This continues a multiyear program of upgrading Bangerter Highway by converting intersections to interchanges to accommodate current and future growth in this part of the state. Information on current and future plans for interchanges along Bangerter Highway is available at udot.utah.gov/bangerter.
It is anticipated the project will be complete by fall 2021.