Wednesday , June 20, 2018 - 5:00 AM
LAYTON — Hailed as an economic driver and a gridlock reducer, Layton’s new bridge over Interstate 15 will open to traffic in less than a week.
The Layton Midtown Crossing is set to open June 25. According to Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders, a ceremony will be held prior to the opening, at 10:30 a.m. Monday near the parking lot of the Tinseltown theater, 720 W. 1500 North.
A procession of vintage cars, police and fire vehicles will all drive over the bridge, to be followed by remarks from Layton legislators Stuart Adams and Steve Handy and city Mayor Bob Stevenson.
The $25 million project has been under construction for more than a year, Saunders said — an effort necessary to ease traffic and connect commercial zones in Davis County’s busiest city.
When it opens, the bridge will cross I-15 as a westward extension of 1425 North, connecting to a new road that will be built south of Kohl’s at 1298 N. Main St. The entire system will link to the city’s Main Street, providing a direct connection between large Layton retail areas separated by the interstate.
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Layton Hills Mall is immediately east of the bridge. In the same area are several restaurants, a Marriott hotel, the Davis Conference Center and big box stores like Barnes and Noble, Lowe’s and Target. To the west there are a Kohl’s, Shopko and the Cutrubus auto dealership, with several other businesses and restaurants nearby.
The project also includes a new intersection at Main Street and a realignment of Angel Street. Layton City has long championed the project and helped secure funding for it, contributing nearly $700,000.
“This is huge for us,” Stevenson said. “It’s something we’ve been trying to get done for some time now and we think it will have an immediate impact on traffic and business.”
The bridge and new road will provide a new east-west connection between two of Davis County’s busiest roads — Antelope Drive and Hill Field Road.
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According to UDOT statistics, those two roads combined to carried an average of 90,000 vehicles per day in 2016.
And those numbers figure to only move upward in the future. Layton City is working on a long-range plan that will address an expected population growth of 30,000 new residents between now and 2050 — a 40 percent increase from its current population of about 75,000.
When the Midtown Crossing opens, UDOT traffic engineers expect 7,000 cars to travel on the road daily.
“It’s going to see a lot of use, we think,” Saunders said. “Pretty much immediately.”
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