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Three new Bangerter Highway interchanges now complete 

The Utah Department of Transportation has completed construction of three new freeway-style interchanges at 6200 South in Taylorsville/West Jordan, 10400 South in South Jordan and 12600 South in Riverton. The projects included removing all stoplights and separating Bangerter Highway from the local cross streets, improving traffic flow and safety for drivers in western Salt Lake County. 

“These three new interchanges will help people get home from work, take their kids to school, or run to the store or the doctor’s office more safety and efficiently,” UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras said. “Their completion puts us one step closer to realizing our vision of making Bangerter Highway more like a freeway.”

UDOT has now completed 10 interchanges along Bangerter Highway, and in 2021, the Utah legislature allocated more than $600 million toward completing the remaining improvements. Construction is slated to begin next year at 4700 South in Taylorsville/West Valley City, 9800 South in South Jordan, 13400 South in Riverton and 2700 West in Riverton/Bluffdale. 

Additionally, UDOT plans to begin work on 4100 South in West Valley City to California Avenue in Salt Lake City in 2028. When those are complete and all stoplights are removed from Bangerter Highway, the time it takes to drive from I-15 in Draper to the Salt Lake City International Airport will be reduced by up to 20 minutes, according to UDOT traffic engineers.

“We are experiencing tremendous population growth in our great state, and making Bangerter Highway m“We are experiencing tremendous population growth in our great state,” Braceras said. “Making Bangerter Highway more like a freeway will reduce traffic delays and improve safety for drivers in western Salt Lake County for years to come.” 

“We’ve assigned a substantial amount of transportation funds to address the rapid growth and traffic we’re seeing in the Salt Lake Valley now and well into the future,” said Senator Wayne Harper. “Completing these three interchanges puts us over the halfway mark to convert Bangerter Highway to a full freeway, and we’re eager to start the next phase.”

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