This is your annual snapshot of projects and plans for Dixie’s roads and highways

Bluff Street corridor project display att the 2018 Dixie Regional Transportation Expo. Dixie Center St. George, St. George, Utah, Feb. 13, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – State, regional and local transportation officials came together Tuesday to share current and future projects with the public at the annual Dixie Regional Transportation Expo in St. George.

The new look of the St. George’s SunTran buses is showed off at the 2018 Dixie Regional Transportation Expo. Dixie Center St. George, St. George, Utah, Feb. 13, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The expo helps show the public the short-term and long-term transportation plans for the county, said Kevin Kitchen, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Transportation. It also helps show how the differing agencies that oversee road projects work together and just who is in charge of what.

“It helps people understand how infrastructure comes forward and who’s under what jurisdiction and how they all correspond together,” Kitchen said.

Road planners like going to the expo because it helps them get input from the people who use the roads and interstate, Kitchen said. It gives the planners a “broad collection” of insights that can help direct the course of the project in both small and large ways, he said.

A current project public input had in impact on prior to its start is the Bluff Street corridor project.

Read more: So what is this Bluff Street project all about?

Comments gathered a few years ago helped redesign an original plan for the Bluff Street-Sunset Boulevard intersection, while also making way for pedestrian and bicycle facilities where none previously existed.

Bluff Street corridor project display att the 2018 Dixie Regional Transportation Expo. Dixie Center St. George, St. George, Utah, Feb. 13, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The Bluff Street project started in January. Work is anticipated to last a year and is anticipated to help relieve congestion through the area.

UDOT oversees the Bluff Street Corridor project, and is just one of various ongoing and future projects in the works.

Utah Department of Transportation

Another project UDOT is engaged in is the reconstruction of state Route 9 through Springdale. The overall project is in its second phase and is projected to wrap up by mid-April.

Read more: Work on SR-9 through Springdale set to begin – from October 2017

A stretch of SR-9 past LaVerkin and heading toward Springdale is also the site of a future passing lane, Kitchen said.

The next segment of state Route 7, better known as the Southern Parkway, will ultimately run on the eastern side of Sand Hollow Reservoir and connect to SR-9. UDOT is re-evaluating the original environmental study of the project to make sure it is up to date so it can move forward with construction.

Road planners are also meeting with a citizens committee in Washington City about the MP 11 Project. An environmental assessment of the area between Exits 10 and 13 of Interstate 15 is taking place to determine the best possible way to help alleviate congestion at the notorious Green Springs/Exit 10 interchange.

Sign on Interstate 15 pointing the way to possibly one of the most hated exit/intersections in the region, Washington City, Utah, Aug. 10, 2017 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Read more: Worries over highway interchange linger as road planners say there will be other options

Thus far planners have looked at 40-plus concepts for the area, which will likely incorporate a multifaceted solution in the end, Kitchen said.

The idea of an interchange somewhere between Exits 10 and 13 has been floated in previous years and has met with sharp opposition from residents due to its potential location in the city’s residential downtown area.

Other future UDOT projects included widening I-15 to three lanes between both miles 6-8 and 22-28.

St. George

While engaged in the Bluff Street corridor project to a degree, the city has been repaving Bloomington Drive for around six months now and is nearing completion.

This December 2017 file photo shows a section of W. Bloomington Drive South when renovation for repaving began. The work has largely been completed as of Feb. 15, 2018. St. George, Utah, Dec. 30, 2017 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

The aged roadway is being replaced with a smooth blacktop that is friendlier to cyclists and motorists alike, city engineer Jay Sandberg said.

Road design is being done for streets leading to the incoming Crimson Middle and High schools. While the schools are in Washington City, Sandberg said, the roads some will be taking to reach the schools are in St. George.

River Road in the area of Riverside Drive and 1450 South is projected to be widened, with more accessibility for left turns in order to move traffic more efficiently.

The city is also partnered with UDOT and Dixie State University to build a pedestrian underpass under I-15 at 400 South. The underpass will connect 400 South’s western and eastern halves and allow for easy access to the city’s eastern side. The $2.5 million project is seen as a way to provide university student with easier access between school, home and work, as off-campus housing and employment are also had on the city’s eastern side.

Washington City

Among Washington City’s forthcoming projects is connecting Washington Parkway with Green Springs Drive. The $5 million project will connect Green Springs Drive to Exit 13, and will also tie Main Street into Washington Parkway at some future date.

A display provides details on the proposed Purgatory Road. Dixie Regional Transportation Expo, Dixie Center St. George, St. George, Utah, Feb. 13, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The project is moving into the environmental study phase, with building likely occurring in over a year or two, said Mike Shaw, Washington City’s public works director.

There are also plans to connect Merrill Road to Washington Fields Road.

The city is also working with Hurricane and Washington County on the proposed Purgatory Road, which would connect to Washington Dam Road-Southern Parkway interchange as one end and connect to SR-9 at the other.

The environmental study for the Purgatory Road is currently under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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2 Comments

  • Blumpking February 15, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Why would Washington City consider anything other than 300 E for the interchange. If the goal is truly to alleviate traffic then it would make sense to have the second busiest road in Washington (300 E) empty directly onto I-15. There will be upset people no matter what you do. As city planners they should be evaluating the general interest of everyone in the city and holding that above the interest of a select few.

    • Lastdays February 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      Not up to Wash City, it’s a UDOT decision.
      Exit 10 is near failure for traffic flow at times. Since most Wash City folks use exit 10, UDOT can help solve problem by creating interchange at Main St. (best location) and allow most of Wash City people to use that instead of helping to plug up Exit 10 every day.

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