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Re: Tooele Midvalley Highway
« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2018, 02:44:50 PM »

Yes, the Southern Parkway is supposed to return to I-15, but I'm not sure how built-up the SR-9 segment is supposed to be, whether it becomes the same standard of parkway that the current I-15/River Rd segment is or something less.

That part of UT 9 would, for the most part, be fairly easy to upgrade to limited access, with interchanges at Old 91, UT 318, and Sand Hollow Road / 3700 West (perhaps with a frontage road connecting to 3400 West rather than another interchange so close). (Coral Canyon Blvd. is already a full interchange.) The only tricky part would be the mobile home park at Quail Lake, where the speed limit drops to 50mph and there doesn't appear to be much room for expanding the current ROW.

Exactly. The only way I can see a full SR-9 freeway through the Quail Lake mobile park area is to tear down all or part of the park and/or relocate it nearby.

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Re: Tooele Midvalley Highway
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2018, 04:53:48 PM »

I get the vibe from UDOT's behavior that they are less concerned about forcing these freeway-ish highways (SR-9, Midvalley, Bangerter) into full freeway status, and more just making limited-access improvements where they are warranted.

Busy intersection?  Get an interchange on the TIP.
Freeway-to-freeway using a SPUI with a decent LOS?  Leave well enough alone.

I suspect Midvalley (and SR-9 for that matter) may be "expressway" (semi-signalized) for quite a long time, simply for the cost savings.

(The exception to this is MVC, which seems to be intended to be fully built to interstate standards from the base design).
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Re: Tooele Midvalley Highway
« Reply #27 on: June 08, 2018, 02:25:39 PM »

I get the vibe from UDOT's behavior that they are less concerned about forcing these freeway-ish highways (SR-9, Midvalley, Bangerter) into full freeway status, and more just making limited-access improvements where they are warranted.

Busy intersection?  Get an interchange on the TIP.
Freeway-to-freeway using a SPUI with a decent LOS?  Leave well enough alone.

I suspect Midvalley (and SR-9 for that matter) may be "expressway" (semi-signalized) for quite a long time, simply for the cost savings.

(The exception to this is MVC, which seems to be intended to be fully built to interstate standards from the base design).
Actually, after seeing some diagrams, the Tooele Mid-Valley Highway (I'm calling it TMVH or SR-179 for short) is planned to be a freeway  south to about SR-112, then a substandard expressway from there south to it's end at SR-36. That doesn't mean that the majority will be built up to freeway standards from the get-go, a la SR-85, however.

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Re: Tooele Midvalley Highway
« Reply #28 on: June 09, 2018, 11:16:08 PM »

I get the vibe from UDOT's behavior that they are less concerned about forcing these freeway-ish highways (SR-9, Midvalley, Bangerter) into full freeway status, and more just making limited-access improvements where they are warranted.

Busy intersection?  Get an interchange on the TIP.
Freeway-to-freeway using a SPUI with a decent LOS?  Leave well enough alone.

I suspect Midvalley (and SR-9 for that matter) may be "expressway" (semi-signalized) for quite a long time, simply for the cost savings.

(The exception to this is MVC, which seems to be intended to be fully built to interstate standards from the base design).
Actually, after seeing some diagrams, the Tooele Mid-Valley Highway (I'm calling it TMVH or SR-179 for short) is planned to be a freeway  south to about SR-112, then a substandard expressway from there south to it's end at SR-36. That doesn't mean that the majority will be built up to freeway standards from the get-go, a la SR-85, however.

The biggest victory for us roadgeeks is that it appears the interchange with I-80 will be constructed to freeway standards from the beginning. The classic UDOT thing to do would be to put in a SPUI, as was done with US-40, Bangerter, and the Southern Parkway.

What I can't tell from the diagrams is if there's going to be a loop ramp from northbound Midvalley to westbound 80, which I hope is the plan. I can picture UDOT deciding that traffic counts don't require that ramp, and that the existing Burmester Road/Exit 88 connection is enough.

No matter what, UDOT needs to preserve enough ROW so that it's easy to upgrade any substandard sections to a full freeway if/when that's warranted. They're finding that out the hard way with Bangerter right now.
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Re: Tooele Midvalley Highway
« Reply #29 on: June 13, 2018, 10:16:51 PM »

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The biggest victory for us roadgeeks is that it appears the interchange with I-80 will be constructed to freeway standards from the beginning. The classic UDOT thing to do would be to put in a SPUI, as was done with US-40, Bangerter, and the Southern Parkway.

I hope so.  But with design-build project delivery, nothing is a sure bet until construction begins.  Remember, the original plan for I-15 CORE in Utah County showed the I-15/US-6 interchange in Spanish Fork as a full flyover interchange.  It got watered down into that horribly unsafe abortion disappointment that even I in a regular car have have almost skidded off the road (and sooooo many big rig trucks have).   

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I can picture UDOT deciding that traffic counts don't require that ramp, and that the existing Burmester Road/Exit 88 connection is enough.

Doesn't FHWA insist that all new interchanges allow all movements?
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Re: Tooele Midvalley Highway
« Reply #30 on: June 13, 2018, 11:11:50 PM »

I hope so.  But with design-build project delivery, nothing is a sure bet until construction begins.  Remember, the original plan for I-15 CORE in Utah County showed the I-15/US-6 interchange in Spanish Fork as a full flyover interchange.  It got watered down into that horribly unsafe abortion disappointment that even I in a regular car have have almost skidded off the road (and sooooo many big rig trucks have).   

It looks like that interchange ended up the way it did because UDOT didn't want to take any property at all along 200 West. What that project did do was add a direct ramp from I-15 north to US-6 east and eliminate the weaving section on I-15 south. But the new light at westbound US-6 and southbound exit 257B is stupid, and access from SR-156 to US-6 and vice versa was eliminated. I wonder if it might not be such a bad idea to bring back the trumpet loop ramp, or if adding slip ramps to bring back SR-156/US-6 access is possible.
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Re: Tooele Midvalley Highway
« Reply #31 on: June 16, 2018, 11:18:59 AM »

Remember, the original plan for I-15 CORE in Utah County showed the I-15/US-6 interchange in Spanish Fork as a full flyover interchange.  It got watered down into that horribly unsafe abortion disappointment that even I in a regular car have have almost skidded off the road (and sooooo many big rig trucks have).   


I don't disagree that the exit ramp should have been a flyover and even without one the design could be better. I'd rather have a trumpet with the cloverleaf ramp being the WB US 6 to SB I-15, even though it would be a 20 mph ramp, than this.  I'm surprised US 6 isn't a four-lane limited access road or at least a Super-2 bypass of Spanish Fork from I-15 to the canyon entrance.

However, if so many cars are going off the road, how much is drivers not heeding the massive 30 mph sign that is clearly visible in GSV (and an earlier 40 mph sign)? Perhaps some rumble strips on the ramp might help? I'd get rid of that "Prepare to stop when flashing" warning light which probably encourages drivers to speed up at the end of the ramp to beat the light. Or replace it with a constantly flashing "Prepare to stop" warning so drivers prepare and may be pleasantly surprised when they make the light. These measures could at least make the exit safer.
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Re: Tooele Midvalley Highway
« Reply #32 on: November 11, 2019, 06:02:33 PM »

According to the UDOT page, Ames Construction has recently been awarded the contract for the first phase of the Midvalley Highway. This will consist of a 4.5 mile super-two freeway running from I-80 southwest to SR 138, with a new intersection built at Sheep Lane. Construction should begin before the end of this year, with crews placing fill dirt at the location of the future I-80 interchange. However, major work can't begin until this dirt has had time to properly settle, and that process likely will last through 2020. Phase 1 construction should be wrapped up by the end of 2021.

In the future, the highway will be extended to SR 36 south of Tooele and widened to four lanes.

UDOT has also recently created some new maps illustrating phase 1 (left) and 2/3 (right):



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Re: Tooele Midvalley Highway
« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2020, 05:44:34 PM »

New update from UDOT:

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  • A temporary traffic signal is being installed on S.R. 138 for the Midvalley Highway project. The signal will improve safety for all vehicles, providing safe access for haul trucks crossing and turning off S.R. 138. The green light will be steady for vehicles traveling on S.R. 138, and the red light will only be triggered by vehicles on Sheep Lane or those coming from the work site. Crews expect to activate the signal in early February, and it will be in place until the work in the area is complete.
  • Construction crews are hauling material during the evenings from Grantsville and Stansbury between 6pm and 4am, Monday thru Friday. Crews will also be hauling materials during the day from 7am to 5pm, Monday thru Saturday. Please be aware of these haul trucks and drive with caution.
  • Drivers can expect shoulder and periodic lane closures over the next several months between mileposts 94 96 on east and westbound I-80. Construction traffic will be entering and exiting work areas during the business hours of 7:00am 5:30pm. Drivers with oversized loads are advised to use caution in this area.
  • Shoulder and lane closures are being put into place to provide safe access for vehicles hauling roadway material.
  • Crews have begun placing fill dirt along I-80 where the new interchange will be built. This will need to settle along with the ground beneath it to provide a solid foundation for new interchange bridges. This settlement process will likely last through 2020, so most new construction work will take place in 2021 when the interchange work can begin in earnest.
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