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Portion of busy S.R. 108 in Syracuse to close for nearly 3 months this summer

Saturday , May 26, 2018 - 5:00 AM

SYRACUSE — A section of one of Northern Utah’s busiest arterial roads will be closed for nearly three months, as the state rushes to complete a construction project there before school starts in the fall.

On June 1, State Road 108, or 2000 West, will be completely closed from Antelope Drive through 1275 South, said Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders. The closure is planned to be in effect until Aug. 21.

UDOT is in the midst of a $52 million project to widen the road to five lanes between 470 North in West Point and S.R. 127 (Antelope Drive/1700 South) in Syracuse.

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This summer, crews will be working nights, holidays and weekends to finish widening the final section of the road, aiming to complete the project as fast as possible to avoid potential impacts to the two Davis County Schools nearby.

Syracuse Junior High sits at 1450 South on 2000 West, while Syracuse Elementary is directly across the street, at 1503 South. Both schools let out for the summer on June 1, with the 2018-19 school year beginning on Aug. 22.

“Basically, the minute school is out we’re starting construction,” Saunders said. 

During the nearly three-month closure, motorists should detour at SR-193, 700 South, or Antelope Drive and head to 1000 West or 3000 West before returning to S.R. 108.

In addition to the two schools, the section of S.R. 108 also features several businesses: Wendy’s, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fiiz Drinks and Thai Jasmine. A T-Mobile store, Carl’s Jr., Domino’s Pizza and a Walmart Supercenter are all just west of the road on 1700 South.

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Saunders said UDOT discussed the project with Syracuse City, the Davis School District and business owners along the road before determining the long-term closure would be necessary.

“We met with all of the stakeholders and figured the best thing to do was close the road and get the project finished as soon as possible,” he said. “It would be a nightmare for everyone involved if we were in there working while school was in session.” 

The 13-mile road runs through West Haven, Roy, Clinton and Syracuse before moving east through Layton. The road is known as Midland Drive, 3500 West, 2000 West and 1700 South — changing names as it weaves through Weber and Davis counties.

The 2000 West section of the road carries as many as 18,000 vehicles per day and the number is expected to rise as Syracuse and surrounding areas grow.

The least busy section of S.R. 108 carries about 10,000 daily motorists while the busiest section holds more than 41,000 motorists per day, according to UDOT statistics.

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Saunders has likened the road to a western version of U.S. 89 in Davis County, a road the state plans to turn into a six-lane freeway-like facility.

UDOT Program Manager Nathan Peterson updated the Utah Transportation Commission on the project earlier this month, saying heavy construction is expected to last until November. UDOT hopes to finish the project before 2018 is out.

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23 or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/MitchShaw.StandardExaminer.

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