Interstate 15 in Utah

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Interstate 15 marker

Interstate 15
Veterans Memorial Highway
I-15 highlighted in red
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-107
Maintained by UDOT
Length400.592 mi[1] (644.690 km)
Major junctions
South end I-15 at Arizona state line
 
North end I-15 at Idaho state line
Location
CountiesWashington, Iron, Beaver, Millard, Juab, Utah, Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Box Elder
Highway system
  • State highways in Utah
SR-14SR-16

Interstate 15 (I-15) runs north–south in the U.S. state of Utah through the southwestern and central portions of the state, passing through many of the population centers of the state, including St. George, Provo, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, the latter three being part of the urban area known as the Wasatch Front. It is the primary north–south highway in Utah, as the majority of the state's population lives along its corridor. The only Metropolitan Statistical Area in Utah not connected by I-15 is the Logan Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1998, the Utah Legislature designated the entire length within Utah as the Veterans Memorial Highway.

Route description[edit]

The interstate passes through the fast-growing Dixie region, which includes St. George, Cedar City, and eventually most of the major cities and suburbs along the Wasatch Front, including Provo, Orem, Sandy, West Jordan, Salt Lake City, Layton, and Ogden. Around Cove Fort, Interstate 70 begins its journey eastward across the country. The interstate merges with I-80 for about 3 miles (4.8 km) from South Salt Lake to just west of Downtown Salt Lake City and merges with Interstate 84 from Ogden to Tremonton. Along nearly its entire length through the state, I-15 winds its way along the western edge of a nearly continuous range of mountains (including the Wasatch Range in the northern half of the state). The only exceptions are when it passes through the mountains south of Cedar City and again north of Cove Fort.

Southern Utah[edit]

I-15 near New Harmony, south of Cedar City, looking north

From Las Vegas, Nevada, I-15 winds and slightly inclines through the Virgin River Gorge in northwest Arizona, then it crosses the border into Utah and Washington County. Just past the border there is a port of entry on each side of the freeway. These ports of entry (weigh stations) are jointly operated by the states of Utah and Arizona and are the first northbound exit and last southbound exit on I-15 in Utah. Heading north-northeast it continues with two lanes in each direction until it reaches an interchange with Southern Parkway (SR-7), which provides access to the St. George Regional Airport. After SR-7, the route turns north as it passes the Bloomington area of the City of St. George and an interchange at Brigham Road where an auxiliary lane is added before it crosses the Virgin River. Immediately north of the Virgin River, and partially spanning the Santa Clara River, is the Dixie Drive interchange. A collector ramp is added between Dixie Drive and the next interchange with Bluff Street (SR-18). I-15 then reduces to two lanes and turns northeast again where it passes the eastern side of downtown St. George, with an interchange at St. George Boulevard (SR-34). The Bluff Street and St. George Boulevard interchanges are the southern and northern ends of the St. George I-15 Business Loop. From this point north I-15 generally follows the route of the Old US-91 maintaining a two-lane configuration until it reaches the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state. (The route of Old US-91, in turn, followed the older Arrowhead Trail highway to Salt Lake City).

After leaving St. George, I-15 continues northeast and passes through the northern part of the city of Washington. An auxiliary lane is added between St. George Boulevard and Green Springs Road with additional interchanges at Washington Parkway and State Street (SR-9). Northeast of Washington I-15 passes through the northwestern side of the town of Leeds, with one-way interchanges on the southwest and northeast ends of town. After passing through the northwestern part of Toquerville, and an interchange with SR-17 (at Anderson Junction), I-15 resumes a more north-northeastern course as it ascends about 1,000 feet (300 m) higher on the Colorado Plateau. Along the way it passes through the areas of Browse and Pintura, with interchanges at both, as well as two more ranch exits further northeast. After its ascent, it passes by the east of side of Ash Creek Reservoir and then by the northwest corner of Zion National Park, with an interchange providing access to the Kolob Canyon area of the park. Next is an interchange that provides access to New Harmony (several miles west) and Kanarraville (several miles to the northeast). This interchange is also at the border of Washington County and Iron County.

Just after entering Iron County, I-15 reaches the southern most rest areas along its route within the state (with one each, northbound and southbound). After passing about a mile west of Kanarraville it reaches an interchange in Hamilton Fort. The freeway then briefly turns nearly east before turning north again to pass through the west side of Cedar City. The first interchange is at the southern end of SR-130 (Main Street) and the Cedar City I-15 Business Loop. Just north is the 200 South (SR-56) interchange, which provides access to downtown Cedar City as well as the Cedar City Regional Airport. After this interchange, the freeway turns northeast before the final Cedar City interchange with SR-130 (once again). This interchange is also the northern end of the Cedar City I-15 Business Loop, although no longer indicated as such by signage. The freeway then passes by the eastern edge of Enoch, but without an interchange within that city. After an interchange within the area of Summit I-15 heads east-northeast before passing by the northwest edge of Parowan, with interchanges on the west (200 South/SR-143) and north (Main Street/SR-274) sides of town. After Parowan, the freeway curves back to a northeast course as it passes about a mile west of Paragonah and reaches an interchange on the north side of that city (SR-271). Continuing northeast it reaches the next pair of rest areas before an interchange with SR-20 and then a ranch exit (exit 100) before leaving Iron County.

Central Utah[edit]

An 80 mph speed limit sign in one of the test zones

As I-15 enters Beaver County the interstate turns northwest and winds its way through the mountain pass before heading north again to pass along the western edge of the city of Beaver. Both the southern and northern interchanges in Beaver include the I-15 Business Loop and SR-160—the city streets are South Main Street on the south and 1400 North on the north. Off the 1400 North interchange there is an official rest stop courtesy of Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the local Texaco Station. The freeway then heads slightly west until it passes by the west side of the community of Manderfield and curving back to a north-northeast course. After several miles there is an interchange with Manderfield Road before I-15 winds through another mountain pass and reaches the Sulphurdale interchange. After passing west of the ghost town of Sulphurdale it reaches the interchange with the western end of I-70. This interchange is on the border of Beaver and Millard counties.

Extinct volcano cone near Fillmore, Utah off I-15

North of the I-15/I-70 interchange, I-70 heads east to Richfield and on though Denver, Colorado, while I-15 continues north to pass by Cove Fort on the east and reach the Cove Fort (SR-161/Black Rock Road) interchange. Off the Black Rock Road interchange there is an official rest stop courtesy of UDOT and the local Chevron Station. Continuing on, I-15 meanders to the north-northeast before straightening out to the northeast southwest of Kanosh. The freeway passes by the northwest side of Meadow, having an interchange with North Main Street (SR-133). It then passes through the western side of Fillmore. SR-99 follows the length of the I-15 Business Loop through Fillmore, connecting at 850 South on the southwest part of town and North Main Street/Cedar Mountain Road on the northern city limits. Off the North Main Street interchange there is an official rest stop courtesy of UDOT and the local Chevron Station. Continuing north-northwest it has an interchange with 5400 North/Maple Hollow Road (SR-64) before passing by the southeast edge of Holden. Several miles northeast of Holden, US-50 merges with I-15 as it continues northeast and eventually heading through a low mountain pass just after another ranch exit. The US-50 overlap then ends as I-15 passes through the northwest corner of Scipio. Off the Scipio interchange is an official rest stop courtesy of UDOT and Flying J. (US-50 eastbound serves as a connector to I-70 for southbound I-15 motorists.)

Several miles north of Scipio, I-15 leaves Millard County and enters Juab County before turning northeast once again. After an interchange with the Yuba Lake Road is another interchange at Mills Junction/SR-78 just southeast of Chicken Creek Reservoir. The freeway then continues roughly north-northeast until it turns northeast to pass through the southern part of Nephi and an interchange with South Main Street (SR-28). The freeway then turns north to pass through the eastern side of Nephi, with an interchange with 100 North (SR-132). It then curves to the north-northwest before reach the interchange with the northern end of SR-28 about a mile north of town. The interstate then turns north and passes by the eastern side of Mona and has an interchange with SR-52 (300 North). Continuing north it passes by the eastern edge of Rocky Ridge before promptly leaving Juab County and entering Utah County.

Northern Utah[edit]

Salt Lake area[edit]

As the freeway enters Utah County, it also enters Utah Valley, the Wasatch Front, and the Provo-Orem metropolitan area. Turning northeast, it enters the town of Santaquin, where US-6 begins its overlap with I-15 at the interchange with East Main Street/US-6/SR-198. Exiting Santaquin, the interstate turns north to pass by the western edge of Spring Lake before entering Payson, turning north east, and reaching the 800 South (SR-178) interchange. Continuing northeast, the freeway reaches the interchange with North Main Street (SR-115/3200 West) in north Payson. Maintaining its course to the northeast it passes the eastern edge of Benjamin, with an interchange with SR-168 (8000 South), and enters Spanish Fork and gains one lane in each direction. On the north side of Spanish Fork is an interchange with North Main Street (US-6 and SR-156), after which I-15 turns north and gains one more lane in each direction. This interchange also marks the northern end of the overlap with US-6. (The section between Spanish Fork and Lehi was rebuilt in 2010-12 as part of the I-15 CORE project.)

View north along I-15 at the southern junction with I-80 and SR-201 in Salt Lake County

Continuing north with four lanes, it gains an additional Express Lane in both directions. It then passes through the far west side of Springville, with interchanges at 400 South (SR-77) and 1400 North (SR-75). Off the 1400 North interchange is an official rest stop courtesy of UDOT and Flying J. Curving northwest it passes the eastern edge of the Provo Bay of Utah Lake before reaching Provo. Upon entering Provo, it intersects with South University Avenue (the southern terminus of US-189) and East Lakeview Parkway. The interstate then continues northwest, bisecting the west side of Provo, with an interchange with Center Street (SR-114) before leaving Provo and entering Orem. After an interchange with West University Parkway (SR-265), immediately southwest of Utah Valley University, the freeway heads north along the western side of Orem. After interchanges with Center Street, and then 800 North (SR-52) the interstate curves northwest and immediately reaches the interchange with SR-241 (1600 North/600 South). This interchange on the border of Orem and Lindon.

Continuing northwest I-15 passes through the western side of Lindon before passing by the southwest edge of Pleasant Grove, with an interchange at Pleasant Grove Boulevard. Next the freeway enters American Fork with interchanges with at 500 East (SR-180) on the south end of town and West Main Street/Pioneer Crossing (SR-145) on the west end of town. After American Fork, the freeway enters Lehi with it first interchange at East Main Street (SR-73). At this point the interstate narrows to just three lanes (plus an Express Lane) in each direction. The next interchange in Lehi is with 2100 North/1200 West (US-89/SR-85). This also begins the first of two I-15/US-89 overlaps. The final interchange in Lehi with Timpanogos Highway/Clubhouse Drive (SR-92), after which the interstate gains an additional 2 lanes, which is just east of Thanksgiving Point. Past Lehi, the interstate exits the Provo metropolitan area and Utah County to enter the Salt Lake City metropolitan area as it passes through the Point of the Mountain.

I-15 in Salt Lake City

As the route enters the Salt Lake Valley from only one of three other points connecting Salt Lake County and Utah County (the others being SR-68 and Traverse Ridge Road), it turns northeast to pass by the eastern edge of Bluffdale. It then enters Draper and heads north to pass through the western part of that city, with four interchanges along the way. The first is with Highland Drive/14600 South (SR-140). The next interchange is with Bangerter Highway (SR-154). The third interchange in Draper is with 12300 South (US-89/SR-71). This interchange is also where US-89 ends its first overlap with the interstate and where I-15 curves slightly to the west. The final interchange in town is on the northern city limits at 11400 South (SR-175). This interchange is on the southern border of Sandy, and is the first of three within that city. The next interchange is with 10600 South (SR-151). The final interchange in Sandy is with 9000 South (SR-209).

Shortly after the last interchange in Sandy it leaves that city and enters Midvale, with the only interchange in that city being with 7200 South (SR-48). After leaving Midvale, I-15 enters Murray and immediately reaches the junction with I-215, a beltway running through many of Salt Lake City's suburbs. Past this interchange, there are two more interchanges in Murray. The first is at 5400 South (SR-173) and the second is with 4500 South/Taylorsville Expressway (SR-266). After this interchange the freeway leaves Murray and passes through the western end of Millcreek (an unincorporated suburb of Salt Lake City) before entering South Salt Lake. After an interchange with 3300 South (SR-171) the interstate reaches the Spaghetti Bowl, which is an interchange with I-80 and SR-201 (21st South Freeway). The southern overlap of I-80 begins at this point as well as the collector roads. The collectors, but not the main I-15 travel lanes, have interchanges with 2100 South and 1300 South, as well as West Temple Street (SR-270) for northbound traffic only. (The West Temple Street off ramps are signed as 900 South.) The Spaghetti Bowl is also where the freeway leaves South Salt Lake enters Salt Lake City.

After entering Salt Lake City, the interstate jogs to the west for the next three interchanges. The first is with SR-269 and includes the off ramps from northbound I-15/I-80 to eastbound 600 South and the on ramps from westbound 500 South to southbound I-15/I-80. The next two interchanges are overlain and include I-80 (the northern end of the I-80 overlap) and 400 South (West University Boulevard). (The later interchange only permits HOV or toll use of the northbound off ramp and the southbound on ramp from and to the respective Express Lanes of I-15/I-80.) North of the ramps with I-80, I-15 loses one lane, leaving three lanes, plus the Express Lane, in both directions. the next interchange is with 600 North (SR-268), following which the freeway jogs to the west for the next two interchanges. After the 900 West interchange (which does not include a northbound off ramp) is the Warm Springs Road (northbound) and 2300 North (southbound) interchange. The freeway then returns to is northern course, but before leaving Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County, it has northbound on and off ramps for the Beck Street (US-89) interchange.

Ogden area[edit]

Northbound along I-15/84 in Ogden

After entering Davis County, the city of North Salt Lake, and the Ogden-Clearfield metropolitan area, I-15 has the southbound on and off ramps for the Beck Street (US-89) interchange. Next is the junction between I-15 and I-215 (Belt Route), which only provides a southbound off ramp from I-15 to I-215 and a northbound on ramp from I-215 to I-15. Just after this another partial interchange that only includes a southbound off ramp to West Center Street. The freeway then heads northwest to the 2600 South (SR-93) interchange, which is centered on the border of North Salt Lake and Woods Cross. Continuing north once again, the interstate reaches its next interchange, which is with 500 South (SR-68). Parts of this interchange are spread over three cities, with Woods Cross on the south, a panhandle of Bountiful in the middle, and West Bountiful on the north. Continuing north it comes to another partial interchange with 400 North, which only includes a northbound off ramp and a southbound on ramp. After a slight jog to the east comes the junction with US-89 (500 West). This junction straddles the north-south border between West Bountiful and Bountiful. It is also a partial interchange in that it has only a southbound off ramp and a northbound on ramp. It also is the beginning of the second 1-15/US-89 overlap.

Continuing north it leaves West Bountiful and enters Centerville before reaching the Parish Lane (400 North/SR-105) interchange About a mile north I-15 begins a stretch where the Legacy Parkway (SR-67) parallels the interstate on the west, with little more than train tracks in between. About another mile north the freeway leaves Centerville and enters Farmington. Next comes the partial interchange with 200 West (SR-227), which only includes a northbound off ramp and a southbound on ramp. Heading north-northeast it reaches the I-15/Legacy Highway/US-89/Park Lane (SR-225) interchange. This sprawling interchange provides a northbound off ramp and southbound on ramp for US-89, a southbound off ramp and a northbound on ramp for Legacy Parkway, as well connection with Park Lane. The interchange is just west of the Lagoon amusement park and is the end of the second I-15/US-89 overlap. From this interchange it heads northwest before leaving Farmington and entering Kaysville.

Just inside Kaysville are two former rest areas. While the ramps and parking areas are still intact, there are no signage or facilities remaining. Further on is the Kaysville (200 North/SR-273) interchange. Continuing northwest I-15 leaves Kaysville and enters Layton, along with its three interchanges. The first interchange is with Layton Parkway and just north of it the Express Lanes end, leaving just three lanes in each direction. The next two interchanges are with Hill Field Road (SR-232) and then Antelope Drive (2000 North/SR-108). After leaving Layton the interstate enters Clearfield and reaches the 700 South SR-193 interchange. From this interchange north I-15 runs along the western edge of Hill Air Force Base. The next interchange is with 650 North, which also provides direct access to the west part of the air force base. Just after this interchange the freeway leaves Clearfield, turns north, and enters Sunset, but has no further interchanges before leaving that city and Davis County.

Just prior to the next interchange I-15 enters Weber County and the city of Roy. After curving slightly to the east the freeway reaches the 5600 South (Utah State Route 97) interchange, which provides access to the north end of the air force base, including the Hill Aerospace Museum that located immediately north of the base. The next interchange is with Riverdale Road (SR-26). As a partial interchange, there is only a northbound off ramp to east bound SR-26 and a southbound on ramp from westbound SR-26. (Eastbound SR-26 provides the only access to eastbound I-84.) At this interchange the interstate also transitions from Roy to Riverdale. Heading northwest, I-15 then merges with I-84, but there is no northbound access to I-84, nor westbound access from I-84 to I-15. This also begins the I-15/I-84 overlap. Immediately northwest of this interchange is the Ogden-Hinckley Airport, however since the airport is on hill slightly above, it is not visible from the freeway. An additional lanes are also added north of this junction for a total of four in each direction. Just after leaving Riverdale, the interstate enters Ogden and reaches the 31st Street (3100 South/SR-79) interchange. Curving back to the northwest, the freeway comes to the 24th South (SR-53) interchange. Although the signage specifies “24th Street”, this partial interchange (which only provides a northbound off ramp and a southbound on ramp) is actually with Pennsylvania Avenue (also SR-53) which promptly connects with 24th Street (2400 South) northeast of the interchange.

As it leaves Ogden and enters West Haven, I-15 curves to the north-northwest before coming to the 21st Street (2100 South/SR-104) interchange. The freeway then leaves West Haven and enters Marriott-Slaterville and immediately crosses the Weber River. The next interchange is with 12th Street (1200 South/SR-39, at which point the freeway losses one lane in each direction. Continuing on with three lanes in each direction the interstate reaches the 400 North interchange. Similar to the 24th Street interchange, although signage indicates “400 North”, this interchanges actually connects with Pioneer Road, which promptly connects with 400 North just east of the interchange. North of this interchange, I-15 heads directly north to leave Marriott-Slaterville and enter Farr West. Continuing north it reaches the 2700 North (SR-134) before it curves to the north-northwest and leaves Farr West and Weber County. At the 2700 North interchange, the freeway also reduces to two lanes of travel in each direction and remains so for the remainder of its route in Utah.

Box Elder County[edit]

I-15 warning sign for potentially drowsy drivers

Upon entering the final county (Box Elder) along its route in Utah, I-15 also enters the area of South Willard and then reaches the Willard (2000 West/SR-126) interchange. (SR-126 connects with US-89 just west of the interchange.) Before leaving the South Willard area and entering the city of Willard, I-15 begins about a two-mile stretch that runs along the western shore of the Willard Bay of the Great Salt Lake. Its next interchange is with 750 North SR-315. Straddling the northern border between Willard and Perry ports of entry for both directions of traffic. Continuing north through Perry it passes a rest area for northbound traffic before it reaches the next interchange, which is with 1100 South (US-91). This interchange straddles the northern border of Perry and the southern border of Brigham City. (US-91 continues northeast to Logan and points northward.) Curving slight to the west, the interstate reaches the Forest Street interchange followed by the 900 North (SR-13) interchange. Immediately north of 900 North the freeway passes immediately to the west of the Brigham City Airport. West of the airport there is also a rest area for southbound traffic. At the north end of the airport, the freeway leaves Brigham City and before continuing on a slight more westerly, northern course.

After about a mile in unincorporated Box Elder County, I-15 enters Honeyville and then reaches the Honeyville/Bear River (6900 North/SR-240) interchange. Continuing northwest the interstate leaves Honeyville and immediately crosses the Bear River. It then enters the town of Elwood and reaches the Tremonton/Garland (5200 West/SR-13) interchange. The freeway then leaves Elwood and enters Tremonton shortly thereafter. Just inside Tremonton, is the I-15/I-84/SR-30 junction. From this junction, I-84 and SR-30 head northwest to Snowville and on to Burley and Boise, Idaho, while I-15 continues north through Tremonton. This interchange is also the northern end of the I-15/I-84 overlap and the southern end of the I-15/SR-30 overlap. Straddling the northern city limits of Tremonton is another interchange signed as “Tremonton/Garland”. This second interchange of the same name is with 1000 North. Curving slightly to the east, it passes by the western edge of Garland before coming to the Riverside (15200 North/SR-30) interchange, which is just southwest of that city and is the northern end of the I-15/SR-30 overlap. Continuing a slightly winding course north, the interstate reaches the Plymouth (20800 North/SR-13) interchange, which is just northwest of that town. Heading north, and then to the north east the freeway reaches the Portage (25800 North/Center Street), which is the last interchange in the state and is just east of that town. About a mile north of the last interchange is the Utah-Idaho border, where I-15 leaves the Ogden-Clearfield metropolitan area. From there I-15 continues north to Malad City and on to Pocatello.[2]

History[edit]

The southwest-north alignment followed by I-15 was a major transportation corridor in the early 20th century, followed by auto trails such as the Arrowhead Trail (south from Salt Lake City), Evergreen National Highway (entire length), and Banff-Grand Canyon Road (north from Nephi). In 1926, when the numbered system of U.S. highways was created, this route was signed U.S. Route 91[3]

The route of I-15 from St. George to Brigham City was built along the corridor of what was U.S. Route 91 from 1926-1974.[3] In 1974 I-15 was reasonably intact and US-91 was deleted, with the unfinished segments signed as Temporary I-15. The route north of Brigham City was built along the corridor of an old routing of U.S. Route 191. This highway was also deleted once I-15 was reasonably intact. However, a different route in Utah was re-designated US-191 in 1982. Also, by the time it completed the section, UDOT recalibrated the mileposts and renumbered the exits, reducing the overall distance by approximately three miles.[4]

Prior to 1977 the route of I-15 (and US-91 before) was also designated State Route 1 by the state of Utah, but no portion of the route was signed with this number.

The last section of I-15 within the state of Utah (as well as the entire length of the route) was finally completed in November 1990,[5] only to have major reconstruction projects commence (stating in Salt Lake County) about 7 years later. The entire length of I-15 within Utah was designated by the Utah Legislature in 1998 as the Veterans Memorial Highway.[6]

In 2004, UDOT finally renumbered the mile markers along I-15 north of Nephi. (When I-15 was originally built, there were several large gaps along the route, including south of Nephi. In addition, the original plans for I-15 were to run along the west side of Nephi, instead of the final alignment along the east side of the city. Mileage along the unconstructed sections was estimated. After the entire length of the freeway was completed, there was a discrepancy of an extra three miles along all sections north of Nephi. UDOT had been aware of the problem for many years, but delayed corrective action for the issue.) The following year, in 2005, UDOT renumbered the exits to correspond to the corrected mile markers. The result was exit numbers north of Nephi were reduced by three.[7]

In January 2009, the speed limit on two sections of I-15 together totaling 34 miles (55 km) was raised to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) as a "test," making Utah the second state to currently have speed limits greater than 75 miles per hour (121 km/h). In September 2013, with a few brief exceptions, the speed limit north of Leeds (other than the Wasatch Front, between Santaquin and Brigham City) was raised to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h).[8]

In 2015, the UDOT raised the speed limit on the Wasatch Front urban stretch through Salt Lake City to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h). Also, in 2016, the speed limit through the St. George metro area was raised to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).

As of October 2016, the longest continuous high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) facility in the U.S. is on I-15 in Utah, extending approximately 72.0 mi (115.9 km) from Spanish Fork to Layton with a single HOV lane each direction for a total of 144.0 mi (231.7 km) of HOV lanes.[9]

Reconstruction projects[edit]

I-15 Corridor Reconstruction Project[edit]

Taking place from between April 1997 and July 2001, the Interstate 15 reconstruction project was the Utah Department of Transportation's first major Interstate reconstruction project. The project involved the renovation of 16.2 miles (26.1 km) of Interstate 15 from 600 North in Salt Lake City to 10600 South (SR-151) in Sandy. Improvements included repaving concrete, adding another general-purpose lane and a high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lane, along with an auxiliary lane between major interchanges in each direction through the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. Approximately 130 bridges were either constructed or reconstructed, including the conversion of 7 diamond interchanges into single point urban interchanges, and the reconstruction of three major junctions with other Interstate and state routes, including I-80, SR-201, and I-215. In addition, a traffic management system was added to the entire length of the Interstate in the Salt Lake County region. This reconstruction cost $1.63 billion USD, with $448 million being federally funded and $1,184 million being funded by Utah.[10]

EXPRESSLink Project[edit]

The I-15 EXPRESSLink project took place between December 2008 and Fall 2010. It involved the renovation of I-15 between 500 North in Salt Lake City and the northern terminus of I-215 in North Salt Lake. Renovations included new concrete and added a high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lane in both directions. In order to accommodate the new width of the freeway, bridges at Beck Street, U.S. 89, and 1100 North were replaced. The bridges at 800 and 1100 North were replaced by one bridge at 1100 North.[11]

11400 South Interchange Addition[edit]

A new single point interchange was constructed between 2008 and November 2010 at 11400 South in Draper. The project also widened I-15 from 10600 South to just past 11400 South from 3 to 4 general purpose lanes, extended the high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lane that previously ended at 10600 South, and added an auxiliary lane between the two interchanges.[12]

I-15 CORE Project[edit]

The I-15 Corridor Expansion (CORE) project was a design-build project that reconstructed 24 miles (39 km) of I-15 in Utah County, Utah. The $1.725 billion project was the fastest billion-dollar public highway project ever completed in the United States.[13] The project was completed on December 15, 2012—35 months from the original notice to proceed—and finished $260 million under budget (coming in at $1.465 billion total).[14] I-15 CORE widened the freeway by two lanes in each direction and replaced the original asphalt with new 40-year concrete pavement; rebuilt 63 bridges; reconstructed 10 freeway interchanges; and extended the high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes from Orem to Spanish Fork.[15] (Prior to I-15 CORE, HOV lanes had already been installed from Lehi to Orem.)

South Davis Improvements[edit]

The South Davis Improvements project, which took place between April 2014 and August 2015, constructed new high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes between the I-215 interchange in North Salt Lake and the US-89 interchange in Farmington; replaced I-15 bridges at 2600 South, 1500 South, 500 South (SR-68) and 400 North (SR-106); reconfigured the interchange at 2600 South into a partial and 500 South into a full diverging diamond interchange; and added active transportation improvements, with better pedestrian and bicycle facilities at 500 South, 400 North and Parrish Lane. The entire project costed $126 million USD.[16]

The Point Project[edit]

The two-year Point Project widened I-15 from 4 to 6 lanes in each direction between 12300 South in Draper and SR-92 in Lehi, a distance of approximately seven miles. The project also replaced the existing pavement with new 40-year concrete, reconstructed the 14600 South (SR-140) interchange as a single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow, and installed new traffic management technology such as cameras, ramp meters, electronic message signs, and fiber optics. The project costed $215 million USD. With the completion of The Point project, nearly all of I-15 along the Wasatch Front has been reconstructed within the past two decades[citation needed]. One last section – in Lehi, from S.R. 92 to Main Street (SR-73)– remains, and is programmed to begin construction in Spring 2018.[17]

I-15 Technology Corridor[edit]

The Utah Department of Transportation will reconstruct the I-15 Technology Corridor between Lehi Main Street and S.R. 92 (Timpanogos Highway) starting in 2018. The Tech Corridor is the last section of I-15 in Utah County to be reconstructed in recent years. The actual construction elements to be included will be based on the results of the ongoing engineering, traffic and cost analysis. Those elements are expected to include I-15 reconstructed and widened with two new lanes in each direction from Lehi Main Street to S.R. 92, One-way frontage road system from 2100 North to S.R. 92, interchange reconstruction at S.R. 92 and 2100 North, 13 bridge replacements, a new Triumph Boulevard bridge over I-15, and bike and pedestrian improvements. The initial budget for this project is $450 million.[18]

Future elements not being constructed at this time are expected to include a new North Lehi interchange, a one-way frontage road system extended from S.R. 92 to the new North Lehi interchange, and freeway-to-freeway connector ramps at 2100 North to connect I-15 to the future Mountain View Corridor freeway.

To ease traffic, UDOT will add an extra lane in each direction.[19]

Exit list[edit]

New exit numbers were implemented for interchanges in the northern counties of Juab, Utah, Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, and Box Elder due to a surveying error when I-15 was first built in Utah. The route originally curved around the west of Nephi, but was changed to the east. The original surveyor measurements did not reflect this change, and UDOT corrected this error after GPS systems began to give wrong mileage directions.[20]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmOld exit[21]New exitDestinationsNotes
Washington0.0000.000Arizona–Utah state line
I-15 south (Veterans Memorial Highway) continues into Arizona
St. George0.4620.7441[a]Ports of Entry
2.1353.4362 SR-7 east (Southern Parkway)
4.6417.4694Brigham Road
5.6199.043[b]5Dixie Drive
6.30910.1536 I-15 Bus. north / SR-18 north (Bluff Street)
8.65213.9248 I-15 Bus. south / SR-34 west (St. George Boulevard)
Washington10.91017.55810Green Springs DriveFormer SR-212
13.38621.54313Washington Parkway
WashingtonHurricane line15.88825.56916 SR-9 east (State Street)
Leeds22.57936.33722 SR-228 north (Main Street)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
23.70338.14623 SR-228 (Silver Reef Road)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Toquerville27.47044.20927 SR-17 south – Toquerville, Hurricane
30.68249.37830Browse
31.86151.27531Pintura
33.43553.80833Snowfield
36.76359.16436Black Ridge
40.25364.78140Kolob Canyons
42.15967.84842New Harmony, KanarravilleFormer SR-58 (north-northwest) & former SR-144 (west)
Iron44.13271.024[b][a]Rest AreasNorthbound and southbound rest areas
51.14982.31651Hamilton Fort, KanarravilleFormer SR-58 (south)
Cedar City56.78791.39057 I-15 Bus. north / SR-130 (South Main Street) to SR-14 east
58.83794.68959 SR-56 (200 North)
62.497100.57962 I-15 Bus. south (North Main Street) / SR-130 to SR-14 east
70.263113.07771Summit, EnochFormer SR-38
Parowan75.183120.99575 I-15 Bus. north / SR-143
77.801125.20978 I-15 Bus. south to SR-143 (Main Street) – Paragonah (SR 274)
82.253132.37382 SR-271 south (Main Street) – Paragonah
87.418140.686Rest AreasNorthbound and southbound rest areas
94.453152.00795 SR-20 to US-89 – Panguitch, Circleville, Kanab
99.690160.436100Fremont WashSigned as 'Ranch Exit' until January 2018
BeaverBeaver108.745175.008109 I-15 Bus. / SR-160 to SR-21 – Beaver, Milford
111.780179.892112 I-15 Bus. / SR-160 to SR-21 – Manderfield, Milford
120.126193.324120Manderfield
125.009201.182125[c]Ranch ExitInterchange closed and removed in 2003
129.438208.310129Sulphurdale
Millard132.170212.707132 I-70 east – Richfield, DenverWestern end of I-70
134.875217.060135 SR-161 south (Historic Cove Fort)
138.073222.207138Dog ValleySigned as 'Ranch Exit' until July 2018
146.493235.758146KanoshFormer SR-133
Meadow158.265254.703158 SR-133 south – Kanosh
Fillmore163.370262.919163 I-15 Bus. north (SR 99) – Fillmore
166.723268.315167 I-15 Bus. south (SR 99) – Fillmore
173.507279.232174 SR-64 to US-50 – Delta, Holden
178.330286.994178 US-50 west – Delta, HoldenSouth end of US-50 overlap
183.638295.537184Tower RoadSigned as 'Ranch Exit' until 2015
Scipio188.439303.263188 US-50 east – ScipioNorth end of US-50 overlap
Juab202.189325.392202Yuba State Park
206.553332.415207 SR-78 east – Mills
Nephi222.812358.581222 I-15 Bus. north / SR-28 (South Main Street)
225.248362.502225 SR-132 (100 North)
228.065367.035228 I-15 Bus. / SR-28 south – NephiFormer SR-41
233.161375.236236233 SR-54 – Mona
UtahSantaquin242.447390.181245242South Santaquin
244.788393.948248244 US-6 west (East Main Street)South end of US-6 overlap
Payson248.829400.451252248 SR-178 east (800 South)
250.923403.821254250 SR-115 (Main Street)
253.557408.060256253 SR-164 (8000 South) – Spanish Fork, Benjamin
Spanish Fork257.246413.997260257A SR-156 south (Main Street)
257.666414.673[b]257B US-6 east – PriceNorth end of US-6 overlap
257.636414.625261258 US-6 eastExit reconfigured as exit 257B; was southbound exit and northbound entrance
Springville259.963418.370263260 SR-77 (400 South)
261.781421.296265261 SR-75 east (1400 North)
Provo263.358423.834266263 US-189 north (University Avenue)
265.364427.062268265 SR-114 (Center Street)
Orem269.072433.029272269 SR-265 (University Parkway)
270.660435.585274271Center Street
271.670437.210275272 SR-52 (800 North) to US-189
OremLindon line272.767438.976276273 SR-241 (1600 North)
Pleasant Grove275.279443.019278275 SR-135 (Pleasant Grove Boulevard)
American Fork276.436444.881279276 SR-180 north (500 East)
278.493448.191281278 SR-145 (Main Street)
Lehi279.701450.135282279 SR-73 (Main Street)
282.311454.336285282 US-89 south (2100 North) to SR-85 westSouth end of US-89 overlap; US-89 signed southbound only
283.985457.030287284 SR-92 (Timpanogos Highway) – Highland, Alpine
Salt LakeDraper288.272463.929291288 SR-140 west (14600 South)
289.832466.439293289 SR-154 (Bangerter Highway)
291.358468.895294291 US-89 north / SR-71 (12300 South)North end of US-89 overlap
295[c] US-89 north (State Street) – SandyClosed; former north end of US-89 overlap
DraperSandy
South Jordan tripoint
292.612470.913[b]292 SR-175 (11400 South)Opened late 2010
SandySouth Jordan line293.634472.558297293 SR-151 (10600 South)
295.616475.748298295 SR-209 (9000 South)
Midvale297.920479.456301297 SR-48 (7200 South)
Murray299.005481.202302298 I-215 (Belt Route)I-215 exit 12
300.300483.286303300 SR-173 (5300 South)
301.653485.463304301 SR-266 (4500 South)
South Salt Lake303.414488.298306303 SR-171 (3300 South)
304.691490.353307304 I-80 east – CheyenneSouth end of I-80 overlap; I-80 west exit 123B; part of the "Spaghetti Bowl" interchange
305.231491.222308A305A SR-201 west (2100 South Freeway) / 900 West – West ValleyExit formerly unsigned southbound; part of the "Spaghetti Bowl" interchange
305.198491.169308B305B2100 South (SR-201)Formerly signed as exit 308 southbound
Salt Lake City306.315492.966309A305C1300 SouthFormerly signed as exit 309 southbound
306.607493.436309B305D900 South (SR-270)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
307.500494.873310306600 South (SR-269)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
307.740495.260307400 SouthHOV/toll access only; northbound exit and southbound entrance
400 SouthSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
308.079495.805311308 I-80 west – Salt Lake City International Airport, RenoNorth end of I-80 overlap, I-80 east exit 120
309.333497.823312309 SR-268 east (600 North)
310.239499.2813133101000 NorthNo northbound exit
311.792501.7813143112300 North
Salt LakeDavis
county line
Salt Lake CityNorth Salt Lake line313.128503.931315312 US-89 south (Beck Street)
DavisNorth Salt Lake313.275504.167316313 I-215 west (Belt Route) – Salt Lake City International AirportSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
314.301505.818317314Center StreetSouthbound exit only
North Salt LakeWoods Cross line315.243507.334318315 SR-93 (2600 South)
Woods CrossBountiful
West Bountiful tripoint
316.870509.953320316 SR-68 (500 South)
West Bountiful317.557511.058321317 SR-106 east (400 North)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
West BountifulBountiful line318.024511.810 US-89 south (500 West)South end of US-89 overlap; southbound left exit and northbound entrance
Centerville319.512514.205322319 SR-105 (Parrish Lane)
Farmington322.916519.683325322 SR-227 north (200 West)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
324.026521.469326324 US-89 north to I-84 east – South OgdenNorth end of US-89 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
324.243521.819[b]324Legacy ParkwaySouthbound exit and northbound entrance
324.741522.620327325 SR-225 (Park Lane)Northbound access is via exit 324
Kaysville328.640528.895331328 SR-273 (200 North)
Layton332330 I-15 Bus. (Main Street) / SR-126 north
Exit closed upon completion of Layton Parkway interchange (same exit number, but further north); I-15 Bus. decommissioned in Layton upon move; was northbound exit and southbound entrance
330.019531.114[b]330 SR-126 north (Layton Parkway)
331.589533.641334331 SR-232 (Hill Field Road)
332.883535.723335332 SR-108 (Antelope Drive)
Clearfield334.066537.627336334 SR-193 (700 South)
335.800540.418338335 SR-103 (650 North)
WeberRoy338.447544.678341338 SR-97 (5600 South)
Riverdale339.133545.782342339 SR-26 (Riverdale Road) to I-84 eastNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
340.227547.542343340 I-84 east – CheyenneSouth end of I-84 overlap; northbound access via exit 339
Ogden341.948550.312344341 SR-79 (31st Street)
343.067552.113345342 SR-53 (24th Street)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
West Haven343.852553.376346343 SR-104 (21st Street)
Marriott-Slaterville344.968555.172347344 SR-39 (12th Street)
346.726558.001349346400 North
Farr West349.361562.242352349 SR-134 (2700 North)
Box Elder351.853566.253354351 SR-126 (2000 West) to US-89 – Willard, Pleasant View
Willard357.554575.427360357 SR-315 (750 North)
358.566577.056361[a]Ports of Entry
Perry360.542580.236363[a]Rest AreaNorthbound rest area only
Brigham City362.020582.615364362 US-91 (1100 South) to US-89
363.738585.380366363Forest Street
365.508588.228368365 SR-13 (900 North Street)
366.558589.918[a]Rest AreaSouthbound rest area only
Honeyville372.734599.857375372 SR-240 to SR-13 – Honeyville, Bear River
Tremonton376.532605.970379376 I-15 Bus. / SR-13 – Garland, Bear River
379.334610.479382379 I-84 west – Twin Falls, BoiseNorth end of I-84 overlap; I-84 east exit 41
381.037613.220383381 I-15 Bus. south – Garland
385.266620.026387385 SR-30 east – Riverside, Logan
392.387631.486394392 SR-13 south – Plymouth
398.817641.834402398PortageFormer SR-90
400.592644.690Idaho–Utah state line
I-15 north continues into Idaho
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Ports of entry and rest areas were previously assigned exit numbers; however, that practice has been discontinued.
  2. ^ a b c d e f The new exits numbered 5 (Dixie Drive), 257B (US-6), 292 (11400 South), and 324 (Legacy Parkway), as well as the new rest areas around mile marker 44, were built after the renumbering project was complete and, therefore, do not have "old" exit numbers
  3. ^ a b Exit was closed before the renumbering scheme took place.

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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