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State Route 154 (SR-154) or Bangerter Highway (named after former Utah Governor Norman H. Bangerter) is a partial expressway running west and then north from Draper through western Salt Lake County, eventually reaching the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City. Construction began in 1988 after planning for the highway began more than two decades prior. For the next ten years, portions of the highway opened as constructed, with the entire route finished by 1998.

State Route 154 marker

State Route 154
Bangerter Highway
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-121
Maintained by UDOT
Length24.319 mi[1] (39.138 km)
Existed1989–present
Major junctions
South end I-15 and Bangerter Parkway in Draper
  SR-68 in Bluffdale/Riverton
SR-71 in Riverton
SR-175 in South Jordan
SR-48 in West Jordan
SR-173 in Taylorsville
SR-171 in West Valley City
SR-201 in West Valley City
I-80 in Salt Lake City
North endAirport Sign.svg Salt Lake City International Airport
Highway system
  • State highways in Utah
SR-153SR-155

Original plans for the six-lane expressway running through the western suburbs of Salt Lake City placed Bangerter Highway running further north past the Salt Lake City International Airport into Davis County. However, any route north of the airport never reached fruition, whereas the original southerly end of the route was extended from Redwood Road to I-15.

Route descriptionEdit

State Route 154 (Bangerter Highway) begins just southeast of a single-point urban interchange at I-15 at the intersection of 13800 South in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper. The three-lane road curves from the north to the west and widens to four lanes before accessing the I-15 interchange. Past the freeway exit, SR-154 expands to three lanes in each direction with a median barrier in the center. With the exception of two variations in the course of the road prior to an intersection at Redwood Road (SR-68), the highway heads relatively due west (there is a dip to the south for about a mile as the roadway crosses the Jordan River). Throughout its whole route, with four exceptions (I-15, SR-68, SR-48, SR-201, and I-80), SR-154 intersects only major cross streets at grade-level intersections. The route runs into the boundary of Bluffdale and Riverton before definitively entering Riverton boundaries when the highway makes a northerly curve.

 
Bangerter Highway westbound at Redwood Road (SR-68)

Making a slight easterly jog in the process, the road maintains its six-lane divided-highway setup as it intersects 13400 South, 12600 South (SR-71) and 11400 South (SR-175 and the access road to Daybreak and the Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple). Arriving in South Jordan, more cross streets intersect Bangerter Highway (South Jordan Parkway SR-151 and 9800 South) before the route traverses into West Jordan. There is no at-grade intersection at 9000 South and 7800 South SR-48, but an overpass with on- and off- ramps, permitting easy access to South Valley Regional Airport and allowing uninterrupted traffic flow on Bangerter. SR-154 continues, intersecting 7000 South (access to Jordan Landing) and Bennion Boulevard (6200 South). The route slides to the west, entering Taylorsville and crossing 5400 South via overpass with on- and off-ramps (SR-173) and 4700 South.

As SR-154 enters West Valley City, it intersects 4100 South, 3500 South (SR-171), and 3100 South. The highway curves northwest, intersecting with Parkway Boulevard (2700 South), Lake Park Boulevard (2400 South), and 2100 South before meeting SR-201 (21st South Freeway) at a diverging diamond interchange and entering Salt Lake City. Losing one lane in each direction, the route meanders northerly toward the Airport, crossing 1820 South and California Avenue (1300 South) before meeting at a cloverleaf interchange at I-80 and terminating at the access road to the Airport.[2]

HistoryEdit

Planning and constructionEdit

Planning for the West Valley Highway began in the 1960s[3] as a local federal-aid project. The proposed alignment began at the curve in SR-68 near 15300 South and proceeded north-northwesterly and northerly, following a path much like the present alignment to I-80. It continued north along what was then the west boundary of the then Salt Lake City Municipal Airport No. 1 (now Salt Lake City International Airport) into 4000 West, curving east onto 2200 North and ending at I-215. A drainage canal was moved to make room for a loop from 2200 North onto northbound I-215,[4] but when the Interstate was finished south of 2200 North (where it had ended for many years) in the mid-1980s,[5] a diamond interchange was built instead.[6] Later the north segment was rerouted to continue north-northeasterly from the airport into Davis County;[7] parts of this are now the Legacy Parkway. Salt Lake County was able to build the highway between SR-201 (2100 South) and I-80 with federal funding, but it took the state to finish it.[3]

In 1989, the Utah Transportation Commission added a portion of the proposed West Valley Highway to the state highway system as State Route 154. A newly proposed corridor ran west from I-15 near 13400 South to near 3200 West, where it joined the older proposal and headed north to I-80.[8] With the help of Governor Norman H. Bangerter, longtime resident of West Valley City, the project received needed money from the state's general fund, and was opened between SR-201 (2100 South) and SR-171 (3500 South) on November 26, 1991.[3] The Transportation Commission renamed the highway after Bangerter in May 1993.[8] It was finally completed to I-15 on November 17, 1998.[9]

ImprovementsEdit

Continuous-flow intersectionsEdit

In 2007, a continuous flow intersection was constructed at the junction of SR-154 and SR-171 (3500 South), one of a very few such intersections in the United States. The intersection is one of the busiest in the state and handles 100,000 vehicles on a typical weekday.[10][11] In 2011, five more intersections were upgraded to continuous-flow intersections (3100 South, 4100 South, 5400 South/SR-173, 6200 South, and 7000 South) as part of the Bangerter 2.0 project.[12] Another CFI was completed at the 13400 South intersection in 2013.[13]

InterchangesEdit

UDOT has begun the process of converting several at-grade intersections into grade-separated interchanges, all of them single-point urban interchanges. The first was completed at 7800 South (SR-48) in 2012,[14] followed by one at Redwood Road (SR-68) in 2015.[15]

In 2016, a new interchange was completed at 600 West, the first to not replace a pre-existing intersection. At the same time, the nearby intersection at 200 West was converted to right-in/right-out access only.[16]

Through 2017 and 2018, the Bangerter Four project converted four intersections into interchanges: 5400 South (SR-173), 7000 South, 9000 South (SR-209), and 11400 South (SR-175). The 7000 South interchange was opened in 2017[17], while the other three were completed in late 2018.[18]

FutureEdit

UDOT has recently announced the proposed upgrades of three more intersections into interchanges. Construction will begin on a 6200 South interchange in 2019, while interchanges at 10400 South (SR-151) and 12600 South (SR-71) will begin construction in 2020.[19] Eventually, all at-grade intersections on Bangerter Highway between I-15 and SR-201 will be upgraded.[20]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Salt Lake County.

Locationmi[21]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Draper0.0000.00013800 South, Bangerter Parkway
0.2090.336150 East
0.4670.752  I-15 – Provo, Salt LakeSingle-point urban interchange
0.7981.284200 WestRight-in/right-out access only
1.4472.3291600 WestSingle-point urban interchange
RivertonBluffdale line3.2425.2173  SR-68 (Redwood Road)Single-point urban interchange
4.2446.8302700 West
Riverton5.7519.25513400 SouthContinuous-flow intersection
6.75910.878  SR-71 (12600 South)
South Jordan8.27413.3168  SR-175 (11400 South)Single-point urban interchange
South Jordan9.60015.450  SR-151 (10400 South)
South Jordan10.38416.7119800 South
West Jordan11.39018.33011  SR-209 (9000 South)Single-point urban interchange
12.88420.73513  SR-48 (7800 South)Single-point urban interchange
13.88522.346147000 SouthSingle-point urban interchange
Taylorsville14.89323.9686200 SouthContinuous-flow intersection
15.93025.63716  SR-173 (5400 South)Single-point urban interchange
TaylorsvilleWest Valley City line16.93927.2614700 SouthContinuous-flow intersection
West Valley City17.93628.8654100 SouthContinuous-flow intersection
18.94630.491  SR-171 (3500 South)Continuous-flow intersection
19.45531.3103100 SouthContinuous-flow intersection
19.99132.172Parkway Boulevard
20.51333.0122400 South
20.83933.537Frontage Road
West Valley CitySalt Lake City line21.01333.817  SR-201 – Magna, Salt Lake CityDiverging diamond interchange
Salt Lake City21.38834.4211820 South
22.26735.835California Avenue
23.70838.154  I-80 / North Temple Street – Salt Lake City Center, Ogden, Provo, RenoCloverleaf interchange with directional ramp; former SR-186
24.31939.138Salt Lake City International AirportContinuation beyond I-80
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

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  1. ^ "State Route 154 Highway reference". Utah Department of Transportation.
  2. ^ Google (December 12, 2018). "SR-154" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Costanzo, Joe (November 27, 1997). "W.V. Highway Now a Reality After Traveling a Rocky Road". Deseret News. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: "Route 215". (9.62 MB), updated November 2007, accessed May 2008, pp. 9, 11, 14
  5. ^ Federal Highway Administration, National Bridge Inventory database, 2006
  6. ^ Google (June 8, 2009). "Google Maps 2100 North interchange" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
  7. ^ Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: "Route 172". (838 KB), updated November 2007, accessed May 2008, p. 5
  8. ^ a b Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: "Route 154". (2.18 MB), updated November 2007, accessed May 2008, p. 14
  9. ^ John Keahey, Salt Lake Tribune, Bangerter's Last Section Opens Today; Multilane highway extends from S.L. airport to Draper, November 17, 1998, p. B1
  10. ^ Johnson, Whit (March 7, 2007). "Continuous Flow Intersection to be Built on Bangerter Hwy". KSL-TV. Retrieved April 13, 2008.
  11. ^ Johnson, Whit (September 16, 2007). "Continuous Flow Intersection on Bangerter Hwy Open". KSL-TV. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Boal, Jed (May 24, 2011). "Bangerter 2.0: upgrade ahead". KSL-TV. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "2013 Construction Season Nears the End". UDOT Transportation Blog. Utah Department of Transportation. November 1, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  14. ^ Green-Miner, Brittany; Chapman, Kelly (June 17, 2012). "New intersection opens at Bangerter Hwy and 7800 S". Fox 13. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  15. ^ Lee, Jasen (July 16, 2015). "$42M interchange project complete at Bangerter Highway and Redwood Road". KSL-TV. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  16. ^ Davidson, Lee (May 12, 2017). "Freeway-like interchange opening on Bangerter at 600 West". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  17. ^ Harrie, Dan (November 17, 2017). "West-side commuters about to get some relief after months of construction, lane restrictions". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  18. ^ Boal, Jed (November 19, 2018). "UDOT: Work complete on 4 rebuilt Bangerter Highway interchanges". KSL-TV. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  19. ^ Justice, Tiffany (November 19, 2018). "UDOT announces 3 new interchange projects on Bangerter Highway beginning in 2019". KUTV. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  20. ^ "Bangerterprojects". Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  21. ^ Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Reference Information: "SR-154". (20.7 KB), updated May 2008, accessed July 2008