Expecting to receive about $220 million in federal stimulus funds for infrastructure, the Utah Department of Transportation last week listed 44 projects that should be ready to start within three months.
UDOT submitted its $190 million in state road jobs to the Utah Transportation Commission, which may revise the list before approving it this week.
In submitting projects, UDOT focused on jobs that could start within three months, with a view toward spreading the work to economically depressed areas of the state.
State officials expect about three-quarters of the stimulus money to go to state highways and bridges, with the rest reserved for local governments and metropolitan planning organizations. Utah’s largest road construction project is the planned expansion of Interstate 15 in the Salt Lake City area. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. last month issued an order to keep the project on schedule, though some projects had been postponed.
UDOT proposes spending $56 million on capacity improvements statewide. Among them are a $15 million widening of U.S. Highway 6 in Carbon and Emery counties that is expected to cost $15 million.