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Antelope Drive safety improvement project under way

Article Published 04/10/2008
April 14, 2008

LAYTON — The Utah Department of Transportation is urging motorists in Layton and neighboring communities to be aware of upcoming work installing a median along Antelope Drive near I-15.

According to UDOT’s Web site, work began this week on the safety improvement project to install a median island on Antelope Drive near Davis Hospital and Medical Center. The median will be located near the south entrance of the medical center parking lot. Once construction begins, left turns into and out of this access point will be eliminated.

Construction is expected to be complete within one to two weeks. UDOT says traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction on Antelope Drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Motorists should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes. Two lanes will remain open in each direction during peak commute hours.

The hospital and surrounding medical complex will remain open during construction, and patients, visitors and employees are urged to use entrances from 1700 West (Robins Drive) or South 1500 East. UDOT says they will closely monitor traffic flow and make adjustments to the traffic signal as needed.

According to officials, the site of the new median is a high-accident area. A common type of accident at this location is due to conflicting left-turn movements. Recent accident data shows that in a two-year period, 16 collisions occurred at this access point. In the same two-year time frame, 66 accidents occurred on Antelope Drive between 1700 West and the southbound Interstate 15 on- and off-ramps.

The raised median will provide a physical separation between east- and westbound Antelope traffic. It will also require "right-in" and "right-out" turns to and from the hospital parking lot at Antelope Drive. UDOT officials say the decision to place the median was made in collaboration with Layton City.