By early August, Highway 165 will have a new stoplight. The Utah Department of Transportation’s latest project will be creating a traffic signal at the intersection of 1700 South in Logan to the west of Hwy 165, and 300 South in Providence to the east of Hwy 165. The intersection by Edward’s Furniture in Providence has always been a concern to UDOT and Providence City, says UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders. “There are a number of conflict points in that intersection,” he explains. “People are crossing the intersection during the busy commuting time. We’ve had a number of near misses. There have been crashes out there.” The project has been in the planning stages for several years but only recently was the necessary federal warrant obtained to materialize the plan. “Those warrants have to do with crash data, traffic flows, and quite a wide number of data to be in consideration. Last year, the warrants did meet for several of those [requirements] so we could proceed with the signal.” The intersection will feature other improvements besides the traffic signal. Cross walks spanning the highway and sidewalks parallel to the highway on the north and south sides of 300 South in Providence will make the junction more accessible to foot traffic. Turning lanes will be constructed and 1700 South will be widened and laid with new asphalt to address the straight, left turn and right turn movements of traffic on southbound 165. “We know that Providence City is happy for this,” says Saunders. “We think this intersection will improve life for people in Providence, especially those who commute west to US 89/91. It will provide them an opportunity to cross 165 in an orderly way.”Construction on the intersection will begin in July. Activation for the traffic signal is planned for early to mid-August.
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