Frequently Asked Questions
- Why does MVC have intersections instead of interchanges?
The MVC team is using a phased construction approach designed to balance transportation needs with available funds. UDOT built two outside lanes in each direction with signalized intersections where future freeway interchanges will be located. Building the outside lanes first preserves the land in the middle where future lanes will be added. Future construction will build out the remainder of the corridor, including a transit solution and enhancement of the initial construction by converting intersections to interchanges and adding inside lanes to achieve a fully functional freeway. When MVC is complete, it will be a 35-mile fully functional freeway from I-80 in Salt Lake to S.R. 73 in Lehi.
- When will the rest of the corridor be built?
In fall of 2011, three miles of the Mountain View Corridor opened in Utah County at 2100 North between I-15 and Redwood Road. 15 miles of Mountain View Corridor opened December 15, 2012 in Salt Lake County from 16000 South to 5400 South. Funds have been allocated to extend MVC in Salt Lake County from 5400 South to 4100 South in the next few years. Additional funding is needed to expand the corridor to I-80 in the north and SR-73 in the south.
- What was constructed in Salt Lake County?
During initial construction of MVC in Salt Lake County, UDOT built two lanes in each direction from Redwood Road (at approximately 16000 South) to 5400 South (between 4700 West to 6400 West). Initial construction includes frontage roads in each direction from 16000 South to Old Bingham Highway with signalized intersections, bike lanes and trails. North of Old Bingham Highway, UDOT built the outside lanes of the future freeway in each direction and the future on and off ramps. A biking and walking trails runs adjacent to the entire corridor.
- How does the Mountain View Corridor differ from the Bangerter Highway?
Although the initial phase of the MVC will include stoplights like Bangerter Highway, the MVC will evolve into a free-flowing freeway as improvements are made in subsequent construction phases. Bangerter Highway, with intersection widths at approximately 150 feet, was never intended to be converted to a freeway system with interchanges. TheMVC approach of building outside lanes first ensures that the project will eventually be converted to a freeway.
- Will transit be a part of this project?
The Utah Transit Authority’s preferred transit alternative is on 5600 West in Salt Lake County with a dedicated center-running right-of-way. Transit vehicles will operate alone in their own lanes in the center of the roadway and street traffic will use general-purpose lanes adjacent to the transit. The vehicle type indentified is Bus Rapid Transit that could evolve into a rail system in the future.
- Where are frontage roads located along the Mountain View Corridor?
Frontage roads were constructed in two areas along the MVC: between 16000 South and Old Bingham Highway in Salt Lake County and on 2100 North in Utah County. The frontage roads were limited to these two areas due to right-of-way constraints, impacts to existing infrastructure and compatibility with existing street networks.
- Are you building a freeway on 2100 North in Lehi?
The initial segment of MVC on 2100 North is a frontage road system that consists of two lanes in each direction with signalized intersections. Future construction will expand the corridor over time by adding more lanes when needed to meet traffic demands and as funding is available. This phased approach is part of the overall MVC plan to address short-term regional transportation needs while providing a long-term solution for the future. The full freeway build-out is not currently funded and would require additional environmental study in order to be constructed.
- Why did UDOT increase the speed limit on Mountain View Corridor?
UDOT conducted a speed study in the spring of this year to evaluate the speed limit along the Mountain View Corridor (MVC). Speed limits are initially determined during the design phase of road construction projects and are based on the roadway type, the number and type of access points and items that affect sight distance like curves and hills. After MVC opened to traffic and the speed study was completed, UDOT recommended that the speed be increased.
The speed limit from 16000 South to Old Bingham Highway has been increased from 45 mph to 55 mph. MVC consists of a system of permanent frontage roads in this area with multiple existing and planned access points between current intersections (and future interchanges). The frontage road section will always remain as a lower speed roadway and the freeway lanes will be added in the middle in the future.
From Old Bingham Highway to 5400 South, there are no frontage roads planned or implemented. The construction recently completed in this area is the outside lanes of the future freeway that operate at higher speeds. The speed limit increased in this area from 55 mph to 65 mph.
- Why do bike lanes end at Old Bingham Highway?
The Mountain View Corridor was designed and constructed with two different concepts depending on the location. On the south end of Salt Lake County, a system of frontage roads and freeway system were planned and frontage roads were recently constructed from 16000 South to Old Bingham Highway. North of Old Bingham Highway there are no frontage roads planned or implemented. The construction recently completed from Old Bingham to 5400 South is the outside lanes of the freeway that operate at higher speeds. On the south end of the project, the frontage road section will always remain as a lower speed roadway and the freeway lanes will be added in the middle.
In addition, a ten-foot wide trail runs adjacent to the freeway the entire length of the 15 miles constructed. While the trail may not be the optimum facility for all cyclists, UDOT feels this is the safest way to make the trip by bicycle north of Old Bingham Highway. This trail will continue to be implemented as the next pieces of the corridor are built to the north.
- How does the bike signal work at Redwood Road and MVC?
Utah’s first radar activated bike turn signal was installed at Redwood Road and Porter Rockwell Blvd. at approximately 16000 South. To activate the signal, cyclists must stop in the designated radar detection zone on the right shoulder. After the traffic signal turns red and the bike signal turns green, cyclists can then safely make a left-hand turn. Cyclists should continue to observe all traffic laws, including obeying stoplights and traffic signs.
- Who maintains the trail?
The 15 miles of trails are maintained by the cities of Riverton, Herriman, West Jordan, South Jordan and West Valley.
- Are there sound walls in my neighborhood?
During the initial planning studies for the Mountain View Corridor, the project team evaluated projected sound impacts for each phase of the planned freeway. The sound analysis identifies areas that qualify for sound walls according to UDOT policy. A sound wall near surrounding neighborhoods on Mountain View may be warranted in the future when additional lanes are built. Prior to the design of future phases of MVC, the project team will conduct another sound analysis to determine future sound wall locations.
- How close is my property to the corridor?
To view the current and future locations of MVC, please use our interactive map.
- Will you buy my property?
UDOT has identified the residential properties needed to build the corridor and the owners have been notified.
- Can I salvage items from property that is about to be demolished?
According to state law, unless you own the property being demolished, you cannot salvage any items.
- Are trucks allowed on MVC?
The long-term plan for the Mountain View Corridor is a fully functional freeway that serves the needs of residents and businesses in the area, including the movement of goods and materials by truck. As a state roadway, trucking companies comply with standard size and weight regulations for Utah state roads.
- What’s happening with the power corridor?
In preparation for future roadway construction, MVC is coordinating the relocation of existing utility transmission lines and the construction of new lines in a location that accommodates the future of MVC. Relocation of transmission lines will be underway during the next couple of years.
- How can I stay informed?
Various resources are available to help you stay up-to-date on the latest project information. The project website contains the most comprehensive information including the project overview, interactive map and contact information. Contact one of the public involvement representatives with any questions via email.