Orem, UT— The Utah Department of Transportation and Orem City celebrated the completion of the 800 North widening project from 400 West to 1000 East with a ribbon-cutting event Oct. 21 to celebrate the project's completion.
Speakers included Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert, state Senator John Valentine, Transportation Commissioner Kent Millington, and Orem Mayor Jerry Washburn.
"We're excited about the completion of this project because 800 North provides access to the canyon and it's a gateway road to the rest of Utah County," said Philip Huff, UDOT project manager.
The new six-lane road will improve traffic flow, and a landscaped pedestrian parkway will enhance roadway aesthetics. Additionally, widened shoulders will facilitate turn movements and the merging of traffic. Safety will be improved due to the closure of the northern accesses to 50 West, 350 East and 700 East.
The construction on 800 North began in April 2007. UDOT worked throughout the construction with the general contractor, Condie Construction, the city of Orem, other partner agencies, community leaders, property owners along the route, and the general public. UDOT hired a project-dedicated public information team and formed a group of citizens, known as the Community Coordination Team, to represent various community interests. The CCT met monthly to receive updated information from the contractor and voice local concerns.