Adding lanes, one direction at a time

5400 South Flex Lanes will reduce rush-hour delay for west-east drivers

Adding lanes to a busy road can be cost prohibitive, especially during lean economic times. Nevertheless, traffic delay is frustrating and expensive for commuters and drivers who move goods and services.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has an innovative solution that will ease the commute on 5400 South between Redwood Road and Bangerter Highway.  Rather than building more lanes, UDOT will change the direction of some lanes to benefit commuters during peak travel times.

Change is good

Clearly marked lanes and overhead traffic lights will make the road simple to navigate. See UDOT’s Flex Lane video for a preview of what 5400 South will be like after the project:

Flex Lanes are part of  a coordinated effort by UDOT to improve west-east travel in and around the Taylorsville, Utah area.  See other innovative projects on the WE GO! website.

WE GO! Project representatives will be at Taylorsville Dayzz this weekend. Be sure and drop by to ask questions or get more information.

4 thoughts on “Adding lanes, one direction at a time”

  1. Jesse O. Glidden

    I saw Carlos present this video in Davis County. He was excited about it. So am I. However, I am very curious to see how it works. I think it will take a little while for users to get used to it. Until then, I expect people to avoid the middle lanes until the outer lanes become congested. Broken double yellow is not something people are used to.

  2. Catherine Higgins


    I think you’re right that the new lanes will take a little getting used-to. But, other similar systems have shown that drivers adapt quickly. I talked to the Project Manager, Brandon Weston, who said “it’s a very intuitive system.” Brandon also pointed out that the broken double yellow striping is MUTCD standard, not common in this area, but used across the nation and around the world.

    Thanks for your comment!

  3. Ruben Schoenefeld

    How long is the “yellow x” phase? With the number of people I see especially during my evening commute who “extend” the left turn red arrow to shave a few minutes off their commute, I’m a little worried that people are going to ignore a yellow x, when yellow seems to indicate to quite a few people an extension to the green phase. But I hope it works, cause it’s smart, and I like smart.

  4. Catherine Higgins

    The Project Information Manager sent me this response to your question: “The yellow X phase will last approximately one minute. It is also important to remember that traffic will not be congested when the transition takes places (it will happen before or after peak times). Since the lanes will be flowing freely there won’t be any reason for drivers to attempt staying in the lane longer. ” For additional project information, see the project website.

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