Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Construction Starts on West Valley Line...

RoadImage via WikipediaYesterday, UTA sent out its first construction update on the West Valley TRAX line. UTA sent these out during the construction of the Intermodal extension. This allows those on the mailing list to know where construction is taking place in order to avoid it. It also allows local businesses to know when their area is going to be torn up and how to deal with it.

UTA has divided up the line into 7 project areas and is giving updates on what is happening in each section.

West Valley TRAX Line: Weekly Construction Report (July 14 – July 21)

Construction has officially begun on the West Valley TRAX Line! To keep business and traffic impacts to a minimum, this 5-mile project has been separated into seven construction “reaches,” or segments, for management and planning purposes. The map above shows each construction reach in a different color, starting with Reach 1 in light green on the south end of the project and ending with Reach 7 in dark green on the north end.

Currently, construction is taking place in reaches 3, 4, 6 and 7. A description of what is happening in each reach is listed below. If you need further construction information, please call our toll-free 24-hour hotline at (800) 888-8854.

Reach 1 (light green)

Reach 1 is the area along Constitution Boulevard (2700 South) from West Valley City Hall at 3600 South, extending north to 3100 South. This area includes both large and small businesses, as well as many residents. When construction begins in this area, access to all business and residences will be maintained.

Currently TRAX construction is not taking place in this reach.

Reach 2 (purple)

Reach 2 is the area along 3100 South from Constitution Boulevard to Decker Lake Drive. The E Center and a few other businesses are located in this reach, as well as residents on either side of 3100 South. Access will be maintained throughout construction in this reach and we will work with The E Center to coordinate our efforts so you can continue to visit the great events they have to offer. When TRAX is completed along 3100 South, it will operate on the south side of the roadway.

Preliminary off-road construction is currently taking place along the south side of 3100 South just east of Constitution Boulevard. Crews are preparing to tear down 7 vacant homes along the south side of 3100 South to make room for TRAX construction. Current impacts to motorists should be minimal in this reach.

Reach 3 (blue)

Reach 3 is the area along Decker Lake Drive from 3100 South to 2770 South and on 2770 South running east to Redwood Road. This area includes many commercial office buildings with thousands of employees who access this area each and every day. We will continually work with these businesses to ensure access is provided at all times.

TRAX construction is currently taking place on Decker Lake Drive. One lane of traffic is operational in each direction on Decker Lake Drive at all times and access to businesses is maintained. Please be mindful of workers in this area and obey posted speed limits.

Construction crews continue to expose or “pothole” utilities under Decker Lake Drive to determine exact locations before major construction begins in this area. Crews are also installing sewer line in this reach. This utility work will continue through the next several months.
Reach 4 (orange)

Reach 4 runs through the Chesterfield residential area along 2770 South and proceeds along the Decker Lake Canal and the Crosstowne Trail. We will work with residents in this area to ensure a safe working environment that provides access to their properties throughout construction.

TRAX construction is currently taking place along the Decker Lake Canal in Reach 4. Crews are clearing the area on the north side of the canal to make room for TRAX.

Construction is also taking place east of Redwood Road along 2770 South and the Crosstowne Trail. Crews are working with residents in this area to install temporary fences and remove any structures located in the right-of-way. Power poles are also being relocated in this area. Close coordination with residents in this area will continue to take place.

The Crosstowne Trail along 2770 South just east of Redwood Road to the Brighton Canal is currently closed. Once TRAX construction is completed, the trail will once again be operational in this area.

Reach 5 (red)

Reach 5 will include construction along Winton Street in the Chesterfield industrial area. This reach will include one bridge structure over the Jordan River and another over 900 West.

Reach 6 (yellow)

Reach 6 runs through the Union Pacific Railroad’s Roper Yard area. Although there are no businesses and residents in this reach, extensive coordination will take place with the Union Pacific Railroad to ensure that freight deliveries and other train travel will be maintained. Reach 6 will include an extensive bridging system that will enable TRAX to operate above ground, over other train traffic in this area.

Construction crews are currently potholing utilities in this area and installing utility lines.

Reach 7 (dark green)

Reach 7 is the area where the West Valley Line will connect with the current North/South TRAX Line. Construction in this reach will take place along Andy Avenue in South Salt Lake. Crews will closely coordinate activities with businesses in this reach to ensure access is maintained at all times.

Beginning Monday, July 21, crews will begin removing old track along Andy Avenue between 300 West and the current North/South TRAX Line. Impacts will be minimal at this time because this work is not located in the roadway area.

General Information

Access during Construction

  • UTA is committed to maintaining 24-hour access to all of the businesses and residences along the construction corridor. We will coordinate with businesses in cases where temporary access might be required

Construction Hours

  • Construction on the project is permitted to take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday each week. Additionally, specific activities may require different working hours depending upon the conditions and will be coordinated with city officials.

Construction Tours

  • If you are interested in learning more about the construction project please call our toll-free 24-hour hotline at (800) 888-8854.

For More Information

  • If you have further questions not answered by this report or any comments or issues regarding the project please contact toll-free 24-hour hotline at (800) 888-8854 or e-mail csaley@rideuta.com or thope@rideuta.com.
  • Or visit www.rideuta.com

Please note that construction information provided is subject to change.

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