Friday, August 29, 2008

West Valley Construction Update

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Construction progress continues 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 below 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 all reaches.

A description of what is happening in each area is listed below. If you need further construction information, please call our toll-free 24-hour hotline at (888) 800-8854.

Reach 1

Reach Description: 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. Access to all business and residences will be maintained throughout construction.

Construction Activity: Preliminary construction continues as third party utility relocations are

taking place on Constitution Boulevard in preparation for the beginning of TRAX construction.

Traffic Impacts: Current impacts to motorists should be minimal at this time; however, there will be minor lane restrictions as other utility companies work along Constitution Boulevard. As construction proceeds, we will personally visit with residents and businesses in this area to keep them informed.

Reach 2

Reach Description: 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.

Construction Activity: Off-road construction continues to take place along the south side of 3100 South just east of Constitution Boulevard. Crews have torn down seven homes along the south side of 3100 South to make room for TRAX construction. Currently third party utility companies are working in this area.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS: Current impacts to motorists should be minimal in this reach because the majority of work takes place along the south side of 3100 South

Reach 3

Reach Description: 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 on a daily basis. We will continually work with these businesses to ensure access is provided at all times.

Construction Activity: TRAX construction continues to take place on Decker Lake Drive.

Crews in this area continue to install sewer lines and other utilities on the west side of Decker Lake Drive. As crews complete the preliminary utility work on the west side of the street, they will then switch to the east side of the street. It is anticipated that crews will switch from the west to the east side of Decker Lake Drive by mid-September. Utility work along Decker Lake Drive is anticipated to take place throughout the next several months.

Crews have also started to expose utilities along Research Way located at 2770 South just west of Redwood Road. Access is being maintained and impacts along Research Way should be minimal at this time.

Traffic Impacts: One lane of traffic is operational in each direction on the west side of Decker Lake Drive and access to businesses is maintained. On August 28 and September 4 and 5 nighttime construction work will take place along Decker Lake Drive between Research Way (2270 S.) and 3100 S. between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Please be mindful of workers in this area and obey posted speed limits. Currently, all lanes of traffic are operational on Research Way at 2770 South.

Reach 4

Reach Description: 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.

Construction Activity: The majority of construction taking place on the West Valley Line is currently taking place in this area. Construction in this reach is on the east side of Redwood Road as crews continue to clear the way for TRAX on the north side of the Brighton and Decker Lake Canals and the Jordan River. Currently, crews have created a corridor for TRAX that extends into Reach 5 and connects to the industrial area along 1070 West.

Construction also continues east of Redwood Road at 2770 South along the Crosstowne Trail. Crews have exposed an underground box culvert that runs below the trail at 2770 South from Redwood Road to the Decker Lake Canal. Crews have reinforced this culvert with extra concrete to accommodate the added weight of light rail operating on top

Traffic Impacts: Motorists should be aware that Lester Street is temporarily closed at approximately 2770 South and the Crosstowne Trail. It is anticipated to open near the end of August.

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

Reach Description: Reach 5 will include construction along 1070 West in the Chesterfield industrial area. This reach will include one bridge structure over the Jordan River and another over 900 West.

Construction Activity: Crews have started preliminary construction in this reach along 1070 West. They are currently “potholing” or exposing utilities in this area to determine their exact locations under the street.

Crews have created a corridor for TRAX that extends from Reach 4 to connect with 1070 West in this reach.

Traffic Impacts: Currently, any impacts to motorists should be minimal in this construction reach.

Reach 6

Reach Description: 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 Activity: Construction crews continue to pothole and install utilities in this reach.

Traffic Impacts: Not applicable. This is a Union Pacific Railroad work area.

Reach 7

Reach Description: 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.

Construction Activity: Crews have removed the old track along Andy Avenue and have started potholing for utilities in this area. We will continue to update businesses along 600 West regarding construction in this area.

Traffic Impacts: Impacts to motorists should be minimal at this time.

Reach 1 – Third party utility relocations are taking place on Constitution Boulevard prior to TRAX construction.

Reach 3 - Crews continue to install sewer and utility lines along the west side of Decker Lake

Drive. Access is being maintained in this area.

Reach 4- Crews have started concrete reinforcements beginning at Redwood Road and are heading East on the Crosstowne Trail. The Crosstowne Trail is currently closed in this reach but will once again open when TRAX begins operations.

Reach 6- Crews Continue to pothole and install utilities in this area extending through South Salt Lake.

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. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 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 (888) 800-8854.

For More Information

Timely and helpful information is available to assist business and residential communities as well as commuters and stakeholders.

If you have further questions not answered by this report or any comments regarding the project, please contact toll-free 24-hour hotline at (888) 800-8854 or e-mail or You can also visit UTA’s Web site at

Please note that construction information provided is subject to change.

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