Wednesday, August 06, 2008

West Valley TRAX 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 (800) 888-8854.

Reach 1

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.

Preliminary construction is taking place in Reach 1 as crews prepare to remove a property located at 2841 West Lehman Avenue near West Valley City Hall and “pothole” or expose utilities in the area.

Current impacts to motorists should be minimal at this time. As construction proceeds, we will personally visit with residents and businesses in this area to keep them informed.

Reach 2

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.

Off-road construction is continuing to take place along the south side of 3100 South just east of Constitution Boulevard. Crews are preparing to tear down seven vacant homes along the south side of 3100 South to make room for TRAX construction. Currently, the West Valley City Fire Department is using the homes that will be demolished in this area for training purposes. It is anticipated that these homes will be removed within the next month.

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 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.

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 Decker Lake Drive and redirect traffic to the west side of the street. It is anticipated that crews will switch from the west to the east side of Decker Lake Drive within the next month or so. Utility work along Decker Lake Drive is anticipated to take place throughout the next several months.

Reach 4

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.

The majority of construction taking place on the West Valley Line is currently taking place in this reach. Construction in this area is taking place on the east side of Redwood Road as crews continue to clear the way for TRAX on the north side of the Brighton Canal and along the Decker Lake Canal.

Construction is also taking place just east of Redwood Road at 2770 South along 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

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.

Crews have started preliminary construction in this reach along 2770 West. They are currently “potholing” or exposing utilities in this area to determine their exact locations under the street. At this point, any impacts to motorists should be minimal.

Reach 6

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 continue to pothole and install utilities in this reach.

Reach 7

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.

Crews continue to remove the old railroad track along Andy Avenue from the current North/South TRAX Line past 600 West. Last week flaggers directed traffic at Andy Avenue and 600 West as the rails were removed in the roadway. Currently, flaggers are directing traffic at this location as South Salt Lake City conducts utility work. We will continue to meet with businesses in this area to alert them of upcoming work and to help minimize potential impacts.

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

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 or issues regarding the project please contact toll-free 24-hour hotline at (800) 888-8854 or e-mail or Or visit

Please note that construction information provided is subject to change.

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