Monday, November 24, 2008

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Greetings,

Construction is progressing on UTA’s FrontRunner South Provo to Salt Lake Commuter Rail line. Below is the FrontRunner South quick construction

update for the week of November 15. For a more comprehensive construction update, click here.

For more construction information please call our toll-free 24-hour hotline at (888) 800-8854.

Area 16 — Downtown Salt Lake City to 4500 South (Murray)

Construction Activity:

A lot of progress has been made with fiber optic relation in Area 16 between Murray and Salt Lake City along the eventual FrontRunner trackway.

Traffic Impacts:

There are currently no traffic impacts in this area.

Salt Lake Central Station:

Station complete.

Area 15 — 4500 South (Murray) to 7800 South (Midvale)

Construction Activity:

Significant progress has also been made with fiber optic relocations taking place in Area 15. It is anticipated that the fiber optic relocation work is more than 50% complete in this area.

Traffic Impacts:

None.

Murray-5300 South Station:

No station construction activities to report.

Area 14 — 7800 South (Midvale) to Bangerter Highway (Draper/Bluffdale)

Construction Activity:

Progress continues in Area 14 behind Salt Lake Community College’s campus at 9800 South in anticipation for work on a flyover bridge to be built in this area. Crews are currently driving steel pile into the ground and are building the base of this structure.

Traffic Impacts:

There are no traffic impacts to report at this time.

South Jordan/Sandy Station:

No station construction activities to report.

Area 13 — Bangerter Highway (Draper/Bluffdale) to Thanksgiving Point (Lehi)

Construction Activity:

Crews continue to establish access in this area and prepare the site along the railroad corridor in Bluffdale and Lehi and throughout the Jordan Narrows. Excavation is currently taking place along the east side of the Jordan Narrows. Crews have started work on the South Jordan Canal in this area as well as embankment improvements.

Mainline earthwork is expected to begin at the end of November.

Traffic Impacts:

Impacts to motorists should be minimal as work proceeds along the railroad right-of-way.

Draper/Bluffdale Station:

No station construction activities to report.

Lehi Station:

No station construction activities to report.

Area 12 — Thanksgiving Point (Lehi) to Main Street (American Fork)

Construction Activity:

Extensive excavation work has taken place at the Lehi Park and Ride Lot near Thanksgiving Point as crews have completed clearing and grubbing the area and have started work on drainage improvements. Construction is also taking place along the rail corridor in this area just south of 11000 North in Lehi.

Crews are also beginning to construct a pedestrian tunnel underneath the Union Pacific trackway that leads to the eventual park and ride lot at Thanksgiving Point.

Traffic Impacts:

There are currently no impacts to motorists in this area.

American Fork-Main St. Station:

A temporary entrance has been established at this station so work can proceed.

Area 11 — Main Street (American Fork) to 800 South (Orem)

Construction Activity:

Drainage improvements are currently taking place along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks from Orem to American Fork. The majority of drainage activities in this area are completed. Third party utility work is also progressing north through this area.

Mainline earthwork is expected to begin the beginning of November.

Traffic Impacts:

There are currently no impacts to motorists in this area.

Orem Station:

No station construction activities to report.

Area 10 — 800 South (Orem) to Center Street (Provo)

Construction Activity:

A lot of progress is being made in Area 10 along the Union Pacific Railroad corridor between University Parkway in Orem and West Center Street in Provo. Crews continue to prepare a path for FrontRunner by grading and clearing the right-of-way and relocating water lines. Since an additional track is being constructed for FrontRunner to operate on, any existing box culvert or waterway must be extended under the newly built trackway.

Mainline duct bank installation also continues in Area 10. This duct bank will hold the fiber optics for the FrontRunner System.

Crews have removed old railroad ties and rail all the way from 500 West in Provo to University Parkway in Orem. Old materials removed from this area are either reused or recycled.

Traffic Impacts:

Impacts to motorists are currently anticipated to be minimal as most work in this area is taking place along the rail corridor.

Provo Station-University Ave. Station:

No station construction activities to report.

Hobble Creek Wetlands Project — Springville, Utah

Description:

Although FrontRunner’s terminus is located in Provo, crews have finished construction on a floodplain south of Provo in Springville, Utah, to offset wetlands impacts related to building commuter rail in Utah County. In cooperation with the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program and other agencies, this project was constructed adjacent to a new Hobble Creek channel which is a tributary to Utah Lake and will replace major wetlands functions and vegetation and provide a protected nursery habitat for newly hatched June sucker fish. For more information on this wetlands project, please visit UTA’s Web site at www.riduta.com. Click on the Programs tab and then Projects. Additional information can also be found at www.junesuckerrecovery.org.

Construction Activity:

Construction on this 21-acre site located between I -15 and Utah Lake in Springville, Utah, is completed. Crews have accomplished extensive excavation of the site to prepare a stream for the eventual release of the endangered June Sucker fish. The stream located to the north of this site is anticipated to be cutover the last week of October 2008.

Ribbon Cutting Event:

On November 12, 2008, the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program hosted a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of the Hobble Creek Wetlands Project.

Area 12 – Crews are driving steel pile into the ground to form the main foundations for a bridge near Salt Lake Community College at 9800 South.

General Construction Information

Access during Construction

UTA is committed to maintaining access to all of the businesses and residences along the construction corridor.

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.

Thanks again for your interest in the FrontRunner South project. If you have construction related questions, please

call our 24-hour construction hotline number at 1-888-800-8854. If you have specific questions about the

FrontRunner South project, my contact information is listed below. To unsubscribe, please click here.

Regards,

Marc Bowman
UTA Community Involvement Specialist
www.rideuta.com
801.236.4784

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