Saturday, May 30, 2009

Front Runner South Construction Update

The new commuter train arrives at last.Image by jotor via Flickr


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

Below is the FrontRunner South construction update for May 30 – June 5.

To learn more about the FrontRunner South project, click here.

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

Construction Activity:

There will be no construction activity in this area this week.

Traffic Impacts:

There are currently no impacts to motorists in this area.

Salt Lake Central Station:

Station complete.

Area 15 — 4500 South (Murray) to Wasatch Street/8000 South (Midvale)

Construction Activity:

Construction will continue this week on bridges over Center and Wasatch Streets. These bridges will run parallel to the existing Union Pacific bridges.

At Center Street (7800 South), crews will continue removing the slope blanket under the bridge on the south side. They will also begin installing temporary shoring.

Crews will finish driving H-Pile at the north abutment of the Wasatch Street bridge and begin excavation work and wall construction this week.

Traffic Impacts:

There will be a shoulder closure at 5900 South at the corridor as crews conduct utility work.

To support construction of the Wasatch Street and Center Street bridges, lane and sidewalk closures will take place. Flaggers will be directing traffic at Wasatch Street and at Center Street eastbound traffic will be narrowed to one lane.

Murray Station:

No station construction activities to report.

Area 14 — Wasatch Street/8000 South (Midvale) to 14600 South (Bluffdale)

Construction Activity:

Progress continues in Area 14 behind Salt Lake Community College’s campus at 9800 South as crews construct a bridge that flies over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. This is the area where FrontRunner will move from the east side to the west side of the tracks.

Work will continue on a wall on the northeast side of the bridge and crews will set forms and rebar for one of the flyover bridge piers.

Crews will continue work on the grade between 114th South and 123rd South in Draper.

Traffic Impacts:

Flaggers will be directing truck traffic on South Jordan Parkway at approximately 104th South and at the 114th South crossing.

At 144th South, flaggers will be stationed on either side of the bridge to help direct truck traffic entering and exiting the railroad corridor on the east side of the bridge. We ask that drivers please be patient and courteous while using the one-lane road under the bridge and that they please obey instructions from the flaggers for safety reasons.

South Jordan Station:

Lightweight fill for the flyover walls is being stored at the site of the future Park and Ride Lot.

Draper/Bluffdale Station:

The location of this future station has not yet been determined.

Area 13 — 14600 South (Bluffdale) to Thanksgiving Point (Lehi)

Construction Activity:

Crews continue to establish access and prepare the site along the railroad corridor in Bluffdale and Lehi. Excavation and trackway embankment work will continue throughout the area.

Crews will continue mass excavation for the Jordan and Salt Lake Canal bridge and begin placement of the box culvert.

Traffic Impacts:

There are currently no impacts to motorists in this area.

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

Construction Activity:

Crews will surface, line and dress the track at the site of the new Union Pacific Railroad Siding on the west side of the corridor.

Traffic Impacts:

There are currently no impacts to motorists in this area.

Lehi Station:

No station construction activities to report.

Area 11 — Main Street (American Fork) to University Parkway (Orem)

Construction Activity:

Trackway embankment work continues in American Fork from 200 South to 7350 West at Main Street. Work also continues at the Vineyard and Orem Stations.

Traffic Impacts:

Flaggers will be stationed at the American Fork Park and Ride Lot on 7750 North to direct truck traffic entering the corridor and at Main Street and Millpond Road in Lehi to direct truck traffic leaving the corridor.

American Fork Station:

Initial earthwork has begun at the American Fork Park and Ride Lot.

Vineyard Station:

Crews will form the platform footings for the future station.

Orem Station:

Crews will extend sewer casings at the Orem Park and Ride Lot.

Area 10 — University Parkway (Orem) to Center Street (Provo)

Construction Activity:

Significant progress has been made in Area 10 along the Union Pacific Railroad corridor between University Parkway in Orem and West Center Street in Provo. Crews have prepared a path for FrontRunner by grading and clearing the right-of-way and relocating water lines. Drainage and irrigation installations are generally complete in this area.

Crews will be working on sub grade stabilization near Union Pacific’s Lakota Junction just south of University Parkway in Orem. Utility crews will be working at 1680 North and at Freedom Boulevard.

Traffic Impacts:

In Provo, flaggers will be rerouting traffic slightly to the south of 1680 North at the crossing for a water line tie-in on Tuesday.

Utility work will also take place at Freedom Boulevard where it crosses the corridor. Flaggers will be stationed in the area.

Provo Station:

No station construction activities to report.

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