Saturday, May 16, 2009

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Construction progress continues on the West Valley TRAX Line. To keep business and traffic impacts to a minimum, this five-mile project has been separated into seven construction “reaches,” or segments. 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 businesses and residences will be maintained throughout construction.

Current Construction: Construction progress continues in Reach 1 and we greatly appreciate the public’s patience. Crews are working on the station platform in between West Valley City Hall and the Public Safety Building. Work is also taking place on Market Street as crews pour curbs and prepare the roadway. Pedestrians wishing to access the Public Safety Building and West Valley City Justice Courts are required to go through the West Valley City Hall main lobby.

Third party utility work continues along the east side of Constitution Boulevard and crews are currently clearing and excavating the area in preparation for the new sidewalk, curb and gutter.

Upcoming Construction: The entrance to Constitution Boulevard at 3360 South is scheduled to close for construction in the next couple of weeks. During this temporary closure, residents in the neighborhood east of Constitution Boulevard will be required to use Maple Way at 3100 South. As we get closer to the temporary closure, we will meet with residents and provide more details.

Construction is scheduled to begin on the West Valley Library property on June 1st. Access will be maintained at the west side entrance to the library and patrons will be able to park in the west parking lot. The library will remain open throughout construction and we thank them for their willingness to work with us. Library patrons are encouraged to call our hotline at 888-800-8854 if they have questions.

Traffic Impacts: Traffic on 2700 West between 3100 South and 3500 South is operational on the west side of the road. Please be mindful of construction crews and obey posted speed limits.

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 and we will coordinate with the E Center to accommodate the great events they have to offer. When TRAX is completed along 3100 South, it will operate on the south side of the roadway.

Current Construction: Maple Way at 3100 South is now open and the rails have been placed in the roadway. Currently, traffic signal foundations are being installed.

The girders have also been placed on the TRAX bridge over I-215 on the south side of 3100 South and significant progress is being made near the E Center.

Upcoming Construction:

Night work is currently taking place on the TRAX bridge over I-215. Noise impacts are anticipated to be minimal.

Traffic Impacts: Currently there are lane restrictions on 3100 South; however, access is being maintained.

Reach 3

Reach Description: Reach 3 is the area along Decker Lake Drive from 3100 South to Research Way (2770 South) and 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 businesses to ensure access is maintained.

Current Construction: The west side of Decker Lake Drive is open and access is being maintained. Crews have started work on the storm drain on the east side of the road.

Upcoming Construction: Preliminary utility work has begun on Research Way near Redwood Road. We would like to thank businesses in this area and encourage them to call the hotline if issues arise.

Traffic Impacts: Access to businesses is being maintained.

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 to ensure a safe working environment that provides access to their properties throughout construction.

Current Construction: Crews have installed a permanent wall along both sides of the Crosstowne Trail in Chesterfield. Crews have also improved drainage and irrigation and have accomplished significant foundation work for TRAX’s overhead wiring system. We would like to thank the residents for their patience during construction.

Upcoming Construction: Temporary fencing is scheduled to be taken down along the Crosstowne Trail next week. Permanent fences will also be tied into the sound wall structure at the same time.

Traffic Impacts:

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 open again.

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.

Current Construction: Currently there are lane restrictions along 1070 West as crews finish utility work and install retaining walls. Access is being maintained and we appreciate the businesses’ patience.

Upcoming Construction: After utility work is complete, crews will begin working on the roadway on the west side of 1070 West which should last until the end of the summer season. Crews will then begin work on the east side of the roadway.

Traffic Impacts: As construction proceeds, there will be lane restrictions, although access will be maintained.

Reach 6

Reach Description: Reach 6 runs through the Union Pacific Railroad’s Roper Yard area. Although there are no businesses and residents, extensive coordination will take place with the Union Pacific Railroad to ensure that freight deliveries and other train travel is maintained. Reach 6 includes plans for an extensive bridging system that will enable TRAX to operate over other train traffic.

Current Construction: Significant progress continues on the TRAX bridge structure over the Roper Yard area near 2200 South and 600 West. Construction is also proceeding just east of 900 West along the south side of SR 201.

Upcoming Construction: Coordination will continue with the Union Pacific Railroad to install utilities and bridge structures.

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 will take place along Andy Avenue in South Salt Lake. Crews will closely coordinate activities with businesses to ensure access is maintained.

Current Construction: Storm drain installation along Andy Avenue has been completed. We thank businesses for their support during this phase of construction.

Upcoming Construction: The next phase of construction will begin near Andy Avenue the first part of June 2009. We will continue to work with businesses to maintain access and mitigate any issues that may arise.

Traffic Impacts: Access will be maintained during construction.

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 access may be temporarily limited.

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 any further questions or comments regarding the project, please contact our toll-free 24-hour hotline at (888) 800-8854 or e-mail You can also visit UTA’s Web site at

Please note that construction information provided is subject to change.

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