Sunday, August 23, 2009

Front Runner South Construction Update

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

Below is the FrontRunner South construction update for August 22 – 28. To learn more about the FrontRunner South project, click here.

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

Construction Activity:

There are no construction activities to report.

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 continues on bridges over eastbound I-215, Center Street (7800 South) and Wasatch Street (8000 South) in Midvale. These bridges will run parallel to existing Union Pacific Railroad bridges.

Crews will be pouring concrete for one of the I-215 bridge piers and removing shoring from another of the piers. Crews will form, tie rebar and pour concrete for one of the Center Street abutments and continue construction on one of its abutment walls. At Wasatch Street, crews will finish abutment wall construction.

Traffic Impacts:

On Tuesday evening, crews will be moving equipment across I-215 for a short period of time and on Wednesday morning the left lane will be closed on eastbound I-215 while crews pull remove shoring.

At Center Street there will be a sidewalk closure with flaggers in the area to assist area schoolchildren who may be crossing the street.

Murray Station:

No station construction activities to report.

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

Construction Activity:

Progress continues behind Salt Lake Community College’s Miller 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.

This week crews will be working on a fiber optic relocation at the flyover bridge.

Traffic Impacts:

Flaggers will be stationed at 144th South all week to direct truck traffic.

South Jordan Station:

Lightweight fill for the flyover bridge construction is being stored at the site of the future South Jordan park and ride lot.

Draper/Bluffdale Station:

The location of this future station is to be determined.

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

Construction Activity:

Crews continue to establish access in the Jordan Narrows north of Lehi. This week, crews will continue mass excavation and grade balancing work in the area, form, tie rebar and pour concrete for the outside ballast walls of the bridge over the Jordan River, and continue work on a wall being constructed at Union Pacific’s Mesa Siding north of Clubhouse Lane in Lehi.

Traffic Impacts:

There are currently no impacts to motorists in this area.

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

Construction Activity:

At Thanksgiving Point, Union Pacific has been cut over temporarily to the UTA main line to allow for construction to continue on the pedestrian tunnel located under the tracks. This week, crews will form, tie rebar and pour concrete for the pedestrian tunnel floor slab.

In Lehi, crews will create access for construction of UTA bridges over 2100 North and the Lehi irrigation ditch at approximately 600 North. A temporary road will be built from 2100 North south along the corridor to accommodate bridge construction equipment. Crews will mobilize a crane in for construction at the Lehi irrigation ditch and drive H-pile for the north abutment this week.

Water and irrigation line work in the area continues between 1220 North and 500 West and at Millpond Road, and at Dry Creek near the Lehi Rodeo Grounds, crews will relocate power utilities.

Traffic Impacts:

In Lehi, Ashton Boulevard will be closed Tuesday through Wednesday morning and Executive Parkway will be closed Wednesday through Thursday morning.

Expect truck traffic near 2100 North as crews construct access for bridge construction.

To support utility work at 900 North there will be a lane drop with flaggers directing traffic.

Lehi Station:

Electrical conduit and curb and gutter work continues this week at the Lehi Station Park and Ride Lot.

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

Construction Activity:

Crews will continue clearing and grubbing the corridor from the American Fork River to 100 East and will be installing permanent fencing in this section as well as north to 100 West. Mass embankment work also continues between 100 East and 1100 South in American Fork and from 5200 North to 400 North in Vineyard.

Utility work continues this week near the American Fork Station and between 400 South and 800 South in Orem.

Traffic Impacts:

In American Fork, flaggers continue to be stationed at 100 East and 1100 South to direct truck traffic entering and exiting the corridor.

There will also be truck traffic by the Lindon Boar Harbor at 600 South.

American Fork Station:

Crews will continue to install water lines at the Park and Ride Lot this week and conduct signal work at the station site.

Vineyard Station:

No station construction activities to report.

Orem Station:

No station construction activities to report.

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, and main line earthwork has been finalized from University Parkway to 2000 South in Orem and from the Provo River bridge to 500 West in Provo.

Between University Parkway in Orem and 2000 South in Orem, crews will balance the grade and conduct mass excavation work. In Provo, utility work will take place at 2800 West and 2000 North.

Earth and track work continues this week in Provo with sub grade prep work taking place between 1680 North and 820 North, mass embankment work taking place from 820 North to the Provo River bridge, and track construction and ballast stockpiling taking place between the Provo River bridge and 900 West.

Traffic Impacts:

Flaggers will be directing truck traffic at 820 North in Provo.

Provo Station:

At the station site, crews will form and tie rebar for a stem wall.

Thanks again for your interest in the FrontRunner South project. If you have construction-related questions, please call our 24-hour construction hotline at 1-888-800-8854. If you have specific questions about the FrontRunner South project, my contact information is listed below.


Marc Bowman
UTA Community Involvement Specialist

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