Sunday, August 23, 2009

West Valley TRAX Construction Update

Trax PanImage by Eric Hamilton via Flickr

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.

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 West) 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:

· Crews completed the majority of work on the east side of Constitution Boulevard ahead of schedule and are now focusing on the west side of the roadway. Traffic is now operating on the east side of Constitution Boulevard. Please support the businesses in this area currently experiencing heavier construction.

· Progress continues on the station platform between West Valley City Hall and the Public Safety Building. Pedestrian access is being maintained between West Valley City Hall and the Public Safety Building. Please look for directional signage.







Construction at the West Valley City hub is estimated at 60% complete







Construction on Constitution Boulevard is now estimated at 50% complete



Upcoming Construction:

· Crews will continue to replace fencing on the west side of Constitution Boulevard with temporary fencing.

· Crews will be installing rail in the tail track area near West Valley City Hall.



Traffic Impacts: Traffic on 2700 West between 3100 South and 3500 South is operational on the east 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 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.



Current Construction: Crews continue to build the TRAX bridge approach between Maple Way and I-215. Work also continues on the actual bridge crossing I-215 south of 3100 South. Utility work also continues at the E Center.



The I-215 Bridge is now estimated at 90% complete



Work on 3100 South is now estimated at 60% complete



Upcoming Construction:

· Nighttime construction is taking place on the TRAX bridge over I-215 on the south side of 3100 South. Noise impacts are anticipated to be minimal. Residents are encouraged to call the 24-hour hotline number at (888) 800-8854 with questions or concerns.



Traffic Impacts: Currently there are lanes 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: Decker Lake Drive is now closed for three months to accelerate the TRAX construction schedule. Access is being maintained through the detours listed below. Businesses are encouraged to call the hotline at 888-800-8854 if issues arise.


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: Significant work has been accomplished in the Chesterfield area. Crews continue to place ballast and rail throughout this area. Rail has been installed at the Lester Street crossing between Claybourne Avenue and Southgate Avenue.



Upcoming Construction: Construction on the eastbound track will begin toward the end of July. We appreciate your patience.



Traffic Impacts:

· The Crosstowne Trail along 2770 South just east of Redwood Road to the Brighton Canal has been paved but will remain closed until TRAX is completed in this area.





Reach 5

Reach Description: Reach 5 includes 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:

· Water line work continues on the east side of 1070 West until mid September.

· Work continues on the Jordan River bridge and pedestrian and bike tunnel.



Upcoming Construction: After utility work is complete in this reach, crews will begin work on the curb, gutter and roadway on the west side of 1070 West, which should last until the end of the summer season. Construction is anticipated to take place for the next several months.



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 residences, extensive coordination will take place 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 structures over the Roper Yard area near 2200 South and 600 West. Crews are also excavating the TRAX guideway just south of SR 201 between the Jordan River and 900 West. Construction is proceeding just east of 900 West along the south side of SR 201.



Upcoming Construction: Crews continue to work on the TRAX bridge structures. 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: Roadway construction is currently underway along Andy Avenue. We thank businesses for their support during this phase of construction.



Upcoming Construction: Roadway work will continue on Andy Avenue throughout the next few weeks. Crews will then work on the waterway and slope protection under I-215.



Traffic Impacts: Flaggers are on sight to direct traffic and 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 questions or comments regarding the project, please contact our toll-free 24-hour hotline at (888) 800-8854 or e-mail tcamp@rideuta.com. You can also visit UTA’s Web site at www.rideuta.com.



Please note that construction information provided is subject to change.

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