Friday, January 08, 2010

West Valley TRAX Construction Update

TRAX light rail in Salt Lake CityImage by Steven Vance 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, for management and planning purposes. 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

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:

· Crews are now working in the center of Constitution Boulevard preparing the foundations for the overhead electric poles, placing ballast and distributing ties and rail.

· Work continues near the TRAX station at West Valley City Hall as crews form, pour and install the platform slab.

· Crews are also installing street signs, traffic signals, flag poles and curbs near West Valley City Hall.

· Crews will work on the overhead electric poles and foundations and will continue to place ballast and distribute ties and rail.

Upcoming Construction:

· Crews are scheduled to install wheelchair ramps and steps on the north side of the West Valley City in early January 2010.

Traffic Impacts:

· Traffic is currently operating on both sides of Constitution Boulevard. Access to businesses is being maintained throughout this area. We encourage motorists to 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:

· Work continues on the TRAX approach between Maple Way and I-215.

· Crews have installed Traffic poles and loops at Maple Way and 3100 South.

Traffic Impacts: Currently there are lanes restrictions on 3100 South; however, access is being maintained throughout the area.

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:

· Track and station work continues in the center of Decker Lake Drive.

· Underground utility is taking place along Research Way. We will work with the businesses to maintain access throughout this portion of construction.

· Crews will continue to install street signage along Decker Lake Drive.

· Work on the traction power substation continues throughout mid-December.

· We encourage motorists to please obey the posted speed limit of 25 mph along Decker Lake Drive.

Upcoming Construction:

· Utility and road construction on northern part of Decker Lake Drive just south of Research Way – this portion of road work is scheduled to take place during spring 2010 and will last about 6 weeks – access will be maintained.

· Utility and road construction on Research Way between Decker Lake Drive and Redwood Road – this portion of road work is scheduled to take place during spring 2010 – access will be maintained.

· Redwood Road track crossing – this portion of work is scheduled to take place during spring 2010 – access will be maintained.

Traffic Impacts: Currently, there are lane restrictions along Decker Lake Drive and Research Way but access 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:

· Significant work has been accomplished in the Chesterfield area. Crews continue to work on the rail and other items in this area.

· There is a planned power outage along Lester Avenue on Friday, Jan. 8, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. so crews can set power poles in this area.

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 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:

· Trenches in this area are being filled and temporarily paved for winter.

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

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:

· Progress continues on the TRAX bridge structures over 900 West at approximately 2200 South and also at the Union Pacific Railroad Roper Yard area.

Traffic Impacts:

· 900 West is scheduled to close at approximately 2200 South just south of SR 201 on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16th and 17th, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Businesses are encouraged to call our hotline at 888-800-8854 if there are questions or issues.

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:

· Progress continues on the TRAX bridge approaches on either side of 600 West.

Traffic Impacts: Currently there are no traffic impacts on Andy Avenue.

General Information

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 further questions not answered by this report or any 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

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