Monday, March 22, 2010
Airport TRAX Line Construction Update
Construction progress continues on the Airport TRAX Line. To keep business and traffic impacts to a minimum, this six-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 dark red by the airport and ending with Reach 7 in light green on the east end of the project.
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 Description: Reach 1 is the area that extends from Terminal One at the Salt Lake City International Airport on the side of the Airport Access Road to the surplus canal bridge just north of the Wingpointe Golf Course.
Current Construction: Crews continue to “pothole” or expose utilities in this reach.
At the beginning of April, work is scheduled to begin on Terminal Drive, the main entrance of the airport. Lane restrictions will be in place; however, the majority of heavy construction will take place during nighttime hours.
Beginning the first part of April crews will begin all underground work on 3700 West. We will meet with businesses as we get closer to construction.
Right lane restrictions along Bangerter Highway just north of the I-80 off-ramp entering the airport are in place Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturday.
A traffic plan is being drafted for the work that will take place on 3700 West. More information will be provided as we get closer to construction.
Reach Description: Reach 2 extends from the surplus canal bridge just north of the Wingpointe Golf Course along the Airport Access Road fence line to 2400 West.
Work continues on the box culverts at the North and South Surplus Canals. Work is also progressing at the South Surplus Canal and girders are expected to be set in May.
Crews are extending the North Pointe Canal culvert to accommodate the TRAX train.
Reach Description: Reach 3 extends from 2400 West along North Temple to I-215. This is the reach where TRAX will move from the side of the road to the center of North Temple.
Crews continue with underground utility work on the south side of North Temple near Park’n Jet.
Crews have begun roadway widening activities east of 2200 West on the south side of the street.
The entrance off of North Temple to Old North Temple will be closed for a few days next week while crews install a waterline. We will meet with businesses prior to this temporary closure.
Traffic Impacts: There are currently right/left lane restrictions between the I-215 overpass and 2400 West throughout the day. As work progresses, there will be additional lane restrictions for both east and west bound traffic. Access will be maintained at all times.
Reach Description: Reach 4 extends from I-215 to just east of Redwood Road on North Temple. TRAX will be center running and will include a station located at approximately 1950 West. Access to the many businesses and governmental organizations will be maintained.
Current Construction: Storm drain crews are beginning the first phases of work in Reach 4 by “potholing” or exposing utilities to determine tie-in points. Crews are scheduled to begin relocating utilities at the end of March.
Traffic Impacts: There are currently right/left lane restrictions between the I-215 overpass and 1950 West throughout the day. As work progresses, there will be additional lane restrictions for both east and west bound traffic. Access will be maintained at all times.
Reach Description: Reach 5 extends from just east of Redwood Road on North Temple to the Jordan River. TRAX will be center running and includes a station at 1500 West. Access to the many businesses and office complexes will be maintained.
Progress continues on the Jordan River Bridge. Crews are constructing the bridge half at a time to maintain one lane of traffic in both directions. This work is expected to take place for approximately eight to nine months.
Crews are preparing to install a waterline on the north side of the Jordan River Bridge. A sidewalk will then be poured and traffic will be switched to the north side for the next several months.
Heavier construction is anticipated to begin throughout Reach 5 in winter 2010.
Traffic management will be in place for approximately eight months near the Jordan River Bridge. Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction.
Traffic is scheduled to flip to the newly constructed north side of the Jordan River Bridge March 20.
Reach Description: Reach 6 extends from the Jordan River to I-15 along North Temple. TRAX will be center running and will include two stations located at approximately 1100 West and 800 West. Access to the many businesses and the State Fairpark will be maintained.
Current Construction: Traffic management extends into Reach 6 due to work on the Jordan River Bridge. However, access is being maintained.
Upcoming Construction: The majority of heavier construction is anticipated in late Spring 2010.
Traffic Impacts: Traffic management will be in place for approximately eight months near the Jordan River Bridge. Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction.
Reach Description: Reach 7 is the area where the Airport Line will connect with the current North/South TRAX Line at the Arena Station. This reach extends from I-15 to 400 West along North Temple and turns south on 400 West to South Temple. Access to offices and the Gateway will be maintained throughout the construction project.
Currently, utility work is taking place on 400 West. Work between South Temple and North Temple is expected to last for one and a half months. This section of utility work will be completed prior to the reconstruction of the North Temple viaduct.
The North Temple Viaduct re-construction project will begin on April 18th and last approximately 18-months. Please see the viaduct construction guide below for detour information.
We will meet with businesses and post more information as we get closer to this work.
· During the 400 west utility work traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction on 400 West between South Temple and North Temple between 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Access will be maintained. Please see traffic configuration below.
Between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Traffic restrictions will be in place on 400 West at South Temple.
o Southbound traffic on 400 West will be required to make a left hand turn at South Temple
o Northbound traffic on 400 West will be will be able to proceed through and make right hand turns at South Temple; however, u-turns will not be allowed for Northbound traffic
o Westbound traffic on South Temple will not be allowed to turn left.
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 is permitted to take place between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Additionally, specific activities may require different working hours and will be coordinated with city officials.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit UTA’s Web site at www.rideuta.com.
Please note that construction information provided is subject to change.