Friday, April 23, 2010

Front Runner 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 April 24 – 30. Please visit UTA’s FrontRunner South Webpage to learn more about the project.

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

Construction Activity:

Crews will continue to install temporary shoring for the north abutment of the 3300 South bridge and also begin installing it on the south abutment. Work on a water line in the area will continue this week and crews will also be working on power utilities. Embankment work will take place south of 3300 South.

Traffic Impacts:

There will be shoulder closures on westbound and eastbound 3300 South between I-15 and 500 West all week.

Please note that Central Avenue has reopened until crews resume work on the bridge walls.

Salt Lake Central Station:

Station complete.

Area 15 — 4500 South (Murray) to Wasatch Street/8000 South (Midvale)

Construction Activity:

Crews will continue work on a power pole at 4800 South and on the south abutment at the 5300 South bridge.

Crews will continue to work on slope paving and pipe restoration at the I-215 westbound bridge and they will also be restoring a concrete barrier on the freeway near the bridge on Friday night and Saturday. Crews will set girders at the 7200 South bridge on Tuesday night and work on the handrail and deck plate for the rest of the week. Crews will also be restoring the median on 7200 South on Friday night and Saturday.

Surcharge placement on the Wasatch Street bridge will continue this week.

Traffic Impacts:

There will be the following lane closures on I-215 westbound this week:

· Tuesday night, April 27, 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m., the left lane of the I-15 northbound on ramp;

· Friday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., the left lane;

· Friday night, April 30, 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m., the right lane and the left lane of the I-15.

7200 South will be closed to all traffic between 400 West and 700 West from 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27 through 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28. From Friday, April 30 at 9:00 p.m. until Saturday, May 1 at 5:00 a.m., there will be eastbound and westbound left lane closures.

Murray Station:

Work on the platform stem walls will take place at the station site.

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

General Information:

Considerable progress has been made on the flyover structure west of Salt Lake Community College’s Miller Campus at 9800 South. The 642-foot flyover bridge features a 40-foot-high bridge deck that will allow FrontRunner to travel from the east to the west side of Union Pacific Railroad’s track way. The flyover structure’s approaches consist of keystone block MSE walls filled entirely with lightweight fill to minimize settlement.

Construction Activity:

Excavation for a retaining wall will continue this week between 9000 South and 9400 South and crews will also be relocating two fire hydrants. Work on the north approach walls continues at the flyover bridge. Crews will also conduct some finish work activities on the bridge, remove surcharge, and, between 9400 South and 10000 South, finish the sub grade.

Between 114000 South and 123000 South Clearing and grubbing and sub grade balance work will take place, and also work on relocating power. At the Bangerter Highway bridge crews will install shoring at the south abutments and one of the piers, continue work on another of the pier’s footings, and form, tie rebar and pour concrete for one of the north abutments back walls.

Traffic Impacts:

There will be truck traffic with flaggers on 9400 South Monday through Friday.

At 10000 South there will be truck traffic with flaggers Monday through Friday.

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.

There are no construction activities to report.

Draper Future Station:

There are no construction activities to report.

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

Construction Activity:

Crews will continue placing surcharge at the 146th South bridge and place sub ballast and hydro seed south of the bridge. Fiber work will also take place south of the 146th South bridge. At the Jordan River bridge crews will retrofit a ballast wall.

Traffic Impacts:

There are currently no impacts to motorists in this area.

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

General Information:

Crews are currently constructing two major bridges in Lehi at 2300 West and 2100 North. The 2300 West bridge will allow FrontRunner to travel over Lehi City’s future 2300 West road project and the 2100 North bridge will span UDOT’s future Mountain View Corridor, 2100 North roadway. The 2100 North bridge will feature abutments on each end of the bridge and five center piers. For the purposes of this publication, the piers are numbered 1 through 5 starting at the southern end of the bridge.

Construction Activity:

At the 2300 West bridge crews will work on the abutment footings, and at the 2100 North bridge crews will excavate for pier #5 and work on a cap for pier #4. They will also install an inclinometer at the bridge. Retaining wall work continues in Cranberry Farms and at 1500 North.

Further south, crews will install barb wire fence between 1500 North and 1220 North, work on the embankment between 1220 North and 900 North, install reinforced concrete pipe between 900 North and 500 West and install water utilities between 300 South and Center Street.

Traffic Impacts:

There will be truck traffic with flaggers at the south end of Garden Drive on Monday and Wednesday.

Lehi Station:

A portion of the Lehi Station Park and Ride Lot is now open for public use.

Crews will be loading out stock pile near the Park and Ride Lot and demolishing a siding near the pedestrian tunnel.

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

Construction Activity:

Northwest of the American Fork Park and Ride Lot irrigation relocations will continue this week. Crews will also be clearing and grubbing the corridor in this area. Between Storrs Avenue and 100 West crews will fill a ditch, and between 400 North in Vineyard and Geneva Road in Orem, crews will install pipe and work on the embankment and sub grade.

Traffic Impacts:

There will be truck traffic with flaggers on Geneva Road in Orem, just north of 400 South, Monday through Friday.

American Fork Station:

Crews will install a catch basin, irrigation and landscaping in the Park and Ride Lot. They will also be working on white paving and curbs and gutters.

Vineyard Future Station:

There are no construction activities to report.

Orem Station:

Crews will proof electrical conduit at the Orem Station.

Area 10 — University Parkway (Orem) to Center Street (Provo)

General Information:

Significant progress has been made in Area 10 along the Union Pacific Railroad corridor between University Parkway in Orem and Freedom Boulevard 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. At-grade crossing improvements have also been completed at 900 West, 700 West, 500 West and Freedom Boulevard.

Construction Activity:

Crews will continue work on the soil nail wall near University Parkway in Orem and repair fencing between the crossing on 2800 West and 1680 North in Provo. Crossing work will take place at 1680 North all week and will include signal and track work, the installation of concrete medians and signs, and road asphalting and striping.

Between I-15 and 820 North, crews will install reinforced concrete pipe and at the 820 North crossing crews will install a signal house. From 820 North to the Provo River bridge, crews will place sub ballast and ballast and install barb wire fence. They will also distribute ties and construct track in this section of the corridor. Between the Provo River bridge and Center Street, crews will hydro seed, place sub ballast and ballast and distribute ties. They will also finish striping and median work at the Draper Lane crossing. Between 700 West and 600 West, crews will finish sub grade prep and stabilization, place sub ballast and distribute rail, and from 600 West to University Avenue crews will work on duct bank.

Traffic Impacts:

The crossing on 1680 North will be closed all week for crossing upgrade work.

There will be truck traffic with flaggers at 820 North in Provo Monday through Friday.

There will be truck traffic with flagger at 500 West in Provo all week.

Provo Station:

Crews will proof electrical conduit at the station site.

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.

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