Saturday, May 22, 2010

Airport TRAX Line Construction Update

Delta Airlines / Boing 767-332ER / N194DNImage by digitalkunde via Flickr


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 1

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:

Work continues on wet and dry utility work along 3700 West. Various traffic restrictions are in place for internal airport traffic; however, access is being maintained.
Beginning the first week of June crews will excavate the east side of 3700 West from the United States Post Office to 400 North. Lane restrictions will be in place; however, access will be maintained. We will meet with businesses as we get closer to construction.
Crews are currently working on walls and excavating the guideway between the X Bar Bridge and 3700 West.

Traffic Impacts:

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 has been distributed to the 3700 West businesses. This plan does not affect those traveling to the Airport.

Reach 2

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.

Current Construction:

Work continues on the second phase of construction at the North Surplus Canal. This phase of construction will include diverting the water, de-watering the culvert, excavating and forming the culvert walls and floors. This work will be complete by mid-June.
Now that girders are in place, crews are beginning items associated with the “Deck Work” at the South Surplus Canal.

Reach 3

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.

Current Construction:

Curb, gutter, sidewalk and wet and dry utility work continues to make its way west in this reach.
Old North Temple is now reopened; however, in approximately one week crews will close it again to relocate the utilities. This work is anticipated to take five to seven days and traffic will be detoured to 2200 West. As we get closer we will meet with businesses in this area.

Reach 4

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:

Wet and dry utility work is currently taking place on North Temple approaching Redwood Road.

Upcoming Construction:

Night work has been extended until May 28th at the North Temple/Redwood Road intersection. Crews are currently working from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. This work is completed during nighttime hours to lessen impacts to traffic. Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction on North Temple. On 5/26 and 5/27 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Southbound Traffic on Redwood at North Temple will be detoured.
Crews are currently relocating utilities and reconstructing driveways on the south side of North Temple between Redwood Road and 1950 West. During this work there will be lane restrictions, but access will be maintained and signage will be provided.
Crews will begin relocating hydrants and water services in the upcoming weeks. As we get closer to this work we will meet with businesses and coordinate any planned interruptions to services.

Traffic Impacts: There are currently right/left lane restrictions between the I-215 overpass and Redwood Road. As work progresses, there will be additional lane restrictions for both east and west bound traffic. Access will be maintained at all times.

Reach 5

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.

Current Construction:

Work continues on the south side of the Jordan River Bridge as crews begin the second phase of construction, which includes diverting the water and pile driving. The bridge is scheduled to be completed before the State Fair begins in September.
There is occasional potholing for dry utilities taking place throughout this reach.
Heavier construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2010.

Traffic Impacts:

Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction.
Traffic is now switched to the newly constructed north side of the Jordan River Bridge on North Temple near the State Fairpark.

Reach 6

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.

Upcoming Construction:

To lessen impacts, the only work that will occur east of 1000 West will be work directly associated with “Viaduct” construction (City Creek, utility relocates, rebuilding of structure etc...)
City Creek West Relocation Jordan River Bridge to 1000 West (Mid June-late August)

Traffic Impacts: Traffic management is currently in place near the Jordan River Bridge, which is limited to one lane in each direction.

Reach 7

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.

Current Construction:

On May 20, 21, and 24, 400 West at North Temple will temporarily be closed from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. During this time crews will be removing the girders and piers over 400 West.
The North Temple Viaduct re-construction project has begun and will last for approximately 18 months. Crews are now nearing completion of the demo portion of the work.
No night work is scheduled for the viaduct; however, if Union Pacific Railroad grants approval for night work we will notify all residents and businesses in the area as soon as possible.
Please see the viaduct construction guide which is attached below to see how to get around during this piece of construction.

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 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 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 You can also visit UTA’s Web site at

Please note that construction information provided is subject to change.

***North Temple Business Spotlight***

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