Friday, June 25, 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 for June 26 – July 2. Please visit UTA’s FrontRunner South Webpage to learn more about the project.

UTA is currently testing its new low-floor light rail vehicles on a test track near Daybreak in South Jordan. The 77 new vehicles will be used on the new TRAX lines being constructed as part of the FrontLines 2015 program, and could be carrying passengers as early as next year. Visit to view exclusive FrontRunner South construction photos and photos from UTA’s recent new light rail vehicle inaugural ride event.

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

Construction Activity:

Crews will pour concrete for the south abutment and the bridge piling and erect pier shoring at the 3300 South bridge. Work on the wrap-around wall at the 3300 South bridge will also resume. Crews will build a crane pad, mobilize a crane, and deliver sheet pile shoring to the 4500 South Frontage Road in preparation for construction of the south abutment of the 4500 South bridge.

Traffic Impacts:

There will be the following lane closures on 3300 South:

· Westbound left lane, Monday

· Eastbound left lane, Monday through Thursday

· Westbound right lane, Wednesday through Friday

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:

Crossing upgrades at the 4800 South crossing will finish this week, and at the 5300 South bridge, crews will work on two of the bridge piers.

Traffic Impacts:

The eastbound right lane on 4500 South will be closed on Wednesday.

The 4500 South Frontage Road will be closed at the tracks for bridge work from June 28 through the end of August.

There will be shoulder work with a flagger at the 4800 South crossing on Monday.

There will be the following lane closures on 5300 South:

· Eastbound right lane, Monday through Thursday

· Westbound right lane, Tuesday and Wednesday

Murray Station:

Crews will be excavating at the station site this week to prepare for upcoming concrete pours.

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:

Continuing this week is storm drain work between Wasatch Street and 9000 South and wall construction between 9120 South and 9400 South. Crews will mobilize a crane to 9120 South to prepare to construct a bridge over that road. Crews will install permanent fencing near the flyover bridge, construct a wall just south of 10000 South and work on a waterline at 10200 South crews.

Just south of 10600 South crews will excavate for a retaining wall, and from Jordan Gateway to 11400 South, crews will continue to excavate the grade and begin mass embankment. At 114th South crews will excavate in the roadway and install drainage. Crews will continue to locate and place protection for utilities near the site of a retaining wall that will be built between 11400 South and 12300 South. They will also place cross drains and sub ballast in the area. At the Bangerter Highway bridge, crews will excavate to prepare for construction of a wrap-around wall.

Traffic Impacts:

There will be truck traffic with flaggers on 9400 South and 10800 South Monday through Friday.

There will be the following lane closures on Bangerter Highway:

· Eastbound right lane, Monday and Tuesday

· Westbound left lane, Monday and Tuesday

South Jordan Station:

Lightweight fill for the job is being stored at the station site.

Draper Future Station:

There are no construction activities to report.

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

Construction Activity:

Crews continue to excavate the slope below the Thanksgiving Point golf course.

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 pound H-pile for the south abutment and form the north abutment and pour concrete for a wing wall. At the 2100 North bridge crews will work on the deck overhangs, ballast walls, diaphragms, and the deck rebar. Mass embankment will take place between 2100 North and 1500 North and crews will relocate power poles between 900 North and 500 West.

Traffic Impacts:

There will be truck traffic on Garden Drive near the pedestrian tunnel Monday through Friday.

On 1500 North there will be truck traffic with flaggers Wednesday through Friday.

Lehi Station:

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

Work on the pedestrian this week includes forming the stair grade, forming and pouring concrete for the stairs sub-base and middle wall, building wall forms, forming a culvert and the tunnel floor and setting drains.

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

Construction Activity:

Between the American Fork Station site and 200 South, crews will continue to install barb wire fencing and embank the grade and also construct a track turnout. Crossing upgrades will finish this week at the Storrs Avenue crossing. Crews will continue to de-stress the track between 100 West and 100 East crews and construct a retention pond near the 1100 South crossing. At the American Fork River bridge crews will install an emergency guard rail and at the 1500 South crossing crews will install sidewalks. Waterline work will also continue on 1100 South.

In Orem, duct bank tie-in work will continue at 400 South and bottom ballast will be placed between 800 South and University Parkway.

Traffic Impacts:

On Storrs Avenue in American Fork there will be a lane drop with flaggers Monday through Wednesday.

Union Pacific will be working near the 100 East crossing in American Fork Monday and Tuesday; there will be a lane drop.

The road will be closed near the 1100 South crossing in American Fork for utility work all week.

There will be truck traffic with flaggers on 1500 South in American Fork Wednesday through Friday.

American Fork Station:

Crews will continue wall construction and landscaping at the Park and Ride Lot as well as set a box and pull wire for an irrigation timer.

Vineyard Future Station:

There are no construction activities to report.

Orem Station:

Crews will pour concrete for the west deck.

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 in Provo at 2000 North, 2800 West, 1680 North, 820 North, Draper Lane, 900 West, 700 West, 500 West and Freedom Boulevard.

Construction Activity:

Between University Parkway in Orem and 2000 North in Provo, crews will continue to distribute rail, surface, line and dress the track, and begin to place ties and construct track for the second line. Mass excavation of the grade will continue between University Avenue and 900 South.

Traffic Impacts:

There are currently no impacts to motorists in this area.

Provo Station:

Crews will continue to form and tie rebar for the vapor barrier and place snowmelt facilities on the platform deck at the station this week.

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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