Saturday, July 10, 2010

Front Runner Construction Update

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Lane Closures On 9000 South This Weekend For FrontRunner Bridge Construction

Utah Transit Authority will be closing lanes and restricting traffic on a section of 9000 South between I-15 and Sandy Parkway this weekend, July 9-12. The closures will take place Friday night from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Saturday and again Saturday evening at 8 p.m. through Monday, July 12 at 5 a.m.

The closures are for bridge construction work on the Utah Transit Authority’s FrontRunner Provo to Salt Lake City commuter rail project.

All westbound lanes on 9000 South will be completely closed while eastbound traffic will be restricted by a double lane closure. Both northbound and southbound on– and off-ramps to I-15 will remain open throughout the closures. However, all traffic exiting the freeway will be detoured eastbound on 9000 South to State Street.



To travel west on 9000 South, UTA recommends either a detour north on State Street to 7800 South then west to 700 West and Sandy Parkway, or a detour south on State Street to 10600 South and Jordan Gateway.



Questions from the public regarding this closure should be directed to the project construction hotline at 1-888-800-8854.



The new FrontRunner commuter rail line will run 45 miles from downtown Provo to Salt Lake City where it will connect to the existing FrontRunner line at Salt Lake Central Station. It will feature six new stations in Murray, South Jordan, Lehi, American Fork, Orem and Provo.



More information about the FrontRunner Provo to Salt Lake City project is available at www.rideuta.com.




Greetings,



Construction is progressing on UTA’s FrontRunner South Provo to Salt Lake Commuter Rail line.

Below is the FrontRunner South construction update for July 10 – 16. Please visit UTA’s FrontRunner South Webpage to learn more about the project.



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



Construction Activity:

At the 3300 South bridge, crews will continue concrete work on pier caps and grade the slope leading up the bridge abutments. At the 4500 South bridge, sheet pile shoring and soil nail installation continues.



Traffic Impacts:

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

· 3300 South – eastbound left lane closure Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

· 4500 South – eastbound right lane closure Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.



Salt Lake Central Station:

Station complete.



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



Construction Activity:

At the 5300 South bridge, crews will set and grout precast columns. Girder work continues at the 7200 South bridge. Deck plates will be installed this week along with fiber reinforced polymer shear keys.



Traffic Impacts:

· The 4500 South Frontage Road is closed at the tracks for bridge work through the end of August.

· 5300 South – eastbound right lane closure Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

· 7200 South – eastbound/westbound impacts Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.



Murray Station:

There are no construction activities to report.



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:

Crews will install the final drilled shaft for the 9000 South bridge this weekend. Temporary shoring for the 9120 South bridge continues, and work continues on the retaining wall near 9400 South. Chain link fence will be installed west of the SLCC campus. Crews will install sewer casings on the property north of 10600 South.



Crews will conduct mass embankment work, place sub-ballast and stage railroad ties along the line between Jordan Gateway and 11400 South. Additionally, crews will place bottom ballast, stage railroad ties and skeletonize ties for a UPRR shoofly near 11400 South. Wrap-around wall construction continues at the Bangerter Highway bridge. Crews will also start Bangerter Highway bridge center pier restoration work and install and backfill abutment panels.



Traffic Impacts:

· 9120 South – eastbound right lane closure Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

· 9120 South – westbound right lane closure Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

· 10000 South – eastbound lane closure with flaggers Tuesday through Friday.

· 10800 South – right lanes will be closed in each direction to accommodate truck traffic all week.



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:

Slope excavation below the Thanksgiving Point golf course continues. UPRR mainline relocation work in the area also continues, with a cutover tentatively scheduled for the week of July 17.



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 south abutment, crews will continue footing installation and backfill. Drain installation continues at the bridge’s north abutment. At the 2100 North bridge, crews will form and pour concrete for the deck and form ballast walls. Wall work will continue along the corridor near the Cranberry Farms subdivision.



Between 2100 North and 1500 North crews will be clearing and grubbing the corridor and conducting mass embankment work. Between 900 North and 500 West crews will continue to relocate power poles. Excavation for a wall near Woods Drive will continue this week.



Traffic Impacts:

· 1500 North, Lehi – truck traffic with flaggers Monday through Friday.

· 900 North, Lehi – truck traffic with flaggers Wednesday through Friday.



Lehi Station:

Phase one of three of the Lehi Station Park and Ride Lot is now open for public use.



Work at the Lehi Station pedestrian tunnel is progressing. Crews have completed the main section of tunnel that spans from the east side to the west side of the railroad corridor. Work on pedestrian ramps that connect the tunnel to the station platform continues this week. At the Park and Ride Lot, crews will install electrical conduit between the light poles.



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



Construction Activity:

Significant track work, including installing ballast mats and dressing track, continues throughout the reach. Crews will continue barb wire fencing installation and embankment work between the American Fork Station site and 200 South.



Crossing upgrades, including finishing concrete work, will continue this week at the 100 West American Fork at-grade crossing. Crossing upgrade work will also begin at the 100 East American Fork at-grade crossing this week. Crossing upgrade work at this crossing includes installing new active signal devices, installing new concrete crossing panels and constructing new track. Road realignment and at-grade crossing work also continues near the 1500 South at-grade crossing in American Fork.



Traffic Impacts:

· 100 West, American Fork – truck traffic with flaggers Monday and Tuesday.

· 100 East, American Fork – full road closure at the crossing Monday through Sunday.

· 1500 South, American Fork – truck traffic with flaggers Monday through Friday.

· Geneva Road at 400 South, Orem – lane closure with flaggers Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



American Fork Station:

Work at the American Fork Park and Ride lot is nearly complete. Crews will be conducting final QC walks this week at the site.



Vineyard Future Station:

There are no construction activities to report.



Orem Station:

There are no construction activities to report.



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:

Crews will continue to surface, line and dress the track between University Parkway in Orem and 2000 North in Provo. Additionally, crews will install inner emergency guardrail along the trackway between I-15 and 820 North in Provo. Signal work will take place along the line between University Parkway in Orem and Freedom Boulevard in Provo.



Traffic Impacts:

· 800 South, Orem – lane closure with flaggers Wednesday through Friday.



Provo Station:

Crews will pour concrete for the north platform deck 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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