Saturday, September 11, 2010

Airport TRAX Line Construction Update

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Come Join us at the State Fair!

Our construction team for the Airport TRAX Line has partnered with UTA and local businesses to host a booth today through Sunday. We will be on hand to answer questions about construction and upcoming events. Look for us near the rodeo grounds – and don’t forget to take out your frustrations at the dunking booth.


Construction continues on UTA’s 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:

Crews are excavating the east side of 3700 West from 510 North to Gate 13. During this time, lane restrictions will be in place; however, access will be maintained. Driveway and sidewalk reconstruction is also taking place.
Crews continue work on the 24’’ sewer installation. This work is taking place within internal airport lots.
Crews are working the 18’’ storm drain near Terminal 1/Welcome Center.
Work continues on wet and dry utilities along 3700 West. Fiber vaults and street lighting are being installed. Various traffic restrictions are in place for internal airport traffic; however, access is being maintained.
Work continues on cast in place walls (CIP) and excavation of the guideway between the X Bar Bridge and 3700 West.
Beginning Sept. 13 pedestrian traffic will be switched to the east side of 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:

· Crews are working on duct bank utility runs from X Bar to 2400 West.

Crews are working on the pedestrian path near Surplus North.
Storm drain work is taking place in this area
Early next week crews will begin work on a 20’’ waterline.

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:

Crews are working at the North Temple intersections located at 2200 West and 2400 West.
Traffic signal cabinets are also being installed at these intersections.
Crews have removed a portion of the island between North Temple and Old North Temple, and restoration is in process. Lane restrictions are in place; however, access is maintained.

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 businesses and governmental organizations will be maintained.

Current Construction:

Traffic signal work, including conduits, pedestals and junction boxes, is taking place at 1950 West and Redwood Road along North Temple.
Work is taking place on the joint trench crossing at three different locations. One crossing is located at Orange Street and North Temple. Various lane restrictions are in place; however, access to businesses is being maintained.
Work is taking place on the southeast corner of Redwood Road and North Temple as crews work on a storm drain. Traffic impacts are expected to be minimal during this phase of work.
Wet and dry utility work is taking place on North Temple between I-215 and Redwood Road.
Crews are removing and replacing curb, gutter, sidewalk and driveways on the south side of North Temple between Redwood Road and I-215.

Upcoming Construction: .

Crews are scheduled to begin sewer sag repairs at Orange Street and North Temple in mid-October. At this time, various lane restrictions will be in place; however, access to businesses will be maintained and signage will be provided. In preparation for this work, various activities are taking place near Orange Street. As we get closer to construction we will meet with businesses in this area.
Work on the Redwood Road intersection has been postponed due to Right of Way (ROW) issues. Preliminary activities will take place but major reconstruction will not occur until spring of 2011. We will meet with businesses prior to construction.
Crews continue to relocate hydrants and water services in the coming weeks. We will continue to meet with the businesses and coordinate any planned interruptions to services.

Traffic Impacts: There are right and left lane restrictions between the I-215 overpass and Redwood Road throughout the day. As work progresses, there will be additional lane restrictions for both east and west bound traffic, although access will be maintained.

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:

The Jordan River Bridge is reopened as the Utah State Fair begins this week.
Crews are relocating gas lines in this area.
Work continues on Garside Avenue as crews demo, grade, and pour the driveway near the KOA property.
There is occasional potholing for dry utilities taking place ahead of construction.
Upcoming Construction:

After the State Fair, additional crews will begin wet and dry utility work.

Traffic Impacts:

Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction in some parts of this area.

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 businesses and the State Fairpark will be maintained.

Current Construction:

Crews are removing and replacing City Creek West between the Jordan River Bridge and 1000 West, although the road will be opened up during the State Fair Sept. 9-19.

Reach 7

Reach Description: Reach 7 is the area where the Airport TRAX Line will connect with the current north/south 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.

Current Construction:

The North Temple Viaduct re-construction project began April 18, 2010 and will continue for approximately 18 months.
Wet and dry utility relocations are taking place at 400 West to prepare for the City Creek East relocation.

Work is taking place at the Boyer (South Temple) parking lot. Clear and grub activities continue and crews are working on grade, placing sidewalk, and installing lighting conduits.

Crews have begun working on an 18’’ storm drain near 600 West and 100 South. Various lane restrictions are in place; however, access will be maintained at all times.
Crews have completed drilling 16 of the 16 shafts for the new North Temple Viaduct. Work continues on abutments, pier caps, and fascia walls.
Night work is scheduled for the following dates and times for City Creek East relocation and for pouring the abutment caps:
· Saturday, Sept. 18, beginning at 11:30 p.m. until Monday, Sept. 20, at 7 a.m.

Please see the viaduct construction guide below to find out how to get around during this portion of construction.

Utah State Fair Draws “Uncommonly Good” Crowds

All eyes are on North Temple this week. More
than 50,000 people are expected to visit the
Utah State Fair Sept. 9 to 19. That’s a lot of
people looking for a place to park.

The Fair has been attracting more and more
attention every year for more than 100 years.
Originally called the “Agriculture Park,”
Utah’s legislature bought the 65 acres of fair
property in 1902, with the “Gateway to the
Fairpark,” the entrance to the grounds, being built at 1000
West and North Temple.

After the legislature privatized the State Fair in 1995, it
gave the gubernatorial appointed board of directors a
mandate to make the Fair profitable so it would not need to
be subsidized by taxpayer funds. The board has worked
since then to establish year-round events to facilitate the
annual fair, which highlights all the best that Utah has to offer in agriculture, art,
and even demolition.

With the price of admission, fair attendees can watch the truck pull, participate in
the Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest, see the agricultural and livestock
competitions, along with concerts by Boys II Men, MercyMe, Mitchel Musso
(from the Disney Channel’s show Hannah Montana), and country legend Ray
Price. Some events, such as the demolition derby, cost a little bit more. In addition,

“Utah’s Own” Food Court features locally grown and prepared foods for sale. Visit for more information and

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

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