Saturday, September 11, 2010

Front Runner Construction Update

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Greetings,



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

Below is the FrontRunner South construction update for September 11 - 17. Please note that construction information is subject to change.



FrontRunner South construction began in 2008 and is more than 50 percent complete. The FrontRunner South line will be complete and operational by 2015. Please visit UTA’s FrontRunner South Webpage to learn more about the project. To view more FrontRunner South construction photos, please visit www.flickr.com/rideuta.



UTA would like to remind Utah County express bus riders that service from the 2100 N. Lehi park and ride lot has been discontinued. Express bus service is now available from the Lehi FrontRunner park and ride lot at 2821 W. Executive Parkway, as well as the American Fork FrontRunner park and ride lot at 782 W. 200 S. Because the Lehi park and ride lot will be opened in phases, more stalls are currently available at the American Fork park and ride lot. Street parking is available near the Lehi park and ride lot.



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



Construction Activity:

Crews will continue installing a waterline between 1700 South and Mill Creek and permanent fencing from Mill Creek to 3300 South. At the Central Avenue bridge, crews will install a sewer line casing and build forms and pour concrete for the bridge abutment footings. Crews will continue to embank the track way from Central Avenue to 4500 South, and at the 4500 South bridge, crews will build forms and pour concrete for the back wall and also work on a retaining wall for the bridge’s south abutment.



Traffic Impacts:

There will be truck traffic on Central Avenue.



The eastbound right lane will be closed on 4500 South Monday through Friday.



Salt Lake Central Station:

Station complete.



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



Construction Activity:

A house will be demolished near the 4500 South Frontage Road to make room for a future road realignment of 200 West. At the 5300 South bridge, crews will continue work on the shear keys, and between 5300 South and 5900 South, crews will continue installing concrete pipe and fencing and demolishing track. They will also remove trees and embank the track way. Between 5900 South and I-215, crews will continue waterline work, and at the 7200 South bridge, crews will place surcharge.



Traffic Impacts:

The 4500 South Frontage Road is currently closed at the tracks for bridge work through September 20.



There will be the following impacts on 5300 South this week:

· Eastbound right lane closure, Monday and Tuesday

· Westbound left lane closure, Wednesday and Thursday



There will be truck traffic with flaggers on 5900 South.



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

· Full road closure, Friday night, September 17, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

· Double left lane closure, Saturday night, September 18, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.



Murray Station:

At the Murray Station crews will install conduits and backfill drains.



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:

North of 9000 South, crews continue excavation, shoring and lagging installation, and at the 9000 South bridge, crews will pour a leveling pad for and backfill at the north abutment. South of 9120 South, crews will be drilling soil nails and continuing wall construction, and at the flyover bridge crews will be installing permanent fencing. At 10000 South, crews will set a transformer vault and proof power conduits.



At the 10600 South bridge, crews will continue pier work and also install abutment shoring, and between South Jordan Gateway and 11400 South, crews will be excavating in the corridor. Work on a sheet pile shoring wall will begin this week south of 11400 South and at the Bangerter Highway bridge, crews will continue work on the shear keys. Track way embankment will continue between Bangerter Highway and 14600 South.



Traffic Impacts:

There will be truck traffic with flaggers on 9400 South.



There will be a lane drop for truck traffic on South Jordan Gateway at approximately 10400 South.



There will be the following impacts on 10600 South this week:

· Eastbound left lane closure, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

· Eastbound double left lane closure, Monday night, 10 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.

· Westbound left lane closure, Monday night, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

· Westbound left lane closure, Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.



The westbound right lane will be closed on Bangerter Highway on Thursday.



There will be truck traffic on 14600 South.



South Jordan Station:

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

Canal realignment work will begin south of 14600 South and crews will also continue waterline work near Camp Williams. Now that Union Pacific traffic has been shifted onto the new bridge constructed at the Jordan River, crews are retrofitting the old UP bridge for UTA’s use. This week they will continue forming and pouring wing and back walls.



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.



In an effort to increase safety for area schoolchildren, the project will be installing a stop sign at the entrance to the 2300 West bridge construction work site at the 2300 West/2150 North intersection in Cranberry Farms. Crews will also be refreshing the paint on the crosswalk located at the entrance to the work site. All trucks leaving the bridge construction site will come to a complete stop at this crosswalk before proceeding through the intersection.



Construction Activity:

Between Club House Drive and 2100 North, crews will be cleaning up slopes and ditches along the corridor and prepping the sub grade. At the 2300 West bridge, crews will grout and patch and at the 2100 North bridge, work continues on parapet walls. Retaining wall work also continues in Cranberry Farms near the 2300 West bridge. Work will resume on the retaining wall south of 900 North, and, crews will continue to support work for Union Pacific duct and fiber installation at 500 West, Main Street and 200 South in Lehi.



Crossing work will take place at 100 North near the Lehi Rodeo Grounds and will finish up this week at the 200 South crossing. Crews will continue permanent fencing installation between 300 South and 200 South and cross drain and catch basin work between 300 East in Lehi and Main Street in American Fork.



Traffic Impacts:

There will be truck traffic at the 2300 West 2150 North intersection in Cranberry Farms.



There will be lane drops at the 200 South crossing in Lehi for crossing upgrade work all week.



There will be truck traffic and a lane closure on 900 North in Lehi.



Lehi Station:

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



Work continues this week on the step walls and scaffolding on the Garden Drive side of the pedestrian tunnel. At the Park and Ride Lot, conduit and curb and gutter work and rock installation at the detention pond continues.



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



Construction Activity:

Crews will de-stress the track between 100 East and 1500 South in American Fork and hydroseed along the corridor between 5200 North in Vineyard and University Parkway in Orem. Fiber installation will take place in Orem between Geneva Road and 400 South and 800 South and University Parkway.



Traffic Impacts:

There will be truck traffic at 1600 North in Vineyard.



American Fork Station:

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



There are no construction activities to report.



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:

Between University Parkway in Orem and 2000 North in Provo crews will be hydroseeding and from University Parkway and 2800 West in Provo crews will be installing fiber. Crews will be installing signal cable in Provo at 2000 North, 2800 West, 1680 North and 820 North. Crews will surface, line and dress the track between 600 West and 900 South and will also set two signal houses in the same area.



Traffic Impacts:

There are currently no impacts to motorists in this area.



Provo Station:

Crews will be installing a stem wall cap at the Provo Station.

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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