Sunday, September 26, 2010

West Valley TRAX Construction Update

TRAX passing east through roundabout (2nd view)Image by Steven Vance via Flickr


Progress continues on the construction of the West Valley TRAX Line. To keep business and traffic impacts to a minimum, this five-mile project has been separated into seven construction “reaches,” or segments, for management and planning purposes.

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 along Constitution Boulevard (2700 West) from West Valley City Hall at 3600 South, extending north to 3100 South. This area includes both large and small businesses, as well as many residents. Access to all businesses and residences will be maintained.

Current Construction:

· Work continues on the station canopy at West Valley City Hall as crews install wiring, lighting and masonry.

· The West Valley City Hall parking lot on Market Street will close on Friday, Sept. 24, as crews make asphalt repairs in this area.

· Crews will also repair asphalt at the Toys R Us loading dock off of Market Street on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Reach 2

Reach Description: Reach 2 is the area along 3100 South from Constitution Boulevard to Decker Lake Drive. The Maverik Center and a few other businesses are located in this reach, as well as residents on either side of 3100 South. We will coordinate our work to maintain access throughout construction, and in particular to the Maverik Center during their events. When TRAX is completed along 3100 South, it will operate on the south side of the roadway.

Current Construction:

· Curb and sidewalk work, along with various punch list items, continue in this area.

Reach 3

Reach Description: Reach 3 is the area along Decker Lake Drive from 3100 South to Research Way (2770 South) and east to Redwood Road. This area includes many commercial office buildings with thousands of employees. We will continue to work with businesses to ensure access is maintained.

Current Construction:

· Work continues at the station platform located at Decker Lake Drive and 3100 South.

· Crews are distributing rail, ties and ballast in the center of Research Way.

· Work continues on the station in the center of Research Way just west of Redwood Road.

Reach 4

Reach Description: Reach 4 runs through the Chesterfield residential area along 2770 South and along the Decker Lake Canal and the Crosstowne Trail. We will work with residents to ensure a safe working environment that provides access to their properties throughout construction.

Current Construction:

· Significant work has been accomplished in the Chesterfield area. Crews continue to work on various items throughout this reach.

Reach 5

Reach Description: Reach 5 includes construction along 1070 West in the Chesterfield industrial area. This reach includes one bridge structure over the Jordan River and another over 900 West.

Current Construction:

· Crews will stripe the roadway on 1070 West and begin street sign installation this week.

· Crews will continue rail and station work in the center of 1070 West.

· Work also continues on the Jordan River Bridge and tunnel.

Reach 6

Reach Description: Reach 6 runs through the Union Pacific Railroad’s Roper Yard area. Although there are no businesses and residents, extensive coordination will take place to ensure that freight deliveries and other train travel is maintained. Reach 6 includes an extensive bridging system that will enable TRAX to operate over other train traffic.

Current Construction:

· Progress continues on the TRAX bridge structures over 900 West at approximately 2200 South, as well as the Union Pacific Railroad Roper Yard area.

Reach 7

Reach Description: Reach 7 is the area where the West Valley TRAX Line will connect with the current north/south line. Construction is taking place along Andy Avenue in South Salt Lake. Crews will closely coordinate activities with businesses to ensure access is maintained.

Current Construction:

· Track work continues along Andy Avenue near 300 West in South Salt Lake City.

· Work is also taking place on the overhead electric system.

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 on the project 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 the 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 further questions not answered by this report or any 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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