Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mid Jordan TRAX Construction Update

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UTA Mid-Jordan TRAX Line Weekly Construction Update: July 16, 2010

* Cottonwood Street is closed to through traffic between Winchester Street and the I-215 bridge through Sunday, July 18. Business access will be maintained during the closure.

* Night work near Winchester Street will take place intermittently from Friday night, July 16 through next Friday, July 23.

* The Jordan River Parkway Trail is closed between 7800 South and the Jordan River through Tuesday, July 20 for additional embankment work and fence installation.

* Please use caution when approaching railroad crossings throughout the project area. Crews and equipment travel on the rails frequently.

The Mid-Jordan TRAX line is a 10.6 mile light rail line that will connect the communities of Murray, Midvale, West Jordan and South Jordan with the existing Sandy/Salt Lake TRAX line. It runs from the existing TRAX line at 6400 South to approximately 7400 South, then turns west along the Bingham Branch of the Union Pacific Railroad.

At 5600 West, the line turns south again and ends at the southern end of the Daybreak development. For construction purposes, the line has been segmented into five sections. The map below shows each section in a different color, beginning with Daybreak on the southwest end and ending with Cottonwood at the northeast end.

Daybreak Area

(This segment runs north through the Daybreak development to Old Bingham Highway at approximately 5600 West)

New vehicle testing continues in Daybreak. Trackwork is essentially complete, and crews are preparing to paint the canopies at the station platforms.

Old Bingham Area

(This segment runs parallel to the existing Union Pacific Railroad Bingham Branch line,

along the Old Bingham Highway from approximately 5600 West to the Bangerter Station, east of Bangerter Highway)

Crews continue installing drainage and modifying the concrete channel along Old Bingham Highway. Weed removal is in progress, and work to extend the sound berm at Wasatch Meadows continues this week.

* NEW ACTIVITY: Repaving at the 9000 South crossing

TRAFFIC IMPACT: 9000 South will be subject to lane closures from Monday, July 19 to Friday, July 23. Also, Old Bingham Highway will be closed from 9000 South to Wasatch Meadows Drive from Monday, July 19 through Wednesday, July 21.

Sugar Factory Area

(This segment continues northeast along the UPRR Bingham Branch from approximately Bangerter
Highway to Gardner Village)

Crews are installing overhead catenary system (OCS) poles and balance weight assemblies. Concrete work is moving forward at the 2700 West and Redwood platforms.

Gardner Village Area

(This segment continues along the UPRR Bingham Branch northeast from Gardner Village to 700 West)

The Jordan River Parkway Trail between 7800 South and 7400 South is closed through Tuesday, July 20 while crews finish embankment work and install fencing along the UTA right-of-way. Concrete work is scheduled to begin at the Bingham Junction station in Midvale. Crews continue installing OCS (overhead catenary system) pole foundations between the Jordan River and Bingham Junction station. Grading at the Gardner Village park & ride lot is nearing completion, with paving scheduled near the end of the month.

* ACTIVITY: Fence installation along the Jordan River Parkway Trail.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The Jordan River Parkway Trail will remain closed between 7800 South and the TRAX bridges near 7400 South through Tuesday, July 20.

Cottonwood Area

(This segment extends north from 700 West along the existing light rail alignment to its terminus at the 6400 South-

Fashion Place Station)

Track work, including switches, derails and signals, is moving forward on both sides of Cottonwood Street as crews work towards connecting the Mid-Jordan line with the Sandy-Salt Lake line. Work is also progressing at the site of the future west platform at the Fashion Place station. Lovendahl Yard track work continues as switches, pre-curved rail and other special track is installed.

* NEW ACTIVITY: Installation of track, OCS poles, wires, and power and signal equipment south of Winchester Street

* IMPACT: Work will take place during overnight hours Friday night, July 16 through Friday night, July 23

* ACTIVITY: Fabrication and installation of a new turnout switch at Fashion Place Station

*TRAFFIC IMPACT: Cottonwood Street will be closed to through traffic between Winchester Street and the I-215 bridge from Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, July 18. Business access will be maintained during the closure.

General Information

This schedule is subject to change due to weather, materials issues, or unanticipated utility conflicts.

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 am to 7 pm 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) 550-2211.

For More Information

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) 550-2211 or e-mail You can also visit the UTA Web site at
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