WEST VALLEY CITY – The Utah Department of Transportation is highlighting their top 10 projects for 2019 as road construction season gets underway.
UDOT has a total of 169 projects with a combined price tag of $2 billion.
The biggest and most expensive project is $335 million allocated for Mountain View Corridor. That work will add a 4-mile stretch of new highway from 4100 South to SR-201.
That project should be complete by 2021.
A new collector road will be installed in Salt Lake City along Northbound I-15 from 9400 South to I-215.
In southern Utah, UDOT is hoping to ease traffic to and from Zion National Park by widening I-15 and SR-9 in the area. Those should be complete by fall of this year.
“We don’t want to be out there getting in everyone’s way, but I’ve had some people tell me that they look at construction and orange barrels as a mark of progress—an opportunity for improvement,” said Jason Davis, Deputy Director for UDOT.
UDOT urges drivers to slow down and pay attention in work zones.
The top 10 projects are listed below:
1. Mountain View Corridor — Salt Lake County.
Connect Mountain View Corridor to S.R. 201.
Add four lanes from 4100 South to S.R. 201 includes four lanes (two in each direction);
13 new bridges
Redwood Road to S.R. 73 in Utah County
2. I-15 Express Lanes — Davis and Weber counties
Widen I-15 to four lanes in both directions by adding Express Lanes between Hill Field Road and Riverdale Road.
3. I-15 Northbound — Salt Lake County
A new collector/distributor ramp system will be added to northbound I-15 from 9400 South to I-215.
A new northbound travel lane will be added from Bangerter Highway to 9400 South.
4. I-15 Technology Corridor — Utah County
Continue widening I-15 from S.R. 92 to Main Street in Lehi.
5. I-15 Southbound — Salt Lake County
Extending the new lane from 2100 South to 12300 South
reconstructing southbound ramps at the I-15/I-215 interchange in Murray.
6. U.S. 40 — Wasatch County
Extend westbound passing lane on U.S. 40 by five miles near Strawberry Reservoir.
Repave an 18-mile section of the highway from Daniel’s Summit to Soldier Creek.
Add a wildlife crossing.
7. I-80/S.R. 36 Bridge Replacements —Tooele County:
Replace the S.R. 36 ramp bridge over I-80, and two I-80 bridges over the Union Pacific railroad tracks near the S.R. 201 junction.
8. Southern Parkway (S.R. 7) — Washington County
The final segment of the Southern Parkway will extend from Sand Hollow to S.R. 9.
9. I-15 Exit 16 — Washington County
Rebuilding the I-15 interchange at S.R. 9 widening I-15 and S.R. 9
10. I-80 Joint Repairs — Salt Lake County
Repair and replace bridge joints at several locations along I-80 between State Street and 1300 East.
SALT LAKE CITY – A gas line was ruptured at 1555 East Stratford Avenue Wednesday afternoon according to the Salt Lake City Fire Department.
The 1/2-inch line was hit during construction and no injuries have been reported. Building occupants have been evacuated and traffic is being moderately affected right now.
This is a developing story. Fox 13 News will update it as new information becomes available.
DES MOINES, Iowa – The city of Des Moines is closing a downtown trail bridge to begin a rehabilitation project Monday.
The SW 1st Street Multi-use Trail Bridge is a popular path for cyclists and pedestrians who use the Meredith Trail.
Des Moines City Engineer Steven Naber said the bridge was once used for vehicle traffic, but was re-adapted in 2006 for pedestrian use.
“The SW 1st street multi-use trail bridge was originally constructed in 1937 as a vehicle bridge. It’s actually known as River Side Drive. The last repairs that were done on it were in 1974,” Naber said.
The bridge will undergo repairs to its joints, deck, arches, substructures, new concrete and more.
Mullets employee Elizabeth Kirkman said this is the first she is hearing of the bridge closure and it will impact business.
“Just because not everyone will know right away. It is also hard to post every single day and let people know ‘hey we are still open.’ Just because we get so busy during the summer, but we will try our best to let everyone know that we are open and go through the biking community. Hopefully everyone spread the word,” Kirkman said.
The bridge work is funded in part by the Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant. The grant is also funding the Locust Street bridge replacement and Court Avenue rehabilitation.
“The bridge is a critical connection in the trail system. A trail system that serves over 300,000 users each year. We are posting a detour for the Meredith Trail that we use the Fifth Street bridge,” Naber said.
A detour route is in place for people who use the Meredith Trail. The city asks people to use the 5th Street Bridge for the time-being.
The SW 1st Street Bridge is anticipated to open in December 2019.