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  •  (West Valley Journal) After years of planning and studies, the west-side Mountain View Corridor is set to begin this spring.

    Project Manager Teri Newell from Utah Department of Transportation visited with the West Valley City Council late December to personally announce there's enough money to stretch the first phase of the Salt Lake County portion into West Valley City.

    "Design modifications will allow us to extend the corridor by five miles and into city limits," she said. "Work in West Valley City will be later in the project than earlier."

  •  (West Valley Journal) The City Center's transit components are almost in place with the completion of the bus hub and construction of TRAX.

  • PROVO (Daily Herald) -- Interstate 15 is on the cusp of being rebuilt in Utah County, and the city that has been working on achieving this for years now has a number of concerns about how it is being done.

    Provo Chief Administrative Officer Wayne Parker said the environmental impact study that was presented about two years ago showed the S-curves between the Provo Center Street and University Parkway exits straightened out, which city officials liked, as those S-curves provided a more dangerous roadway.

  • SALEM (Deseret News) — Wetland studies are scheduled to get under way as soon as the snow melts to determine where a highway can be built that extends Elk Ridge Drive from its intersection with state Route 198 north to I-15.

    County officials have hired a firm to do the studies, but the company can't begin until the snow melts, hopefully within a month, said John McMullen, the engineering division manager.

    The road has been considered for more than 20 years.

    "We're just looking at all our options," McMullen said.

  • SALT LAKE CITY (Deseret News) — Attention commuters who have endured the confusing mishmash that is I-15 in northern Salt Lake and southern Davis counties: Your days and nights of wondering whether you're in your lane or someone else's are almost over.

    The Utah Department of Transportation plans to open a new, clearly marked concrete section of the interstate within the next week or two, agency spokesman Adan Carrillo said Monday.

    "I want to say two weeks, but it might even be less than that," Carrillo said. "Maybe 10 days."

  • HURRICANE - It's been nearly a month since construction began on the state Route 9 improvement project through downtown Hurricane and officials from the Utah Department of Transportation and contractor Interstate Rock Products said things have been running smoothly.

  •  (Salt Lake Tribune) The Main Street Bridge over Big Cottonwood Creek in Murray was built 60 years ago.

    Murray city officials said while it's not in "extremely poor condition," they have wanted it replaced for a few years.

    So, if paperwork with the Utah Department of Transportation continues rolling, the bridge is slated to be replaced and the $1.5 million construction project completed next summer, said Murray's Public Service Director Doug Hill.

    The two-lane bridge is roughly 50-feet long and is located at about 4200 South and Main Street.

  •  (Park Record) The rebuilt Hillside Avenue has opened, providing drivers another route in and out of the Old Town core.

    The crews evened out the width, put in a formidable barrier on the downhill side of the road to prevent vehicles from rolling off the edge and built a retaining wall.

    Park City has upgraded numerous roads in Old Town in the past decade.

    Hillside Avenue, a tiny street, connects the upper stretch of Main Street with Marsac Avenue. It is often used by drivers attempting to bypass traffic on Main Street.

  • PROVO (Deseret News) — Sam Rushforth called Utah Lake the misunderstood jewel of Utah County.

    The Dean of Sciences and Health at Utah Valley University spoke about the history of Utah Lake and concerns he has if the proposed bridge over the lake gets approved during the Utah Valley Sierra Forum at the Provo Library Wednesday night.

    The Utah Valley Sierra Forum is a local environmental group and an informal affiliate of the Sierra Club.

  • (Millcreek Journal) Millcreek residents can breathe easier now. A temporary and controversial batch plant on 3900 South and Wasatch Blvd. was taken down over a two-day time frame in the middle of October. Utah Department of Transportation officials had promised the facility would just be temporary during the reconstruction of I-80 from 1300 East to State Street.

    “I am glad it is gone. It is nice not to have the trucks (coming in and out),” Olympus Hills Mall Ace Hardware Manager Mike Hall said.

  • (Deseret News) Since the Utah Department of Transportation began detours around the portion of Pleasant Grove State Street between Geneva Road and 200 South, business at local hangout the Purple Turtle has been the pace of … well … a turtle.

    "It has significantly impacted our business," said owner Steve Cobbley. "We were 20 to 30 percent down."

  • SARATOGA SPRINGS (Daily Herald) -- "The biggest complaint in the Salt Lake Valley is east-west movement," said state Rep. Ken Sumsion, R-American Fork. With the population of Utah County expected to more than double in the next few decades, he wants to avoid having that same transportation problem.

  • (Draper Journal) One of Draper’s oldest buildings, the Amelia’s Floral building at 700 East and 12300 South, has been torn down to make way for improvements to the intersection. The building was built in the 1920s and was originally an icehouse. Amelia’s Floral, which had been in the building since 1986, has now moved to a different location on at 925 East Pioneer Road.

  • (Cottonwood/Holladay Journal) The roads in the center of Holladay are slowly opening up and the resident’s anticipation for a multi-use plaza, complete with clock tower and water feature, are growing, though the plans are not unanimously supported by city council members.

    After four years of power line burials and road construction, including curb and gutter, Councilmember E. Barry Topham wants to hold off on voting for Village Center plans until after the Nov. 3 municipal election to see if a new council would be elected and weigh in differently on the project.

  • SPRINGVILLE (Daily Herald) -- UDOT is in full stride to cap off its massive $93 million S.R. 77 (400 South) project by the Nov. 20 contractual target date, or possibly even a shade sooner, UDOT spokesperson Scott Thompson said Wednesday.

    After closing on Jan. 1, the two-lane 400 South road, which served as a regional Interstate 15 access point as well as Springville's east-to-west thoroughfare, will emerge from its cocoon with a second lane in each direction and a raised, landscaped median through the middle.

  • (Daily Herald) A bridge proposal across Utah Lake won't require federal approval, though the state has an extensive vetting plan.

    "We are really at the beginning of this whole process," said Dave Grierson with the state division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands at a public hearing on Thursday night.

  • PROVO (Deseret News) — What do you think about the Utah Lake bridge proposal? Who decides whether it will go through? How will the bridge affect you?

    The Utah Lake Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Utah County Health and Justice Building, 151 S. University Ave., Room 2500, to discuss these types of questions and more concerning a possible bridge over Utah Lake. The bridge would connect 800 North in Orem to just north of Pelican Point in Saratoga Springs.

  • SPANISH FORK (Deseret News) — A scoring system that considers value to the public could make the difference whether the I-15 ramps to and from Main Street and U.S. 6 get rebuilt with the I-15 Corridor Expansion project.

    The three design-build teams vying for the $1.7 billion CORE contract have all taken a look at the maze of ramps that make up the system to see what improvements could be made, city engineer Richard Heap said. The most critical is the Main Street interchange, where traffic backs up under the narrow I-15 overpass during rush hour twice a day.

  • SYRACUSE (Deseret News) — Not happy with your transportation options? This is the time to tell those who are planning for future transportation and transit needs.

    The Wasatch Front Regional Council is working on the next iteration of its 30-year plan for how to get people from here to there.

    And they need comments from the public and from city leaders about the issues facing their cities, like when Farmington Mayor Scott Harbertson pointed out the limited access to I-15 from western Farmington and Kaysville.

  • (The Enterprise) Ascent Construction was selected by the Utah Transit Authority to develop the eastern portion of the UTA Meadowbrook TRAX Park and Ride lot at the corner of West Temple and 3900 South. Community Studio and  Parsons Brinckerhoff will also be involved in the development.

  • (Taylorsville/Kearns Journal) The Utah Department of Transportation will build the state’s first flex lane system of traffic control on 5400 South in Taylorsville, between Bangerter Highway and Redwood Road.

    That stretch of roadway is considered one of the most congested in the state, and a UDOT survey in May reported that 82 percent of respondents said congestion along that thoroughfare is “major” during rush hour.

  • (Taylorsville/Kearns Journal) The first section of the Mountain View Corridor on the valley’s west side will now stretch further north than expected, all the way to 5400 South in Kearns. That was the decision announced at a Utah Transportation Commission meeting on Oct. 14

  • (Daily Herald) At more than 2,000 tons, a new bridge span for Interstate 15 in American Fork is moved along I-15 south on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. The spans are some of the longest, heaviest concrete bridges ever to be moved with accelerated bridge construction techniques. They will be put into place over the weekend near American Fork's West Main Street freeway interchange. Workers will slide them across I-15 and into place during the late night and early morning hours through Oct. 19.

  • BLUFFDALE (Deseret News) — With nearly 1,000 people driving in and out of Camp Williams every day, Utah National Guard Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet viewed the formerly small, congested stretch of Redwood Road in front of the military base as a hazard.

    "It's a safety concern for us," Tarbet said.

    With a ceremonious ribbon cutting between the cannons on tanks "Crypt Keeper" and "War Pig," an expansion on a 10.2-mile stretch of state Route 68 linking Salt Lake and Utah counties was officially opened Thursday.

  • OREM (Deseret News) — The Federal Transit Administration has awarded the Utah Transit Authority $250,000 for the design and engineering of a new intermodal transit center in Orem.

    The funds are part of a discretionary grant awarded to UTA for the development of transit centers along the Wasatch Front.

  • LEHI (Deseret News) — There's no such thing as a mad dash out of Lehi, Saratoga Springs or Eagle Mountain.

    When people in those areas want to escape to I-15, there's only one way out: Lehi Main Street, a one-lane road in each direction that promises stop-and-go traffic at any time of the day, except maybe 3 a.m.

  • Price (Salt Lake Tribune) » Ten years ago it was a startlingly familiar traffic report: Head-on collision in Price Canyon backs up traffic on a two-lane section of U.S. Highway 6. Three dead.

    Michelle Huff was stuck in such a jam then, trying to get from the Wasatch Front to her home in the Carbonville area outside of Price. It was one of many times in those days that she counted her blessings when crossing Soldier Summit on what was considered one of America's deadliest highways.

  • (Deseret News) After six months of construction on state Route 73, the Utah Department of Transportation is adding another eastbound lane from 800 West in Saratoga Springs to Redwood Road, thanks partially to complaints from Eagle Mountain residents.

    "(Residents) asked us to examine if there was the possibility of putting in an eastbound lane," said UDOT spokesman Scott Thompson. "And we decided we had enough road to make that happen."

  • LAYTON (Deseret News) — Business owners on Layton's Main Street may get to keep some of their parking after all.

    The Utah Department of Transportation has agreed to redesign a new interchange in southern Layton that would have eliminated some of the business parking on Main Street.

  • (Deseret News) Here's the deal about living in northern Utah County: The towns are not exactly dotted along the freeway.

    If you're a resident of, say, Eagle Mountain or Alpine, you've got a good drive to get to Interstate 15 — anywhere from five or 10 to 15 or more miles.

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