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One of Draper's oldest buildings gone; intersection improvements under way

(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.

Utah Department of Transportation employees have completed the design for the widening of the intersection and will soon select a contractor for the project, with construction expected to begin early in 2010. In the mean time, various utility companies will be doing work to accommodate the changes.

UDOT officials are forming a Community Coordination Team of concerned residents who will act as liaisons between the project team and the community. Anyone interested in serving on the CCT should e-mail project manager Amelia Deslis at 700east@utah.gov with “CCT” in the subject line, or call her at 801-448-2188.

When completed, the new intersection will have two traffic lanes in each direction plus turn lanes and bicycle lanes. The narrowness of the current intersection creates frequent bottlenecks for Draper traffic. The project was suspended last year because of state revenue shortfalls but resumed when federal funds became available.

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