Salt Lake City’s Streets and Engineering divisions have begun a busy season of road and sidewalk repairs that will progress through early fall.
The work includes major projects on 900 West from North Temple to 2100 South and on Indiana Avenue/900 South from the Jordan Surplus Canal to 3600 West.
“Functional and safe streets and sidewalks are one of my top priorities, and the work to maintain and repair them is in full swing,” said Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “Projects are underway on major thoroughfares and neighborhoods, and our crews are acting quickly to minimize inconvenience to residents while still providing quality workmanship.”
Each year, City crews fill more than 21,000 potholes and apply miles of chip seal to street cracks, said Lani Eggertsen-Goff, Engineering Construction Program Manager.
On 900 West, the 90-day project includes milling and resurfacing of the roadway with an asphalt overlay between North Temple and 950 South, as well as safety enhancements, ADA ramps and curb bulb-outs at Genesee Avenue and 700 South. Other safety features include flashing beacons at 700 South, relining and spot repairs to existing sewer mains, and lane striping on roads and bike lanes between North Temple and 2100 South.
The Indiana Avenue/900 South project began last fall and is expected to be completed this September. The work includes installation of a 50-foot roadway, including new sidewalk on the south side of the road. A new storm drain system will also be installed, and vehicular and bike lane striping will be enhanced.
In addition to arterial roads, shorter sections of many residential streets will have potholes filled and cracks sealed.
UDOT crews are also repairing state highways that will affect Salt Lake City travel, including a major renovation of I-80 at Foothill Drive and the mouth of Parley’s Canyon – scheduled to last into September.
The Mayor’s recommended FY18 budget, which she presented to the City Council on May 2nd, includes $8 million to cover infrastructure repair and maintenance costs. The budget is under Council review and in keeping with state law, must be approved by June 22nd.
Salt Lake City Streets and Engineering teams recognize that while residents welcome infrastructure repairs, the work presents drivers with delays.
“We recognize residents face some inconvenience in navigating City roads during construction season, so we work to minimize access issues by delivering flyers to homes about a month in advance,” Eggertsen-Goff said. “We will notify residents by flyer again a few days before the project starts and again on the morning of the operation.”