Virtual Open House: Help Salt Lake City Reimagine 200 South
One of Salt Lake City’s main thoroughfares — 200 South— is set for a facelift.
Slated to begin in 2022, the street reconstruction project will run from 400 West, through the heart of Downtown, to 900 East. The goal is to transform the corridor in ways that will address future City growth, and create an environment that enhances the City’s beauty and increases safety, sustainability and accessibility for all users.
The chance to reimagine the 200 South corridor is a rare opportunity and one that demands input from city residents, businesses and other stakeholders, says Kyle Cook, the project manager and an engineer in Salt Lake City’s Transportation Division.
On Wednesday, the City will host a Virtual Open House event to answer questions and hear public comment on the 200 South project. This is the first in several public engagement efforts.
The event will livestream at 10 a.m. on May 20 on the City’s Facebook page:
Facebook.com/SLCGovernment. Questions and comments can be posted in the chat window.
The public can also provide input through an online survey that will be open until June 18th: https://www.slc.gov/mystreet/2020/03/27/200south/.
“We want to get it right,” Cook said of the project. “The corridor is more than just a street, and because it serves so many homes, jobs, and destinations we think it’s important to get input on what this street wants to be when it grows up.”
The pavement on 200 South “has reached the end of useful life,” Cook said, so a priority first step will be to reconstruct the street. A second goal is to upgrade 200 South’s public transit infrastructure. A cornerstone of the Utah Transit Authority’s network, 200 South conveys more buses than any other street in Utah.
The 200 South project is part of the Funding Our Future initiative, which set community-driven priorities to address Salt Lake City’s critical needs: street conditions, housing, transit and public safety.
The first phase of the project will be funded with $11 million from the Funding Our Future street reconstruction bond. Given the financial impacts the COVID-19 crisis may create, Cook said he anticipates the project enhancements such as a possible multi-modal transit hub and other user-driven enhancement will roll out over time.
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