The project has completed a critical milestone. Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) has approved the bridge concept design report without comment. That approval enables the UTA/City design team to move forward with 30% design, incorporating community feedback collected in 2017 and 2018, followed by more detailed design phases.
As 30% design nears completion, the team will re-engage all project partners, including community councils, West High, property owners and developers, and other community partners. This will likely be at the end of this summer (2020).
The project is still on schedule to be completed by the end of 2021.
A new walking and bicycling bridge over the railroad tracks at 300 North (and approximately 500 West) will be built by the end of 2021.
Salt Lake City is partnering with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), and community groups to build a safe connection for walking and bicycling that also reflects community character and needs. The bridge is being funded in part by these partners and in part by a federal TIGER grant. The total project budget is roughly $6.5 million, and design details and features desired by the community will be determined primarily by the budget.
SE Lafayette/Rhine Bridge (Portland, Oregon) offered design inspiration for what may be built at 300 North.
300 North is an important connection for West High School students, Marmalade Library patrons, neighbors, commuters, and people bicycling. 300 North crosses five rail lines, including three owned by Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and two by UTA (FrontRunner). Because freight trains frequently stop or move slowly in this area, long delays, often over an hour, are common. These delays disproportionately affect West High students and residents who live west of 500 West. People walking and bicycling will sometimes illegally cross the tracks and through or under the train cars. This is especially hazardous with possibly unseen high speed trains passing on adjacent tracks. In addition, the nearest reasonable detours for walking and bicycling are far enough away that they are not considered feasible alternatives.
The walking and bicycling bridge will enhance mobility and safety by providing a means to cross the tracks safely and without undue delay.
- Improve safety for walking and bicycling on 300 North near the railroad
- Connect westside and downtown communities
- Enhance connectivity, particularly to West High and for youth
The City is working with UTA and other partners to build the bridge by the end of 2021. Final design will take place in 2020. The community will be involved and informed throughout the project, particularly before and during construction.
Please contact the project manager for questions or more information on this project:
Transportation Planner III