In response to concerns from area residents, Salt Lake City is planning to implement traffic calming strategies on 500 North between Redwood Road and 800 West.
For a neighborhood street, 500 North has unusually high vehicle traffic, which has associated speeding and safety issues. In 2018 a child from the neighborhood was hit by a vehicle and tragically did not survive. This is not acceptable. We know that reducing the speed of vehicles can substantially reduce the probability of serious injury or death in auto / pedestrian collisions.
In recent months the City built a lane narrowing feature near the Jordan River Parkway trail crossing. We are actively considering other modifications that include neighborhood gateway signs, raised crosswalks, and curb extensions that improve pedestrian safety while accomplishing traffic calming objectives.
This project was made possible by a CIP funding allocation – these funds are available now. The city would like to move forward with improvements as soon as possible, pending input from the community, with construction anticipated within this calendar year (2021) or early 2022. The funding provides approximately $270,000, a substantial amount of funds for traffic calming features. Still, it is well below the cost of reconstructing the street or addressing the overall pavement condition. This project will focus on spot improvements added to the corridor that slow vehicle speeds and potentially provide dual benefit of improving pedestrian crossings.
Crossing Improvements at 500 North & 1300 West
Intersection crossing improvements at 500 North and 1300 West may include:
- Curb extensions (also known as bulb-outs) at the corners of the intersections to shorten the distance when crossing the street and help calm vehicle traffic
- High visibility or raised crosswalks on the North and South side of the street
- New crosswalk striping on the East and West side of the street
- ADA curb ramps
- Neighborhood traffic circle
Stay tuned for more planned improvements.
|Spring 2021||Project Announcement|
|Late Spring 2021||Input on Draft Design|
|Late Summer 2021||Final Design|
|Fall 2021||Tentative Construction|
Social Media | @SLCgov @SLCmoves
Project Manager | Kyle Cook
Email | Kyle.Cook@slcgov.com