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SLC’s East-West Connections across I-15 & Railroads

SLC’s East-West Connections

CRITICAL CONNECTIONS: Healing Salt Lake City’s East-West Divide

Salt Lake City recognizes the daily challenge for people traveling east-west across the divide of Interstate 15 and several sets of freight / passenger railroad tracks. This divide is particularly daunting for people traveling by foot or bicycle.

In October 2022, Salt Lake City applied for a “Reconnecting Communities” grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to launch a community-focused process to fully understand the current and past impacts of the divide, and to conceptualize, discuss, design, and estimate costs for both short-term and long-term solutions.

Community-based project partners including the Westside Coalition, NeighborWorks, and the Downtown Alliance have committed to help us in this initiative. Agency and institutional partners including the Utah Transit Authority, the Salt Lake City RDA, Union Pacific Railroad, and the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities will focus the technical and infrastructure needs to be considered when contemplating changes. This Reconnecting Communities grant builds on and strengthens a prior grant application from April 2022.

Grant Application Narrative – Critical Connections

Funding Partners and Local Match Commitments

Salt Lake City | Utah Transit Authority | SLC Redevelopment Agency | SLC Public Utilities

Letters of Support and Comments from the General Public

Letters of Support

Salt Lake City CouncilWestside CoalitionNeighborWorks Downtown AllianceUnion Pacific Railroad (UPRR)* – Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)U.S. Representative Chris StewartCentral City Community CouncilCentral 9th Community CouncilFairpark Community CouncilGlendale Community CouncilJordan Meadows Community CouncilPoplar Grove Community CouncilRose Park Community Council* – Ballpark Community CouncilCapital Hill Neighborhood Council* – 300 West Merchants’ AssociationBicycle CollectiveBike UtahBuilding Salt LakeCity of South Salt LakeCycling WestFisher BrewingFourth Street ClinicGardner Batt LLCGranary District AllianceGREENbikeLux EventsNeighborhood HouseRio Grande Plan co-author, Cameron BlakelyRio Grande Plan co-author, Christian LenhartSalt Lake Bees Minor League Baseball* – Utah Rail Passengers AssociationSalt Lake City Arts CouncilSalt Lake City Public LibrarySalt Lake City Transportation Advisory BoardSalt Lake City Bicycle Advisory CommitteeSalt Lake CountySalt Lake Education Foundation* – Salt Lake Garfield & Western / Patriot RailShelter The HomelessSorenson Community CenterSweet StreetsUniversity of Utah – City & Metropolitan Planning* – Utah Inland Port AuthorityUtah State FairVolunteers of AmericaWasatch Front Regional Council

* East-West Connections support for similar grant ** updated letter forthcoming

Comments from the General Public

Media and History Articles