3500 South undergoes changes for upcoming Mountain View Corridor
Nov 26, 2019 05:23PM
● By Darrell Kirby
Work is underway to place utility lines underground so 3500 South can be widened at 5600 West to handle traffic entering and exiting the latest phase of Mountain View Corridor currently under construction. (Darrell Kirby/City Journals)
By Darrell Kirby | [email protected]
Construction is underway at a key intersection of Mountain View Corridor in West Valley City.
Work has begun to widen 3500 South on the east and west sides of 5600 West to accommodate traffic that will enter and exit the latest stretch of the highway currently being built just west of 5600 West.
Prep work for the expanded 3500 South is occurring right now with the removal of utility poles and the lines attached to them. “That was a requirement of the city to move those underground,” said Utah Department of Transportation Field Engineer Braden Andersen.
Once that is completed, crews will begin widening 3500 South so each direction of the street will have three through lanes, two lanes for left turns and one for right turns onto Mountain View Corridor. This phase of the construction is scheduled to be completed in October 2020, with the entire 4-mile extension of Mountain View Corridor between 4100 South and State Route 201 slated to be finished in summer of 2021.
To make way for the 3500 South widening, a 7-Eleven store, gas station, and a couple of houses were demolished. UTA bus stops on 3500 South on both sides of the intersection have been closed. Temporary stops are located nearby. Several trees and sidewalks were removed on 5600 West for the widening of a short section of that street.
Andersen says a lot of the work will occur at night and there will be changes in traffic patterns and periodic lanes closures and restrictions on left turns at 3500 South and 5600 West. Access to businesses near the intersection will be maintained but limited at times during the road work.
Andersen's advice to motorists: “Don’t be too impatient. There will definitely be some growing pains, but it will be worth the wait.”