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West Valley City Journal

Parkway Boulevard gets bigger while 3100 South adds bike lanes

Apr 03, 2022 08:20PM ● By Travis Barton

By Travis Barton | [email protected]

Two roadways in West Valley City will see changes in the near future, 3100 South and Parkway Boulevard, after recent votes by the City Council.

3100 South

A street previously known for its large swaths of cars parked along the road, may now be known for its bike lanes.

In March the council approved an agreement with UDOT funding bike lanes between 4000 West and 4800 West along 3100 South. The public works department also plans to extend the project to 5600 West using overlay funds. The project is expected to be completed this year.

Coby Wilson, city engineer, said the project will “clean up the road” and “give us a nice, smooth riding surface.”

Funding for the section between 4000 and 4800 West comes with $720,000 in state funds that requires a 20% match from the city ($180,000).

The council recently passed an ordinance that restricts on-street parking between 4000 and 4800 West. Wilson doesn’t anticipate on-street parking allowed on the section up to 5600 West either.

“It’s two white lines to separate the bike lane from travel lane. you’ll have three lanes, a 2-foot stripe and then bike lane on the outside,” Wilson told the council. “So it doesn’t leave a lot of room for parking on the side.”

Parkway Boulevard

The council also approved an agreement with UDOT that sees $5.3 million in federal funding to reconstruct Parkway Boulevard from 6400 West to Mountain View Corridor. West Valley City is required a local match of $467,800.

The project, Wilson said, will increase the roadway to five lanes, with bike lanes and curb, gutter and sidewalk on either side. It will also include street lighting and drainage improvements.

Originally the project was scheduled for 2025, but Wilson said after working with the Wasatch Front Regional Council and being ahead of schedule, they will try to complete the design this year and “hopefully start next year.”

“WFRC can move funding forward for us if we start next year,” he said, adding they were in the process of hiring a design consultant.