Starting this summer accessing 1300 south in Salt Lake City might be a challenge. Construction is slated to close down the bridge over the railroad tracks between 500 and 700 west for the next year.
The $10 million facelift includes a full deck replacement, widening of the overpass, seismic upgrades and improved pedestrian and cyclist access. Salt Lake City will select a contractor for the project this spring and begin construction as early as June. It’s being paid for through the federal highway trust fund with a 6% match from Salt Lake City.
Project Liaison Lani Eggertsen-Goff says the bridge and approaches to the bridge will be closed.
“That basically precludes any vehicles being on the structure or within the area where the existing structure is and also prohibits safe passage of pedestrians or bicyclists,” Eggertsen-Goff says. “So we have created a traffic detour map that will allow for folks to choose various ways that they can go around the closure.”
During construction, 500 and 700 west will remain open although motorists, cyclists and pedestrians moving east or west through those cross streets will have to take an alternate route. I-15 on and off ramps will remain open with some lane restrictions.
A map of alternative routes will be available on the city’s website in the coming weeks.