What is happening on the US-89 Project now?
Since the State Environmental Study (SES) was released in March 2018, UDOT has initiated the design phase of the project. UDOT has hired a Designer-Contractor team, Oak Hills Constructors, to help UDOT with the design effort. This includes working with Weber Basin Water Conservancy District on potential options for the aqueduct and gathering information on the location of the petroleum pipeline and other underground utilities. The team has been on site with a drill rig to collect soil samples and will continue this activity along the corridor gathering drainage and utility information over the next several months. Traffic disruptions for these activities will be minimal. UDOT also continues to work with property owners to acquire the property needed for the project and has been coordinating with city staff. This design phase will continue through 2019.
UDOT is committed to building this project the right way, by working in concert with cities and counties in the project area to balance the needs of the traveling public with the impacts to the surrounding community. The project team is working through design refinements in 2019 and so a construction date has not been determined at this time.
UDOT and Oak Hills Constructors will review and refine designs at interchanges, cross-streets, frontage roads, and other areas to look for ways to optimize the SES concept design to further reduce impacts and costs where feasible.
As promised in the SES, UDOT is forming a Community Coordination Team (CCT) to provide opportunities for local stakeholder input on the project design. The CCT includes 12-15 members, representing neighborhoods, cities, and other interests, who will provide input on design elements such as roadway profile, traffic related noise, aesthetic treatments, and other matters of concern. This team will help UDOT explore ways to minimize project impacts while meeting engineering standards and budgetary constraints.
When preliminary designs for each area of the project are developed, UDOT will make these available to the public prior to finalizing the design. This information will be provided through email and updates to the project website.
More information will be provided via project updates as schedules are confirmed.