UDOT recently earned an innovative management award for a road-widening project in West Valley City, Utah.
The American Association of Highway Transportation Officials presented UDOT with an award for innovative management as part of the annual American Transportation Awards.
Judges for the award come from across the nation and represent business leaders, police and other emergency workers and transportation experts from University Transportation Centers. Winners are chosen in three categories for each of the four regions across the United States.
Thirty-five hundred South, a busy commercial and east-west commuter route, was widened between 2700 West and Bangerter Highway to include three lanes of travel in both directions and two center dedicated lanes for Utah Transit Authoritie’s first Bus Rapid Transit line. West Valley City also sponsored aesthetic and utility improvements. Granite Construction Company was the construction contractor.
The project was completed 7 months ahead of schedule and $6 million under budget. Early completion also saved the public $2.3 million in road user and safety costs.
During construction, UDOT took great care to keep traffic moving as efficiently as possible. The project was the first to use a moveable barrier in an urban setting. Moveable barriers provide a safe work space and help maintain traffic during construction by keeping more lanes open in the peak travel direction.
UDOT also required that local citizens be kept informed about the construction progress. Langdon Group, UDOT’s public involvement contractor, assembled a Community Coordination Team, made up of bushiness and community representatives from West Valley City. Monthly meetings were held to keep the CCT informed about construction decisions and safety issues. CCT members in turn conveyed that information to other area businesses and community organizations.
According to Aaron M. Crim, Director of Public Relations for West Valley City, the newly widened roadway is already benefiting residents and businesses by providing less delay and an inviting corridor for customers and commuters. In a letter submitted to the award selection committee, Crim states that “The widened road, buried utilities, sidewalks and landscaping have improved the corridor vastly,
and made it much friendlier to businesses, drivers and pedestrians; traffic flows freely and lights are timed optimally. Additionally, the new center-running Bus Rapid Transit lanes make the corridor ideal for mass transit.”