Here is an update on action being taken by UDOT. We have had some productive conversations over the last two days and I appreciate their help in addressing the recent traffic issues.
There are three different areas to address when discussing the Pioneer Crossing Extension Project. It is important that we look at both the short-term impacts and the final alignment and new configuration.
Current Impacts – The impacts (one-lane in each direction) that we are currently seeing are a result of crews needing to construct the new intersections for Pioneer Crossing Extension and Crossroads Boulevard with Cory Wride Memorial Highway (SR-73). The contractor is working long hours, 7 days a week, and plans to complete these connections by the end of October. Weather permitting, by Nov. 1 we will see additional lane capacity open on the entire section of road currently under construction. Until there are increased lanes available, please plan ahead and expect delays of up to 15 minutes during peak evening travel times.
Final Alignment – I know many people are concerned about this being the final alignment of the road. One of the main concerns that we have heard is the reduction of traffic to one lane on the turn heading west from Redwood Road to Eagle Mountain. UDOT committed today to looking at this particular area to see if there could be an additional right turn lane added at the new Crossroads Intersection. I believe this modification would help Eagle Mountain residents significantly.
Why was the roadway designed with this alignment? The new configuration of SR-73, Pioneer Crossing and Crossroads Boulevard is the next step in a phased construction with a future direct connection to the Mountain View Corridor. Building this alignment now preserves land from development and minimizes future tear-out and higher costs of obtaining the property. It is still uncertain how far away the Mountain View Corridor is, but it has been identified in the first phase of the Mountainland Association of Government’s draft Long Range Plan as being necessary in the next 10 years.
Project Schedule – The project is on schedule and will be open to traffic before the end of the year. A final seal coat will be added to the driving surface in spring 2015. If you would like to receive regular updates on the progress of the project or have a UDOT representative answer your questions, please contact them at – Project Hotline: (888) 427-8585 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.