Major bridge renovation causes closures

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A major overpass is about to shut down.

The Salt Lake City viaduct that runs from 500 W. to 700 W. on 1300 S. was built in the seventies, and it shows. You can see rusting rebar and cracking cement across the entire bridge. Officials say the conditions no longer meet safety requirements.

“We do need to completely remove and replace the entire surface of the bridge, said Heather Barnum, a project manager for the Utah Dept. of Transportation.

Construction is scheduled to start on Monday March 16th.

“Safety is something that we’re always evaluating on all of our bridges, and when we see that [bridge safety is] something that is potentially going to be an issue in the short term, we make the investment and we get out there as quickly as possible,” Barnum explained.

UDot is assisting Salt Lake City with the $6.8 million project. By fall, pedestrians and cyclists should have access to lanes on both side of the bridge, and the 700 W. intersection should have a new signal.

But it is not all good news…

The renovated roadway may come at the expense of several nearby businesses. Napa Auto Parts employees say it is hard to make room for construction.

“They’re going to make us move all our vehicles here. We won’t be able to use our side of the building…” said Hector Lalyre, the store manager. “We’re going to have to use one driveway for all the incoming trucks and diesels, our deliveries will take a little longer,” he explained.

Project leaders acknowledge the inconvenience and ask patience from those affected. They say the hassle will be worth it in the end.

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