Construction has started on a new consolidation/distribution center for Roadway Express Inc. at 3200 California Ave., according to company president J. T. Topping.

The new facility will have 33,600 square-feet of space located on 27.3 acres with the dock totaling 29,000 square-feet and and office space of 4,600 square-feet. The project will take six months to complete. With 71 loading doors, the new facility will be four times larger than the present center at 2200 S. Fourth West.Topping said the construction reflects an increase in the volume of freight handled in the existing Salt Lake center where shipments to and from Idaho, Nevada, Utah and western Montana are consolidated and distributed.

"More doors will enable us to handle shipments more efficiently by increasing the direct loading of freight. Our customers will benefit from improved service," he said.