Beginning next spring you may want to plan as many outings away from the city as possible, because a number of streets in Provo will be under construction.
The Utah Department of Transportation recently announced that more funds will be available to reconstruct and resurface roads throughout the city, which means better roads for Provo, but also means more headaches for city drivers.UDOT originally planned to fund $2 million for reconstructing University Avenue, but Dan Nelson, director of UDOT's District 6, said UDOT will have up to $5.4 million for the project.
Mayor Joe Jenkins told officials at this week's City Council meeting that there will be a lot of road construction next year.
The University Avenue project was to include reconstruction from Fifth South to about Fifth North, but the additional money will allow UDOT to resurface to Eighth North and possibly up to 12th North, Nelson said.
The extra money became available through additional state and federal funds within the Department of Transportation's Office of Planning and Programming.
"We've had it on our priority list, and now it looks like it will be available," he said.
Whether or not the reconstruction extends past Eighth North depends on the design and whether it's ready to build, he said. "We have to advertise and get it under contract."
UDOT also plans to resurface West Center, Third South, Fifth West and Seventh East next summer, but those are separate projects and will be completed in a matter of days.
The University Avenue project, on the other hand, is expected to begin in March and end in September. It includes restructuring and putting in new curbs and gutters.
University Avenue will be constructed in concrete similar to last year's State Street construction on the Oremand Provo hill, but Nelson said the construction situation will be different for area businesses.
UDOT plans to work on only a four-block section at a time, with two blocks under construction and two blocks being prepped for work.
Access to businesses from the avenue will be limited only when concrete is being poured, but two-block sections will be out of use for 30 days, he said. The department will maintain access to businesses from side streets so customers can get in with a short walk.
No decision has been made on whether to widen University Avenue to four lanes with a center turn median from 2230 North to the mouth of Provo Canyon.
The widening project is possible, but "you can only do so much work in an urban area," he said. "When you deal with traffic, there is a limit on how much you can do in one season."