PLEASANT GROVE State Street could get a bit of a face-lift.
The Utah Department of Transportation held an open house recently for the public to comment and to discuss the widening project along State Street. The project includes widening the street to seven lanes from 2000 North in Orem to 500 East in American Fork with safety improvements from 500 East to 100 East in American Fork.
UDOT only has about $8.5 million for the 6-mile project and, if the environmental study is approved, it will be constructed in phases, said Stan Jorgensen, the project manager with Horrocks Engineers. After the public comment period, engineers with Horrocks will review the comments, fold the responses into the final draft and submit it to UDOT to review and approve, he said.
Officials for UDOT and Horrocks will then decide which areas are most in need of construction and begin the phases.
"With the money we have we'll identify critical areas, identify areas we see as higher-priority areas and address those issues," said Bill Townsend, project manager for UDOT.
Townsend said they look at accident rates and other statistics to determine which areas to put as a higher priority.
So far they don't know how much funding they will have for the entire project.
"It comes down to funding," Townsend said. "Until we get funding it'll be pretty difficult to determine where we're going to put the money."
All the cities involved in the project Orem, Lindon, Pleasant Grove and American Fork are behind the project and Townsend and Jorgensen said they haven't heard recent complaints from the cities. Representatives from each city met in a technical committee with Horrocks and UDOT officials for the past several months to discuss areas of concern about the project.
Many of the comments they've received so far from residents have also been positive about the project, Jorgensen said.
About 40 people attended the Wednesday night meeting. Even those attending who would be directly affected by the construction were happy about the improvements, but not particularly excited about the actual construction.
Dustin Sweeten owns a business on State Street in Pleasant Grove and said his only major concern is the construction, which might shut down the road in front of his business for possibly a year.
Jeff Lindstrom, whose business is just off State Street and will not be directly affected by the construction, is excited for a wider road.
"It's long overdue," he said. "It's mainly resolving it, and it would be nice to get something decided."
Sorensen said they are taking into account how the road will affect property owners along State Street, but acknowledges that they will have to impact some.
"We're trying to fit what's existing as best we can with as minimal impacts as we can," he said.Residents can submit comments until April 4 by going to www.udot.utah.gov/StateStreetES.
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