New road construction and the extension of existing roads at East Bay will begin soon, thanks to an approving vote from the Provo City Council Tuesday.
Funding for the $1.2 million project at East Bay will be made possible in part by a $615,000 federal grant with the Economic Development Administration. City funds will match the public works grant.The federal grant money has not come back to the city, but the council gave city redevelopers the go-ahead to start the proj-ect so it can be completed before bad weather arrives.
Mayor Joseph Jenkins and Council Chairman Ronald Last signed the grant agreement with the federal agency after receiving authorization from the City Council at this week's meeting.
The infrastructure improvements at East Bay will be made on the north side of East Bay Boulevard. They include construction of roads from 180 East to the north end of East Bay park to Ninth South and new road construction on 1325 South from 180 East to 350 East, as well as strip paving along University Avenue and 350 East from the north end of Price Savers up to Ninth South.
Water, sewer and storm drain lines, curb and gutter will also be constructed. City developers anticipate the construction project will last 120 days.
By adding roads, the city expects to improve traffic circulation in East Bay. More than 3,000 people are employed at businesses located in the park.
Once this project is completed, said Mike Vanchiere, project manager for Provo's Redevelopment office, the city will be ready for phase two, which includes road construction on the south side of East Bay Boulevard. A new road on 17th South from Novell to 350 East will be built when funds are allotted.
Vanchiere said that through East Bay development, his office has retired $.75 to $1 million of the city's $7 million debt in south Provo.
He said ongoing projects at the park are on schedule, and site preparation work on a commercial retail center north of Price Savers has begun.