WEST VALLEY CITY — Five years ago, the Utah Department of Transportation opened the first 15-mile segment of the Mountain View Corridor to improve traffic flow on the west side of Salt Lake County.
Now, work crews are nearing completion of the next 2-mile extension to the north from 5400 South to 4100 South in West Valley City. The two-year intensive construction project looks like it’s ready for traffic, but this is still a construction zone.
"We are one month away from opening to the public,” Mountain View Corridor project director Joe Kammerer said.
This section of Mountain View is two lanes in each direction with a 10-foot wide paved path. "The pavement is in place. The walls are in place. The pedestrian trail and pedestrian bridges are in place. It looks like it's finished, but it's not," he said.
Crews are finishing work at intersections and cleaning up debris. They're also hauling dirt for the roadbed during the next phase.Comment on this story
"It's an active construction site, certainly, but it does look finished," Kammerer said.
UDOT is reminding the public not to walk, bike or drive onto the road or the path.
"It's inviting. They're curious, like anywhere else,” he said.
It's dangerous today, but it will be open to the public for a 5K fun run Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. and will be open to traffic after the run.
"Give us one more month to finish the project, and then we will have a nice opening celebration and turn it over to the public,” he said.