Trees are coming down while traffic cones and road work signs are going up in preparation for summer street widening projects. And if you frequently travel on Fort Street or 13200 South, prepare yourself for delays or detours.
Draper City chose Acme Construction of West Jordan to complete the road-widening projects on both 13200 South and Fort Street. Acme came in with the lowest bid of $1.315 million out of five bids the city received. Acme completed the first phase of the project last summer that entailed the widening of 13200 South near its intersection with 1300 East.
Acme started work on this project April 28 and will work on both roads simultaneously with road closures set to begin in early June, just after school gets out for the summer.
City officials expect the Fort Street portion of the project to be completed by mid-July in time for the annual Draper Days parade scheduled for July 19.
Fort Street will be widened from Golden Pheasant Drive (13100 South) to where it intersects with 13200 South. The new road will have a turn lane allowing those traveling south on Fort to turn left onto 13200 South. There will also be bike lanes, curb and gutter, park strips and a sidewalk on both sides, according to project engineer Todd Hammond. He said that just south of where Fort Street and 13200 South intersect will also have curb, park strip and sidewalks.
Fort Street drivers can anticipate a "soft closure" of that road beginning June 6 and ending July 4. Hammond said soft closure is defined as closed to through traffic, but open to local traffic (vehicles or pedestrians traveling to and from homes accessed within the project limits). Hammond added that "hard" or complete closures of Fort Street will be in small, isolated areas for short periods of time and that the contractor will coordinate with affected residents as needed.
Draper City has offered Acme Construction a $1,000 per day incentive for any days under the 28-day deadline that Acme ends the closure of Fort Street. If the closure exceeds 28 days, Acme will be penalized $1,000 per day.
"The idea is just to try to lessen the impact on the traveling public, to try to get the project done sooner and get the road opened back up," Draper Public Works Director Glade Robbins said. "The Draper Days parade will be coming up so we want to make sure that's all finished through that area to accommodate that."
A map provided by Draper City shows the road construction zone (resembling a T) in bold red and suggested alternate routes in blue.
The widening of 13200 South from Bear Hollow Drive west to where it intersects with Fort Street is expected to be completed by mid-August. That portion of the road will experience a soft closure as well beginning June 6.
The deadline for the completion of Fort Street is July 15, while the deadline for finishing 13200 South is Aug. 13. For every day the project runs over those deadlines, Acme will be charged $5,000.
City officials encourage the use of 1300 East or 700 East for north/south connectors or Pioneer Road and 13800 South for east/west alternate routes.
Meanwhile, the city will work around the properties of the three remaining owners along 13200 South who have yet to settle with the city, and against whom the city filed for eminent domain April 9, City Attorney Doug Ahlstrom said.