Friday, December 26, 2014

Westside Connector Project Update

About a week ago members of the City Council as well as the Mayor and other staff took a tour to see the progress that has been made on the Westside Connector Project. They drove the route and were able to see where the road will connect along the way. The big change most people will notice will be at the University Avenue ramps on and off I-15 and where 1860 South connects.

Front: Wayne Parker, Dave Sewell, Gary Winterton 
Back: Mayor Curtis, Gary Garrett, Bryce Mumford

Council Members hadn't seen the site since the groundbreaking just seven months ago. Much has been accomplished in that short period of time but the project will be taking a break some time in the next year to allow the ground/road base to compact sufficiently. Since they anticipate the road height to drop at least 2-2.5 feet, this is a very important part of the process even though it might look like nothing is going on.

Here are some photos from the tour:

Where the route begins near 1860 S University Ave

Farmlands along the route
One of several archaeological dig sites along the route
This is where the route connects at the Provo Airport

After the tour, Council Member Dave Sewell commented, "I found the Westside Connector Project Tour to be very informative.  It was helpful to visualize how this will enhance connectivity for residents in the area and how it will improve access to the airport.  Years from now, when this area is fully developed, it will be interesting to remember this tour on an unfinished dirt road overlooking large expanses of empty fields."

To follow the progress of this project, go to the Provo Westside Connector website.

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