FARMINGTON — Work started here to add four pedestrian-safety improvements in the area surrounding Station Park, between the I-15 overpass and Park Lane.
The changes come in response to increased foot and bike traffic as well as resident concern.
The largest project will be construction of a temporary paved pathway on the north side of Clark Lane, between 650 West and the eastern entrance to Station Park. This will allow pedestrians to cross at the natural crosswalk that exists at the intersection 650 West. Signs and paint warn drivers of the change.
Another crosswalk has been started at the access to the theater parking lot entrance on the west side of the movie theater. Lights will be added to the area to ensure safe crossing at night.
Estimated costs for all approved requirements total $11,600, which will be paid by the city and CenterCal, the owner of Station Park.
Plans to add striping and signage for safer bicycle traffic along the overpass were called off when it was discovered that a special permit would have to be obtained from the utah Dept. of Transposrtaion. That would have increased cost. Additionally, a scheduled closure of one lane of I-15 under the overpass would have been required.
City leaders decided that the best option would be to add “Caution: Narrow Bridge” signage to both sides of the overpass rather than on the overpasses themselves.