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Three county road projects in 2015
by MELINDA WILLIAMS
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DRAPER — Three of the Utah Department of Transportation's top 15 construction projects for 2015 are in Davis County.

Last year, the I-I5 South Davis Improvement Project was UDOT's largest construction project. This year, it still comes in at number two, according to information provided by UDOT.

As the project continues, crews will add express lanes from North Salt Lake to Farmington.

Work is currently underway on the project to reconstruct interchanges at 2600 South and 500 South in Bountiful, as well as bridges at 1500 South and 400 North. Drivers can expect lane shifts as well as nighttime lane restrictions and surface street closures as construction continues.

The work should be completed by the fall of 2015 and will cost an estimated $127 million, according to UDOT officials.

Coming at number six on the top 15 list is work on the I-15-Hill Field Road interchange that will be converted to a single-point urban interchange. The project, and one on Antelope Drive, are expected to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in the areas, agency officials say.

The project will construct new Thru-Turn intersections on Hill Field Road on each side of I-15.

Construction begins this spring and is expected to continue through 2016, at an estimated cost of $28 million. Drivers are advised to plan ahead for lane restrictions and traffic delays during construction.

Antelope Drive will be widened near the I-15 interchange, coming in at number 15. Additional turn lanes are being constructed near the entrance to Davis Hospital and Medical Center. Lane restrictions and occasional delays are expected, but two lanes in each direction will remain open on Antelope Drive at all times.

The project, already under construction, should be completed by May and is expected to come in at $8 million.

As part of the announcement made Friday at UDOT's South Valley Maintenance Shed in Draper, agency officials said more than 180 construction projects are scheduled statewide this year.

"Utah is at the crossroads of the national freight network, and hundreds of thousands of people rely on our roads to get to work every day," said UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras. "That’s why UDOT is investing in major upgrades on our highway system this construction season to keep Utah moving.” 

This year's top project will be widening I-15 to six lanes in each direction between 12300 South in Draper and State Road 92 in Lehi. The project isn't expected to be finished until the fall of 2016 and is expected to cost $252 million.

"The Point project exemplifies our commitment to Keep Utah Moving because it will alleviate a bottleneck on one of Utah’s most important transportation corridors, Braceras said.

Because two of the top projects will be on I-15, motorists are advised to rethink how they commute to reduce delays by carpooling, using mass transit, and adjusting work schedules. 

 
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Antelope Island hosting pair of events Saturday, March 14
by SHAIN GILLET
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THE FIELDING GARR RANCH will be toured next Saturday, March 14 at Antelope Island State Park in Syracuse. The guided tour will start at 2 p.m.  
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SYRACUSE – Antelope Island State Park will be hosting a pair of events on March 14 at two locations on the island, located just outside of Syracuse City.

To start the afternoon off the park will be hosting a Ranch Tours event at 2 p.m. A guided tour at the Fielding Garr Ranch will show participants the original ranch house, shearing barns and corrals, among other items and locations. 

Those wanting to participate should dress warm for the weather. 

Also being held at the park is an event called “Orienteering at the Park,” which starts at 3 p.m. and involves the use of GPS signals from satellites in space to members their latitude, longitude and altitude. 

Orienteering will revolve around teaching participants how to orient themselves should their GPS signal be lost at any time. Instructions involve how to use a compass and get a bearing, then being able to apply the skills learned on a compass course.

Both events are free to participate in; however a park entrance fee will apply.

For more information on the ranch tour call 801-649-5742. To participate in the orienteering event email charitygibson@utah.gov

 

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Resident input next for new city park
by TOM HARALDSEN
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BOUNTIFUL—The architectural firm chosen by city leaders to design a new park on Mill Street plans to seek plenty of resident involvement in the process. That became clear when Jay Bollwinkel, principal with MGB+A Landscape Architects, spoke after the city council voted on Feb. 24 to award a contract to his firm.

“We will let the site do the talking—do the dictating as to what the park should be,” he said. “We have absolutely no preconceived ideas for the park.”

Bollwinkel’s firm has designed scores of parks across the country. As always, his firm will seek resident input through a series of public meetings, as well as gather thoughts and ideas on a social media site that will be created specifically for the park, which will be built at about 600 East Mill Street, south of Bountiful High School.

“The first meeting will be with neighbors in the area, as well as other interested residents, to hear their thoughts and desires,” he said. “We’ll post those ideas online, listing the most favorable suggestions or popular items. Then we’ll start to develop a concept for the design.”

A second meeting will give MGB+A officials a chance to show those concepts to the public,  as well as have them posted on social media. Bollwinkel said this will serve as another step in refining the park concept.

“We’ll also have a third meeting, again for the public, to finalize thoughts and input,” he said. “We will then submit our proposal to the city council for its approval. We want to have a consensus, as much as possible, for what the residents of Bountiful want the park to be.”

Council members expressed appreciation for what Bollwinkel called “a big public process.”

“We have a wonderful, blank canvas to work with, and it’s a beautiful site,” Bollwinkel said. “The best designs always come from the community.”

The 7-1/2 acre site has a combination of natural elements that he said “makes a park a wonderful place.” A creek meanders through part of the site, there are wooded areas, and the top has a flatter area, “all elements that work so well for a park in a natural setting. I see this as mostly for passive uses—trails, picnic areas, family gatherings, etc. It’s a nice gem for the community that we want to preserve as much as possible.”

Bollwinkel said the first public hearing is yet to be scheduled, but that he hopes the entire process can be accomplished in four to six months, so design work can be finalized.

 
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