A project to widen Parrish Lane's railroad bridge, located west of I-15, has made it onto UDOT's draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) set to be approved this summer. If it is approved, which UDOT officials see as likely, design work would begin this fall. Actual construction work would likely begin summer 2008.
"It's already passed a lot of fairy rigorous prioritization hurdles by UDOT staff, and I haven't heard any concerns from our commissioners," said UDOT Region One Director Cory Pope. "Our goal is to have construction complete before Legacy opens."
Though the current widening of the Parrish Lane overpass will add one useable lane to the well-traveled road, a second lane being added won't be able to be fully utilized until the bridge-widening project is complete.
Centerville officials, who had previously been concerned about delays in the project's funding, are thrilled by the news.
"This is great, and exactly what we'd been hoping for," said Centerville City Manager Steve Thacker. Previously, Thacker has warned residents to avoid Parrish Lane in hopes of lessening the congestion. "We were concerned that the railroad bridge widening would have to wait until 2011."
The current draft STIP list details the projects UDOT recommends be funded by the state's transportation surplus. A shorter list, based on projects for one-time state transportation money, was released earlier this year.
This June the county commission should take action to have the list sent out for the required 30-day public comment period, after which it will return to the commission for approval. Afterward, it will be approved by the Federal Highway Administration.