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Media Briefing: Crews Placing Beams for New Bridge on 5600 West

New bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks on 5600 West in Salt Lake City will eliminate long wait times and improve congestion

WHAT: Members of the media are invited to tour the future 5600 West bridge under construction over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) near 800 South in Salt Lake City. Construction crews will be placing support beams for the new bridge throughout the week. In addition, the project team is using a unique construction material – geofoam – as part of the road base and bridge, and media will get a first-hand look at this material.

The Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) 5600 West Improved project is building a bridge over the UPRR rail crossing to eliminate delays and congestion caused by trains. On some days, traffic can wait up to 45 minutes for trains to pass. The project is also widening 5600 West from S.R. 201 to I-80 to five lanes (two lanes in each direction with a center turn lane), improving various intersections, and reconfiguring the interchange at I-80 as a diverging diamond interchange. This project is scheduled to be finished in fall 2021.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: 5600 West near 750 South

Directions: from downtown Salt Lake City, take I-80 to the 5600 West exit and head south on 5600 West. Parking will be available on the west side of the road in the construction zone near 750 South.

NOTE: Media members will be escorted into the work zone. Personal protective equipment will be provided and must be worn to access the work zone. Pants and close-toed shoes are required.

VISUALS:

  • Up-close perspective of bridge girder placement and geofoam.
  • Construction personnel and equipment, including cranes.

WHO:

  • UDOT Project Manager John Montoya
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