Draper road projects prepare for future
City officials are taking the first steps toward completing two road projects designed to make getting to school and work easier.
Safe routes to school
Plans are in the works to widen the road from Fort Street to 1300 East, between the new Canyons School District middle school and high school sites. City officials want to improve the roadway due to an expected increase in traffic as local families travel to and from the schools.
Draper City Planner David Dobbins said the project is necessary because the existing road is not adequate in its current state.
“Right now there are only two lanes,” he said. “There is no curb, gutter or sidewalk on the majority of the road.”
Two new schools for local students, Corner Canyon High School School at 12943 South 700 East, and Crescent View Middle School at about 13200 South 1300 East, will open this fall.
City officials are planning to widen the road from two lanes to include a third turn lane for traffic, and fill in any existing gaps in the curb, sidewalks and gutter along the entire stretch.
About 50 homes line the road. In order to widen the road and add the necessary infrastructure, city crews will need permission to expand onto areas of private property.
Although it’s still early in the process, city officials have started to budget funds to pay for the construction. In order for the road to be ready for the coming school year, the project would have to be completed this summer.
The road to development
A second road project is planned to connect commuters traveling along Bangerter Highway to new businesses recently opened in the area near IKEA, and a public transit line recently opened by the Utah Transit Authority.
At the exit off Bangerter at 200 West in Draper, the road comes to an abrupt end just after the first light near 13400 South Visa Station Blvd.
City officials are seeking to build a road to meet the new Front Runner Station and connect to a business park where the new eBay offices recently opened. In order to complete the project, city officials will need the right of way to go under a UTA TRAX line and must cross private property.
City officials say negotiations are under way to acquire all necessary private property rights.
Because negotiations are ongoing, no timeline has yet been announced for the project.