SLC receives $16 million to improve urban transportation

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – With a $15.6 million funding increase, Salt Lake City aims to make public transit safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

But what are the real improvements?

Here’s what city officials say they’re focusing on:

  • Completion of a missing section of Parley’s Trail along Highland Drive and Sugarmont Drive by constructing a high quality two-way cycle path through the heart of Sugar House.
  • Creation of a protected, multi-use pathway at the 400 S overpass to improve east-west connectivity and connect to Salt Lake Central Station.
  • Improve active transportation along North Temple near Frontrunner Station with a paved multi-use pathway, improved crosswalks, and the addition of street trees and shade features.
  • Creation of a neighborhood road in the Westpointe and Jordan Meadows neighborhoods that will parallel Redwood Road and connect to the green TRAX line.
  • Installation of new bike lanes on Main Street from the North Temple to the Capitol.
  • Make improvements to pedestrian and bicycle crossings at the 2100 S & State Street intersection near busy bus stops.
  • Improve the safety and comfort of pedestrians and cyclists on West Temple in the city center and improve transit connectivity.
  • Invest in a transit hub and signals along 200 South to optimize transit capacity along a critical transit corridor in the heart of the city.

“We are grateful to the Utah Transportation Commission for its willingness to fund transit and active transportation projects in the city and for its foresight,” said Salt Lake City Transportation Director Jon Larsen. “As our region continues its breathtaking rate of population and economic growth, cars alone cannot meet our transportation needs. Additionally, investments in walking, cycling and public transit infrastructure help clean our air and ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in our economy.

The hope is that the roadway projects will make public transportation a safer and more comfortable experience, while solving Salt Lake City’s major air quality issues.

This funding is expected to be allocated to projects over the next two to five years.

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