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Salt Lake City to reconstruct 200 South downtown

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Posted - May 20, 2020 at 8:05 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — One of Salt Lake City's most consequential east-west corridors is set for a major facelift in the coming years, and officials are asking for public feedback on the project as it gets off the ground.

200 South will be reconstructed between 400 West and 900 East beginning in 2022, officials said in a Facebook presentation Wednesday morning.

Salt Lake City transportation engineer Kyle Cook talked through a slideshow on the project, along with Kimberly Feldbauer and Jodi Pearson of AECOM, a Los Angeles-based engineering firm. They explained the beginning phases of a plan to — as one project fact sheet puts it — "create an iconic corridor where businesses thrive, residents feel comfortable and safe walking, transit users navigate easily, and visitors build lasting memories."

Practically, this means repaving the streets, creating better transportation options and accessibility, and building a multimodal transportation hub on the route, Cook said.

"Because the pavement on 200 South has reached the end of its useful life," he said, "it's in rough shape, and it needs attention."

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Cook said the 200 South Corridor Plan is "building on a foundation of work that's already been done" in the Salt Lake City Transit Master Plan. 200 South was the highest-priority corridor of the master plan, he said.

Cook said the project could be financed by the 2018 Funding Our Future bond, sales tax revenue, county funds and "other state and federal resources that we continue to explore."

"We know this corridor is more than just a street," he said. "It serves so many homes, and jobs and destinations. 200 South, in many ways, is the focal point of Salt Lake's cultural and economic engine."

Feldbauer talked through potential options the final design could incorporate — "floating" bus stops that don't require curbside pull-ins, dedicated bus lanes and "creative" crosswalks among them.

The proposed transit hub, she said, would include access to multiple transportation options and give residents a reason to gather there with attractive landscaping and possibly live events.

The presenters gave multiple ways Salt Lake City residents can submit feedback on the 200 South Corridor Plan. A comment line has been established at 855-752-2007 and residents can reach project planners via email at 200South@SLCGov.com.

The project website also has space to submit comments or take a survey, which will gather information about how locals utilize the corridor.

Graham Dudley

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