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Freight trains using temporary track while work continues on FrontRunner South



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Lehi -- UTA celebrates a milestone as it builds the FrontRunner South line between Salt Lake and Provo. A newly built, temporary rail connection is now being used by freight train traffic while work continues on the rest of the line.

Out of all the stops planned in Utah County, the Lehi FrontRunner station will have the park and ride on the opposite side of the track, at Thanksgiving Point. So UTA will build a tunnel underneath the Union Pacific lines to reach the station.

It's just one of many efforts underway to get the FrontRunner South line up and running.

**Frontrunner South facts**
• Construction begain August 2008 • Will be completed in 2015 • 45 miles long • Begins at SLC Intermodal hub; Ends in Provo • Will have 8 stations:
- Murray - South Jordan - Draper/Bluffdale - Lehi - American Fork - Vineyard - Orem - Provo
UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said, "We've been doing a lot of work throughout the whole corridor. We have done a lot of utility work, moving utilities and fiber-optic cable, getting ready to move the track. We are also building approximately 30 bridges on the line, compared to the FrontRunner North. We only built one bridge. It's a lot of work. We are bridging arterial streets and rivers."

The FrontRunner line is slated to be finished in the year 2015; however, the project is ahead of schedule and plans right now call for construction to be finished in late 2012; a little more than three years from now.

It should be open in early 2013 and will have stops in Provo, Orem, American Fork, Lehi, South Jordan, Murray and the downtown Salt Lake station.

Union Pacific trains will run on the short detour of UTA rail for about the next year, and when the pedestrian tunnel is finished, they will move back to its main line.

E-mail: spenrod@ksl.com

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