Q: How can I stay informed about the project during construction?
A: The project website at letsgosummit.com will provide up-to-date project information throughout construction. Drivers and residents are encouraged to email email@example.com to sign up for weekly email updates. You can reach the project team on the project hotline, 833-9LETSGO (833-953-8746) or by project email.
Q: What is the planned construction, and when will it happen?
A: Construction will include two new roundabouts at the I-80 Jeremy Ranch interchange and new pedestrian and bicycle facilities. It is scheduled to begin this spring and last through late 2019. Once the contractor is selected, additional details about the schedule will be provided on the project website.
Q: I live, work or attend school near the project. What can I expect during construction?
A: While traffic through this area will be slower during construction, the contractor will keep all side streets, driveways and business access open. In addition:
• All turning lanes will remain open during the morning commute (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and the evening commute (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.).
• One lane in each direction will be open.at all times on Homestead Road, Kilby Road, Lookout Drive, and Pinebrook Boulevard.
• One-lane closures on Rasmussen Road will occur, but not during Jeremy Ranch Elementary School’s drop-off and pick-up times (7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.).
• Flagging stations will not stop traffic for more than three minutes.
• Business access will be open, but may be limited if an additional access is available.
Q: I use I-80 interchange ramps frequently. What can I expect during construction?
A: Flagging operations will assist traffic entering and exiting I-80 ramps, and traffic is not allowed to stack up more than 350 feet on the ramps.
Q: Will access to the Jeremy Ranch Park and Ride lot be affected?
A: The park and ride lot will be reconfigured as part of this project. Summit County is in active discussion with UTA on how best to serve transit riders during construction. Once the contractor is selected, additional details about the service plan will be identified and additional details will be provided on the project website.
Q: How will this project improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians?
A: Safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike is top priority, and Summit County worked closely with community members and pedestrian advocates during the design phase of the project last year to incorporate input where possible. The county invested approximately $3 Million for a new, separated trail for bicyclists and pedestrians on the east side of Homestead Road as well as two new underpasses at both the I-80 eastbound on-ramp and the westbound I-80 off-ramp.
On Homestead Road, where the portion of the road goes under I-80, the columns of the structure prevent any widening through this section. Therefore, Summit County will provide bike symbols on the right hand lanes to indicate shared lane use.
Additionally, the county is in the final design and negotiation phases for a third underpass, to be constructed under Kilby Road. Snyderville Basin Recreation, at approximately $1.5 Million, is funding this improvement. The underpass will be part of a separate project, but is scheduled to be built in conjunction with the roundabouts.
Installation of these new amenities along with the existing elevated sidewalk and underpass of Rasmussen Road (near Jeremy Ranch Elementary) will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to walk or ride from one side (north to south) of the freeway to the other as an alternative to riding around the roundabout.
Q: Why are the crossings at Pinebrook Boulevard and Homestead Road at-grade crosswalks instead of underpasses?
A: Potential underpasses at these locations were analyzed during the design phase last year. Unfortunately, underpasses would be difficult to construct and very expensive (nearly $6 Million, total) due to necessary utility relocations and space constraints. At this time, Summit County does not have the additional funds needed, but is committed to monitoring traffic and pedestrian activity at the crosswalks and working on those areas in the future if resources become available.
The county is currently working with stakeholders in the area to identify funding and develop a pedestrian path from Jeremy Ranch Elementary to Homestead Road.
Q: What safety features are included at the at-grade crosswalks at Pinebrook Boulevard and Homestead Road?
A: Each at-grade crosswalk will have signs with pedestrian-activated flashing warning lights. In addition to these signs, the project will install pedestrian refuges at the center of the crossings and each leg of the intersection will be lit with LED street lights.
Q: How big will the roundabouts be?
A: The roundabouts will be significantly larger than other roundabouts in Summit County, with an inner diameter of 219 feet and an outer diameter of 244 feet. This size is about five times larger than the roundabouts on Kilby Road near Ecker Hill and twice as big as the roundabout near Walmart on Landmark Drive.
Q: What is the speed of travel inside of the roundabouts?
A: Angles into the roundabouts are designed to slow traffic. The approach speed into the roundabouts is 8 to 15 mph and posted speeds on the frontage roads and residential side streets near the roundabouts will be 25 mph.
Q: What improvements will be included to reduce wildlife/vehicle collisions?
A: UDOT is contributing $400,000 toward wildlife fencing within the project limits and cattle guards on the I-80 on- and off-ramps. This installation will work in conjunction with the recently installed wildlife overpass and fencing west of the interchange to ensure safety throughout the corridor for wildlife and motorists. If additional funds are needed to complete the improvements, Summit County plans to cover the difference through Transportation Sales Tax Funds.
Q: Why roundabouts for this location? Who was involved in the decision-making?
Several traffic reviews and interchange studies identified roundabouts as the most effective and affordable long-term solution to address growth and alleviate congestion at the interchange. Summit County developed the initial concept design in 2007 and commissioned two follow-up studies in 2009 and 2015, in addition to several traffic signal warrant studies. The outcome determined that based on cost and performance through 2050, the two large-diameter roundabouts were the preferred solution to reduce congestion.
Finally, in 2018, a third-party engineering firm developed the final plan set. The final design was reviewed and approved by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to ensure it achieves mobility goals and meets design and functionality standards.
Q: Who is funding this project?
A: The project will utilize a combination of Summit County sales taxes, impact fees and federally allocated funds. The project was in the works prior to when the transportation taxes were voted on, not as a result of the vote. Additionally, Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District funds were provided to the project for a new underpass under Kilby Road at Quarry Village.