Horrocks Engineers recently finished the design for the Provo Westside Connector project in Utah. The design team included HDR Engineering and H. W. Lochner. On May, 8 2014 Horrocks and Provo City hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony to kick-off construction of this project. This new arterial roadway is approximately 3.7 miles long and will connect I-15 at the 1860 South/University Avenue Exit to 3110 West, near the entrance to the Provo Airport. This new roadway will provide direct access to the Provo Airport and increase regional mobility with the new developments on the west side of Provo.
The Westside Connector will have five lanes and shoulders from the I-15 interchange to the 500 West intersection, and two lanes and shoulders from 500 West to 3110 West Street. Future expansion will widen the roadway to 5 lanes from 500 West to 3110 West Street. Roadway connections will be placed at 500 West, 1100 West, and Mike Jense Parkway. Some additional features include, new traffic signals at the interchange ramps and 500 West and a new multi-use trail extending from the interchange to Mike Jense Parkway. The total project is valued at 39 million dollars.
The Provo Westside Connector project was one of fourteen infrastructure projects selected by President Obama in 2011 and expedited for environmental review and permitting. The project design took over a year and a half. Construction began in May and is expected to be complete fall 2015.
The Groundbreaking Ceremony was recently featured in the Deseret News, Daily Herald, and KSL: