Provo 300 South Project Completed!

Barrels are off and lanes are open!

The long-awaited Provo 300 South project completion is here and we are all excited to see the great improvements along this road. Construction is always a difficult process for the local community but Provo City and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) want to thank the residents and business owners impacted by this project for your patience throughout the work.

Design on this project began in 2013, and by working with residents, motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, the project team developed the best solution to a number of issues in the area including traffic accidents and pedestrian safety, old drainage ditches and aging utilities, and a lack of safe space for active transportation including bicycles and pedestrians. Construction began on March 14, 2016 with Knife River selected as the contractor and completed on time this week.

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So, what does 300 South look like now? It is much improved with on-road bike lanes, an off-road multi-use path, and Provo’s first bicycle- friendly intersection that is the first step in transforming 200 East into a Neighborhood Greenway/Bicycle Boulevard from 600 South to 800 North. Motorists are now traveling on a concrete roadway that will need less maintenance over its lifetime. New storm drain, curb, gutter, sidewalks and raised medians have been installed and the project reconstructed most driveway accesses to fit the new drainage system. Some really great aesthetic updates were included as part of this project including new park-strips and decorative lighting. New landscaping will be placed in the spring. Perhaps most importantly, the improvements made below ground including new gas, water, and sewer mains, upgrades to water meters and new sewer laterals under the concrete will improve service to area homes and reduce the need for more disruption in this area for years to come.

Provo City and UDOT would really like to thank the residents and local businesses of this area for being engaged in the project during design, and staying engaged to support each other during construction. Without this mentality, the project outcome would not have been the same. We now have a new and improved 300 South to be proud of!

In Case You Missed It!

On Thursday, December 15, the Maeser Neighborhood council leadership, along with the Provo Bicycle Committee, Provo City and UDOT got together and celebrated the long awaited 300 South project completion. The local community gathered together and listened to a few individuals involved in the project, speak and perform a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open up the 300 South corridor. Folks got to treat themselves to some hot chocolate and treats! Loads of fun was had with this crowd and we can’t thank the local community enough for being a part of this event and providing support.

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  1. Michelle McCluskey

    I was really excited about this, and then you put the median down the middle. So why do you have lights if it’s a one way? I live in the Measer neighborhood, and I feel like we took a step forward and then two back.

    1. David Little

      I second this. There was some study they cited in the initial proposal presentation (“Should Direct Left Turns from Driveways Be Avoided? A Safety Perspective,” ITE Journal, June 2002) that said it’s safer to prevent people from turning left out of driveways or some such. The presentation can be found here: http://www.provo.org/home/showdocument?id=2715.

      I agree with you, though. This is not an improvement to the road, but an impediment. You can’t access as many destinations and there are now two more traffic lights that only increase transit time.

  2. Ryan

    This was a terrible project. A complete waste of resources. You have now made it really inconvenient for me and others to get to our homes. I suggest fixing median issue and remove the light on 200 East. There has never been a need for it! But you probably do not know that because you do not live in the neighborhood.

    1. David Little

      It’s good to know that the good people of other cities are helping us pay more than $1.25 million per block so we can put in Provo’s first bicycle-friendly intersection, right? Yeah. The state has spent $119 per Provo citizen on this, and not even most Provo residents use it…

  3. Ryan

    Waste of money and a terrible design.

  4. JD

    Great project and looking forward to seeing the landscaping done in the spring. I am curious how the final phasing of the bike boulevard will be. Definitely good to be bike friendly. Also to those that complain, perhaps attending public meetings for the project would have been beneficial for you to voice your opinion.

    1. David Little

      Perhaps if we’d actually been informed of the public meetings before they happened. I’ve lived right next to 300 South for longer than the project was planned, but only knew about it when an announcement of construction starting was given. I’d never been told by the city or the Maeser Neighborhood leadership about such meetings. I wonder what the turnout was for any ballot initiatives for this. I know most of the people elected who pushed this were elected with about 15% turnout. Obviously due diligence in getting feedback from residents local to the project was not performed. They could have canvassed or something. Anything to get feedback before doing more than essential maintenance projects.

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