500 West Upgrade Project

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Provo City are partnering to continue making improvements to US Highway 89. Following the recent 300 South (US-89); 200 West to 700 East project, the next section of US-89 planned for improvements is 500 West between Center Street and Bulldog Boulevard. The project will improve the roadway and underground infrastructure while providing better transportation options for all kinds of road users including improved pavement, new bike lanes, and a wider multi-use path.

Planned project features include:

  • Improved pavement – asphalt to concrete
  • Upgrades to underground utilities including sewer
  • Improved drainage with a new storm drain system and curb/gutter
  • On-street bicycle lanes
  • Wider sidewalks
  • Raised, planted medians between blocks (no intersections affected)

The same number of travel lanes will be maintained as will the vast majority of the trees along the corridor.

Based on feedback the project team has gathered from area Neighborhood Councils, the Provo School District, Provo Municipal Council, the Provo Transportation and Mobility Council (TMAC) and City Staff, the project will add safety improvements to the intersection of 500 West and 500 North because the pedestrian tunnel at 500 North will be removed.

Planned improvements will include:

  • New dedicated right-turn lanes
  • Adding a protected left-turn phase to the traffic signal
  • Restriping two legs of the intersection as school crossings
  • Upgrading traffic monitoring equipment at the intersection

The project team is also exploring ways to enhance signal timing to prohibit other movements while the pedestrian signal is active and add extended crossing time during school arrival/release times.

Please join the 500 West project team on Wednesday, October 11 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Provo High School, 1125 North University Avenue, to learn more about the project.

Construction is planned to begin in the spring of 2018. Stay up to date by subscribing to project email updates by emailing provo500w@utah.gov or calling (385) 250-0606.

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  1. Matt Taylor

    Thanks for the blog!

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