University Ave Improved: 500 S to I-15

Work on on the roadway is expected to begin on Sunday, May 21st. This work will take place Sunday through Thursday nights from 10:00 pm until 7:00 am.

This week the grinding of the concrete road will occur from the I-15 freeway interchange to 1200 South, while paving work on the asphalt road will take place from 900 South to 500 South.

A single lane will remain open in each direction in the construction corridor. Please slow down and watch for crews and equipment throughout the construction zone.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change due to weather or materials availability.

Project Overview

This project will grind the existing concrete roadway to improve the smoothness and ride for the traveling public. Other items of work include pavement improvement from 920 South to the bridge structure, resurfacing the bridge structure, improved pavement markings and modifying pedestrian ramps to current ADA specifications.

• Crews will work Sunday – Thursday nights, 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
• No work is scheduled to be performed on Friday or Saturday nights.
• Temporary lane closures will be in effect during nighttime work hours, with daytime lane closures occurring during off-peak hours.
• One lane of traffic in each direction will remain open at all times. Please obey all traffic signs/flaggers and slow down for construction crews and slow-moving vehicles.
• Access to businesses will be maintained.
• The project is expected to be completed in June.

Contact Information

For questions, concerns or email updates contact the Public Information Team:

Hotline: 800-948-4002
E-mail: us189improved@utah.gov

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Arbor Day Ceremonious Celebration

The Forestry Division of Provo Power is the recipient of the Tree City USA award for the 33rd consecutive year. They have accomplished this by demonstrating an aggressive management plan including an inventory of 12,000 street trees and 30,000 utility trees, scheduled maintenance and pruning, and a tree replacement program among many other aspects.

In addition to the tree management program, the Provo Power Forestry Division annually celebrates Arbor Day by partnering with local neighborhood leaders to plant trees that will improve the neighborhood canopy and help beautify the city overall.

On May 20th at 9:00am, Provo City Power’s Forestry Division will ceremoniously celebrate Arbor Day by partnering with the leaders of the Timpanogos neighborhood, where 20 trees will be planted. The event is located at the bicycle collective on 249 North 400 West and is free and open to the public.

Provo Power and the Forestry Division are proud of its heritage as a Tree City USA and Tree Line USA and intend to improve and build on this tradition for years to come.

For more information, or if you are looking at opportunities to have trees planted in your respective neighborhood, please contact Chaz Addis, Provo City Forester by emailingcaddis@provo.org or by calling 801-852-6920

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Provo’s first ever Bike Picnic!

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Provo City is throwing its first ever Bike Picnic on May 20th as a part of Provo Bike Month! We can’t think of a sweeter way to spend your Saturday afternoon than enjoying a fun, casual bike ride paired with a yummy homemade picnic in the park. Meet us at 4:30 pm at Utah Lake State Park (4400 Center St) dressed in your semi formal attire (the theme is fancy lawn party) and get ready for a best dressed competition as well as best bike decorations and best picnic set up. And be sure to pack your own food and blankets. The fancier the better.

At 5:00 pm we will start the ride along the Provo River trail and pedal through parts of Fort Utah and Lakeview neighborhoods. If you are unable to bike with us feel free to meet us at Lakeview Park for just the picnic portion! There will be live music and lawn games for all to enjoy. Bring your friends, family and neighbors and get ready to enjoy a delightful evening.

Schedule of Events

4:30 pm – Meet at Utah Lake at the Provo Marina
There will be free bike registration and giveaways as we wait for the start of the ride.

5:00 pm –  Ride the Trail
Enjoy a fun and casual 30 minute bike ride along the Provo River trail and through Fort Utah and Lakeview Neighborhoods.

5:30 pm – Arrive at Lakeview Park
Arrive at the park and set up your picnic. Be sure to pack your own food and blankets.

5:45 – 7:00 pm – Picnic Festivities
We will have our opening ceremony and the Picnic Begins! During the picnic we will have lawn games and live music (feel free to bring your own lawn games as well!)

Remember:

  • Your bike will need to be registered to ride- we will have officers on site to register your bike for free!
  • Bring your own blanket and picnic – and may the best picnic set up win!
  • This ride is suitable for all ages – there are wide paths and no hills
  • The ride will take about 30 minutes at a slow pace
  • Dress up! Have fun with your fancy lawn party outfit and may the best outfit win!
  • Bring your own lawn games if you would like
  • Have FUN!!
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Thinking of filing for office?

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Thinking of filing for office? We have four municipal seats open for the November 7 election, which include:

View a map of the City Council Municipal Districts with precinct boundaries here.

If more than two candidates file for an office, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

A candidate shall file a Declaration of Candidacy in person with the City Recorder between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., June 1 through June 7, 2017 (excluding Saturday and Sunday). A fee of $75 for a council position or $150 for the office of mayor will be required at time of filing.

In lieu of paying the filing fee, individuals filing as candidates for the Municipal Council or for Mayor may submit a petition in support of candidacy. Such a petition must be filed with the City Recorder at the time the individual files for candidacy. The petition must state that the signatories support the candidacy of the individual and must contain the following number of individual handwritten signatures:

  • For each person seeking to become a candidate for Council member the petition must be signed by two hundred fifty (250) individuals; and
  • For each person seeking to become a candidate for Mayor the petition must be signed by five hundred (500) individuals.

Any resident of a municipality may nominate a candidate for a municipal office by filing a nomination petition (with 25 signatures) and paying the filing fee with the City Recorder during office hours between June 1 and June 7, 2017.

For candidate qualifications and more information visit voteprovo.com or contact the Provo City Recorder’s Office at 801-852-6524.

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Provo Bike Month is going strong!

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We are halfway through Provo Bike Month and there’s still plenty of fun events, challenges and activities to participate in! Just this week we have the Worldwide Ride of Silence, a Bike in Movie and the Provo Bike Picnic! These are all great bicycling events you can do with your family or friends. Check out the list of events below for all the details and get ready to make Provo an even more bicycle-friendly community.

Worldwide Ride of Silence

Wednesday, May 17 | Meet @ 6:30 pm, Ride starts @ 7:00 pm
Dixon Middle School (750 W 200 N)

Join the Provo chapter of the Worldwide Ride of Silence on May 17th to ride to honor people who were killed or injured while biking this last year and last several years. We will begin at Dixon Middle School and go for a short, slow, silent ride with brief stops at the ghost bike memorials for Doug Crow and Mark Robinson, and return to Dixon Middle School where we will have light refreshments.

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Bike-In Movie

Wednesday, May 17 & 24 | 8:00 pm
Provo Bicycle Collective (397 E 200 N)

Each Wednesday in May at 8pm the Provo Bicycle Collective will be hosting a movie night. Every week will be a different bike-themed movie. They will all be family friendly and a little over an hour in length. Make sure to bring your bike and a blanket as well as your favorite movie snack. For more information, follow the Bike Collective Facebook Group.

Provo Bike Picnic

Saturday, May 20 | Meet @ 4:30 pm, Ride starts at 5:00 pm
Meet at Utah Lake State Park (4400 Center St, Provo) | Picnic @ Lakeview Park (2825 W 1390 N)

There’s no sweeter way to spend your Saturday afternoon than a bike picnic. Meet us at 4:30 pm at Utah Lake State Park for a fun, causal bike ride. We will pedal on over to Lakeview Park to enjoy a homemade picnic. Be sure to pack your own food and blankets. Semi Formal dress is encouraged as the theme is fancy lawn party. We will be having a best dressed competition as well as best bike decorations and best picnic set up. For more information and to stay up to date on event details, RSVP to the Facebook Event Page.

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Pedal Provo Ghost Tour

Friday, May 26th | 9:00 – 11:00 PM
Memorial Park (800 E Center Street)

Pedal Provo Ghost Tour is holding a very special tour in celebration of Provo Bike Month! Plus they are charging 50% off normal admission so don’t miss out on this chance to travel through the eerie side of Provo. We will begin at Memorial Park on Center Street in Provo. The start time will be 9:00 PM with a different route than usual – so you can see more of Provo! The route will be about 5 miles long and it will be a loop. We will stop about 5-7 times to listen to ghost stories.

Tickets are required to come on this ride so please visit their website: https://pedalprovo.com/provo-bike-month-ghost-tour for more info and to claim your spot!

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Fun Fun Underground Forrest Race and BBQ!

Saturday, May 27th | 7:00 pm
Paul Ream Wilderness Park (1600 500 N)

The FUFFR is back! This event is more of a bike-themed party than a race. The course weaves through trees and streams in Paul Ream Wilderness Park. You’ll get dirty, wet, and likely crash. Last time, we completely shredded a single speed cog on an old beach cruiser. We’ll send 4 people at a time through the course on beach cruisers provided by Provo Bicycle Collective. Winners of each group will race in a final run and the winners will be crowned as the champions of the FFUFR 2017. Hot dogs will be provided; please bring a picnic-style side to share! To stay up to date on event details, RSVP to the Facebook Event Page.

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Provo Bike Challenge

Monday, May 1 – Wednesday, May 31

Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Provo is eligible to participate in the Provo Bike Challenge. This event is an easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues, and the Provo community to ride more. Participants are asked to record their daily/weekly miles ridden (using the Strava app) and points will be awarded throughout the challenge.

Participate for a chance to win weekly prizes and giveaways. Those who finished at the top of their category (Organization, Female & Male) will be awarded at the end of the challenge and honored during Provo City’s Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 20th. To stay up to date on event details, RSVP to the Facebook Event Page.

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Provo River Update

Provo River Flow

24 hour difference at the upper diversion. 100 cfs (cubic feet per second) to 1900 cfs.

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It’s been three days since our original notification started going out about the water levels increasing in the Provo River. It’s worth sharing with you what we saw through the weekend and what we should see moving forward.

We anticipate the levels staying consistent to what you’re currently seeing for possibly a few weeks. The Deer Creek Dam will continue its elevated release trying to make space in the upstream for spring runoff. As of early this morning, the water is running at just under 1700 cubic feet per second (CFS) where it’s typically around 150.

It’s incredibly important that we approach this water and the situation with caution. Please don’t dangle your feet in or venture out into the water. Remember the water only 6 inches under the surface is flowing maybe twice as fast as what you see moving on top.

Also keep children away from storm drains, culverts, creeks, and streams. Water levels can rise rapidly.

Outdoor enthusiasts including tubers and fishermen should avoid the Provo River below Deer Creek Reservoir through Tuesday morning due to dangerous conditions.

Our City crews are monitoring the situation constantly and have taken care of a few minor situations involving the large amounts of debris picked up by the water and moved.

As always, be careful and don’t underestimate the strength of the water and its potential to harm.

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Spring Runoff Awareness

Deer Creek Dam located roughly 15 miles North and East of Provo is forecast to release large volumes of water into the Provo River beginning today (Friday, May 12). The releases are required to make space in the upstream reservoir for the spring snowmelt runoff. The Provo River is expected to reach around 1,800 cubic feet per second (CFS) with a stage near 10.30 feet by Saturday morning. Flows are anticipated to fluctuate near this volume for the foreseeable future.

Properties along the Provo River may experience minor damage due to the high water. Additionally, the river at this flow will be extremely dangerous, cold and swift. The water will be running twice as fast 6 inches below the surface. For those who may be headed outdoors, be aware of potential flooding and to stay out of closed roads, picnic areas or campgrounds and watch children at all times. Do not enter the water without a personal floatation device, keep children and non-swimmers at a safe distance from the water’s edge and be aware of objects, logs, branches and other debris in the river.

If you see any snags or debris obstructing the water, please report the issue to Provo City Dispatch at 801-852-6210 immediately.

Spring Run-off Preparations

Pumps and other equipment have been inspected and refurbished to be ready to respond. Stockpiles of sandbags and sand have been replenished and inspections and maintenance of the Provo River has been performed to maximize capacity.

Members of the Provo Fire Department will be distributing fliers to the homes along the Provo River bottom areas starting this morning. We also have plans to activate Provo’s reverse 9-1-1 if needed. If you haven’t signed up to receive emergency alerts, this is a great time to do so. Check out my previous blog post for instructions and to get signed up.

Provo City has sandbags, shovels and sand available to the public at the Public Works yard – South East corner of the compound, 1740 S Industrial Parkway. Residents will need to fill their own bags.

The Central Utah Water Conservancy District has a great website where you can monitor stream flows. Check out the Provo river’s current data at data.cuwcd.com.

Another great resource is ready.gov/floods. It outlines what actions to take when you receive a flood watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a flood.

Please be safe, smart, and extra cautious.

 

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Best of Utah Valley Reader’s Choice

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The results have been published for the Utah Valley Reader’s Choice Awards and Provo has been named 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in quite a few categories! We’ve been ranked #1 for best downtown area, the City Center Temple as the #1 most attractive building, #1 for the best Skate Park, #1 for the best Recreation Center, and the #1 best place for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, jogging, and walking. Provo is an amazing place to live, work, learn and play. Thank you to everyone who voted for Provo’s amazing amenities and natural wonders.

Check out the full list of awards below:

  • 1st – Best Downtown Area – Provo
  • 3rd – Best City to Live In – Provo
  • 2nd – Best Place to Propose – Provo Canyon
  • 3rd – Best Scenic Drive – Provo Canyon
  • 1st – Most Attractive Building – Provo City Center Temple
  • 2nd – Best Wedding Location – Provo City Center Temple
  • 2nd – Best Farmers Market – Provo Farmers Market
  • 3rd – Best Library – Provo Library at Academy Square
  • 3rd – Best Police Department – Provo Police
  • 2nd – Best Local Fall Event – Provo Pride Festival
  • 1st – Best Skate Park – Provo Recreation Center
  • 1st – Best City Recreation Center – Provo Recreation Center
  • 2nd – Best Health Club/Gym – Provo Recreation Center
  • 2nd – Best Swimming Pool – Provo Recreation Center
  • 1st – Best Kayak Spot – Provo River
  • 1st – Best Canoe Spot – Provo River
  • 1st – Best Walk Path – Provo River Trail
  • 1st – Best Fishing Spot – Provo River Trail
  • 1st – Best Jogging Area – Provo River Trail
  • 2nd – Best Hiking Trail – Provo River Trail
  • 2nd – Best Place To Walk Your Dog – Provo River Trail
  • 3rd – Best Family Entertainment Venue – Covey Center for the Arts
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Golden Eagle spotted in Provo

This Golden Eagle was spotted by Chris Padilla right off of Lakeview Parkway, West of I-15 near Osprey Point. Thanks for sharing these awesome photos Chris! If you would like to see more of his wildlife and nature photos from his travels and stomping grounds (mainly in and around Provo Utah) check out his Instagram account, @wildlifeshotsbychris.

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East Bay Golf Course to host Division I Regional Cross Country Championships!

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Over the past year East Bay Golf Course has been working with BYU to submit a bid to host the NCAA Cross Country Championships. We recently received word that Provo has been awarded the 2018 and 2021 Championships! These races will be held at the East Bay Golf Course on November 9, 2018 and November 12, 2021 and will bring over a 1,000 runners, coaches and their families to Provo from all over the US. It is an honor to be selected.

These races, in conjunction with hosting this summer’s first ever Utah Women’s Open and 2020 Utah State Amateur golf tournaments are a real honor for Provo City and East Bay. I’ll have more information as we get closer to the events so stay tuned for more details.

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