Train Overpass

This is a question from my FB page.

Question: Sir, I’m considering voting for you. What will you do to bring a much-needed overpass over the busy railroad tracks at 2600 South 1050 West and/or on 500 South between 750 West-1000 West? These railroad tracks cause constant and long delays for busy residents trying to commute between the east and west sides of town. West side residents of North Salt Lake, Woods Cross, and West Bountiful have been ignored for years regarding this very poorly planned traffic issue. Residents desperately need an overpass to provide them with quicker and more convenient access to east-side services. Will you make this happen for residents?

My answer:

I appreciate your question. Please note that I am only one person, but I am one person who can work towards this goal. Knowing the problem is easy. I do not know how to solve this issue. I do know that working as a member of the City Council I can work towards solving this.

UDOT has opposed any effort to build an overpass over the train tracks on 500 South. They state there is not enough distance from I-15 for the overpass to reach ground level on the east side before the freeway.

Most major transit projects are controlled by the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), both with finances and setting priorities.

Woods Cross City hired a consultant to assist in development around the Frontrunner station, 500 South and west to 1100 West. One of the suggestions was an overpass at 700 South with an industrial area from the tracks to 1100 West, including a pedestrian overpass to the west side of the tracks.

Woods Cross City has provided money to North Salt Lake for feasibility study for an overpass on 2600 South. I understand that the Utah State Legislature provided $2 million towards this study.

This is a complicated issue, roads may need to be widen, utilities may need to be moved, Holly Frontier Oil has their filling station on the south side of 500 South, next to the tracks. The 2600 South option may have issues with Rocky Mountain Power, businesses among others. We will be dealing with at least one other city, the state, Union Pacific, oil pipelines, etc.

If I am elected, I will need to learn about functioning as a City Council member to work with the state, the WFRC and working through the process with the city staff. I do believe a good solution can be found and funded. I do not believe it will be easy.

I cannot promise to have an overpass built, but I will do my best to get this done.