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Mayors of Utah Valley: Investing in infrastructure – Vineyard City leads the way

By Julie Fullmer - Special to the Daily Herald | Feb 11, 2024

Courtesy Vineyard City

In this undated photo, members of the Vineyard City Public Works team, including the son of Director Naseem Ghandour, cut a ribbon to commemorate the opening of the Vineyard Connector extension.

In the bustling landscape of urban development, Vineyard City propels forward, forging paths of innovation. Recently, this vibrant community clinched a prestigious transportation award alongside the Utah Department of Transportation Region 3 for its unwavering commitment to a robust infrastructure network.

Nestled within the heart of Utah County, Vineyard City’s regional development, aptly named Utah City, has garnered widespread acclaim as one of the most significant economic opportunities in the state’s history. Boasting a Metropolitan Division ranked first in the nation for three consecutive years, the stage is set, and Utah City is emerging as a hub of innovation and technological advancement.

Vineyard recently ranked in the top 10 places for Utah County visitors, according to Explore Utah Valley tourism data. Vineyard’s regional development has easy access, local eateries, and entertainment right off several freeway exits. As anticipation builds for the 2034 Olympics in Utah, the importance of core transportation and transit routes in these economic centers cannot be overstated. These arteries of connectivity are vital for the smooth flow of goods, services and people, ultimately fueling economic growth and prosperity.

Vineyard’s strategic investment in infrastructure positions it at the forefront of this transformative moment in Utah’s history. Vineyard has been under high growth, recently the fastest-growing city in the nation; moving cars, providing parking, connecting other core alternative modes of transit, and joining those routes into first and last mile touch points is Vineyard’s top priority.

Overcoming old, outdated transportation and parking plans has opened up major economic advantages for the community and has made housing attainable. Vineyard has invested heavily into parking using a tax increment financing program to build backbone infrastructure and ensure sustainable industry and access. Vineyard is running a parking and transportation study simultaneously to make sure access throughout the city and in the downtown feels easy and convenient.

Courtesy Vineyard City

Vineyard Mayor Julie Fullmer.

The celebration of the recent opening of the Vineyard Connector extension off state Route 52/800 North and the completion of the 1600 North extension mark significant milestones in Vineyard’s journey toward comprehensive connectivity. These vital links not only cater to the burgeoning growth and housing market in Utah County but also serve to enhance amenities and facilitate seamless access to places of work, education and recreation.

Additionally, Vineyard has strengthened the community’s access to qualify-of-life opportunities with a multimodal approach, including pedestrian-, bike- and transit-friendly options that are anticipated to be seamless in the greater transportation road network.

The first joint project delivery effort between the Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Transit Authority resulted in a $21.5 million FrontRunner station project, which provides a major hub for pedestrian and bicycle trail connections within Utah County and as far north as Salt Lake County. The state, the Mountainland Association of Governments, UDOT and UTA worked with landowners and the city to provide this important connection in the state’s path for world-class transportation to our airports that serve our businesses and build connectivity. These pathways offer health and lifestyle benefits to local residents and guests.

Such achievements would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of dedicated partners committed to realizing Vineyard City’s vision of an interconnected and thriving community. As we express gratitude to these invaluable partners, we also recognize the collective responsibility to sustain this momentum and continue investing in the infrastructure that will shape our future.

In the narrative of community development and innovative centers, Vineyard City’s story serves as a testament to the transformative power of strategic infrastructure investment. As we celebrate this well-deserved recognition, we reaffirm our commitment to building resilient communities that pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.


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