BRT construction update 02

A construction worker drives a machine to flatten asphalt along University Parkway on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Provo. ISAAC HALE, Daily Herald

The Provo-Orem Transportation Improvement Project continues to expand and shift its construction area as it prepares for the bus rapid transit system projected to be completed by early spring 2018.

“Weather permitting within the next week, University Parkway between 400 West and State Street in Orem will be re-striped and traffic will be shifted to the inside lanes and median to prepare for roadway widening activities,” said Andy Neff, project spokesman in a weekly update. “Work is expected to begin by early November at 400 West and progress eastward on the south side of the road.”

Below are updates on construction for the coming week:

— Monday-Wednesday, Night Work: Motorists should expect nightly lane restrictions from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Wednesday on University Parkway between 400 West and State Street in Orem for restriping operations.

“The new traffic configuration is expected to remain in place through summer 2017,” Neff said. “Three lanes will be maintained in each direction on University Parkway and existing turn lanes will remain in place. Nighttime turn lane closures are possible from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.”

Motorists should be aware that on-street parking will remain eliminated. Business access will be maintained and signage will be placed along University Parkway to mark entrances. The project this week will also be working on storm drains.

— Sunday-Wednesday, Night Work: Motorists should expect nightly lane restrictions from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday on University Parkway between 550 West and Freedom Boulevard in Provo for storm drain installation.

Along 700 North in Provo, more north and south intersections will close temporarily.

— 700 North, Provo: The intersections of 700 North and 200 East and 300 East are closed to all traffic and eastbound and westbound 700 North are closed to through traffic between 100 East and 400 East through next week for utility relocations. Westbound traffic is detoured to 800 North and eastbound traffic is detoured to 600 North.

Neff noted that pedestrian access is retained at intersections. To maintain public safety, pedestrians and bicyclists are asked to stay out of the roadway work zone and remain on the sidewalk and walkways at intersections.

More information is available by contacting the project public involvement team via the project hotline 1-888-661-8806, emailing or on the project webpage: and Facebook page:

Daily Herald reporter Genelle Pugmire can be contacted at, (801)344-2910, Twitter @gpugmire

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