Current Projects

US-89; Farmington to SR-193

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SJ+A is currently working with the Utah Department of Transportation in the Environmental and Design phases of the US Highway 89 Project, between Farmington and Interstate 84. This project will improve regional and local mobility, enhance the system linkage between Interstate 15 and 84 on U.S. 89, address current and future travel demand on this corridor and improve safety.SJ+A has played an integral part in a new process that UDOT has adopted for this project, which allow local government agencies and UDOT to work together to develop a Unified Transportation Plan for the U.S.89 project. This process, known as Progressive Design-Build , allows for public input, contractor expertise and cost to be assessed and incorporated into the project design earlier than other delivery methods. This will help the project team design and build the right project for the area.

The U.S. 89 project will improve safety and mobility on U.S. 89 by…

  • Widen U.S. 89 to three lanes in each direction;
  • Add interchanges – bridges over U.S. 89 with on/off-ramps – at 200 North/400 North, Oak Hills Drive, Gordon Avenue and Antelope Drive;
  • Add bridges over U.S. 89 at Nicholls Road and Crestwood Road;
  • Improve connections between U.S. 89 and Main Street, S.R.193 and Interstate 84;
  • Some sections of new frontage road will be constructed to improve access to existing frontage roads and local streets. This will help local traffic access the new interchanges and crossings efficiently. The frontage road system will also function as a signed bicycle route.

What have we done with this project that will set us apart from other PIs?SJ+A has lead the communication team in a strategic communications program designed to address community concerns and build project buy-in. We began by providing detailed information about the PDB process and how it incorporates public input from previous phases. Then we detailed how public input had been incorporated into the project design. Finally, we provided detailed visuals to assist the public in understanding how their input changed the design.

In order to reach the broad range of affected stakeholders, we implemented in-person and digital engagement tools to ensure accessibility to project information. In addition to our in-person open house, we provided an online open house, which saw over 6,000 unique visitors in the week of and the week following the open house at Layton High School. We also built and co-run a project Community Coordination Team (CCT) to help provide a two-way channel of communication between the project team and affected communities.

SJ+A is providing communication outreach, messaging, public involvement and facilitation services to UDOT on this project.

For questions or more information about the project please email US89@utah.gov or call 888-752-8789.

I-15 Technology Corridor

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I-15 Technology Corridor is a heavily trafficked area of I-15 between the I-15 CORE and the Point, (between Lehi Main Street and S.R. 92). Known as the Silicon Slopes, this area of I-15 is the fastest growing area with a high number of technology-based businesses moving to this area every day. The growth has occurred more rapidly in this area than projected and the Utah Department of Transportation is addressing this growth by completing a project that will…

  • Add two additional travel lanes in each direction;
  • Build a new bridge over I-15 at Triumph Boulevard;
  • Create one-way frontage roads between S.R. 92 and 2100 North;
  • Redesign and build new interchanges at S.R. 92 and 2100 North;
  • Reconstruct bridges at cross streets and railroad crossings; and
  • Build a new bike and pedestrian connections.

SJ+A works closely with A-W and the UDOT Communications team to ensure that they are up to date on project progress and planned impacts. SJ+A assists the UDOT communication team by providing real time construction information and access to the site so that they can implement the communication program. We also assist A-W in direct stakeholder coordination for access and site restoration following work activities.

What is different about this project?

SJ+A assisted in the proposal development phase by contributing ideas to improve mobility during and after construction. Some of our innovations have included partnering with the Utah Transit Authority to fund a shuttle in the business park adjacent to S.R. 92. Intended to help reduce congestion during construction, our funding actually contributed to a new bus route connecting several business parks to the Lehi Frontrunner station.

We also proposed and secured information kiosks to share project information with the public via several locations around the S.R. 92 interchange – at business and commercial locations. These kiosks link to the project website and provide interactive tools to get the public engaged.

Provo – Bulldog Boulevard Construction Phase

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Bulldog Boulevard is an important part of Provo City’s transportation network. Many different types of travelers use this road- cars, trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists. It hosts a wonderful mix of businesses from restaurants and shopping to recreation, health care, and schools.

SJ+A is working with Provo City to improve safety for all roadway users. We have conducted early concept outreach, asking the public via personal meetings and articles for their feedback about converting a travel lane to a protected bicycle lane in each direction. SJ+A will continue engaging with area stakeholders through project design in 2017-2018.

Provo 500 West

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Provo 500 West Project

UDOT is reconstructing U.S. 89 (500 West) in Provo between 500 South and Bulldog Boulevard. SJ+A began working with UDOT during the environmental process, focusing efforts on communicating study information with key stakeholders, holding individual meetings with the local neighborhood councils, schools and affected property owners, engaging local businesses, residents and neighborhood groups to educate them about the project and associated impacts.

Now in the construction phase, SJ+A is working with UDOT’s communication team to engage project stakeholders using the following tactics:

  • Email updates
  • Door-to-door canvassing
  • In-person visits to residents and businesses
  • Small group meetings with schools and residents
  • Press releases and media coordination
  • Presenting to business groups
  • Maps and visuals
  • Coordinating with Mayor Kaufusi’s office and the Provo City Police Department to amplify information and impacts
  • Final media event

This project will upgrade aging infrastructure, provide better south-north connectivity and improve traffic flow, enhance safety and provide more options for pedestrians and bikers. The project will: add new bike lanes and a 10-foot multi-modal trail; landscaped medians and new crosswalks; new storm drain, sewer, and natural gas utility lines, improve signal timing, and repave the roadway in concrete.

In addition, the project has removed a historic pedestrian tunnel and replaced it with a new crosswalk and increased signal timing for students and crossing guards.

This project frequently requires high-touch interactions with the public that not only keep them informed, but also help them become more resilient and better able to cope with project impacts. Upon completion, Provo City, residents, businesses, and schools will have a new utility lines, new active transportation options, and a new road constructed to last for decades.

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