Fun run set for Mountain View Corridor
Your mother always told you not to run in the road, but what's life without a little risk?
On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Utah Department of Transportation is offering a way to safely break the rules with a free "Polar Bear 5K Fun Run" as part of their "Run It Before You Drive It” campaign. The event marks the opening of six new miles of the Mountain View Corridor. It also celebrates the completion of 15 total miles of the roadway in Salt Lake County.
Project Director Teri Newell said the run is a good opportunity for the public to see what the new road is about.
"We wanted to give people a chance to get on the road prior to driving it," Newell said. "This event lets the community have a chance to see it, to try it out and get familiar with it."
Community members are invited to gather on MVC at 9000 South (approximately 5700 West) to join in the festivities. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will also feature UDOT snowplows, music by the Copper Hills High Marching Band and holiday refreshments.
Following a short presentation and ribbon-cutting, participants will stretch their legs on both the new road and the new trail system constructed as part of the project. The asphalt trail, built adjacent to MVC, extends the entire length of the corridor.
The roadway opens to traffic at 2 p.m. and is expected to alleviate congestion in the city.
"UDOT is proud to meet the community's growing transportation needs," Newell said. "Opening this section of roadway provides a great new alternate route for Salt Lake County commuters."
UDOT approached the corridor project using a phased construction process. "This gives us the ability to be flexible," Newell explained. As traffic demands increase, and as funds become available, UDOT will continue to expand and lengthen the roadway until it is a fully-functioning freeway extending from I-80 in Salt Lake to I-15 in Lehi. UDOT projects that the freeway will be completed by 2030.
This initial phase of MVC extends from Redwood Road at 16000 South to 5400 South in Kearnsand consists of two lanes of trafficin each direction and signalized intersections where future interchanges will be built. The one-way stretches of pavement are separated by a wide section of land that will be preserved for the future expansion of the roadway. A portion of the corridor was also completed in Utah County in 2011.
To learn more about how to navigate the new roadway and what to expect for the future expansions, visit udot.utah.gov/mountainview.