ST. GEORGE – More traffic pattern changes are on the horizon for the Bluff Street project.
Starting July 17, crews will create a new traffic alignment at Bluff Street’s northern end from 1300 North to 700 North, as well as the Bluff Street-Sunset Boulevard intersection, according to the Utah Department of Transportation’s weekly email updates.
The shift in traffic is needed so the contractor can create a work zone for the final part of the intersection.
“It is anticipated traffic will be in this configuration for about three weeks,” according to the UDOT advisory. “The contractor is focusing manpower and resources on this part of the project to get it built as quickly and safely as possible.”
What follows are maps and notes detailing the how the traffic shift will play out, courtesy of UDOT.
- Northbound Bluff Street traffic has been shifted to the furthest east side of Bluff Street and southbound traffic has been shifted parallel to northbound Bluff Street.
- On the top left, the grey lanes with orange dots – these will be orange barrels on the actual road – shows eastbound Sunset Boulevard traffic and westbound Sunset Boulevard traffic shifted onto the newly built Bluff Street and Sunset Boulevard intersection.
- The red work zone is where the last section of the intersection needs to be built.
- To give crews the area to build the road in the work zone top map, the traffic control team will create a temporary “T” intersection at Diagonal Street and Bluff Street as shown above.
- Southbound Bluff Street traffic will enter the signalized intersection where motorists can turn left and continue south on Bluff Street or turn right to connect with Sunset Boulevard and continue west.
- Northbound Bluff Street traffic will enter the signalized intersection and proceed straight to travel west on Sunset Boulevard or make a right turn to continue north on Bluff Street.
- Eastbound Sunset Boulevard traffic will travel over the newly created Bluff Street and Sunset Boulevard intersection and enter the “T” intersection. Motorists wanting to travel south on Bluff Street will stay to the right. Motorists wanting to travel north on Bluff Street will make a left turn.
All movements in the “T” intersection are controlled with temporary signals except traffic traveling from eastbound Sunset Boulevard to southbound Bluff Street. This traffic movement will be a through lane with no stopping, according to UDOT.
The 30 mph speed limit remains in place though the work zone and motorists are asked to be patient while moving through the area.
Changed lanes and Diagonal Street closed at 700 West
Overall traffic configuration on Bluff Street between 100 South and 700 North changed last week when traffic lanes were moved from the east side of the roadway to the west side due to road work. Traffic lanes will remain this way until September.
Diagonal Street at 700 West is also closed until September.
There is no right turn from Bluff Street onto Diagonal Street and no right turn access from Diagonal Street to northbound Bluff Street.
Crews work from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some night and weekend work done as the project continues.
The Bluff Street widening project is slated to conclude in the fall and was reported to be 40 percent complete by mid-June.
Individuals who generally use the Sunset Boulevard to Bluff Street to St. George Boulevard corridor as their primary east-west route through town may want to consider Dixie Drive or Valley View Drive connecting to Sunset Boulevard, or Red Hills Parkway connecting to Snow Canyon Parkway as alternate travel routes.
Details of road widening and improvements
- Upgrading and improving all utilities that are buried in the current roadway, including storm drain, culinary water, sewer, fiber optics, gas, electrical and an upgraded advanced traffic management system.
- Increasing capacity with additional northbound and southbound lanes from 100 South to 1250 North through this heavily traveled section of road.
- Reconfiguring the intersection at Sunset Boulevard and Bluff Street to improve safety, traffic flow and handle projected traffic increases.
- Adding a dedicated right-turn lane from westbound St George Boulevard to northbound Bluff Street to improve safety and mobility.
State and city road planners have said for years that improvements to northern Bluff Street are needed to better handle current and future congestion concerns that accompany the area’s continuing growth.
Bluff Street carries over 44,000 vehicles every day, with that number expected to climb to 65,000 by 2040 as the population climbs from over 150,000 to around 321,000.
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