The Tooele City Council has awarded a $1.6 million contract to a local company to extend Tooele Boulevard to 700 South, bringing the long-awaited project one step closer to fruition.
The city council unanimously approved the contract with Broken Arrow Incorporated, which Tooele City Engineer Paul Hansen said was not only a local company, but also the lowest bidder on the project. The proposed road project generated a lot of interest, he said. A total of 19 companies submitted bids to the city.
When finished, Tooele Boulevard will continue south for roughly 2,900 feet from the Community Learning Center and Tooele Applied Technology College to 700 South. The project will also finish about 1,000 feet of 700 South.
The road will service the Utah State University Tooele Regional Campus, which is set for a 54-acre expansion, and a proposed business corridor that the city has zoned for research and development. This adjoining area will extend south of existing businesses.
The city will use $2 million in funding it received from the Utah State Legislature to pay for the project. Construction will include roadway, curb and gutter, as well as water and sewer lines for future development. Sidewalks will not be included, but will be constructed as needed when new buildings go up.
With the bid now awarded, Broken Arrow will be able to begin construction on the project.
Members of the city council said the expansion was indicative of good things to come for the community and predicted that the long-term growth it would bring to the southwest side of the city would change the entire community.