After two years of planning and preparation, construction began on an underpass below state Route 138 near Porter Way Park on Wednesday.
During the Stansbury Service Agency meeting on Wednesday night, manager Gary Jensen said ground was broken on the project, beginning with utility work. The company doing boring work finished with CenturyLink earlier in the day, Jensen said.
Other utilities followed suit, moving their lines below 20 to 25 feet and underneath the bottom of the prefabricated underpass when it’s installed, according to Jensen. Dominion Energy will move its gas line in the area to avoid having to drop it to the depth required with the underpass.
Jensen said the total cost of the project, including utility work and construction, will be approximately $1 million. The underpass would provide safe pedestrian access under SR-138 at Porter Way Park and connect the trail system and parks on either side of the highway.
Last September, the service agency received two bids on the project — $943,775 from Stapp Construction in North Salt Lake and $986,898 from Probuild Construction of Salt Lake City. Jensen said the cost of the utility work would be added to the accepted bid price from Stapp Construction.
At the same meeting the bids were received, board chairman Neil Smart said the service agency will receive $650,000 in grant money for the underpass project, including $400,000 from the Utah Department of Transportation, $150,000 from a Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant through the state Office of Outdoor Recreation, and $100,000 from the Tooele County Health Department.