Plan would create ‘Grand Boulevard’ vibe on select Salt Lake City streets

Posted at 7:13 PM, Sep 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-22 09:01:35-04

SALT LAKE CITY – City council members in Salt Lake City are working with the Utah Department of Transportation on a plan they hope will make sure visitors to Salt Lake City are left with a positive first impression.

Officials hope to create a “Grand Boulevard” on the roadway off of the 600 South exit ramp.

Nick Norris, a planning manager for Salt Lake City, spoke about the initiative.

“First impressions are important, you know, that's the first thing that people see when they enter our city often is what happens when they get off of the interstate, particularly along 600 South,” he said.

Visitors entering Salt Lake City at 600 South see a lot of billboards, power lines, trains and railroad tracks. The concept for a Grand Boulevard arose several years ago as part of the Chamber of Commerce’s “Downtown Rising” campaign.

The first step for proponents of the concept is to create a master plan, and once that is done planners can focus on the details. City officials are considering similar efforts for the area of 400 South.

Officials said the project is still in its early planning stage, and there isn’t a timeline for the improvements as of yet.

FOX 13 News' Bob Evans has more details on the initiative, see the video above for his report.