Salt Lake City warning parents of construction projects on way to school

Posted at 2:49 PM, Aug 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-24 16:53:53-04

SALT LAKE CITY - The city is warning parents and students about a few construction project as the back-to-school rush begins.

Officials said many of the projects are in school zones.

The city is asking parents to walk to school with their children to keep them safe and keep distance from the construction.

Officials said many children walking to school will walk through construction debris.

The city is asking parents to allow extra time traveling to school.

Projects that will have direct impacts on school traffic include:

  • 1700 South Reconstruction Project from State Street to 700 East (near Whittier/Hawthorne elementary schools)
  • 200 West Protected Bike Lanes/slurry seal from North Temple to 900 South (near Miss Billie’s Kids Kampus)
  • Google Fiber ongoing utility work (various locations – schools, businesses and residents informed 72 hours in advance of activity)
  • Public utilities water main projects: (click here for multiple locations)
  • Questar utility work between 2100 South and Parley’s Canyon Boulevard (near Rosslyn Heights Elementary and Highland High School)

Salt Lake City is reconstructing 1700 South between State Street and 700 East.

The project includes major water main replacement prior to full roadway replacement (concrete from State to 500 East, asphalt from 500 to 700 East) as well as some sidewalk, curb, gutter and driveway replacement throughout the project area.

Construction is scheduled to continue through December 2015.

Hawthorne Elementary School is surrounded by that project at 1700 South and 600 East.

The school's principal, Marian Broadhead, said she has spent her summer checking the area around the school for any damage from construction.

"During the summer I walk the school boundaries the streets," Broadhead said. "You'd be surprised; there can be little breaks in the concrete. Just little things like that."

She said she has been communicating with the city since before the water main replacement project began.

"It can be dangerous," Broadhead said. "So we ask parents if they would please walk with their children.  Just be really patient and kind and thoughtful. If they are driving be patient with children crossing."