Press Release: City Reminds Residents to Exercise Extra Caution as School Resumes

The Salt Lake City Transportation and Engineering Divisions remind residents that ‘back-to-school’ time for the Salt Lake City School District is upon us, with most City schools back in session beginning on Monday, August 24.

In an effort to improve pedestrian safety for all residents, Salt Lake City has been working hard to increase awareness to reduce incidents between cars and pedestrians.  At this busy time of year, Salt Lake City is reminding parents, caregivers and students to take extra care when heading back to school and we are asking the traveling public to participate in keeping our little ones safe by obeying all speed limits, slowing down in school zones and always being attentive when behind the wheel. 

There are numerous ongoing roadway and utility projects where students will be walking, biking or part of drop-off/pick-up areas. While City contractors will work to ensure impacts are minimal, some extra time may be required for travel through active project areas.

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 (8 locations, see website http://www.slcgov.com/utilities)
  • Questar utility work between 2100 South and Parley’s Canyon Boulevard (near Rosslyn Heights Elementary and Highland High School)

1700 South Reconstruction Project Overview:

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. For details, please visit the project website: http://www.slcgov.com/engineering/1700-south-reconstruction