Utah

The final segment of a new highway in southern Utah is on track for completion early next year — despite a number of environmental challenges. The $75 million segment five of the Southern Parkway is an 8-mi. portion that will complete the overall connection between I-15 in the south and SR-9 in the north.

After years of careful succession planning, Jacobsen Construction Company's Board of Directors unanimously elected Gary Ellis to succeed Douglas Welling as company president in their bi-annual meeting this month. Welling, who began his tenure as president of Jacobsen in 2006 and as chief executive officer in 2012, will continue serving as CEO of the company.

Construction of Ogden's bus rapid transit (BRT) line is finally slated to begin this fall. The Utah Transit Authority has selected Stacy and Witbeck Inc. as the general contractor. The UTA estimated the construction cost at $101 million for the 5.3-mi.

A project under discussion for 60-odd years will give Tooele County residents three miles of new highway and a much needed connection to I-80. Phase one of the $74.4 million Midvalley Highway (S.R. 179) began last fall, but the project has been on the table since the 1960s.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revealed that two new temples will be built in Utah in the coming years. The exterior design plans for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple in Erda and Washington County Utah Temple in St. George were unveiled, as well as another temples slated to be constructed in Washington State.

Crews in Salt Lake County, Utah are working long hours to complete the Blackrock Reconstructed Project. The $41 million effort involves reconstructing three bridges along I-80 to provide safe and efficient travel for growing communities in Tooele County.

As part of the planned interchange at Bangerter Highway and 10400 South, UDOT partnered with a local business in South Jordan to move their office building to a new location — across the parking lot, a small trip of only 300 ft. away. During the design of the project, two office buildings west of Bangerter Highway were purchased by UDOT to make way for the future southbound off-ramp.

This month, the Utah Department of Transportation unveiled its Top 10 construction projects for the year and said it is committed to keep such work moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Transportation is vital in providing essential goods and services during these uncertain times," said Carlos Braceras, executive director of UDOT.

Sterling Construction Company Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary, Ralph L Wadsworth Construction LLC was selected by the Woodbury Corporation for a Utah structural project totaling $26.4 million. The $26.4 million project is part of a $500 million revitalization effort of University Place, a 120-acre multi-use development project located in Orem.

This year's Utah Asphalt Pavement Association convention was the largest to date in attendance and exhibitor participation. The conference featured more than 1,100 attendees and 85 exhibitors, and along with an exceptional line-up of speakers and educational sessions, the convention delivered something for everyone.

GOMACO Corporation recently recognized Faris Machinery of Colorado and Wheeler Machinery Company of Utah as Top Ten Distributors for sales in the 2019 fiscal year. The awards were presented in recognition for outstanding sales and distribution of GOMACO equipment in the United States.