Construction has begun on the 1000 West widening project. For commuters, the project will provide easier access to the west side of the valley. For parents in the area, the project creates a high-speed, messy obstacle between kids and Woodruff Elementary during construction. Once completed, 1000 West will connect US 89-91 on the south to 200 North. The five-lane highway is estimated to be completed December 31. Until then, crews are scheduled to work on the road from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. six days a week. Woodruff is primarily a walking school, and many parents have shown concern for their kids’ safety during construction. During a Logan City Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Marshal Garrett said the district, police, construction workers and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are working to create “as much protection as possible for our kids.” Sidewalks will be put in on both sides of 1000 West, starting on the west side and then putting them in on the east. Construction groups will try to complete sidewalks during the summer months so it will interfere with the school schedule as little as possible. Until these sidewalks can be put in, any current gaps in sidewalk will be filled with gravel so a consistent walkway to the elementary school will be available to students. The 600 South intersection will be completed in October, but it will remain open during construction. Police will be sending crossing guards to help the kids cross 1000 West at that intersection. The construction company will keep truck traffic to a minimum during hours when lots of children will be present, such as before school starts in the morning and after it lets out in the afternoon. Another concern parents have is students may want to explore construction zones and sites where houses are being torn down in order to widen the road. Garrett said these areas will be marked off by orange construction barrels and will be watched to make sure kids stay safe. Parents of students of any age are encouraged to help cut down the amount of vehicle traffic on 1000 West by limiting left-hand turns and avoiding crossing 1000 West whenever possible. UDOT will also be providing fliers to different neighborhoods in the area mapping routes to schools in an effort to alleviate vehicle traffic during construction. – firstname.lastname@example.org
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