LOGAN – City officials in Logan have announced a $4.1 million grant from the Utah Department of Transportation for a bike/pedestrian underpass spanning South Main Street in Logan.
Mayor Holly Daines says that the underpass will cross Highway 89/91 at 600 South Main to connect “… more than 17 miles of existing east and west trail segments with new trail sections at the Riverwalk and Gateway developments.”
Construction of the underpass will allow for alternative ways of commuting and improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists, according to city officials.
The Main Street underpass is one of nine projects statewide recently approved by the Utah Transportation Commission with a total cost of $35 million.
“This has been another great public/private partnership,” Daines explains. “The UDOT funding requires a 20 percent match, which is $1,030,923. The city appreciates the generosity of Craig Adams of Gateway Development in providing $200,000 of adjacent trail improvements and Dell Loy Hansen of Wasatch Development for providing $160,250 in donated property and improvements.
“The city will provide the remaining balance (of the required match) through in-kind work.”
The project plan calls for a 10 x 10 x 100 underpass to cross the busy highway just north of the Logan River. Other project work will include turning 600 South Street into a cul-de-sac on the west side of Main Street; rerouting stormwater channels; and, repairing/installing landscaping, sidewalks and lighting.
The underpass itself will be a prefabricated structure independent of the bridge crossing the Logan River near 600 South.
City officials acknowledge that completion of the project will require property acquisition on the west side of Main Street and demolition of structures there. Partial acquisition and easement of property on the east side of the highway will also be necessary.
The main benefit of the underpass, city officials emphasize, will be to provide a safe means of mobility from east to west without interrupting traffic flow along Hwy 89/91. At present, the closest signalized crosswalks on South Main are more than a half-mile apart.
The underpass will also connect recently redeveloped properties on both sides of the highway. Those developments include retail outlets, restaurants, office spaces, hotels and high-density housing.
“We anticipate that the project will be bid in the spring,” Daines added, “with construction to being in summer or fall of 2022.”