Local and business traffic can approach, but through traffic will be diverted.
One of Salt Lake City’s most popular intersections will be closed for construction for most of this month.
The intersection of 900 South and 900 East will be closed for about 30 days beginning Monday, according to a city press release. Local and business traffic will be allowed, but all through traffic will be diverted.
The closure is part of the 900 South Reconstruction Project aimed at Improve the 9 Line Trail. According to the project website, the teams are working to connect the 3-mile hike and bike trail from 9th and 9th to Liberty Park and from Central 9th to Poplar Grove and Jordan Park.
Phase 1 of the project — which was completed last month — focused on 900 West through 200 East, according to a city news release. Construction continues along 900 South between 200 East and 500 East.
For this month’s phase near the 9th and 9th, teams will expand the 9-Line Trail, resurface the pavement and also improve stormwater drainage to better control flooding.
Officials said the complete closure of the crossing will allow teams to accelerate the project timeline, which was originally projected to be 45 to 60 days.
“Businesses in the area remain open and need community support,” the city said in a release.
Local traffic and those wishing to visit the 9th and 9th shops are allowed to proceed as far as the intersection, but the closure will divert everyone to the U-turn.
Through traffic should use 700 East, 800 South, or 1100 East as alternate routes.
Local businesses are feeling the strain of various construction projects in the city. At 900 South, near 200 East, the owners of Bar Curiosity said they saw sales drop during months of roadworks and reached out to the community for help in July.
At Sugar House, near ongoing construction on Highland Drive, the owners of Black Cat Comics and Bruges Waffles & Frites have said the city isn’t doing enough to mitigate their losses, although the city has given the affected businesses a grant of $1,000 of $3,000 for Small Business Construction Mitigation Granted By Construction.
The grants are available to businesses located either on a street under construction or within half a block of a construction site. Companies wishing to apply should go to SLC.gov/ed/constructiongrant/ to start the process.
Anyone with questions or concerns about the impact of construction can contact the city at 844-297-6884. Also see 900SouthSLC.com for more information