School traffic may be impacted by Bangerter Highway constructionMay 17, 2021 11:40AM ● By Julie Slama
By Julie Slama|[email protected]
Elk Ridge Middle families may be in the right—when they turn left.
In early May, the Utah Department of Transportation is planning to close 10400 South traveling across Bangerter Highway as crews work on the construction of an underpass and on- and off-ramps. It will remain closed through late 2021.
“They have told us that traffic will still be allowed to turn left as we travel east on 10400 South, and we may have two left-hand lanes, but it could directly impact our traffic during drop-off and pick-up times,” Elk Ridge Principal Curtis Jenson said. “We may have some backup in our parking lot.”
Alternately, west bound traffic on 9800 South will only be able to turn right or south onto Bangerter Highway. This could impact Elk Meadows Elementary families as they arrive and depart school.
The construction work is similar to the east–west closure on 12600 South. A freeway-style interchange also is occurring at 6200 South.
Jenson said that South Jordan City planners have been in good communication and planning with Jordan School District, sharing the expected changes. The walking bridge at the intersection also is expected to be moved, but safe walking routes are expected to be shared with the community.
In addition to the main entrance to Elk Ridge Middle School, there is an alternative entrance in the back of the school through the neighborhood.
“As an option, parents could drop kids off a block away to avoid congestion,” he suggested.
Construction will reduce speeds to 45 mph and is expected to be ongoing both day and night, according to the UDOT website.