FARMINGTON -- Some major work remains to get the Farmington FrontRunner station back to its original shape, but at least it is now open after being shut down for repairs following the Dec. 1 windstorm that rocked the area.
The station reopened Tuesday, but the parking lot, platform, pedestrian bridge and lighting system still need some major repairs.
At a Utah Transportation Commission meeting Thursday, Commissioner Meg Holbrook said most of the station had "blown into the Great Salt Lake."
Utah Transit Authority spokesman Gerry Carpenter said 22 of the 35 light poles that illuminate the station's platform were blown away.
Light poles in the station parking lot were also damaged, with cracks found in the cement foundations.
"The light poles were designed to withstand winds up to 100 mph," Carpenter said. "But unfortunately, we had some winds that were more than 100 mph."
He said the foundations of the parking lot lights have been sealed and reinforced and four light poles have been replaced on the platform, strategically placed to offer enough light during the evening.
The agency has ordered replacement lights that will have an even higher wind rating.
The pedestrian bridge that crosses the train tracks and provides access to the station also was damaged.
The gutter that redirects water runoff was badly damaged and subsequently removed from the entire bridge.
UTA is looking at ways to replace the gutter and is considering using something else to redirect water on the bridge. Designers have evaluated the bridge and determined that its structural integrity is fine.
The repair work at the station is expected to be complete before the end of January.
Carpenter said preliminary estimates suggest the total cost of the repairs will exceed $100,000.
Commuter Rail Constructors, the contractor that built FrontRunner North and is currently working on FrontRunner South, will make the repairs.
"We've suffered some pretty significant damage," Carpenter said. "But the good news is that we are open in Farmington and the station is safe for regular use."