HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- The Falcon Hill project is under way, but construction is expected to get heavier with the arrival of spring.
Ground was broken on the $1.5 billion project in October, but as warmer temperatures arrive, major construction will begin near the base's west entry gate, and that will affect traffic, base access and parking.
Beginning this week, Arsenal Road on base will be permanently closed from M Street to a new road south of Building 891.
Also beginning this week, 69 parking spaces will be temporarily closed in the parking lot south of Building 1239.
From April 18 to June 11, 174 parking spaces are planned to close in the parking lot south of buildings 1219, 1229 and 1239.
Parking will still be available along the north side of the lot and to the east end of the parking lot.
For more information on the impacts of construction, visit www.hill.af.mil.
Part of the ongoing construction near Hill's west side includes construction of a building owned by Northrop Grumman, a new gatehouse and a new security forces building.
Construction crews will also move the west gate to the east several hundred feet.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders said moving the west gate to the east will stop traffic from backing up onto Interstate 15 when motorists enter the gate during peak traffic hours.
The Falcon Hill project encompasses 550 acres on the base and is a public-private venture of the state, Hill and Woodbury Corporation.
Terms of the partnership call for Sunset Ridge Development Partners LLC to finance, build and maintain 8 million square feet of office space and supporting restaurants and hotels on 550 acres on Hill's west side.
Sunset will own the 550 acres over a 50-year lease and, as a payment in kind, will build 1.6 million square feet of office space on the base, which will allow employees to move out of a series of old World War II-era storage facilities that had been converted into office space for base employees.
The remaining land will be leased out to government agencies, defense contractors and other private agencies.
When the 50-year lease is up, the Air Force will own all of the property, including the hotels and restaurants.