OGDEN — Construction on Ogden City’s $4 million add-on to the Grant Avenue Promenade downtown is mostly complete.
And the new, highly developed road is now open to all kinds of traffic.
On its Twitter page, the Ogden City Council said the section of Grant Avenue between 22nd and 24th streets, which has been under construction since the spring, is now open.
With the exception of a traffic light that still needs to be installed at 23rd Street, the project is finished. Temporary stop signs will guide intersection movements at 23rd Street until the new signals can be installed and there may be some intermittent closures over the next few of weeks while that work is completed, the council said.
The road serves as a model for walkability and active transportation in Ogden. Mimicking the design of a previously completed promenade section of Grant between 20th and 22nd streets, the section of road includes separated bicycle lanes, decorative intersections and installing new street lights and a new traffic signalization system.
Ogden City Engineer Justin Anderson previously told the Standard-Examiner the design of the road is meant to encourage active transportation by enhancing safety for cyclists and pedestrians and providing better connections to existing transit options.
Like the northern section of the promenade, which was completed in 2014, the speed limit in the new zone will be lowered to 20 mph.
Most of the funding for the project came from a $20 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Utah Transit Authority was awarded the grant in 2016 and has been distributing the money to local municipalities since then. Funds are matched by the entities that receive the money.
UTA is using the grant to help fund 161 active transportation projects in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah and Summit counties. When all of the projects are finished, more than $70 million in transportation investment will have been made in the six counties.
The city eventually wants to complete the promenade design on Grant from the Ogden River all the way to 25th Street, further connecting it to the downtown area.