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BID OPENING SET TUESDAY FOR UVSC ROAD PROJECT

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Bids are expected to be opened Tuesday for a major Utah Valley State College road reconstruction project. Construction won't begin until after the fall semester begins.

The two-phase project is budgeted for $3.4 million.Gil Cook, college relations vice president, told the UVSC Board of Trustees that a European-style roundabout at the college entrance will be built first. Widening the south side of College Drive up the hill to a new four-way stop at the 950 South intersection will be next as part of the first phase. A one-way road, it will be converted back to two-way traffic. One leg to the four-way stop will lead to a new parking lot entrance.

Crews are expected to complete the first phase by mid-November.

Work on most of the second phase won't start until spring, probably in March, Cook said. The second phase will complete Campus Drive on the north side. Improved parking is part of the project. Fall construction will also include a hook ramp to move traffic from the campus northbound onto I-15.

President Kerry Romesburg advised motorists coming to the college on I-15 either northbound or southbound to exit on Orem Center Street and proceed south on 1200 West to the campus. They should avoid the main entrance, he added. Romesburg said the original road was built for an enrollment of 2,300 students. The college now has more than 14,000.

A jogging track around campus will also be constructed. Romesburg, a jogger, said he appreciated that addition.