Fall 2021 Construction Projects

Fall 2021 Construction Projects

100 South reconstruction project

The reconstruction of 100 South between 900 East to University Street will continue until October 2021. During this time, commuters traveling through the construction area can expect minor delays due to the single-lane closures.


  • Beginning August 20. University Street will be closed between 100 South and 200 South. During this closure, traffic will be directed down 200 South to 1300 East. From here, motorists can turn either direction on 100 South (see map below).
  • Throughout September, motorists can expect the lanes shifts on 900 East. One lane of traffic in each direction will remain open at all times.
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians should prepare for occasional sidewalk closures in sections throughout the construction site.

Visit www.SLC.gov/MyStreet to learn more about this construction project.

Chiller plant project at Marriott Lot & 1500 East

Excavation work at the Marriott Lot and the road along 1500 East to South Campus Drive will continue until September 2021. The construction directly affects motorist parking and traveling in the area, but it will not affect pedestrian and cyclist traffic.


  • 1500 East will be closed for the duration of the construction project.
  • Traffic will divert through the Marriott Lot (see detour map).
  • Campus Store customers, Marriott Library visitors, and other motorists may access the Marriott Lot through the south entrance (see detour map).
  • The Campus Store’s ’30-Minute’ customer parking stalls will relocate to the next row east.
  • Limited parking will be available in the southeast corner of the Marriott Lot.


I-80 & I-215 construction

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is making improvements to I-80 between 1300 East and 2300 East and I-215 between 3300 South and 4500 South. The project includes removing and replacing the concrete throughout the impacted area and adding a new eastbound lane on I-80 between 1300 East and 2300 East.


  • Demolition and reconstruction of the 1300 East and 1700 East bridges over I-80
  • Demolition and reconstruction of the I-80 bridge over 2000 East
  • Widening of the I-80 bridge over 2300 East to accommodate the new eastbound lane

Visit UDOT’s website to learn more about the I-80 & I-215 construction project.

Life Science Building construction

A portion of the Life Science Building will be under construction from fall 2021 to January 2022. As a result, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians traveling near the site will notice impacts, such as limited parking and sidewalk detours.

Parking impacts:

  • The parking stalls west of the Life Science Building (on 1400 South) will be unavailable.
  • The ADA stalls will be relocated to the east side of the Crocker Science Center.

Sidewalk impacts:

  • The sidewalk east of the Edible Campus Gardens will be blocked by construction fencing. Pedestrians and cyclists traveling south will need to detour around the construction site through the sidewalk east of the William Steward Building.
  • The sidewalk north of the Life Sciences Building will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists.

HELIX Building construction 

Construction for the HELIX Building continues and is expected to be complete in 2023. The 250,000 square feet building will be located in the open space next to the Primary Children’s Eccles Outpatient Services facility and will spread across 5 1/2 levels that will connect to the main hospital complex and the rest of campus via a sky bridge near the Moran Eye Center.


  • Several stalls located on the northeast corner of the Eccles Broadcast Lot will be fenced off and unavailable. Motorists are encouraged to park in the Merrill Engineering Lot if both lots are full.
  • There will be increased construction traffic on the surface lot just south of the Ambulatory Garage. Please exercise caution when walking through this area.
  • Limit parking will be available in the Sorenson Lot.
  • The sidewalk located between the Eccles Broadcast Lot and the Ambulatory Garage will be closed until summer 2021. Pedestrians and cyclists will be rerouted to another pathway located on the east side of the Eccles Broadcast Lot, which is ADA compliment.

Health Sciences garage, roadway and connector

Construction of a new 1,400-car parking garage and the road realignment on North Medical Drive is underway. The garage, located between the IJ & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center and the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers, will feature a lowered roadway entrance and a pedestrian connector to University Hospital so people on foot can avoid the traffic on North Medical Drive. The road realignment will raise North Medical Drive, allowing for better access into the North Medical Garage and the new parking garage. Additionally, two new roundabouts will be added at the entrance to University Hospital and the entrance to the new parking garage to improve traffic flow.


  • Commuters can expect lane closures and possible traffic delays from the Mario Capecchi Drive intersection up to Huntsman Cancer Institute.
  • Motorists can expect occasional delays as construction trucks travel in the area.
  • The road realignment will impact North Medical Drive traffic from the intersection at Mario Capecchi up to the Circle of Hope until October 2022. North Medical Drive will have two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane at all times. Despite this, traffic congestion and delays are possible, particularly during peak travel times during the morning and evening rush hours. Please add extra travel time when commuting through this area.

Visit the North Medical Drive Construction webpage to get the latest project updates.

Annex Building to be replaced with a parking lot

Demolition of the Annex building is in progress. The existing space will be occupied by a new 300-space parking lot scheduled to be completed by spring 2022. This new parking lot will replace the stalls lost to the Kahlert Village housing project, which opened last year.

Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building expansion

A 22,800 square foot building expansion is underway at the Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building. The project is scheduled to be completed in January 2022.


  • Access to the Kennecott Building Lot will be restricted during the infill process.
  • More ADA stalls will be added to the parking lot north of the Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building.
  • Several parking stalls will be permanently eliminated to accommodate the space needed for the building expansion.

Public Safety Building construction

Construction of the new Public Safety Building and a smaller ancillary building located on the northeast side of the Guardsman Lot is underway. This project is anticipated to be completed by December 2021.


  • Pedestrian traffic along the eastbound side of 500 S. (adjacent to the Guardsman Lot) will temporarily reroute while sidewalk realignment and driveway realignment/installation work occur.
  • Vehicle traffic and campus shuttles will temporarily reroute through the Guardsman Lot while site utility work occurs along with driveway realignment.
  • Approximately 140 stalls in the Guardsman Lot will be permanently eliminated to accommodate the space needed to construct the new building.
  • The entrance to the Guardsman Lot on 500 South will be closed during the first two weeks of September 2021.

Fall 2021 Commuter Guide

Fall 2021 Commuter Guide

As the University of Utah welcomes students back to campus, many incoming freshmen and sophomores may have questions about commuting. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and rest assure that Commuter Services is here to help you understand your transportation options. So, whether this is your first or hundredth time coming to campus, here's everything you need to know about commuting to the U this fall.



Parking at the U is a challenge due to the dense population on campus. However, students can avoid the stress of parking and driving by riding UTA instead. Your UCard serves as an unlimited pass to ride UTA buses, TRAX and FrontRunner trains at no cost. Don't forget to use your UCard to tap on and off the card readings on the buses and train platforms when boarding and existing. 

Riding UTA to the university is easy. The TRAX Red Line and several UTA bus routes come directly to campus making public transportation accessible to students in the Wasatch Front. Additionally, commuters using multiple modes of transportation may bring their bicycle or personal scooter on buses and trains. Download the Transit app to find a route that works for you. 

According to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), passengers must wear face masks on public transit until September 13, 2021.



SafeRide is a transportation service that enhances safety during night hours. Students who feel uncomfortable walking at night can request an on-demand ride to and from most locations on campus. SafeRide functions similarly to other rideshare programs like Uber or Lyft but only operates within university boundaries on weeknights from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

The SafeRide program switched to different service provider and will no longer operate through the TapRide app. Passengers must request a SafeRide through the TransLoc app, available on the App Store and Google Play. Visit the SafeRide page to learn more about requesting a ride through the TransLoc app. 


Parking Permits

Students who park a vehicle on campus long-term or daily should purchase a parking permit. There are a few factors to consider when deciding which parking permit to purchase. Are you living on or off-campus? Where would you like to park? What is your budget? Your answer to these questions will help you determine which parking permit best fits your needs.

Here's a breakdown of the most common parking permits for students:

  • U Permit: The 'U' permit is the best and most affordable option for students living off-campus. This permit allows students to park in various 'U' lots across campus and in designated 'A' lots after 3 p.m.
  • HU Permit: The 'HU' permit allows residential students to park overnight in housing lots. This permit is also valid in 'U' lots. Be aware that overnight parking is not allowed in certain 'U' lots.
  • HCU Permit: The 'HCU' is similar to the 'HU' permit but comes with extra perks. In addition to parking in the housing lots, the 'HCU' permit is valid in the Central Garage, the Lassonde Studio Lot and 'U' lots.
  • CU Permit: The 'CU' permit is available to all students. With this permit, students may park in the Central Garage, the Lassonde Studio Lot and 'U' lots. 

Visit the Student Permits page to view prices, purchasing details and other parking permits.



Students with 'U' permits may park in designated 'A' parking lots after 3 p.m. This option allows students to park in lots closer to central campus during the evening. However, not all lots have this accommodation, so please take care in reading the signage posted in each lot.

Students with 'U' permits may also park in designated stalls in the Marriott Library and Union kiosk lots after 3 p.m. Not every stall in these lots allows 'U' permits, so read the signs carefully.

Check out the map of parking lots that allow 'U' permits after 3 p.m.



Students enrolled in a combination of in-person and online classes have different parking needs and may prefer short-term options rather than semesterly permits. Commuter Services offers the following short-term parking options:

  •  Day Pass: A Day Pass allows you to park in a 'U' or 'A' lot for a day. The Day Pass price ranges from $5 to $16, depending on the time of day you'd like to park. This option is ideal for students who need to park on campus a couple of days a week. Students may purchase a Day Pass online through the Parking Portal
  • Kiosk lots: Students may pay the $2 hourly rate to park in the Union Lot, Marriott Library Lot, Business Lot or Student Life Center Lot. Kiosk lots are a great option for students who need to park on campus a few hours a day or week. Visit the kiosk machines located within these lots to begin a session. You may also pay for your parking session directly on your phone by scanning the QR code displayed on the kiosk machine and follow the prompted steps. 
  • PayByPhone stalls: Students may pay the $2 hourly rate to park in PayByPhone stalls located in several lots on campus. Parking in a PayByPhone stall is an excellent choice for students who are looking for hourly parking in various locations throughout the U. Download the PayByPhone app to find a stall and begin a session. 
  • Share a permit: You may share a parking permit with another student by linking multiple vehicles to one parking permit. Keep in mind, only one vehicle from the shared permit may park on campus at a time. Payment cannot be split between multiple accounts, meaning one individual must pay for shared permits. 

Visit the Short-Term & Visitor Parking page to learn more.


Campus Shuttles

The Campus Shuttles transports students to popular locations on campus, including the Union, residential areas, UTA bus stops and TRAX stations. This free service is available to all students. 

The Blue, Orange, and Circulator (previously known as the Night Route) shuttle routes will continue operating throughout the fall semester. Other shuttle routes serving lower campus, like the Red, Green, Purple and Union-TRAX will remain off the road until further notice. 

Download the TransLoc app or visit uofubus.com to track all shuttle locations live, view estimated arrival times, and find the nearest stops.



Bicycling is a convenient, healthy and sustainable alternative to driving to campus. With designated safe routes on campus, cyclists and other active commuters can ride with ease. All cyclists must yield to pedestrians, ride at a slow speed and follow the university operating regulation for bicycles and other non-motorized riding devices.

The university offers free outdoor bicycle parking within 50 feet of almost every building. Cyclists are also welcome to utilize the secure bicycle lockers located at certain buildings and parking garages. Bicycles locked to anything other than bicycle racks will be impounded.

The Campus Bike Shop, located at 413 Campus Center Drive, is closed until further notice. Stay tuned for more information coming soon. 



Skateboards, e-boards and other wheeled devices, including rentable e-bikes and e-scooters, can operate on campus. However, riders must follow the local traffic laws and the university operating regulations for bicycles and other non-motorized riding devices

Outdoor parking for skateboards and personal scooters is available at the Student Life Center, Peterson Heritage Center and Kahlert Village. Rentable e-scooters and e-bikes must be parked adjacent to an outdoor bicycle rack.



No matter how you commute to the university, you will walk on campus at some point. Visit the Campus Map to get walking directions to any buildings on campus. 

If you're new to the U, you'll notice that sidewalks are used by wheeled devices, including bicycles, scooters, skateboards and golf carts. As a pedestrian, you have the legal right of way, meaning every rider must yield to you. Be aware of your surroundings to avoid injuries to yourself or others.

Students who do not feel comfortable walking on campus may contact the university's police department to request a free courtesy escort to any location on campus. Call 801-585-COPS to request this service available 24/7.


If you have any questions about parking and other transportation options, call our Information Center at (801) 581-6415. 

UTA Change Day – August 8, 2021

UTA Change Day - August 8, 2021

UTA makes adjustments to services three times a year. Beginning Sunday, August 8, UTA will extend rail service hours, and make changes to UTA on Demand and Flex routes.

Extended Rail Hours

  • FrontRunner evening service will extend by an hour during weekdays and by two hours on Saturday.
  • TRAX will add back15-minute frequency to evening service.


UTA on Demand

  • UTA on Demand by Via will become a permanent service in the southern part of Salt Lake County and will continue to provide improved coverage and flexibility to those living/working/traveling in Bluffdale, Draper, Herriman, Riverton, Sandy, and South Jordan.
  • The extended hours of service are 4:00 AM to 12:15 AM on weekdays and 6:00 AM to 1:15 AM on Saturdays. 
  • A Late Night pilot is currently running Thursday through Saturday nights from 10:00 PM to 4:00 PM through September 4, 2021. Learn more about the Late Nigh pilot service here
  • Visit the UTA on Demand webpage to learn more about the service. 


Flex Routes

  • UTA on Demand service will replace the following Flex routes:
    • F504
    • F518
    • F546
    • F547
  • The following are new Flex routes:
    • F11
    • F202
    • F232
    • F525


Learn more about UTA's August 2021 Change Day adjustments here.

Football 2021 Transportation Impacts

Football 2021 Transportation Impacts

As thousands of Ute fans return to the U for the highly anticipated 2021 football season, be aware of the transportation impacts that may affect your commute to the game. Fans traveling to the Rice-Eccles Stadium should prepare for traffic delays, limited parking and road closures.

This season, most home games are scheduled on Saturdays; however, two games — Sept. 2 and Nov. 26 — are on weekdays. Therefore, university employees and students should also prepare for the transportation disruptions taking place on weekday games. Employees are encouraged to work from home if possible.



  • One westbound lane on 500 South will be closed on game days beginning at 6 a.m. After the game ends, all lanes on 500 South will be closed for one hour as fans exit campus.
  • The north section of Guardsman Way will be closed 3 hours before kick-off and will reopen when the game begins. Pedestrians may access Guardsman Way during the road closure. Cyclists must dismount and walk their bicycles when traveling on Guardsman Way during this three-hour closure.
  • The road shoulders on Guardsman Way will be closed on game day at 6 a.m. and will reopen when the game begins. The sidewalk will remain open. See the map below.


In preparation for the mass of fans parking on campus, all vehicles must vacate the Stadium Lot (Lot 1), East Stadium Lot (Lot 9) and the Guardsman Lot (Lot 40) by 10:00PM the day prior to game day. Parking lots used for game day parking will be closed 5 hours before kickoff. University employees are encouraged to work from home on weekday game days as vehicle parking will be limited. No bicycle parking is closed for football games. Visit map.utah.edu to find free bicycle parking near the Rice-Eccles Stadium.



Fans must pay $20 per game to park in the following lots (highlighted in yellow):

  • Merrill Engineering Lot (Lot 39)
  • Kennecott Building Lot (Lot 44)
  • Sorenson Lot (Lot 32)
  • USTAR Lot (Lot 46)
  • Eccles Broadcast Lot (Lot 27)


RV owners must pay $80 per game to park in the following lots (highlighted in yellow):

  • Merrill Engineering Lot (Lot 39)
  • Kennecott Building Lot (Lot 44)
  • Sorenson Lot (Lot 32)
  • USTAR Lot (Lot 46)
  • Eccles Broadcast Lot (Lot 27)


General parking is available in the following lots (outlined in black):

  • Student Services Lot (Lot 33)
  • Naval Science Lot (Lot 34)
  • Northwest Garage (Lot 38)
  • ACC Garage (Lot 45)
  • East Wasatch Lot (Lot 47)


Fans with parking permits, such as Crimson Club members, must park in their assigned lot (highlighted in green/yellow).


Did you know your gameday ticket also serves as your pass to ride UTA buses, TRAX and FrontRunner trains for free on game days? Football fans can easily avoid the stress of traffic, parking and road closures by riding UTA TRAX to the Rice-Eccles Stadium. A Red Line station is located directly across the West Stadium Lot. Visit rideuta.com to learn more about UTA TRAX routes and schedules.




The pick-up and drop-off zone for rideshare services is on University Street between 300 South and Presidents Circle.

Visit utahutes.com to view the football schedule and visit stadium.utah.edu to learn more gameday information.

TRAX Stadium Station Construction: August 4-22

TRAX Stadium Station Construction: August 4-22

UTA will replace the 20-year-old TRAX curve rails and concrete on 500 South (University Boulevard) and South Campus Drive. During construction, the westbound lanes on 500 south will be closed, and a TRAX Red Line bus bridge will be in service. Below are details to assist riders and drivers.


TRAX Red Line Riders: 

From Aug. 12th to the 22nd, passengers riding the TRAX Red Line to the 900 East Station, the Stadium Station and the University Medical Center Station will need to ride the UTA bus bridge. The bus bridge will not stop at the Fort Douglas Station. Red Line riders should prepare for 15-to-30-minute delays.


From Aug. 4th to the 18th, drivers traveling to and from the University of Utah campus should prepare for road closures and 30-to-60-minute traffic delays. The westbound lanes 500 South will be closed from Guardsman Way to 1300 East. See the map below to view the alternative westbound detours from South Campus Drive to 400 South and from Guardsman Way to Sunnyside Avenue and 800 South. Additionally, only two eastbound lanes will remain open on 500 South from 1200 East to Guardsman Way.  

Visit RideUTA.com to learn more about the TRAX Stadium Curves Construction project, to view TRAX schedules and to sign up for Service Alerts.