At their August 16th meeting, the Salt Lake City Council approved the final list of projects funded through the 2021-2022 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP process is an annual opportunity for Salt Lake City residents to support infrastructure like parks, streets, buildings, and other projects that improve public property.
A board of residents reviews submissions and makes recommendations to the Mayor to include in their budget. After this process, the Council reviews the Mayor’s proposals and may make changes to the proposed budget. Through this year’s process, the council approved over $46 million in projects citywide.
Among the projects funded are several on the Westside. Below is a breakdown of the projects by council district.
District 1: Represented by Victoria Petro-Eschler [$5,303,383]
- $81,000 to create a traffic circle at 1000 West and 500 North.
- $160,819 to create a community garden at the Rose Park Neighborhood Center.
- $300,000 to install lighting at the northeastern baseball field at Riverside Park.
- $521,564 to install a new playground for ages 5-12 and shade sails at the Regional Athletic Complex.
- $540,000 to supplement the reconstruction of 300 North.
- $3,700,000 to replace the bridge at 650 North over the Jordan River.
District 2: Represented by Alejandro Puy [$4,828,083]
- $100,000 for a safety improvement study on California Avenue.
- $287,848 to install soccer fields at 900 South River Park.
- $513,313 to make pedestrian safety improvements along 400 South.
- $597,792 for the streets department to install a Steam Bay Expansion on its facility at 500 South.
- $1,359,130 to reconstruct a block of 1300 South and 1000 West to add sewer for homes in the area and improve the roadway.
- $1,970,000 to complete Phase 7 of the 700 South reconfiguration. This will be completed between Redwood Road and 5600 West.
The council also funded $425,040 to develop community gardens at 2200 West in Rose Park and the Cannon Greens in Glendale.
Other notable projects citywide include:
- $156,107 for the city’s 1.5% for Art program which sets aside funding to integrate artwork into construction projects.
- $2,500,000 for Complete Streets upgrades throughout the city.
DB Troester, a resident of Glendale who submitted the proposal for reconstruction on 1300 South and 1000 West shared his enthusiasm about the project being funded.
“This project could not come soon enough. A few septic systems are failing and the only option is for the city to install sanitary sewers. This will go a long way to improve unhealthy sanitation in groundwater and seepage into the Jordan River. Once this project is done, it will allow homes on septic systems, some built in the 1920s and '30s, to connect to the city's sewer system. My neighbors and I are overjoyed that we'll be able to connect.”
Applications for the 2023-2024 CIP process closed on September 30th. The proposals will be reviewed by the Community Development and Capital Improvement Programs (CDCIP) Advisory Board and recommendations will be made to Mayor Mendenhall in early 2023.
Visit this link to learn more about the CIP process and to follow it. https://www.slc.gov/can/cares/capital-improvement-program/