The Bus Rapid Transit construction has begun throughout Ogden as well as on the Weber State campus. Completion of the entire project will take until 2023.

View of the new construction from accross the duck pond, Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2021. Two excavators carve out the future bus route. (Brooklynn Kilgore/The Signpost)
View of the new construction from across the duck pond on March 31. Two excavators carve out the future bus route. (Brooklynn Kilgore/The Signpost) Photo credit: Brooklynn Kilgore

On the WSU campus, BRT construction has begun around the Lindquist Plaza retaining wall, and a groundbreaking for the route in front of the Browning Center, where the BRT will stop to drop students off at the center of campus, took place on April 13.

“We are so excited about the benefits that it will have on behalf of Weber State to connect our community, not only between here and downtown Ogden but beyond,” President Brad Mortensen said.

Construction closes sidewalks near the Student Services Building, Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2021. (Brooklynn Kilgore/The Signpost)
Construction closes sidewalks near the Student Services Building and provide detours for students who still need to get around. (Brooklynn Kilgore/The Signpost) Photo credit: Brooklynn Kilgore

Many members of WSU, including Waldo the Wildcat, turned dirt on campus to commemorate the beginning of route construction.

According to the Ogden BRT website, westbound 25th Street was closed between April 7-9 for the relocating of utility. Construction on 24th and 25th streets continues in preparation to build station platforms along both roads.

The Dee Events Center Marquee was also taken down on March 31 to make way for the new route that will have stops in downtown Ogden, on campus, at the Dee Events Center and at McKay Dee Hospital.

Demolition of the Dee Events Center Marquee began in March. This provides space for the new Utah Transit Authority BRT line. (Nikki Dorber/The Signpost)
Demolition of the Dee Events Center Marquee began in March. This provides space for the new Utah Transit Authority BRT line. (Nikki Dorber/The Signpost)

The construction timeline seems to be on schedule. According to the Ogden BRT website, in 2021, the Ogden Intermodal Hub, 25th Street, Washington Boulevard, Harrison Boulevard, WSU central campus and WSU Village Drive will all be under construction and completed.

Partners for this project include UTA, Ogden City, Weber State University, Intermountain Healthcare, UDOT, Wasatch Front Regional Council, Weber County, USA Department of Transportation, Jacobs, AECOM, WCEC Engineers and Stacy and Witbeck.

Crews begin demolition of The Dee Events Center Marquee sign. The sign has been located on the west entrance to Weber State University for over 40 years. (Nikki Dorber/The Signpost)
Construction begins on the demolition of the Dee Events Marquee, creating room for the new BRT. (Nikki Dorber/The Signpost)

Students and the community can get updates about construction by going to the BRT website and signing up for email and text alerts.

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