9th and 9th intersection to close for construction, Salt Lake City says

Local and business traffic will be able to approach, but through traffic will be detoured.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Road construction along 900 South near 700 East in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. A few blocks east, the intersection of 9th and 9th is set to shut down as soon as Monday for about 30 days because of construction.

One of Salt Lake City’s most popular intersections will be closed for construction for most of this month.

The intersection at 900 South and 900 East will be shut down for about 30 days beginning as soon as Monday, according to a news release from the city. Local and business traffic will be allowed to approach, but all through traffic will be detoured.

The closure is part of the 900 South Reconstruction Project, which aims to improve the 9-Line Trail. Crews are working to connect the 3-mile walking and biking path from 9th and 9th to Liberty Park and Central 9th to Poplar Grove and Jordan Park, according to the project website.

Phase 1 of the project — which was completed last month — focused on 900 West to 200 East, according to a news release from the city. Along 900 South, construction continues between 200 East and 500 East.

For this month’s phase near 9th and 9th, crews will be expanding the 9-Line Trail, resurfacing the roadway and also improving storm drains to better mitigate flooding.

Officials said full closure of the intersection will allows crews to expedite the project schedule, which was originally slated to last 45-60 days.

“Area businesses will remain open and need community support,” the city said in a news release.

Local traffic and those wishing to visit 9th and 9th businesses will be allowed to drive up to the intersection, but at the closure, all will be directed to U-turn.

Through traffic should use 700 East, 800 South or 1100 East as alternate routes.

(Salt Lake City) A map showing road closures and detours related to the planned shutdown of 9th and 9th. The shutdown will last about 30 days.

Local businesses have been feeling the strain amid various city construction projects. On 900 South near 200 East, the owners of sober bar Curiosity said they saw sales plummet during monthslong roadwork and in July turned to the community for support.

In Sugar House, near ongoing Highland Drive construction, the owners of Black Cat Comics and Bruges Waffles & Frites have said the city isn’t doing enough to mitigate their losses, though the city does offer a $3,000 Small Business Construction Mitigation Grant to businesses affected by construction.

The grants are available to businesses that are either located on a street that’s under construction or within a half-block of a construction site. Businesses wanting to apply should go to SLC.gov/ed/constructiongrant/ to start the process.

People with questions or concerns about construction impacts may contact the city at 844-297-6884. More information is also available at 900SouthSLC.com