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Salt Lake County, Utah
|Project Sponsor / Borrower||
Utah Department of Transportation
|Value Capture Techniques||
Right-of-Way Use Agreement
SR-190, which runs through Big Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake County, Utah, provides access to world-class skiing, hiking, and outdoor activities. This area hosts millions of visitors every year, but lacked reliable, high-speed communication due to steep canyon walls, limited right-of-way, and environmental sensitivity. The lack of high-speed communication delayed emergency response, hindered active traffic management, and limited businesses and government agencies operating in the canyon. This exacerbated safety and traffic operations issues throughout the canyon.
In the summer of 2013, the Utah Department of Transportation partnered with the wireless infrastructure provider Crown Castle International, the largest provider of shared communications infrastructure in the U.S, to install almost 13 miles of fiber-optic cables, poles, and other facilities in the canyon. The installation included a Distributed Antenna System using 21 antenna poles and a partnership with Verizon to provide a full-range of wireless services including enhancements for emergency services, high-speed data transmission, and 4G wireless carrier services. UDOT was also able to use the fiber backbone to supply connectivity to new ITS devices for active traffic management, improving traffic operations in the region.
The land use agreement project is a joint development partnership between Crown Castle International and UDOT. Crown Castle funded installation of the power, conduit and fiber facilities in exchange for the right to provide for-fee wireless service throughout the canyon. Currently, Crown Castle leases the services to Verizon, allowing the carrier to provide cell phone and data service to their customers in the area. UDOT contributed right-of-way and assisted with permitting in exchange for the ability to access the fiber to expand its ITS network. The agreement between UDOT and Crown Castle covers 30 years, with an option to renew for 10 additional years. The intent of the joint development arrangement is to provide equal benefits to both UDOT and Crown Castle International.
Crown Castle International - $4 million
Utah Department of Transportation - $2.3 million
|Project Delivery / Contract Method|
Crown Castle International
|Project Advisors / Consultants||
Site Construction/Installation - Horrocks Engineers
|Duration / Status||
Construction began in March 2013
Substantial completion occurred in August 2013
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