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Photo of houses in Salt Lake City.
Brian Albers / KUER

Utah is often praised for its ability to weather economic storms that can hit other parts of the country much harder. But it hasn’t been able to protect itself from an issue plaguing many growing American cities and counties: rising housing costs. 

Man looks at construction site with mountains.
Jon Reed / KUER

LEHI — It’s become a familiar sight in many parts of Utah: Cranes. Bulldozers. Bright orange vests. 

That’s because it’s boomtime in the construction industry. With 24,241 housing permits issued across the state in 2018 — the most in 12 years — the state led the nation in homebuilding.

Nicole Nixon

Two homebuilding companies are getting hit with lawsuits for defective units. Homeowners in the Daybreak community say their townhomes need repairs that could cost millions of dollars.

Judy Fahys/KUER

Steve Thon works for Provident Energy, and he’s showing off an exterior wall in a highly efficient home at the Daybreak development.

Garrett via Creative Commons

The bridge on 1300 south between 500 and 700 west in Salt Lake City has reopened to traffic after undergoing major repairs.

US Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has uncovered widespread violations of the rights of Utah’s construction workers. Investigations by the agency found employers owed these workers more than $1.8 million dollars in back wages.

United States Department of Transportation via Wikimedia Commons

Starting this summer accessing 1300 south in Salt Lake City might be a challenge. Construction is slated to close down the bridge over the railroad tracks between 500 and 700 west for the next year.

The $10 million facelift includes a full deck replacement, widening of the overpass, seismic upgrades and improved pedestrian and cyclist access. Salt Lake City will select a contractor for the project this spring and begin construction as early as June. It’s being paid for through the federal highway trust fund with a 6% match from Salt Lake City.