Construction set to begin
July 8, 2011
Highway construction projects have officially begun in Summit County with more slated to start on Monday. According to Adan Carrillo with the Utah Department of Transportation, some major construction projects and road closures are being scheduled around the Arts Festival and August 24 celebrations to minimize delays for commuters. Work has already begun on Atkinson Canyon Bridge on Interstate 80 eastbound, between Silver Creek Junction and Wanship, causing the Rail Trail to be closed through that section.
Construction projects set to begin July 11
A climbing lane will be added on I-80 eastbound from Lambs Canyon to Parleys Summit and a construction barrier will be put in place separating east and westbound lanes. Carrillo said UDOT hopes the barrier will minimize crossover accidents in the area. The climbing lane will allow semi-trucks coming up the canyon to have an additional lane to drive slowly without blocking traffic.
Clearance under the Summit Park Bridge near Parleys Summit will be reduced to 14 feet until the bridge is replaced. The bridge replacement is expected to take place after the Park City Arts Festival, Aug. 6-7, to mitigate delays and will cause I-80 to be shut down overnight.
Lane restrictions will be in place and delays during peak hours are expected, according to Carrillo. Speed will be reduced in the construction zone and orange cones and construction materials will be in the shoulder of eastbound and westbound traffic. Vehicles with a height of more than 14 feet will have to find an alternative route. For updates on the Renovate 1-80 project got to http://www.udot.utah.gov/renovatei80/
Construction on State Road 32 from Kamas to Peoa will also begin on Monday and is expected to last until October. Construction will take place from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and traffic will be restricted to one lane. There will only be one lane open and a pilot car will be used to escort traffic through the construction zone.
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According to Mardi Pearson, Public Information Coordinator for UDOT, commuters should expect around 15 minute delays through the work zone. UDOT does not have an alternative route in place at this time but residents can call 888-803-3921 or go to http://www.udot.utah.gov/go/kamasroads for information and questions.
Malia Macheel, a Park City Resident who works in Peoa, said she sees a fairly constant high volume of traffic along S.R. 32 and the road is already quite dangerous.
"This is going to affect me quite a bit, I will just try to time my trip and deal with the delays the best I can. Once you get out of Park City it is going to just be every man for himself," said Macheel.
Construction projects set to begin in late July/early August
Construction on State Road 248 from Kamas to Park City High School will begin after July 24 to avoid the Pioneer Day holiday. Road work will begin in Kamas and work west towards Park City. Work is planned for overnight and off-peak hours; one lane in each direction will be open during the project, which is scheduled to last until September. Carrillo said commuters should allow themselves an extra 10 to 15 minutes during construction but delays should be minimal.
16 miles of asphalt on S.R. 248 will be replaced and the planter box will be removed at the west end of the project near Park City beginning July 25. The pedestrian ramps along the 16 miles will be upgraded and bicycle lanes will be added from Wyatt Earp Drive to Richardson Flat Road.
Maintenance on Kilby Road at Kimball Junction to the Tanger Outlets will begin the first week of August along with the addition of a paved trail along Highland Drive. Summit County Engineer Derrick Radke expects minimal delays but some backup may occur along Kilby Road.
S.R. 32 from Kamas to Rockcliff will undergo construction beginning Aug. 1. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and only one lane of traffic will be open. Heavy delays are expected in the area due to the construction and Carrillo urges drivers to plan ahead.