Drivers in Summit County should be prepared for numerous road construction projects this year, with reconstruction work expected on sections of Interstate 80 and State Road 224. This fall, an anticipated pedestrian and wildlife underpass will also be constructed under US 40.
County crews as well as the Utah Department of Transportation will be undertaking several projects with varying start dates and timelines. They include:
Resurfacing of I-80, Silver Creek to Wanship and bridge reconstruction Starting in June, UDOT will be undertaking a resurfacing project on I-80 from Silver Creek to Wanship, with the eastbound lanes to be reconstructed with concrete this year from mile post 148 to 154. Concrete reconstruction on the westbound lanes will begin next year, according to UDOT Region 2 spokesman Adan Carrillo, with completion expected by November 2015.
Renovation of a bridge near mile post 152 of I-80 westbound will also begin, and is expected to take a year or longer. The nearby Rail Trail may have to periodically close during construction for safety reasons, Carrillo said.
During construction this year, both directions of traffic for that section of I-80 will use the westbound lanes. The estimated construction value is $43 million, Carrillo said, who attested to the durability of concrete for this project.
"With a concrete surface, it's normally around 10 years before we have to go back and do a major treatment on it," Carrillo said. "Asphalt is usually five to seven years."
S.R. 224 resurfacing, Kimball Junction to Bear Hollow Drive Starting June 2, UDOT will be removing three inches of asphalt from S.R. 224, from Kimball Junction to Bear Hollow Drive, and repaving it with new asphalt. Construction is expected to last about a month, with traffic limited to one lane in each direction during that time.
From Kimball Junction to Newpark Boulevard, crews will work weekdays from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., while work from Newpark Boulevard to Bear Hollow Drive will take place between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. There will be no work on Sundays or holidays, Carrillo said. Estimated cost for the project is $2.2 million.
"It's proactive maintenance [we're] just trying to prolong the life of the pavement so we avoid further reconstruction," Carrillo said.
During next year's Sundance Film Festival, a shared bus/bicycle shoulder will again be available, which will be made wider than before. That shared shoulder will run on the northbound side from Bear Hollow Drive to Newpark Boulevard.
US 40 pedestrian/wildlife underpass This fall, construction will begin on a pedestrian and wildlife corridor to go under US 40 near the UDOT shed. Work will begin shortly after Labor Day and is expected to be completed by late October, Carrillo said.
Traffic on US 40 will be limited to one lane in each direction during construction. The project is expected to cost $2 million and is a joint operation among UDOT, Park City, Summit County and Basin Recreation.
County projects With a restored budget, Summit County Public Works Derrick Radke said his office has roughly $1 million extra for major road construction projects.
Road work on a section of Parkview Drive in Summit Park is expected, as is additional resurfacing for roads in that neighborhood. A quarter- to a half-mile of work is also expected on Old Ranch Road as part of a phased project.
The intersection of Silver Creek Drive, N. Pace Frontage Road and Old Hwy. 40 at Silver Summit will be turned into a roundabout, Radke said.
Other reconstruction projects will be done on Landmark Drive (from the Landmark Inn to the Tanger Outlets roundabout) and in three locations in Jeremy Ranch (Silver Spur Circle, Saddle Back Drive and the Jeremy Ranch and Pinebrook intersections).
Various other overlay, slurry seal and chip seal projects will be done as well, in order to prolong the life of the pavement. Several road maintenance projects will also be done in North and South Summit.
Many other reconstruction and overlay projects will be undertaken this year. To view those projects, visit summitcounty.org and under 'Government' highlight 'Departments' and click on 'Public Works.'
To view UDOT's upcoming road projects, visit udot.utah.gov.