Traffic should not be impacted as the Utah Department of Transportation begins Monday, Aug. 25, building a pedestrian and wildlife tunnel underneath U.S. 40, said UDOT.

Most of the work will be under U.S. 40 or on the shoulder, said UDOT spokesman Adan Carrillo.

According to previous reports by The Park Record, the $2.44 million project will encompass "a wildlife and non-motorized biking and walking tunnel," and is done in conjunction with the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District.

The Record continued: "The underpass would stretch under U.S. 40 near the UDOT Road Shed in the Silver Summit area."

According to UDOT on their road construction website, "This crossing will allow recreationists and wildlife to safely cross under the highway, enhancing safety for drivers and providing new access to local trails."

"We had a chance to do it last fall, but we didn't have our ducks in a row," said Summit County Council Chair Chris Robinson. "I think it's really great [to do it now]."

Robinson said Basin Recreation has worked closely on the project with UDOT. "This has been a great partnership," he said.

The tunnel that connects the Round Valley trail system to the east side of the roadway will be an important connection for hikers on the east side of U.S 40, Robinson said, where the large Silver Creek Village development is planned.

The scheduled completion for the crossing is this winter, Carrillo said.

For additional information, call a hotline UDOT has established for the project: 888-528-9675.

-- David Burger



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