Traffic should not be impacted as construction began Monday on a pedestrian and wildlife tunnel underneath U.S. 40, said the Utah Department of Transportation.
Most of the work will be under U.S. 40 or on the shoulder, said UDOT spokesman Adan Carrillo. On Sept 2. for a length of 48 days, only one lane will be open in the westbound lanes of U.S. 40 in the construction zone. In late October, both westbound lanes will be open, while only one eastbound lane will be open for another 48 days.
The $2.4 million project will provide a tunnel for wildlife and pedestrian use. It is being done in conjunction with Summit County, Park City and the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District, said Rena Jordan, district director.
The underpass will stretch under U.S. 40 near the UDOT Road Shed in the Silver Summit area, said Summit County Public Works Director Derrick Radke.
According to UDOT on its 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, the county and Park City have 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, UDOT has established a hotline for the project: 888-528-9675.