Material failure blamed for potholes |

Material failure blamed for potholes

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

The bumpy ride in Parleys Canyon is because materials used last year to repair potholes on the freeway failed, state transportation officials say.

"We’re not happy about it any more than you are," Utah Transportation Commission member Glen Brown told the Summit County Commission Wednesday.

Potholes mar the travel lanes in Parleys Canyon where motorists battle black ice and traffic gridlock.

The Utah Department of Transportation could resurface both sides of Interstate 80 in Parleys Canyon this spring, Brown said.

"We’re going to rotomill and put on new material across all three lanes in both directions," he explained, adding that, "we’re planning on doing it at night. There will be some traffic interferences."

The repairs in Parleys Canyon will delay a $12.3 million resurfacing project planned on Interstate 84 near Henefer, Brown said.

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"We’re going to move that money," Brown said. "It’s going to take more money than that, of course."

Brown said he doesn’t know why the materials used to repair the potholes failed.

Within the next seven years, UDOT is "looking at a longer-term solution," Brown said.

The road in Parleys Canyon could be resurfaced with expensive concrete, he said.

"It is sure a lot slicker," Brown said. "I don’t know how it will be on that summit."