A detour returns this week to Kilby Road
Construction along Kilby Road, one of the Snyderville Basin’s busier and more controversial roads, returns this week.
Summit County is expected to begin implementing a detour for commuters along Kilby Road beginning on Wednesday while crews place a canopy above the pedestrian ramps and install stairs to the pedestrian tunnel in front of Ecker Hill Middle School.
Vehicles will once again be rerouted through the park-and-ride lot across from the middle school during construction.
The detour will be in place on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., outside of school drop offs and pickups. On Friday the road will likely reopen at around 1 p.m. Officials expect the work to be complete sometime next week. “Starting (Wednesday) we will be detouring traffic so we can put a crane outside of the road to set the stairs,” John Angell, Summit County’s project engineer, said. “It will probably be pretty slow going through the parking lot during that time.”
The tunnel was constructed primarily for students wanting to reach the bus stop on the opposite side of Kilby Road or people who park at the remote lot to attend events at the middle school. It starts on the northeast corner of the school and ends at the remote parking lot.
Construction coincided with the redesign of Kilby Road, which included widening of the road from Ecker Hill Middle School to Quarry Village and new roundabouts in front of the remote parking lot and the middle school.
Several medians were installed as traffic-calming measures along the frontage road to help traffic flow better and reduce congestion and speeding. The remote parking lot accommodates about 450 spaces and includes a transit connection to the Kimball Junction transit center.
The road was mostly complete late last summer. Summit County’s Public Works Department added additional pavement to widen the westbound bike lanes in certain locations to provide an additional buffer for cyclists in early October to respond to complaints from the community.
The results of an independent review of Kilby Road revealed a handful of design flaws that the Public Works Department anticipates fixing once temperatures warm up. Pavement temperatures need to consistently be in the 50s to complete the work.
Certain areas need to be restriped and the wheelchair ramps at the Pinebrook Boulevard intersection and the Elk Meadows Apartment driveway are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Angell said that work is only expected to take a day to complete.
The Public Works Department is nearly finished working on the road, Angell said. He said additional landscaping that wasn’t completed last year still needs to be done.
Traffic will likely need to be detoured one more time later this spring to set solar panels in place. Angell did not have any details about when the final detour will occur or how long it will take.
“We are on the tail end of getting this road finished,” he said. “We should be getting the road open to drivers and residents in the area soon.”
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