UDOT plans to monitor S.R. 248 through the winter
October 15, 2018
Utah Department of Transportation officials have not changed their minds about monitoring S.R. 248 through the winter before addressing an apparent increase in traffic noise, despite pleas from homeowners for them to immediately take action.
Representatives from UDOT met with more than 100 homeowners who live along S.R. 248 in late September to address concerns about the noise, which is attributed to a recent chip seal project.
John Gleason, a spokesperson with UDOT, said noise levels will likely improve over time. He added, "It's a new road so this is the loudest it will ever be."
"The noise will subside through normal wear and tear," he said. "As vehicles and snowplows travel over it, the pavement will become quieter."
Gleason maintains the chip seal with its roughened edge was necessary to provide skid friction for vehicles traveling along that route. The work was also done to address water seepage that occurred on S.R. 248 after the road was repaved in 2017.
He admitted there is still some water appearing on the surface of the road. But, he said it is not pooling like it was last year and it is not a "major concern" at this point.
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"This is really the ideal pavement surface treatment for this area because of the mountain weather and the cooler temperatures," he said. "One of the things we will be monitoring over the course of the winter is to see if that pavement is holding up and everything is working as planned."
Gleason said any adjustments that need to be made will be done during the spring. He cited the temperature and weather as reasons not to currently pursue the matter.
"We wish we could accomplish everything we are looking to do here without affecting the residents," he said. "But, we have to look at providing safe pavement for that area. If there are steps we need to take once we re-evaluate this in the springtime, that is something we can discuss. But, over the course of the winter this is the situation. Anything we would do right now would affect the quality of the pavement."
Peter Kemp, who lives in Deer Mountain and organized the meeting with UDOT last month, sent an email to UDOT officials last week alleging the chip seal did not fix the moisture problem, citing standing water on the road.
"I predict it will only get worse as winter approaches and we experience more moisture, and ultimately snowfall that will put significant moisture into the pavement, with subsequent seepage back up, and ice on the roadway," he wrote. "That's unacceptable from a safety standpoint. With the attempted chip seal solution, we now have a doubling of road noise, as well as the moisture problem again. It seems to me the failed repaving from 2017 will ultimately need to be remilled and properly repaved, rather than bandaids be applied."
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