Utah Department of Transportation kicks off summer construction projects
May 3, 2016
Starting this week, orange construction barrels will be seen along a large stretch of U.S. 40 near Quinn’s Junction for one of several summer projects the Utah Department of Transportation has planned.
"We are definitely in the full swing of construction season," said John Gleason, a public information officer with UDOT. "A big theme in projects this year is maintaining what we have and taking care of the roads and bridges so we can get more life out of them.
"With some of the projects that are big, there will be some short-term inconveniences," he said. "But the hope is that the outcome makes it all worth it because we are getting in there and addressing the roads proactively."
UDOT is expected to spend slightly more than $25 million on road improvement projects that are scheduled in Summit and Wasatch counties, including $4.2 million on the maintenance work that will take place on several bridges along a five-mile stretch of U.S. 40 between the Jordanelle
Reservoir and Quinn’s Junction.
Road crews are replacing the concrete bridge decks on bridges on State Road 248, Silver Creek, Richardson Flat Road and State Road 319 into Jordanelle State Park. Crews began preparing the roads on Monday. The work is scheduled to take approximately four months.
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"Drivers can expect similar traffic restrictions like what we saw when we built the underpass," Gleason said.
U.S. 40 will be reduced to one lane in each direction while crews build a pavement crossover to connect the highway to facilitate traffic shifts, Gleason said.
During the week of May 16, all traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes. Once this phase is complete, traffic will return to the westbound lanes whiles crews finish work in the eastbound lanes. All lanes will reopen around June 27 in anticipation of the Fourth of July weekend.
The project is scheduled for completion in late August, Gleason said, adding, however, that the date could change.
Derrick Radke, Summit County public works director, said the county is typically notified of UDOT’s scheduled projects during their annual visit to all the counties. This year, he said they were given a schedule in order to coordinate the information to residents via the county’s public information officer.
"We’re not kept in the dark or anything, but we don’t really have a say in it," Radke said.
Other road projects in the area
Later this month, UDOT will begin repaving a six-mile stretch of Mirror Lake Highway (State Road 150) just outside of Kamas. Gleason said drivers can expect lane restrictions and minor delays during the daytime. However, he said most of the work will be done at night. The $620,000 project is expected to be completed sometime this summer.
Crews will also begin $10.5 million worth of repavement and culvert repair work on Interstate 80 from Castle Rock to the Wyoming border. It will begin sometime this month and result in single-lane closures during the daytime for several weeks.
Gleason said at the end of summer, $10.4 million in bridge maintenance work will begin on bridges between 1700 East in Salt Lake City and East Canyon. The work will last through 2017.
"It will have some significant impacts for people who live in Salt Lake and travel through East Canyon and vice versa for those in Summit County," Gleason said. "But at this point, we are unsure what those impacts will look like."
For more information about UDOT’s summer construction projects go to https://www.udot.utah.gov/projects/f?p=250:1:0 . To learn more about the U.S. 40 project, call 855-740-8740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Information is also available on the website at udottraffic.utah.gov . A UDOT Traffic app is available for iOS or Android devices.
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