Utah Department of Transportation schedules State Road 248 roadwork
Road between Quinn’s Junction and Kamas to be repaved
Traffic on State Road 248 could be especially challenging this summer once the Utah Department of Transportation begins a two-month long project to repave a large stretch of the road between Quinn’s Junction and Kamas.
Starting in May, the Utah Department of Transportation will begin placing orange construction barrels along State Road 248 as crews prepare to replace the asphalt between U.S. 40 and State Road 32 in Kamas.
Road crews will mill and resurface the road to extend the life of the pavement and provide a smoother driving surface. The work is scheduled to take more than two months. UDOT is expected to spend nearly $7.8 million on the project.
“We do typically do something like this is every five-to-seven years depending on how major it is and we are doing a pretty sizable repaving,” said Oanh Le-Stradlin, a project manager for UDOT. “We do have some pretty severe swings in temperatures up there and the amount of salt we use to remove snow does a number on the roads. You will see us doing more maintenance up there than on most of our other roads.”
S.R. 248 will remain mostly open in each direction weekdays during the high-commute hours, Le-Stradlin said. She added, “There will be construction still on the shoulders and periods where we may have to flag down to one lane, but it won’t be for the entire stretch those will be in the off-peak hours.”
“We understand that this route is and one of the primary routes for truckers and recreaters. We will work around that during the high-commute hours to try and give the lane back to where it is needed one lane in each direction, like we have right now,” Le-Stradlin said. “This is very quick operation, but we won’t take the entire stretch down. There will be short-term impacts where construction is, but I don’t expect any major delays.”
Le-Stradlin said UDOT is coordinating with Summit County and Park City Municipal to ensure the roadwork does not impact any local events that are scheduled to be held over the summer.
To help commuters during the construction, Park City Transit is launching a pilot program this summer to extend service to the Kamas Valley. The services is scheduled to begin in June and will likely be limited over the summer. Caroline Rodriguez, Summit County’s transportation planning director, said she is working with UDOT to ensure the buses have flag priority over other traffic.
John Gleason, public information officer with UDOT, said they are taking steps to ensure the roadwork will not adversely impact commuters. Gleason said the repavement is “absolutely necessary.”
‘This area of Utah gets more weather and freeze/thaw cycles than almost anywhere else in our state,” Gleason said. “It is important to keep our roads in good shape for truck traffic, tourists and the recreational travelers that are out there. It’s an important stretch of road and one we want to make sure we are maintaining.
“If we can get on top of these issues before they become problematic it will cost us all less in the long run,” he said. “With any construction there will be inconveniences, but we hope they are minor.”
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 S.R. 248 project, call Kim Clark at 801-860-7354 or email email@example.com. 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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