Road­work planned this sum­merin two cities

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Christi C. Bab­bitt

Traf­fic through Span­ish Fork and Maple­ton will be dis­rupted this sum­mer, but the re­ward will be new, smoothly paved roads for driv­ers to en­joy.

UDOT is cur­rently hir­ing con­trac­tors and putting to­gether the sched­ule for ma­jor road­work in both cities. Span­ish Fork’s Main Street be­tween 300 South and the I-15 in­ter­changed is sched­uled to be com­pletely re­done, with the old as­phalt re­moved and new as­phalt laid.

Span­ish Fork’s 400 North is also sched­uled to be torn up and repaved. This pro­ject will in­clude all of 400 North in Span­ish Fork and con­tinue up the road east into Maple­ton where it be­comes 1600 South. In Maple­ton, the resur­fac­ing work will con­tinue east on 1600 South to Main Street, where the work will turn north and Main Street from 1600 South to Maple

Street will be repaved.

In ad­di­tion to th­ese ma­jor projects, some roads in the Span­ish Fork area will re­ceive a new road sur­face over the top of the ex­ist­ing road. This will hap­pen on US 6 be­tween the I-15 in­ter­change and the mouth of Span­ish Fork Canyon as well as on Span­ish Fork’s Main Street south of 300 South to Ar­row­head Trail Road. Also, High­way 77 through Lake Shore will be resur­faced.

“This is part of our reg­u­lar main­te­nance pro­gram to re­ally ex­tend the life of our road­ways,” said Eileen Bar­ron, UDOT com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for Re­gion 3. Bar­ron’s re­gion cov­ers a six-county area, in­clud­ing Utah County. “It just so hap­pened that all th­ese routes kind of came to­gether on the same year,” she said.

A firm sched­ule for the work has not yet been de­ter­mined, but it will all take place dur­ing the 2016 con­struc­tion sea­son which, de­pend­ing on the weather, can ex­tend from early spring to late fall.

“The Span­ish Fork Main Street work will prob­a­bly con­tinue through most of the sum­mer, but we’ll know more de­tails as the work ac­tu­ally ap­proaches,” Bar­ron said. To help the pub­lic stay in­formed about the work as the sum­mer pro­gresses, a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion team has been put to­gether by UDOT to act as a con­sis­tent source of in­for­ma­tion for res­i­dents and busi­nesses. This team will be send­ing out weekly emails to the pub­lic pro­vid­ing up­dates about con­struc­tion and po­ten­tial traf­fic de­lays. To sign up to re­ceive the email, send a mes­sage to sf­main­ or call 1-855-307-9363.

“I think that will be a great source of in­for­ma­tion to keep peo­ple up to date as to where work is be­ing per­formed so they can plan ahead for their travel,” Bar­ron said.

UDOT is work­ing with lo­cal mer­chants to make sure ac­cess to their busi­nesses is main­tained. If res­i­dents or busi­nesses have con­cerns, they can con­tact UDOT at the email and phone num­ber listed above.

As part of the Span­ish Fork Main Street con­struc­tion pro­ject, UDOT will be re­con­struct­ing ac­cess to the pub­lic side­walks, cre­at­ing ar­eas that slope from the side­walk to the street to make them more ac­ces­si­ble for those with dis­abil­i­ties.

Bar­ron en­cour­aged the pub­lic to uti­lize the email up­dates and plan on some mi­nor de­lays and in­con­ve­niences. “We would ap­pre­ci­ate the res­i­dents’ pa­tience dur­ing our con­struc­tion sea­son,” she said. “We re­ally try to get in, do our work and then get out of there as soon as pos­si­ble. We want to min­i­mize im­pacts to the driv­ing pub­lic as well as the ad­ja­cent prop­erty own­ers.”

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