UDOT expanding barriers in Sardine Canyon

Cache Valley motorists traveling out of the valley toward Brigham City will notice work underway at the mouth of Wellsville (Sardine) Canyon. Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) spokesman Vic Saunders said the project would extend the current concrete median barrier another two miles. “UDOT is extending the so-called Big Curve Median from its current end at milepost 14, on US 89-91, east to milepost 16,” said Saunders. “That is an area just short of 6800 South in Mt. Sterling. This is the continuation of an effort by UDOT to put as much barrier as we can in what is known as the Sardine Canyon route.” Saunders said work started Tuesday on the outside lanes covering existing rumble strips, before focusing on the middle of the road where crews will install a new drainage system and make other preparations for the new barrier. “There is good data showing these barriers throughout the canyon are performing,” said Saunders. “There have been fewer crashes and deaths since they were built.” He said the project is scheduled for 45 days with expected completion sometime in late-September. In related projects in Cache Valley Saunders said Logan’s 10th West improvements will be bid at the end of August. “We expect utility work will begin on that corridor between the Logan River Bridge and 600 South this winter. We also expect there may be some work done on that bridge over the winter. Until we have a contractor in place we don’t know exactly what the schedule will be.” Saunders said beyond those projects there is very little planned work by UDOT in the area in the near future. “We have lots of maintenance we will continue to do to keep the roads in the best condition we can. There may be a project from the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort area on US 89 to the summit of the canyon. That project has been designed but has not been funded yet.”

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