Motorists, residents reminded to stay off new concrete on Logan’s 10th West

With concrete paving in full-swing on Logan’s Tenth West (State Road 252) Reconstruction Project, local residents and motorists are once again reminded to stay away from newly paved concrete until it has fully cured. This will save project dollars from being needlessly spent on doing work all over again. Newly placed, wet concrete is found in abundance on Logan’s Tenth West project, as crews are hurrying to get all of the roadway paving and sidewalks completed before the onset of colder weather later this fall. But despite a plea to local residents earlier this summer, crews are still being forced to remove newly placed concrete due to vehicle and bicycle tracks, footprints, and other markings being left in it before the concrete is sufficiently cured. Utah Department of Transportation Project Manager Charles Mace reminds everyone that driving on newly placed concrete, or walking or riding a bike on new concrete sidewalks before they are adequately cured, means that this work must be removed and completed again. “It takes up to seven days for new concrete to reach the levels of curing that will allow vehicles to drive on it,” Mace noted. “To speed this process up, we spray special chemicals on the concrete that assist in its curing, but turns the concrete a white color that may cause it to look like it has dried and can be used. “However, this is not the case. If motorist’s happen to drive on it before sufficient curing time is achieved, the finish of the concrete is ruined and cracks are formed which will allow moisture to seep in and lead to the roadway’s premature deterioration,” he said. “When this happens the crews have to go back and tear that section of concrete out and place it again, which costs taxpayers additional money to do and it delays the completion of the project.” “So we can’t emphasize enough to those tempted to drive on, bike on or walk on newly placed concrete– please don’t do it!”. Mace said motorists driving in the construction zone need to be sure follow all signs and barriers, stay within the traffic lanes provided, and not take what may appear to be short cuts across newly placed concrete. “We believe that some folks are thinking that just driving, biking or walking quickly across the concrete can’t do that much damage but it really does, and the completion of this first phase of this project is being delayed because of the additional, unplanned-for work this causes.” The same request is also being reiterated for the new sidewalks that are a part of the Tenth West project, Mace said. He said some children may believe it is okay to write their names, place hand prints, or leave bicycle tire tracks down new concrete sidewalks, but ultimately the crews just have to tear this work out and do it all over again. “Writing names or leaving hand prints really has no place on the sidewalks that are being completed for the use of the public,” Mace explained. “Our construction regulations say that when this happens, the crews have to remove that concrete and replace and finish it all over again. Mace said crews are working seven days a week and around the clock, in some cases, to finish the paving phase of the project before freezing conditions come to the Cache Valley.Because of the time constraints of the seasons, he said local law enforcement officials are being asked to step up patrols through the area, and that persons apprehended for defacing or ruining newly placed concrete will face prosecution. “We hate to have to take these steps. Local residents and motorists have, for the most part, gone out of their way to cooperate with the contractor and our crews during this phase of the project,” Mace said. “We just ask that people respect the long hours of work these crews are putting into complete this project, and stay away from the new concrete until it has cured completely, and the go-ahead is publicly issued for its use.” For more information about paving activities on Tenth West, call the project hotline, toll-free, at 888-427-8585, e-mail tenthwest@utah.gov, or visit the project website at http://udot.utah.gov/tenthwest. — UDOT —

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