The coming weekend brings with it a new round of repaving of Sardine Canyon by Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) crews. The work begins Sunday.
It begins with the closure of the ramp over US 89-91 at the mouth of the canyon near Brigham City and the beginning of repaving there.
“Then they will begin moving up the canyon towards Mantua and on up to the summit,” said UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders. “When they get to the summit, doing the outside lane, they will turn around and do the outside lane going back the other way, downhill toward Brigham City.
“Then obviously when they get back to where they started at the mouth of the canyon, they will then turn around and do work on the inside lanes in both directions, first toward the summit again back down toward Brigham City, somewhat like a racetrack.”
Saunders said the paving portion of the project should take six weeks and while related work could extend completion time the goal is to finish by mid-July.
He said UDOT would maintain one lane of traffic in each direction at all times.
“People will always be able to get through. For anyone with time sensitive travel we always recommend that you plan ahead, leave earlier than you normally need to, or consider another route such as SR 30, the Valley View Highway.”
Most of the work will be done during the day but also some will take place at night.
“We will do all we can to expedite this project. It will involve milling up the old asphalt with a big roto-mill. Then we will come in behind that mill and pave new asphalt in. Once it is entirely paved with the new asphalt we will come back and do what we call a micro-surface over the top of that.”
The drive from Logan to the canyon summit will hot be affected by this work.
“We have a project in place, probably next year, to do that portion from Cache Valley to the summit. But for this year only, it will be from Brigham City to the summit.”
Extensive highway work is underway throughout the state and Cache Valley is not the exception.
“There in the valley we have the big Tenth West project ongoing. We are now paving on 2500 North. We’re getting ready to do the portion between 200 North and 2500 North later this fall, on Tenth West.”
The state’s hot weather-cold weather cycle is hard on roadways forcing UDOT to come in every year and either re-build or maintain.
“We’re trying to do as many roadways as we can now with concrete because the cost is about the same. Asphalt products have come up so much in price that we can do concrete very economically and that gives us a longer life.”