Emigration Canyon Road will close to through traffic during paving project beginning Monday

Photo Courtesy: Emigration Canyon Metro Township

EMIGRATION CANYON, Utah, July 5, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Emigration Canyon Road will be closed to all through-traffic during work hours as part of a paving project starting Monday, July 6.

Local traffic will still be permitted, said a news release from the Emigration Canyon Metro Township.

Beginning Monday when major asphalt work begins, canyon residents should expect one-way flagging operations in the area during work hours, Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Moderate delays are expected so motorists are advised to plan their travel times accordingly.

The project, in partnership with Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District, will rehabilitate Emigration Canyon Road, from the Emigration Canyon Township line on the west to State Rout 65 on the east.

The project began on June 15 and will continue through mid-September 2020, the news release said. Salt Lake County Public Works is managing the project.

“Crews plan to begin at the Emigration Township line on the west end of the project, by removing asphalt in the eastbound lane,” the news release said. “They will move eastbound for about a mile at a time, then flip and remove asphalt in the westbound lane, in a racetrack configuration. Asphalt removal is planned to take about two weeks to complete.”

Due to the one-way traffic necessitated by this project, Emigration Canyon will also be closed to recreational cyclists and skaters during construction. With one lane inaccessible, the road is not wide enough to safely accommodate both motor vehicles and bicycles/skaters.

As a result of the project, the life of the pavement in this corridor will be extended, new bike lanes will improve safety for all, and cyclists and motorists will enjoy a more comfortable ride on the new asphalt, the news release said.

“We have discussed this project over the last several years,” said Emigration Canyon Mayor Joe Smolka. “The MSD funded the project, and the plan is to complete the road resurfacing by the fall. We understand many of you will be inconvenienced; however, we are looking forward to a safe and well-built road. We appreciate your patience throughout the construction project.”

Also beginning Monday, Rocky Mountain Power will be installing an underground power line, near the turn-off to Pinecrest, requiring trenches in the roadway. This activity is unrelated to the paving project but will take place concurrently. You can find more information here.

For additional information on the paving project, to view a map of the project area, or to request email updates, click here.


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