Category: road closure

Road construction shuts down part of 1300 East

SUGARHOUSE, Utah — A major road construction project across Sugarhouse began Tuesday.

Different sections of 1300 East will be closed through October, forcing detours as far away as Foothill Drive.

1700 South to 2100 South is first, and crews expect to be done at the end of July. After that, they will shut down and work on 1300 East from 1700 South to 1300 South.

Some compare 1300 East to an amusement park ride without the excitement.

“People swerve out of the way of potholes. It’s bumpy. It’s not super fun,” Mekala Humphries said.

From potholes to patch jobs, there was a lot to maneuver around on 1300 South. Now, the entire road needs to be avoided from 1700 to 2100 South.

Businesses and medical offices are isolated by the closure. Cox’s job now requires sending out a reminder to patients to use an alternate entrance to the dental office.

“It’s really an inconvenience for patients to have to come around,” 3G Family Dentistry Office Manager Angela Cox said. “They’ll forget, and I have to send it out again, so it’s extra work. It’s an inconvenience for patients.”

After sewer work last year, crews plan to strip the asphalt and lay down a new road and gutters. People are trying to stay positive during what is expected to be a bumpy route this summer.

“I’m kind of excited for it to be smooth,” Humphries said. “That will be nice.”

Santaquin Canyon Road closed indefinitely

SANTAQUIN, Utah – The U.S. Forest Service has closed Santaquin Canyon Road indefinitely after a mudslide brought down a wall of debris and damaged the road.

The Forest Service said the closure is necessary for public safety due to the high water flow coming down the canyon and debris covering the road.

The closure begins at the Trumbolt day-use site and goes east approximately 1.5 miles to the Tinney Flat campground and all foot, bicycle, equestrian and vehicular traffic is prohibited.

The closure could remain in place for weeks.

“It’s going to take some heavy equipment to get it out of the way,” Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said. “The road is probably going to need some repair so even if they were able to get it all started today we’re probably looking at a couple of weeks before they get close to being able to it open it back up.”

The slide began in a side canyon that historically has produced avalanches in the canyon, according to the Forest Service. The size and scope of this slide was due to the heavy snowpack from this winter.

No injuries were reported to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office from the avalanche but more slides could be coming over the next few weeks and Cannon warned people to be careful.