U.S.89 Kanab to Kanab Creek Overview
Construction is continuing on US-89 just North of Kanab between mileposts 65 and 68. The road is open with one-lane pilot car operations during daylight hours.
Construction of the new road will allow for the realignment of US-89 through the area and create a wider and safer roadway. The Utah Department of Transportation is constructing improvements to US-89 from the 300 North intersection in Kanab to the Kanab Creek Bridge near MP 68.
The 3-mile long project will provide:
* Pavement resurfacing
* Wider Shoulders
* Various roadway alignment shifts throughout the project
* Acceleration lane at the Port of Entry
Paving began last week and will continue for the next few weeks.
This Week's Construction Activity
Monday, April 21 - Friday, April 25, 2014
Road closures from 300 North in Kanab to Kanab Creek are complete. No more construction road closures are anticipated for the duration of the project.
From 7:00 am to 7:30 pm, motorists can expect up to a 20 minute delay while waiting in the queue for the pilot car to take them safely through the project.
From 7:30 pm to 7:00 am the roadway will be open to two lane travel and reduced speeds of 35 mph.
All times are approximate. As the daylight hours lengthen over the next few weeks construction crews will increase their work hours on the project.
Motorists waiting in the queue in Kanab should leave openings at the cross-streets beginning at 300 North for motorists needing to cross the intersection or turn onto US-89 into town.
Driving surfaces through the project are a combination of asphalt and roadbase. Therefore, speeds have been reduced to 35 mph to maintain a safe traveling speed. There are ruts and bumps in the driving surface. The public should obey all posted warnings and stay within the driving channel created with cones and barrels.
The first phase of asphalt paving is progressing well. All widened shoulders have been paved and crews are paving the areas which required complete reconstruction. This work will continue for the next couple of weeks.
The second phase of paving requires a new lift of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) for the entire length of the project followed by a final lift of Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA). The SMA is a wear course and will extend the life of the roadway and improve driving conditions for motorists.
Existing guardrail has been removed at different areas within the project limits. Traffic control devices have been placed to keep traffic flowing smoothly. Starting in mid-May new guardrail and crash cushions will be added where specified throughout the project.
The flagging area on the south end of the project will be changing as work dictates. Sometimes the stoppage will begin at 300 North but at other times it will be moved further North.
The trucking of roadbase and asphalt from south of Kanab to the project is continuing for several weeks. Motorists should expect increased traffic on US-89A and through Kanab to the job site.
During an emergency situation where emergency responders need to travel through the construction zone they will be allowed to do so. The contractor will maintain a pathway through the project at all times for any emergency situations and will be coordinating with the Kane County Sheriff's office.
All questions regarding the construction schedule and travel access should be directed to Lisa Beck or Dave Asay from FrontLine Public Involvement.
They will coordinate with citizens and businesses in providing accurate construction impact information.
Contact Information: Lisa Beck - 801.663.1711 and Dave Asay - 801.712.3030.
All media inquiries should be directed to UDOT Region 4 Communications Manager Kevin Kitchen at email@example.com or the department's media hotline at 801-746-9932.
Traffic through the construction area will be controlled at times with pilot car operations and flaggers. Motorists can expect up to a 20 minute delay. Be aware of changing traffic patterns and significantly reduced speed limits in the area.
Due to the dangers associated with mass ecvacation, potential rock fall and heavy equipment operations, UDOT urges off-road vehicles and hikers to stay clear of the area.
All contractors and subcontractors working on the project are required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when operating in the construction zone.
A UDOT Project