U.S.89 Kanab to Kanab Creek Overview
Construction has started on US-89 North of Kanab between mileposts 65 and 68. The road is now closed to all traffic Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am until approximately April 11th.
The road closure is necessary while construction crews blast rock cliffs and clear debris. This 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
The winter construction schedule has been designed to safeguard the local economy by avoiding interference with the tourist season. By excavating rock during a season of lower traffic volume, engineers also hope to safely maintain traffic when the road is open, keep the work zone safe and maintain steady production rates so paving can begin when temperatures are sufficiently warm in the spring.
This Week's Construction Activity
Monday, March 3- Friday, March 7, 2014
From 7:00 am to 8:30 am one lane travel with pilot
cars and flaggers will be in place.
From 8:30 am to 11:30 am US-89 is closed to all traffic
from MP 65 - MP 68.
From 11:30 am to 6:00 pm one lane travel with pilot cars and flaggers will be in place.
From 6:00 pm to 7:00 am the roadway will be open to two lane
All times are approximate. As the daylight hours lengthen over the next few weeks construction crews will increase their work hours on 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 Kanab Volunteer Center has placed restroom facilities at each area.
The shoulders of US-89 have been saw cut and crews continue to remove the asphalt and base this week at the South end of the project. There will be a small drop off to the existing subgrade along these shoulders. Barrels will be placed to protect the shoulder and keep traffic traveling on the best surface.
Existing guardrail has been removed at different areas within the project limits. Traffic control devices have been placed to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
Excavation work continues on the dump site near the Hog Canyon Road. Compaction and grading work will persist as crews work to achieve final grade.
The trucking of roadbase from South of Fredonia, AZ to the project is in full swing. Motorists should expect increased traffic on US-89A and through Kanab as this operation continues.
Excavation crews are working on top soil reclamation and extending the shoulders of the roadway throughout the project. All new slopes will be planted with native vegetation when work is completed.
More saw-cuts will be made across US-89 and pipe will be placed. Roadbase and cold mix asphalt will be used to cover the trench until the new asphalt surface is laid later this spring. Motorists will notice a rougher traveling surface over the next few weeks.
The new acceleration lane at the Port Of Entry is taking shape. Crews are working to complete subgrade preparation and begin to add the aggregate base for asphalt paving later this spring. The new lane will provide for a safer transition for trucks merging into active lanes of travel.
A blasting plan has been approved by all necessary agencies. The blasting contractor, Interstate Rock Products and UDOT will confer on how and when to use blasting on the project.
With the cultural history present in the construction area an Archaeologist is on-site at all times during construction to assist with any sensitive operations.
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.
UDOT is urging motorists to plan for daily three-hour closures, Monday through Friday on US-89 immediately north of Kanab.
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