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Friday, December 28, 2012

Ogden Canyon to be fully closed during the evening hours.

We just received this disappointing news regarding the Ogden Canyon Waterline Project:

Due to some unforeseeable site conditions on the Ogden Canyon Waterline project, it will be necessary to use the open cut method of construction for the remainder of the project.   Open cut construction requires a much larger work area than the pipe bursting method, and much of the canyon is too narrow to construct the pipeline and keep traffic lanes open.  In meeting with the contractor, Ogden City, project engineers, and UDOT, it has been determined that the best course of action will be to maintain the current 10-15 minute delays during the day, and implement a full closure of SR-39 in Ogden Canyon during the night.  The closure hours will be as follows:

January 2, 2013 – March 31, 2013
Sunday night through Friday morning: 8pm – 5am
Friday night through Sunday morning: 9pm – 6am

April 1, 2013 – June 1, 2013
Sunday night through Friday morning: 9pm – 5am
Friday night through Sunday morning: 9pm – 6am

These night time closures will allow the contractor full use of the road to stage equipment and material, thus allowing the project to progress more quickly, increasing the likelihood that the project will be completed ahead of schedule.

As a condition of the closure, emergency vehicles and local traffic (Ogden Canyon Residents) will still be allowed to travel on SR-39 during the night time closures, though there will still be some delays at the construction zones. 

Over the next few days, a representative from Horrocks Engineers will be visiting the Ogden Canyon residents to discuss these closures, answer any questions the residents may have, and distribute identification cards to present to the traffic control flaggers during the night time closures.

We thank you for your continued patience during this project.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.  We hope that you will help us in spreading the word to any potentially impacted people you may know.


kami said...

This is a joke especially during the winter! Like people want to travel to ogden using North Ogden divide which is closed a lot during the winter. Or a huge detour over trappers. People go to work before 5 am!

smaatguy said...

absolutely poor pre-construction analysis ...and now what is going to be the cost of said "unforeseen" conditions....closing the canyon is the easy way out..we the public deserve to see the data on what the decision was made upon and the cost that will follow...Is there a plan to keep the Divide clear at an accelerated rate or any other safety measures?

Heisar said...

Maybe the city should put more effort into keeping the No.Ogden divide plowed and de-iced this winter. People want to go night skiing at Powder and are not going to travel clear around Trappers to get there.