Why did Ogden City undertake this project in the winter? The line we are replacing is needed during the warmer months of June through November. In order to meet the consumption needs of Ogden City, our only option is to work during the winter months, which brings additional challenges of harsh weather conditions that often affect workers and equipment.
Why is the project moving so slowly? With warmer temperatures we are now able to manage soil conditions and install about 200 feet of pipe a day, delaying us only five days behind our June 1 deadline. Record cold temperatures posed challenges at the beginning of the project. Equipment start-up times took longer and breakdowns were more frequent. Excessive frost and solid rock compounded the problem, resulting in unforeseeable underground conditions and unplanned night road closures. A second night crew is being added to help get us ahead of the deadline.
Why so many traffic delays? Unfortunately we do not have the resources available to give real time estimates like the signage you often see along Interstate 15. We are broadcasting delay times through the project website at www.ogdencanyonh2o.com, Twitter@ogdencanyonh2o and the project hotline at 801-675-8198. We will also be adding updates from employees who will be driving the canyon and logging drive time through the canyon seven days a week.
We knew this project would pose a major challenge, that’s why it has been put off for more than a hundred years. Without replacing the waterline, we would continue to lose over a million gallons of water a day. Replacement of the line is vital.
We are committed to adapting the travelers’ concerns while staying within the constraints of the project. We thank you for your patience and concern for the safety or our workers and encourage you to email us with any questions or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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