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Emigration Canyon Paving Project

In an effort to preserve the pavement in Emigration Canyon, the MSD and Emigration Canyon Metro Township have started a road project to rehabilitate the asphalt on Emigration Canyon Road, from the Emigration Township line on the west to SR-65 on the east. This project started in mid-June and continues through mid-September 2020.

Reminder: Emigration Canyon will close to recreational cyclists beginning Monday, July 6.

Notice for Motorists: Emigration Canyon will be closed, starting Monday, July 6, to all through-traffic during work hours. Local traffic will still be permitted.

Update for Cyclists: Asphalt removal will begin on July 6. Crews will remove asphalt in one-mile sections, as they work their way up the canyon (see “Upcoming Work Activities” heading below for more details). Until paving begins, there will be progressively more segments of the road that will be in a milled state. However, once new pavement is down, crews may be able to begin striping in segments before the canyon has been entirely repaved – therefore, we may be able to open up the lower sections of the canyon to recreational cyclists earlier than expected. We will continue to provide updated information about this option as the project progresses to that point.

Upcoming Work Activities:

  • This week, crews are performing minor work activities along the corridor, such as prepping to pour concrete for the new curb and gutter near the intersection of Maryfield Drive and Emigration Canyon Road, and lowering utilities in the roadway to prepare for the removal of asphalt. In observance of the 4th of July holiday, no work will take place from July 3-5.
  • Beginning July 6, major asphalt work will begin. Crews plan to begin at the Emigration Township line on the west end of the project, by removing asphalt in the eastbound lane. They will move eastbound for about a mile at a time, then flip and remove asphalt in the westbound lane – in a racetrack configuration. Asphalt removal is planned to take about two weeks to complete.
  • Beginning July 6, there will be some gas line work taking place, near the turn-off to Pinecrest, requiring trenches in the roadway. This activity is unrelated to our project but will take place concurrently.

*Schedule is subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Traffic Alerts:

  • Traffic impacts through July 5 will be minor: Motorists should anticipate intermittent lane shifts as needed to accommodate the lowering of utilities. Cyclists should also be aware that work through July 5 will affect sections of bike lanes.
  • Beginning July 6, motorists should expect one-way flagging operations throughout the canyon during work hours, Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Moderate delays are expected so motorists are advised to plan their travel times accordingly. If an alternate route is available for your destination, please plan to take it and help reduce congestion through the work zone.
  • The canyon will be closed to through-traffic during work hours. Local traffic access will still be permitted.

Safety:

  • Please reduce speeds and stay alert as you approach the work zone, to ensure the safety of the flaggers directing traffic. Please exercise caution and stay alert while driving through construction zones.
  • Area residents should expect increased noise, dust, and vibration associated with construction.