NORTH SALT LAKE The Utah Department of Transportation began work Tuesday to replace all the asphalt and do some related work along U.S. 89 in North Salt Lake and Bountiful.
The project runs from near Eagle Ridge Drive on the south to the I-15 ramp in Bountiful.
There were some unexpected traffic delays on Tuesday during the first day of the project during rush hours, but UDOT believes those problems have been solved.
"There was a miscommunication with the contractor," UDOT spokesman Adan Carrillo said, resulting in traffic narrowed to one lane during a segment of rush hour.
Carrillo said two lanes of traffic in each direction will now remain open during rush hour periods from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. At other times, traffic could be reduced to one lane in each direction.
Carrillo said no weekend work is anticipated, unless extra time is needed to complete it in the estimated three weeks.
"They'll do whatever it takes to get it done," he said, explaining UDOT doesn't normally like to do asphalt work after Sept. 15 because of cool-weather complications.
Besides removing 3 inches of old pavement and replacing it, UDOT will also reconstruct some pedestrian ramps along the road, redo some curb and gutter and implement some drainage improvements.
Carrillo said UDOT originally planned to do the project next year. However, with extra funding and plenty of asphalt available, it decided to do the project now. The bids on the work were also favorable.
The project has also been divided into three segments.
Through Saturday, one hour closures of U.S. 89 at Center Street and Eagle Ridge Drive are also possible.
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