CEDAR CITY — Crews will start work next week on cutting down dead trees that pose a risk of falling on the road near Cedar Canyon Campground.

The hazard tree mitigation project area begins at the Dixie National Forest boundary near the campground on state Route 14 and stretches about 12.5 miles. Travelers can expect delays up to 30 minutes as Utah Department of Transportation crews work on the road.

Hazard tree mitigation activity is also planned for the section of state Route 148 that runs from the state Route 14 junction to near the Cedar Breaks National Monument boundary.

The project was put in place due to the extensive number of trees killed by bark beetles and windthrow along the roads.

"Safety of the traveling public and aesthetics of the highway corridor is of prime importance" said Jim McConnell, UDOT engineer.