The long-awaited 10th West Construction project is about to begin and the Utah Department of Transportation is advising local residents to stay away from the homes that have been purchased as part of the construction effort. UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders says crews will start work to expand 1000 West, also known as State Road 252, at the end of this month. At that time, crews will begin work on the Logan River Bridge at the southern end of the corridor. In the meantime, other crews will start demolishing the homes that were acquired to complete this project. Saunders says local resident are asked to stay away from those homes for their own safety. Besides, he says, salvage rights belong to the contractor. “Part of the contracting we do at UDOT is contracting for the right to salvage those homes as part of their bid to us,” Saunders explains. “Sometimes those bids are more favorable because of that. “So we really cannot have people going down there and removing garage doors, and furnaces and front doors, windows and things like that. If they do, the contractor has made arrangements with the local police and sheriff to patrol that area.” Saunders says people found in the vacant homes without written permission from the contractor or UDOT will be arrested. He says such a tough stance is being taken to protect UDOT and the contractor from liability issues.
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