Ogden– As Logan’s Tenth West (state Road 252) Reconstruction Project moves toward the onset of concrete paving work, local residents and motorists are reminded to stay away from newly paved concrete until it has fully cured. This will save taxpayer dollars from being needlessly spent on doing work over again. Motorists and residents in the area will soon see the beginning of concrete paving in the roadway, along with the placing and finishing of concrete sidewalks on the Tenth West Reconstruction Project (SR-252). Utah Department of Transportation Project Manager Charles Mace reminds everyone that driving on newly placed concrete, or walking or riding a bike on new concrete sidewalks before they are adequately cured usually means that this work must be removed and done over again. “It takes up to seven days for new concrete to reach the levels of curing that will allow vehicles to drive on it,” Mace noted. “If a motorist happens to drive on it before sufficient curing time is achieved, the finish of the concrete is ruined and cracks are formed which will allow moisture to seep in and lead to the roadway’s premature deterioration. “We’ve designed this roadway to last for up to 50 years so when this happens the crews have to go back and tear that section of concrete out and place it again, which costs taxpayers additional money to do and delays the completion of the project,” he continued. “So we’re taking this opportunity to stress to local motorists to please follow the signs and barriers, stay within the traffic lanes provided, and don’t take short cuts across this newly placed concrete as it begins to appear within the construction corridor.” Mace also noted that the same request is true for the new sidewalks that will be put in as a part of this construction project. He said children may believe it is okay to write their names, place hand prints, or leave bicycle tire tracks down new concrete sidewalks, but all it really means is that crews have to tear it out and do the work over again. “Writing names or leaving hand prints may be fun to do when sidewalks or driveways are constructed on your own private property, but it really has no place on the sidewalks that are completed for the use of the public,” Mace explained. “When this happens, our crews have to go back and remove that concrete, and then re-place it and finish it all over again. “This means more expense for the state and additional work for our crews on the project,” he said. “So we ask that parents, teachers and others take this opportunity to explain to children why it’s important to not leave any marks on this fresh concrete.” Mace says the first phase of the $67 million project is moving forward now that the weather has improved, and he believes most of the road work undertaken in this phase should be complete before freezing weather hits Cache Valley this fall. “We’ve had a few things come up that we hadn’t planned on and that has had its effect on the overall work load, but generally we’ve dealt with these issues and we’re moving forward. He noted that local residents and motorists have been extremely accommodating during the initial phases of this reconstruction project. “We appreciate the patience the public has shown and the cooperation that has been extended to the project team thus far,” Mace said. — UDOT —
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