The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises motorists that a highway preservation project being conducted in Logan Canyon this week will cause some delays and traffic congestion. UDOT crews will be placing a chip seal on US-89 in Logan Canyon, between Twin Creeks Bridge and Beaver Creek, beginning this week. Crews will start making preparations for this project in the construction zone on Monday, August 8, with the beginning of the chip seal work as early as Tuesday, August 9. All project work, including the installations of guardrails at specific locations along the route, should be complete by mid-September. Crews will begin work each day by 10 a.m. and conclude by 6 p.m. During this project, traffic will be limited to one lane in the immediate vicinity of the work crews. Flaggers will direct traffic in the work zone, assisted by a pilot car. Motorists traveling on US-89 are urged to slow down as soon as they see signs announcing construction ahead, and be prepared to stop at any time. Once stopped, stay in your vehicle and proceed only at the direction of the flaggers on scene. When driving on a newly “chipped” roadway, motorists are also encouraged to drive at reduced speeds to help avoid windshield and headlight glass damage. Delays of up to 15 minutes may be possible during this work. Motorists with time-sensitive travel to the Bear Lake Valley and beyond, are encouraged to plan ahead and consider alternate routes where possible. A chip seal is a relatively low-cost maintenance treatment that involves the spraying of a hot asphalt-based oil on the roadway, followed by the application of a layer of specifically-sized gravel. The gravel is then pressed into oil by a roller compactors, and a long-lasting seal is created that protects the roadway from moisture and other damaging elements. One the chip seal is complete, then a thin layer of oil called a “fog coat” will be applied to seal loose chips to the surface and the roadway striping will be repainted. This work is highly dependent on specific ambient temperatures, so work schedules are subject to change at any time due to inclement weather, as well as equipment availability, supply problems, and/or emergency situations.
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