Motorists, pedestrians reminded to stay away and off of new concrete on Tenth West Project

<div>LOGAN – As Logan’s Tenth West (State Road 252) Reconstruction Project moves forward with 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.</div><div> </div><div>Concrete paving is now underway on Logan’s Tenth West, and Utah Department of Transportation Project Manager Rod Terry reminds everyone that driving or walking on newly placed concrete before it has adequately cured usually means that this work must be removed and done over again.</div><div> </div><div>”It takes up to seven days for new concrete to reach the levels of curing that will allow vehicles to drive on it,” Terry noted. <br />

<br /></div><div>In recent days, several incidents have occurred where motorists have driven across new pavement, or persons have walked on the pavement despite being warned not to do so.</div><div> </div><div>”If someone drives on it or decides to take a shortcut across before sufficient curing time has passed, the surface of the concrete is ruined, cracks are formed, and moisture seeps in which leads to the premature deterioration of the roadway.<br />

<br /></div><div>”We can no longer allow this to happen,” Terry said.</div><div> </div><div>He said persons who willfully drive or walk on newly placed concrete will be liable for the cost to replace it. </div><div> </div><div>”We’ve designed this roadway to last for up to 50 years, so when this happens the crews have to go back and remove that section of concrete out and place it again.”<br />

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Terry said the replacement work is an additional cost that the project has to bear, and it delays the completion of the roadway.</div><div> </div><div>”We want to complete this roadway as quickly as we can, so we’re stressing to local motorists to please follow the business access signs and barriers, stay within the traffic lanes provided, and don’t take shortcuts across this newly placed concrete.”</div><div> </div><div>For general information about this project, please e-mail <a href=”mailto:tenthwest@utah.gov” target=”_blank”>tenthwest@utah.gov</a> or call the project hotline, toll-free, at <a href=”tel:888-427-8585″ target=”_blank”>888-427-8585</a>.</div>

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