Road construction project begins on US-91

Crews beginning to chip seal US-91 north of Cove. The project will resurface the four-lane highway from Smithfield to the Idaho state line.  Roadwork will take place from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday.

LOGAN — Commuters who use US-91 north of Smithfield, will notice delays over the next two-months as a large resurfacing project began Tuesday.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) said the chip seal project will include all four lanes of the highway, from Smithfield to the Idaho state line.

The project started near Cove where traffic was restricted to one lane in each direction.

UDOT Communications Manager Vic Saunders said the “chips” used in a chip seal are small pea-sized rocks that are applied to the roadway with an asphalt emulsion. Once the chips are rolled into the asphalt with heavy equipment, vehicles are allowed to drive on it.

Saunders said motorists are reminded to reduce their speed significantly once the chips are initially applied, as these small rocks can easily be dislodged and fly up and damage windshields.

Roadwork will take place from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Occasional Saturday work may be necessary to complete some portions of the project.

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