Tuesday, May 1, 2012

1300 West road project finished under-budget and ahead of schedule

The road at 1300 West, between 5400 South and 5550 South, is now open to all traffic. The road rebuild came in under-budget and ahead of the originally scheduled opening of May 15. 
Due to heavy rains and flooding last summer, the road was closed and a complete rebuild was necessary. Taylorsville City engineers noticed movement on the canal bank and settlement within the roadway, which caused concern for the safety of vehicles. The city had to be very cautious due to the potential hazards created by the utilities in the roadway, including large gas and water lines. They were concerned that the vibrations of vehicles going over the roadway may cause additional movement and immediately closed the road.
A geotechnical investigation was done and based on those results, city engineers determined the best course of action to rebuild the road.
The total bill is anticipated to come in around $700K. Originally the city thought the cost would be closer to $1.2 million.
“We appreciate the patience of our residents,” said Mayor Russ Wall. “We understand this road closure has been inconvenient.”
Having the road closed has not been too much of an inconvenience for one resident. Marty Mankins left a comment on the city blog, “I admit that it's been nice to have had almost 10 months of hardly any traffic, but it will be nice to have the road open again as well.”

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