Road Work Ahead

Road Work Ahead
Posted on 05/20/2013

As the weather warms up, the city has many construction projects planned to help improve our community.  A lot of routine maintenance on our roadways will be performed this summer.  We wish our roads would last forever, but since they don’t we strive to find the most cost-effective means to maintain our road in the best condition.  We are proud to announce that we will be treating more than 1.7 million square feet of roadway this year!  Some of the planned projects include the following:

Union Park Avenue

Cottonwood Heights and Midvale will be teaming to make improvements to Union Park Avenue. Work will include new landscaped medians, street lighting, drainage improvements and road surface treatments. The project is currently being advertised for construction bids.  Once a contractor is selected, a schedule for construction will be established and work will likely start in June. Message boards will be posted seven days prior to the start of work to notify users of the upcoming construction.

Neighborhoods East of Wasatch Boulevard

Residents on the east side of the city above Wasatch Boulevard can expect street maintenance work later this summer and into next spring.  Kings Hill Drive is scheduled for an overlay. Top of the World Drive and Prospector Drive will receive chip seals while other roads in the area will receive slurry seal treatments.

New Sidewalk on 7200 South

Improvements are not limited to streets this year.  We will also be installing new sidewalks along 7200 South from about 1400 East to 1750 East starting in mid-May. We are able to complete this project thanks to a grant from the “Safe Routes to Schools” program.  The work is being managed through UDOT.

Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail

The section of Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail that connects the park and ride in the mouth of the Canyon to the rest of the trail in the area will be completed this spring.

Trip Hazard Mitigation

We will be out cutting “trip hazards” on city sidewalks again this year. Last year, 1,727 trip hazards were removed by this process. Cutting away trip hazards as opposed to replacing the sidewalks saved the city and its residents of over $400,000 in fiscal year 2012.

Every road in our city requires ongoing maintenance. Cars, rain, snow, salt, ice, sunshine and the soil underneath the road all combine to take a toll on our roadway surface.  Over time, the roadway begins to weaken and deteriorate, requiring routine maintenance.   This maintenance work may cause us to alter our normal routes to work, school or other activities for a time. With that in mind, we want to give drivers as much notice as possible before construction begins in order to adjust routes and schedules or find alternative routes.  More detailed flyers will be distributed to affected neighborhoods before work starts.  We appreciate your patience as we work to improve the Cottonwood Heights community.