SYRACUSE -- It is going to cost Davis County and the Utah Department of Transportation about $1 million to repave the Antelope Island causeway to a smooth surface.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission approved an agreement with UDOT to repave the 7-mile causeway accessing the state park island.
The cost for the project will be equally shared between the county and UDOT, Davis County Public Works Director Kirk Schmalz told the commission.
The county's portion of funding for the project will be paid from its 2012 class B road funds, he said.
"It's a partnership with UDOT. We'll work with them, get their advice, get their review. They get to pay for what they are putting in," Schmalz said.
The county's intent is to design the repaving project this winter, Schmalz said, to be able to repave the road next spring once the weather has warmed up.
County Commissioner Louenda Downs said she would like the road repaved to the condition where its surface is smooth enough for bicycle travel because so many island bicyclists use that route.
Schmalz said it is his hope the repaving will include some type of asphalt overlay.
"We are going to try and make it as customer-friendly as we can," he said.
The county also is hoping to use the repaving project to smooth out some of the rougher transitions on the road, particularly where the causeway bridge is located closer to the island, Schmalz said.
"With this fix, it is a good time to get cooperative funding," he said.
Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said the repaving work is costly compared with other road maintenance projects the county generally addresses.
"Sometimes it is hard to spend the money for the big job."