'Applesauce Corner' set for repairs in Riverdale

Jun 19 2012 - 6:34am

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Police and fire officials investigate a truck crash on the Interstate15 to Interstate 84 exit in Riverdale on Nov. 10, 2009.
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Police and fire officials investigate a truck crash on the Interstate15 to Interstate 84 exit in Riverdale on Nov. 10, 2009.

OGDEN -- The infamous "Applesauce Corner" bridge on Interstate 84 will be closed for repairs for an extended period of time.

Utah Department of Transportation crews will begin a project to redeck the bridge, which is near the exit ramp from southbound Interstate 15 to eastbound Interstate 84 in Riverdale, in late summer or early fall, said UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders.

The project was recently unveiled to members of the Utah Transportation Commission on a UDOT guided tour through the Top of Utah.

Over the years, heavy truck traffic has resulted in heavy wear and tear on the bridge and its related infrastructure, and material has been falling from the bottom of the bridge.

As a result of the repair work, the bridge will be closed to all traffic for two weeks once the project begins.

Saunders said the project hasn't gone to bid yet, so the exact start date and cost are not yet known.

The area where the bridge sits is nicknamed "Applesauce Corner" for the number of high-profile semitrailer crashes involving produce that have occurred on the road.

The latest crash at that spot happened earlier this year in March, when a truck with a flatbed trailer carrying 34 tons of magnesium chloride flipped over on the I-84 eastbound exit near Riverdale and nearly crashed onto I-15 below.

In November 2009, a southbound semi hauling apples rolled over onto its side and onto the concrete barrier on the I-15 overpass as it attempted to make the turn onto the exit ramp to eastbound I-84.

The redecking project won't include any re-engineering to improve safety in the area, Saunders said, noting that safety improvements were made to the area a little over a year ago to curb the truck accidents.

In January 2011, UDOT crews added flashing LED warning lights and new guard rail to the area, while also altering the approaches to the ramps.

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