'Paving train' speeds up roadwork near Pineview

Aug 10 2012 - 5:16pm

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HUNTSVILLE -- The state is using a new technology to lessen the pains of heavy roadwork scheduled for the Ogden Valley.

Next Tuesday, the Utah Department of Transportation will begin to repave State Route 39, from Pineview Dam to 100 East in Huntsville.

The project was announced at a Utah Transportation Commission meeting held Friday in Tremonton.

During the project, work will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, with traffic limited to one open lane in the project zone on SR-39.

UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said motorists should expect delays of at least 15 minutes and drivers with time-sensitive travel should use State Route 167, the Trappers Loop Highway, and Interstate 84 via Weber Canyon to gain access to the Ogden area.

The project will take more than a month to complete, but it could have taken a lot longer, Saunders said.

The project will involve removing the present asphalt surface, recycling and repaving it in one process using specialized milling and paving equipment. The repaving involves the use of a "paving train," which heats and removes the existing asphalt surface, injects new road oils into the old material, and then replaces it on to the roadway.

"It's a pretty interesting process," Saunders said. "And it save us time."

Meanwhile in Uintah, UDOT will close Combe Road at U.S. 89 on Monday for three weeks.

The closure is due to the U.S. 89-6600 South intersection realignment project. The state will realign the intersection, add a new signal and realign the northbound ramp to U.S. 89 and Ogden from westbound I-84.

The road will reopen on Sept. 3.

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