CLEARFIELD -- Utah has encountered a few bumps in the road as it continues a project to extend the life of Interstate 15 -- but road officials say those bumps are not permanent.
In early spring, the Utah Department of Transportation began a project to rehabilitate the concrete surface of southbound I-15, between the I-84 exit in Riverdale and 200 South in Clearfield.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders said the $4.9 million project will replace decades-old, deteriorated pavement on the interstate -- a temporary fix until the state can perform full maintenance on the road.
As part of the procedure, crews are digging up the old pavement and replacing it with precast blocks of pavement that are made off-site.
But as work progresses on the project, sections of the new concrete are slightly protruding from the road surface, creating small bumps.
"The (panels) do stick up out of the road a little bit," Saunders said. "Maybe a quarter of an inch or so."
Saunders said the state has received inquiries from several I-15 motorists asking about the bumps.
"We had one gentleman who wanted us to remove the speed bumps immediately," he said. "People are thinking they are a part of the project and that they will be permanent, but that's not the case."
Saunders said the state has inspected the bumps and determined they aren't significant enough to raise much concern.
The project is scheduled to finish in late September, and by then the old concrete will be replaced and the road smoothed over.
"This process takes a little while to complete and the process isn't all beautiful at the beginning," Saunders said. "But this is the best way for us to extend the life of the road and allow the public to travel on the road as we are completing the project."
Crews will continue working on the project during off-peak nighttime hours from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday to Friday and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday.
Nighttime lane closures are in place on the two left travel lanes in the southbound direction from Riverdale to Clearfield.