CLEARFIELD -- Despite winterlike weather conditions across much of the Top of Utah, spring is here, and that means work on local roads is starting to ramp up.
Phase 1 of the $70 million State Road 193 project in Clearfield has started between Center and Main streets, and the work brings with it some major impacts to the travelling public.
SR 193 will be extended from State Street on 700 South in Clearfield, then around the Freeport Center to 200 South and then west to 2000 West in Syracuse.
Beginning today, Main Street through Clearfield will close indefinitely everywhere north of 700 South. Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders said the north end of south Main Street will eventually be turned into a cul-de-sac to make way for a new overpass.
Saunders said motorists should use Center Street and 200 South to access other portions of Main Street in Clearfield. Also beginning today, 700 South between the Union Pacific train tracks and the entrance to the Freeport Center will have both lanes of traffic shifted to the south side of the road. One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction.
The D&RGW trail has been closed since mid-February between 200 South and 700 South because of excavation work associated with the SR 193 project.
The trail -- which spans about 25 miles of paved asphalt between 400 North in West Bountiful and Hinckley Drive in the Roy/West Haven area, just west of the active Union Pacific rail line -- is still open on either side of this closure.
When the SR 193 project is finished, the road will have five lanes beginning at 2000 West, with a grade-separated crossing over the FrontRunner and Union Pacific rail lines.
Saunders said the extension of SR 193 will provide additional mobility within West Point, Clearfield and Syracuse that will result in fewer impacts on the community when compared with widening other east-west roads.
Currently, the main east-west routes between 2000 West and Interstate 15 in that area of northern Davis County are 300 North and Antelope Drive.
When work is completed on the project, UDOT officials say, the road will maintain traffic capacity for at least 40 years.
The road is expected to be complete by summer 2014.