CLEARFIELD -- A portion of one Clearfield road will be closed for nearly a year, beginning next month.
As part of the Utah Department of Transportation's $70 million extension of State Road 193, 700 South will be closed for up to 10 months beginning Saturday.
The closure will be between Depot Street and South Main Street, near Clearfield's Freeport Center.
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said the closure will facilitate the construction of a new traffic bridge over the Union Pacific and Utah Transit Authority rail corridor.
Because of work already completed on the project, a new segment of SR-193 between South Main Street and Center Street will be open as the traffic detour route.
Saunders said Freeport Center and frontage road access will shift to the newly completed portion of the SR-193 alignment on June 1.
Motorists will take the Center Street bridge from State Street and connect to the new SR-193 southbound alignment.
Saunders said motorists should plan their driving through the area ahead of time, and leave earlier than normal, to avoid confusion learning the new detour routes.
UDOT has been working on the SR-193 project for several months and will extend the road from State Street to 700 South in Clearfield, then around the Freeport Center to 200 South, and then west to 2000 West in Syracuse.
When the project is finished, the road will be five lanes beginning at 2000 West, with a grade-separated crossing over the FrontRunner and Union Pacific rail lines.
The state will also build a pedestrian crossing under the new roadway for users of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Rail Trail.
Saunders said the crossing will be a "box culvert" that will run under the ground and be large enough for bikes to pass through, similar to what is seen in several spots along the Ogden River Parkway Trail.
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 will reopen in summer 2014.
For information about the closure or detour, or for general information about the SR-193 extension project, email email@example.com, or call 800-948-4002.