Pipeline work shuts Ogden Canyon: 24-hour closure begins Tuesday night

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:03 PM

OGDEN — Work on the Ogden Canyon pipeline project is wrapping up, but impacts to area residents aren’t quite over yet.

As Ogden city continues work to replace the 100-year-old waterline that meanders through the canyon, the canyon road will be closed to all traffic for about 24 hours beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, until approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Jason Allen, public involvement manager with Horrocks Engineers, said the project contractor will need to use both lanes of traffic to cross the new waterline under the existing 72-inch Pineview waterline.

The location of the closure will be approximately 1,000 feet west of The Oaks restaurant, or about 700 Ogden Canyon.

During the closure hours, all canyon residents living west of the closure area, will have to enter and exit the canyon from the Ogden city side of the canyon.

All residents living east of 700 Ogden Canyon must enter and exit the canyon from the Ogden Valley side.

Ogden Valley residents will need to use alternative routes during the closure.

“We realize we are kind of shifting people around a little bit,” Allen said. “But this is an important piece of the project, and it needs to be done right.”

Allen said the canyon could open sooner than 8 p.m. Wednesday. Updates will be given all day Wednesday at http://www.ogdencanyonh2o.com/, on Twitter @ogdencanyonh2o or at www.facebook.com/ogdencanyonwaterline.

Affected residents can also text “ogden canyon” to 25827 to receive immediate updates.

The project has been under way for nearly six months. Nightly road closures, delays, water shutdowns and plenty of congestion on the narrow arterial have inconvenienced Ogden Valley businesses and residents since the beginning of the year.

To date, a total of 18,110 feet of new pipe has been installed as part of the project.

The new pipeline is expected to be fully installed and in service by the end of June.

After the pipeline is installed, the Utah Department of Transportation will come into the canyon to complete a road resurfacing project.

UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said that project is slated to start soon after the July Fourth holiday and will likely take about a month to complete.

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