OGDEN -- The good news is that Ogden Canyon will be free and clear of any construction by Aug. 30. The bad news is that a slew of closures are scheduled between now and then.
Whitaker Construction, in conjunction with the Utah Department of Transportation and Ogden city, have begun work to repave State Road 39, the Ogden Canyon Road, from the mouth of the canyon to Pineview Reservoir.
The road has been torn up through the length of the canyon as part of an $8 million project to replace a century-old water pipeline that runs through the canyon.
The project began in late 2012 and has included nightly closures, water shutdowns and plenty of congestion on the narrow canyon road.
With only two lanes of traffic, and one lane at the site of the installation of a 24-inch water line, travel has been cumbersome at best and any feasible alternative routes inconvenient.
Horrocks Engineers, a Pleasant Grove-based company that has provided technical expertise on the water line project, announced Tuesday that the 24-inch water line is in service, but 8 inches of permanent asphalt must be placed through the canyon.
To complete the asphalt resurfacing project, there will be several night and day closures.
Today, the canyon will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
On Friday and Saturday, the road will be closed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Beginning Sunday, the canyon will be closed at 5 p.m. and will remain closed until 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Finally, the road will be closed between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. Aug. 21-22 and Aug. 25-29.
The road is scheduled to be open and free from any construction on Aug. 30.
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said the repaving of the canyon is a joint effort between the state and Ogden city.
Before the pipeline project began, UDOT had a separate $600,000 pavement treatment project on the road planned for some time, and the state originally considered doing the work after Ogden finished its work -- a move that could have kept the canyon road under construction even longer.