PLEASANT VIEW -- Residents along 500 West in Pleasant View will be able to rest easier as a result of the suspension, at least for now, of noisy nighttime gravel hauling to a Utah Department of Transportation Interstate 15 lane-expansion project in Layton.
Towers Sand & Gravel has relinquished the hauling contract with Granite Construction, which is managing the I-15 project, said Kent Butters, president of Towers.
"It wasn't making sense to fight everybody to do it to make a living," he said.
Towers officials said in a prepared statement it has relinquished a contract worth more than $250,000 to appease residents who complained about hauling operations at a Pleasant View City Council meeting last week.
Towers was a subcontractor for the project managed by Salt Lake City-based Granite Construction.
Granite Construction has found another source of gravel for the I-15 project and will not require Towers trucks to bring materials to the project site, Vic Saunders, a spokesman for UDOT, said Tuesday.
"They have decided to do something different," he said.
Officials with Granite could not be reached for comment regarding the company's specific arrangements with Towers regarding the project.
As many as 25 trucks a night, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., were slated to travel from a gravel pit down 4300 North, then down 500 West onto Elberta Drive for the duration of a 13-week contract, said Pleasant View City Administrator J.J. Allen.
Pleasant View officials are glad that Towers has suspended nighttime hauling because of potential health problems for residents along 500 West who have difficulty sleeping because of the noise from trucks, Allen said.
Towers said in its statement the decision to suspend nighttime hauling was not made lightly.
"Numerous concerns had to be considered, including noise and other quality-of-life impacts on haul-route residents, impacts on the overall cost of completing the I-15 lane-expansion project, and the large financial impact to the Towers family of companies, their employees and Pleasant View City," the company said. "While this action is obviously a welcome reprieve for Pleasant View residents, this is only a temporary goodwill Band-Aid to the overall problem."
More than 20,000 truckloads from Towers and other companies using the gravel pit are scheduled to use Pleasant View roads this year for projects that may involve nighttime hauling, Butters said.
Towers also said in the statement that the only solution to the nighttime truck noise problem is a western route off of the hill near the 4300 North gravel pit.
"Towers is continuing their efforts to secure alternate routes off of the hill, as well as attempting to purchase buffer zones around our pit, all to minimize impacts on Pleasant View City and its residents," the company said.