UDOT: Cyclists should be careful while Trappers Loop construction is on-going

Road construction on Trappers Loop Road in Huntsville on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

HUNTSVILLE — The transportation department’s five-month, $11.5 million reconstruction of Trappers Loop is now finished.

In his weekly construction report, Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders said crews have completed repaving the Trappers Loop Highway (also known as State Road 167) between Mountain Green and Huntsville.

Most of the highway is now open, but Saunders said some finishing work still needs to be completed. Most of the remaining work revolves around installing signs, new striping and road markings and finishing utility collars. Temporary lane closures will occur in areas where the work is taking place.

As part of the project, UDOT replaced all of the existing asphalt on the road and installed new guardrail designed to improve safety for motorcyclists. A center-running rumble strip was also installed.

A full reconstruction of the road, which included a new drainage system, was completed at the highway’s summit, near the Snowbasin Resort turnoff.

The mountain pass is heavily used in the winter by skiers and snowboarders to access resorts like Snowbasin and Powder Mountain in the Upper Ogden Valley. Traffic is steady during warmer months as outdoor enthusiasts visit the resorts and places like Pineview and Causey reservoirs.

The highway is also a popular location for area cyclists.

In 2016, an average of about 15,000 motorists traveled on the road per day, according to UDOT statistics.

The road figures to get more traffic in the future, as several large-scale mixed-use developments near or adjacent to the highway exist on the horizon.

A 225 acre swath of land near the southern end of Trappers Loop in Mountain Green is set to be developed soon, a project that includes hotels, retail space, office and warehouse space — all anchored by a grocery store. Snowbasin has a tentative plan to develop 1,191 acres on the resorts southern end, just inside the Morgan County boundary. The expansion is preliminary with no immediate plans for construction, but it could include a new golf course and nearly 2,500 new residential, commercial and office units.

A plan exists on UDOT’s long-range plan to build a full Interstate 84 Interchange at Trappers Loop.

The project is on Phase Three of UDOT’s Long-Range Transportation Plan, which means it’s not scheduled to be built until sometime around 2040, but the state has already started purchasing properties near the proposed construction site.

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