OGDEN — The state transportation department’s $4.7 million bridge rehabilitation and replacement project through Ogden Canyon is set to begin Monday.
The Utah Department of Transportation plans to replace one bridge and rehabilitate two others on State Route 39 through the canyon. The bridges are located near the west end of the canyon, near the Grey Cliff Lodge and at the east end of the canyon, near Pineview Reservoir.
The bridge near Grey Cliff will be replaced. UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders said the replacement remains on hold, until waters recede in the nearby Ogden River. UDOT will start working on the two bridges at the ends of the canyon while waiting for water levels to fall and completing an examination of home foundations in the area of the Grey Cliff bridge.
Saunders said when replacement of the Grey Cliff bridge begins, construction crews will install a temporary light at the bridge and traffic will be limited to one lane there through the completion of the project, which is expected in the fall 2019.
The canyon road provides an important passageway between the Upper Ogden Valley and greater Ogden metro area and is heavily used by those seeking outdoor recreational opportunities at places like Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, Pineview and Causey reservoirs and more. While the bridge project is ongoing, commuters should plan on delays and use alternate routes when possible, Saunders said.
According to UDOT’s website, the project is designed to improve safety in the canyon and prepare for additional, future improvements to the road.
The state will repave asphalt and repair potholes at the bridge near the mouth of Ogden Canyon, while doing the same for the bridge near Pineview. The Pineview bridge will also get new guardrail that meets current standards. Work on the two bridges will extend their lives by 20 years, the state says.
The majority of the heavy lifting on the project takes place at the Grey Cliff bridge, where UDOT will replace the bridge with a widened version that includes 10 foot shoulders. The new bridge, which UDOT says will last at least 75 years, will also include improved site distance. Crews will also improve drainage systems in the area to prevent water pooling on the new bridge and replace a deteriorated barrier.
The bridge replacement portion of the project will take approximately six to eight months, according to UDOT.