In an effort to strengthen the local economy of Kane County and Kanab City, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) plans to schedule Main Street improvements beginning in January 2013, avoiding the majority of the tourism season for the immediate area.    

The project, valued at $6.8 million, was originally scheduled to take place through the summer of 2012. Following an initial public open house and input from a citizen’s advisory committee, designers outlined a geographically phased construction schedule.  

However, further UDOT traffic and construction analysis showed potentially greater impacts to businesses, traffic and construction. City, county, economic development and business leaders asked UDOT to re-evaluate the schedule from a local economic viewpoint, while balancing risks to funding obligations, bid costs, constructability, design standards, pavement quality, and a city water-line project slated to begin before the road construction.  

Construction is now planned from January to mid-June 2013. An estimated 45-60 days of paving will commence when the foundational structure of the road is dry enough to proceed and temperatures are high enough to ensure quality and cost-effective work. There are inherent risks with a winter work schedule, but historically Kanab has reached suitable temperatures in April.  

The project includes: reconstructing the pavement on U.S. 89 from 450 North to 900 East; re-striping the road to provide four continuous traffic lanes; a partnership with Kanab City to build improved drainage on a portion of 300 South; as well as other small drainage, traffic flow and pavement improvements.

The project will also include a Community Coordination Team to facilitate communication between the contractor and local residents and businesses during actual construction.

A presentation on typical construction concerns and preparation for businesses is scheduled at the upcoming monthly Kanab Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at SWATC at noon.