The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) held a second Public Open House meeting on November 21, 2011 to acquaint Kanab City’s residents with UDOT’s new project slated for spring of 2012. On hand to answer questions were UDOT representatives, Civil Science Corporation consultants and Project Manager Tyler W. Turner. The Civil Science Corporation is a group of engineers, surveyors, planners and scientists who have been working with UDOT on developing this project.

The project’s final design will reach completion in December 2011. It will be put out for bids in January 2012, construction is scheduled to begin the latter part of March 2012, with an anticipated completion date of October 2012.

Kevin S. Kitchen, UDOT Public Involvement Manager, explained the contractor selection is done by formula: combining the lowest bid and estimated completion time frame. The time element looks at the cost to customers (businesses and drivers), “Get in and get out” is the goal.

Once the contractor has been selected and bids verified, a notice to proceed will be issued. Kitchen said construction should start in March, and major work will be done in phases to keep the transportation corridor more functional.

UDOT is reviewing potential construction phases. The following phases are currently under consideration. First Phase: starting at Denny’s Wigwam to 100 North. Second Phase: 100 North to 300 North. Third Phase: 100 South to 300 South. Fourth Phase: 300 South following Hwy 89 to the east end of town. Fifth Phase: North end of town, 300 North to 450 North. Also, there will be an extension of Hwy 89 south towards Fredonia for one block.

Kitchen explained the project entails reconstructing the pavement, assessment of current drainage conditions with spot upgrades as necessary. Improvements to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) facilities on corners to bring them to current standards, and new striping configurations, including additional travel lanes at the 300 West curve and a center median turn lane on select portions of the corridor.

The project is also evaluating electronic traffic management needs and potential improvements.

Manager Kitchen said meetings have been conducted with a Kanab citizen’s advisory group and UDOT’s team has valued and accepted their input. The project is federally funded.

Kitchen said now is the time for Kanab’s residents to voice any concerns or questions about this project. E-Mail: us89Kanab@utah.gov. To access website: udot.uth.gov/us89kanab.