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Fort Union resurfacing project moving ahead

(Cottonwood/Holladay Journal) The Fort Union repair and resurfacing project is scheduled to begin in early May, when the temperatures warm up to over 50 degrees. An open house explaining project details will be held in the Cottonwood Heights Council Chambers, 1265 East Fort Union Blvd., Suite 300, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. Construction is expected to be completed in July.

"We anticipate starting at 1700 East and moving east to 2200 East�road and business access will stay open with restrictions to one travel lane in each direction," said Deputy City Manager Kevin Smith.

The project objectives are: 1) soften the steep cross slopes; 2) eliminate the ruts; 3) restore the base; and 4) resurface the roadway. All signal lights have already been upgraded to video detection rather than loops in the asphalt, enabling signal-timing to be adjusted instantly in response to traffic flow. The divider at Park Centre Drive will also be removed to improve traffic flow.

To protect the restored road base, a Tensar web fabric will be laid after initial compaction. The surface is expected to strengthen the road base and make it last longer. It also reduces the "spidering" of cracks from heavy vehicles over time, according to the fabric's manufacturer.

"We expect the bids to come in somewhere between $700,000 and $1.2 million," said Smith. Bid packages went out the third week in March. They are expected to be received and evaluated in April, so construction can start on schedule in early May.

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