Water line repairs to cause road closures
by Steve Kadel
Staff Writer
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Moab City Public Works Director Jeff Foster is alerting local residents to two road closures in town.

Work was to begin Wednesday, March 27, on a water main leak on Millcreek Drive near Dave’s Corner Market. Foster said the job would most likely extend into Thursday, with bikes lanes closed and one lane of vehicular traffic possibly also shut down.

“If we’re lucky we can keep two lanes [open], but if we’re not lucky we will have to close one lane and flag it,” he said Tuesday before the job began.

More extensive work is set to begin Monday, April 1, on 400 East from Mill Creek Drive to South U.S. 191. The road will be closed to through traffic beginning about 7:30 a.m. Monday and lasting for two weeks, Foster said.

Crews will replace a major water line that ruptured near the Pack Creek Bridge during an extended period of frigid overnight temperatures this winter, according to the Moab City Public Works Department. Foster said residents will be able to access their homes on 400 East from the north or south but other traffic will be prohibited.

“There’s no way to divert traffic around it,” Moab City Engineer Rebecca Andrus said during the March 26 Moab City Council meeting.

Foster said residents in the area should have water during the two-week construction period.

“I wish it was a better prognosis,” Foster said. “But that’s what we have.”

When that major water line, which serves Grand County High School, burst last winter it put more pressure on the Millcreek water main, Foster said.

“It’s part of this whole thing we’ve had since the first break,” he added. “It just kept progressing.”

Times-Independent reporter Laura Haley contributed to this article.

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