Road resurfacing work scheduled to begin this month on north and south Main Street
by Laura Haley
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Road crews will be back at work in the Moab area later this month as the Utah Department of Transportation begins a milling and resurfacing project that will take place at the north and south ends of Main Street, according to Moab City Engineer Rebecca Andrus.

Andrus said road crews are supposed to begin working on the north end of town on July 29.

“They’ll get the milling done, then move south of town, then do the resurfacing,” she told the Moab City Council during its July 9 meeting. Road crews will be starting the work at 200 North and moving to the area near the Inca Inn, before heading to the southern end of town to continue the milling and resurfacing work.

Andrus said that many business owners have been concerned that the construction will affect their businesses during the busy tourist season and she sought to allay those concerns.

“The crew will be in front of a business for a total of seven days,” she said.

Andrus added that crews will only be allowed to close a driveway for a maximum of 30 minutes at a time.

Andrus said that when UDOT told the city the project needed to be done, city officials and UDOT tried to schedule for the best possible time.

“There’s sort of a lull at the beginning of August,” she said. “We tried to aim for that.”

The contractor being brought in to do the work has been involved in other projects in the Moab area, so the company is familiar with the community, she said.

“They’re going to make it as painless as possible,” she said. “It’s construction so it’s not going to be completely painless.”

The crew will keep at least one lane of traffic open each direction at all times, according to Andrus.

The crew has a 56-day window slated for the work, however Andrus said less than half of that will time be actual roadwork.

“The rest of the time they’ll be watching paint dry,” she said, explaining that the work scheduled for September and October will only involve repainting the newly resurfaced road.

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