The Utah Department of Transportation awarded a $20.5 million contract Wednesday, Jan. 29, to Kilgore Contracting, which has operations in the City of Moab, to reconstruct Highway 191 from 400 North to the Colorado River Bridge, according to DOT spokesman Kevin Kitchen.
The award comes on the heels of additional funding approved by the Utah Transportation Commission Friday, Jan. 24, after bids came in higher than estimated. The process of addressing the higher bids has delayed the anticipated project schedule by approximately two weeks.
Construction could begin as early as the end of February and as late as March, pending reception of required legal documentation from the contractor.
The project includes reconstructing the existing roadway to accommodate an additional travel lane in each direction along with left turning options and the addition of curb, gutter and approximately one mile of sidewalk extending south from the Colorado River Bridge on the west side, said Kitchen.
In addition, UDOT is partnering with the City of Moab to construct a stormwater waste system to aid with stormwater runoff from rain events above Cermak Drive.