Moab’s Highway 191 widening project on the north end of town ranks ninth in importance among the Utah Department of Transportation’s 220 projects in 2020.
UDOT has entered contracts on $3.3 billion worth of work, with the Moab project comprising $31 million. The job runs from 400 North on Main Street to the Highway 128 intersection at the Colorado River bridge.
A center turn lane is included in most of the route. There will be a new sidewalk on the west side of Highway 191, and a new storm water collection system UDOT is working on in partnership with the City of Moab.
The most obvious work taking place now involves the storm water project, as heavy equipment works on the sandstone hillside to install drains. The work began last month and is slated to conclude in 2021.
Colorado River Bridge to Rubicon Trails
Crews are working to construct a retaining wall for the shoulder along this section of the highway. This retaining wall will provide support for a new sidewalk along the west side of Highway 191 in this section.
Rubicon Trail to 500 West
Currently, crews are working in this area to improve the shoulder and provide width for the roadway widening effort. Additionally, crews are working in the wetlands portion of the project to clear out brush and debris for the storm drainage system (see map).
500 West to 400 North
Crews are working in this area to move dirt as needed to provide space.
UDOT officials said they are committed to keeping the work moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Transportation is vital in providing essential goods and services during these uncertain times,” said Carlos Braceras, executive director of UDOT. He added that transportation “will continue to be a major part of our economic recovery in the coming months.”
UDOT’s other top-10 projects are largely located along the Wasatch Front.