Work is winding down on the Highway 128 paving project. Crews continue to apply the final layer of asphalt. The roadwork that remains to be completed is all north of Dewey Bridge and working towards I-70, according to Utah Department of Transportation.
Motorists heading south on Highway 191 should expect delays roughly three miles south of Hole ”N the Rock between mileposts 107-109.
After two pedestrians died crossing Main Street last month, a side-by-side closely missed construction workers on Mill Creek Drive, and a collision with a car injured two motorcyclists, traffic safety is on the fore of many Moabites’ minds.
Seeking “a higher quality of communication” regarding the need to ease traffic congestion at Arches National Park and, by extension, elsewhere in Grand County, Grand County Council Member Curtis Wells and Moab City Council Member Kalen Jones have worked behind the scenes trying to find ways to solve one of the most vexing problems in the region.
Around 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 on her way home from work, Moab resident Petenia Pfnister collided head-on with a truck towing a covered trailer. Pfnister was in a 65 mile per hour zone on Highway 191 south of Moab. The collision broke her left arm in a couple of places, damaged her left ankle and her left hand, but she survived.
Work on Highway 128 from milepost 20 to its junction
with Interstate 70 resumed Monday as crews leveled lanes with asphalt from
milepost 20 to 24. Once finished, they will apply the final layer starting at
milepost 38 and work south.
The Utah Department of Transportation will begin a two-mile safety improvement project on U.S. Highway 191 as early as Monday, Aug. 19 between La Sal Junction and Hole-‘N’-The-Rock that will require regular road closures to accommodate blasting.
The Moab City Council in the last meeting of July approved an ordinance that does a number of things, but ultimately it will lead to extending a shared use path from where it currently ends at Emma Boulevard to Highway 191 and then north to Highway 128.
City of Moab Public Works employees Lane Gilson, right, and Chet Wareham use stencils to refresh traffic control markings at the intersection of 300 South 400 East on Tuesday morning. The men also painted left arrows and a warning to motorists that they were in a school zone.
Utah gas prices have risen 8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.93 per gallon on Monday, Aug. 5, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,171 stations. Gas prices in Utah are 6.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, yet stand 20.2 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.
The Utah Department of Transportation in a statement emailed Monday announced it is developing its Statewide Rural Long-Range Transportation Plan to forecast transportation needs in rural communities for the next 30 years. UDOT has identified an initial list of projects and is asking for public input through Aug. 26.
Work on Highway 128 between milepost 20 and the Interstate 70 junction – roughly milepost 44.6 – continued with lane leveling night work last week, which calls for an application of new asphalt at various locations throughout the project to improve the level of the road surface.