Construction has started on US-89 North of Kanab
between mileposts 65 and 68. The road is now closed to all traffic
Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am until
The road closure is necessary while construction crews blast rock
cliffs and clear debris. This will allow for the realignment of
US-89 through the area and create a wider and safer roadway. The
Utah Department of Transportation is constructing improvements to
US-89 from the 300 North intersection in Kanab to the Kanab Creek
Bridge near MP 68.
3-mile long project will provide:
Various roadway alignment shifts throughout the project
* Acceleration lane at the Port
construction schedule has been designed to safeguard the local
economy by avoiding interference with the tourist season. By
excavating rock during a season of lower traffic volume, engineers
also hope to safely maintain traffic when the road is open, keep
the work zone safe and maintain steady production rates so paving
can begin when temperatures are sufficiently warm in the spring.
Weekly Construction News
Over the Martin
Luther King Holiday, January 20, crews will follow
their normal construction schedule.
Monday, January 20 - Friday, January 24
From 7 am to 8:30 am one lane travel with pilot cars and flaggers
will be in place.
From 8:30 am to 11:30 am US-89 is closed to all traffic from MP 65
- MP 68.
From 11:30 am to 6:00 pm one lane travel with pilot cars and
flaggers will be in place.
From 6:00 pm to 7 am The roadway will be open to two lane travel.
Excavation work is moving ahead at different areas
on the project. Several trucks and earth moving equipment are
operational during construction hours.
This week on the project crews will continue to pioneer temporary
roads to allow for drilling equipment to have access. The drilling
equipment will begin drilling for blasting operations when
A test blast could be conducted on the project this week pending
approval by appropriate agencies. This blast will be coordinated
with local officials and state fire officials.
Motorists will notice an increase in truck traffic. The added
trucks will continue to move material from the dig sites to the
dump sites. Most debris removed from the dig sites will be used as
fill material in other areas on the project.
Work continues on a new box culvert near MP66. Crews are forming
the new box and reinforcing the structure with rebar. Lengthening
the structure will allow for the new alignment of the roadway and
more efficiently handle run-off water.
About 100,000 cubic yards of material will be
moved from the roadway excavation to the dump sites on the
project. The material dumped will shore-up the existing roadway
and provide needed fill for the Kane County Water Conservancy
With the cultural history present in the construction area an
Archeologist is on-site at all times during construction to assist
with any sensitive operations.
During an emergency situation where emergency
responders need to travel through the construction zone they will
be allowed to do so. The contractor will maintain a pathway through
the project at all times for any emergency situations and will be
coordinating with the Kane County Sheriff's office.
questions regarding the construction schedule and travel access
should be directed to Lisa Beck or Dave Asay from FrontLine Public
coordinate with citizens and businesses in providing accurate
construction impact information.
Project Managers are Lisa Beck - 801.663.1711 and Dave Asay - 801.712.3030.
inquiries should be directed to UDOT Region 4 Communications
Kitchen at firstname.lastname@example.org
or the department's media hotline at 801-746-9932.
"Held up in Kanab"
Volunteer Center in Kanab is coordinating a local effort to help
tourists with the closure on US-89. They have produced a brochure
with information about local business discounts, various tours and
activities travelers can participate in while waiting for the daily
closure to end. There will be refreshments at the Visitor Center in
Kanab and at the Moqui Cave parking area on the North end of the
project for tourists.
As an added safety precaution work stops on the
project as traffic passes various active excavation sites to prevent
debris from falling on automobiles.
US-89 is narrowed to a one lane operation Monday - Friday from 7:00
am to 8:30 am and 11:30 am to 6:00pm. Traffic will be controlled with
pilot cars and flagging. Motorists can expect up to a 20 minute delay
while waiting in the queue.
Daily closures on US-89 are from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, Monday through
From approximately 6:00 pm to 7:00 am there will be two lane travel
through the construction area with reduced speeds.
The above traffic schedule will continue through April 11th.
Motorists are asked to obey all traffic signs and keep speeds to a
Construction personnel will be working next to active traffic lanes.
Be aware of their proximity and follow the path of the pilot
Speed limits have been reduced through the construction zone at all