Safety and Partnering Key for Ongoing Success of Cache Valley’s Largest UDOT Project

November 18, 2011

LOGAN, Utah–UDOT SR-252 is a switchboard highway directing motorists to Box Elder County, North Cache County and Southern Idaho. Staker Parson Companies began reconstructing and widening the road in February. In addition to reconstructing and widening the road, the project scope includes adding a frontage road, intersection improvements with traffic signals and turning lanes and utility relocations and upgrades. SR-252 will be the largest Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) project completed in Cache County and is the first state road in the valley featuring concrete pavement.

Just after two months of Staker Parson starting work, Logan City unexpectedly found that one of their sewer lines had collapsed and needed immediate replacement. The only way for them to install the new sewer line, which runs directly west of the existing line, was to close eight blocks of the roadway for 60 days.

“Of course this was a concern to business owners whose customers can only access their businesses from the section of the road that was closed,” says project manager Kyle Wood. Because of successful partnering between Staker Parson Companies, UDOT, Logan City and business owners, all organizations came to agreement on a satisfactory alternative. Staker Parson created an immediate detour route and a temporary traffic signal was installed to accommodate the increased traffic at the location.

Partnering has also been important to ensure the safety of school students travelling through the construction zone to the elementary school built on the corner of one of the main intersections on SR-252. Wood has worked closely with school district officials and PTA board members to make the kids aware of the safest routes to school. “We expect to have the majority of the new sidewalk in by the time school starts. We plan to put up orange safety fencing and gravel down on any unfinished areas so the kids have a clear path of travel,” Wood says. “Safety for the students, the travelling public and our employees has been a top priority on the project.” Staker Parson has worked incident free to-date.

Because of the road closure, Staker Parson accelerated their work schedule to complete sewer work and paving at the largest intersection earlier than planned. The closure has also allowed Staker Parson to accelerate concrete paving operations and complete paving at this intersection in seven pours versus the 21 pours originally planned. The intersection will be opened after 30 days, with only a few blocks of the road remaining shut down for the remainder of the 60 days.

Other work completed to-date on SR-252 includes installing a new portable batch plant, demolishing 17 homes to widen the road, roadway excavation, rotomilling and importing over 50,000 tons of trench backfill. Staker Parson’s utility subcontractor Rupp Trucking has installed16,000 linear feet of new storm drain/irrigation line, 15,000 linear feet of water line and 13,000 linear feet of ATMS conduit.

Staker Parson is on schedule to achieve substantial completion by the end of this year.