ST. GEORGE – Construction crews on state Route 18 near the intersection of Snow Canyon Parkway will be engaging in blasting this week. To help promote public safety during this time, Utah Department of Transportation has asked that cyclists and runners use the path that runs along SR-18 while construction and blasting is underway.
Kevin Kitchen, a representative for UDOT, said there would be “a little bit of blasting” that would last for short periods of time. The blasting itself is a part of a project to widen the road so a passing lane can be added to the stretch of the road reaching toward Winchester Hills.
Kitchen said he realized that runners and cyclists who use SR-18 may be doing so for sports training, but also stated it was “safer for all involved” if they would use the roadside trail while construction take place.
As for the blasting, it will only take a few minutes at a time, Kitchen said. The roadway would be momentarily closed to traffic, the blast would take place, rubble would be cleared away, and then traffic would be free to sally forth once again.
Construction on SR-18 will likely continue up to November, Kitchen noted, and blasting may be done on an “on-and-off” basis. As this happens, he again asks for runners and cyclists to use the roadside path when construction is present.
Kitchen was unable to provide specifics times for when the blasting would take place during the coming week.
Copyright 2012 St. George News.