CEDAR CITY – Utah Department of Transportation will provide dirt road access through a landslide area on state Route 14 ahead of schedule improving mobility over the Memorial Day weekend for travelers between Iron, Kane and Garfield counties.
Workers plan to open construction safety gates Thursday, May 24, at 3 p.m. allowing the first public passage through Cedar Canyon since an October 2011 landslide destroyed nearly a half-mile of the scenic byway which connects Interstate 15 to U.S. Highway 89 between Cedar City and Kane County.
The dirt road will remain open all hours through the Memorial Day Holiday. Construction crews plan to resume work on state Route 14 Tuesday, May 29, at 7 a.m., at which time the route will again close during the daytime. However, motorists will be able to use the dirt road during the night from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with access open all hours through the weekends beginning on Fridays at 5 p.m.
The Restore 14 project team cut time and cost by using massive mining excavation equipment and by designing a roadway plan that reduced the amount of earth and debris to be moved from one-point-one million cubic yards of material to 400-thousand cubic yards.
The $14 million project also addresses the repair and stabilization of other trouble spots between Cedar City and Cedar Breaks National monument where slides and erosion have damaged the road.
Earthwork and structural repairs at these locations are anticipated to continue throughout the summer.
UDOT’s Restore14 website is devoted to the project.