IVINS – On Friday, speed bumps located at the north and south entrances of Snow Canyon State park will be removed and replaced with more vehicle and bicycle friendly speed humps. Road restrictions will be in place during the project which is scheduled to start and finish on Friday.
The park’s south entrance will be closed to all vehicles from approximately 7 a.m. to noon, and the north entrance will be closed from approximately 1-6 p.m., according to a press release from Snow Canyon State Park.
The park will remain open to visitors during this time but visitors should be prepared to use either the south or north entrances during the respective closures.
The current speed bumps have a very abrupt pitch, Park Manager Kristen Comella said, and as such, have proven to be an impediment and possible hazard to cyclists as well as runners who use the park for their activities, events and races.
The replacement project, which is several years in the making, began with a letter from a cyclist who frequents the park, Comella said, who expressed dissatisfaction with the speed bumps.
The planning process was a collaborative effort between the park, the Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance, St. George City Recreation and other entities that use the park for events and races, Comella said.
Together they came up with the new speed humps. The humps will continue to slow traffic approaching and exiting the park in order to protect staff and visitors who are stopped in those areas but also facilitate a smoother and safer surface for cyclists and runners.
The new speed humps will max out at a height of 3 inches in the center and will be 12 feet long allowing for a slow transition to the maximum height.
The three speed bumps at the south end of the park will be replaced with two speed humps, one on either side of the entrance facility, and the three speed bumps at the north entrance will be replaced by a single speed hump located before the entrance facility when entering from state Route 18.
All the speed humps will span the width of the road, Comella said.
The project is funded by the Ironman Foundation’s Community Fund which, according to the press release, in 2015 provided local nonprofit beneficiaries a total of $42,200 in grants.
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