KANE COUNTY — The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a contract to begin asphalt paving of the Navajo Lake Road (Forest Road 30053) on the Dixie National Forest. Work will start June 6 and run through late fall 2016.
Currently, the gravel Navajo Lake Road is a high-traffic roadway that provides access to summer recreation cabins, trails, campgrounds, Navajo Lake and the North Creek Road. Numerous locals and visitors to Navajo Lake have been anxiously awaiting paving of this road to decrease the road dust. The road construction project will reduce dust hazards, improve visibility and enhance overall safety of roadway conditions.
The Navajo Lake Road Reconstruction contract was awarded to local contractor Mel Clark, Inc., located in Cedar City. The scheduled road work will consist of roadway excavation, grading, improving drainage, aggregate base, rock walls, asphalt paving, erosion control, signing and striping, seeding and mulching and temporary traffic control along the entire 5.70 miles of Navajo Lake Road.
The road construction schedule will be Monday through Friday 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Construction is not currently scheduled for weekends and federal holidays. All visitors and travelers to the Navajo Lake Road may expect at least a 30-minute delay during scheduled construction times.
“The short duration road delays may cause a temporary inconvenience to some Forest users until this work is completed,” Steven O’Neil, forest engineer, said. “Be prepared with personal needs and expect delays. Plan some additional time to get your destination.”
Drivers are advised to be aware of heavy equipment that may take up most of the width of the road during this work. Please slow down and adhere to road restrictions and one-lane travel with a traffic escort.
Stay connected on the latest information, photos and updates on the Navajo Road paving construction project through the Dixie National Forest social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. For more information, contact the Cedar City Ranger District at 435-865-3200.