Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 24, 2014
Preparations under way for Tooele City summer roadwork

Tooele City outlined its plans for this summer’s road maintenance work during a city council meeting last week.

The city has identified 13 segments of road that are due for various maintenance treatments. Last Wednesday, the city approved agreements with two separate contractors to apply either an asphalt overlay or slurry seal to the identified areas.

Slurry seal is an applied mixture of minerals to fill in cracks and holes in pre-existing road surfaces. The city will have to close roadways for a few hours after the seal is applied to allow the mixture to cure, according to Tooele City Engineer Paul Hansen.

The overlay process involves removing a 7-foot strip of asphalt from the edge of the curb and gutter and placing a 2.5-inch layer of asphalt over the existing pavement. Like the slurry seal, the overlay requires road closures, but only for a few hours while the work is underway.

Neither project will require overnight closures, Hansen said.

Both treatments will significantly extend the life of the roads, Hansen told members of the city council last Wednesday.

Road segments scheduled for asphalt treatments include: 100 West between Vine Street and Utah Ave., and between 400 North and 600 North; 200 South between 100 East and 200 East; and Second Street between 200 South and Broadway.

Segments scheduled for slurry seal include 100 South from Seventh Street to Main; 200 South from Seventh Street to 200 East, and again from 100 East to Main; Birch Street between Seventh Street and Broadway, and Cedar Street between Broadway and First Street.

A portion of Droubay Road, from Vine Street to 400 North, will also receive slurry seal, as will 700 North between Main and 100 East; and 880 East between Oquirrh Ave. and Plateau.

Between the two contracts, the work is expected to cost a total of $336,300. The city will use state road maintenance funds to pay for the work.

The contracts are not yet final, so a complete schedule for the work is currently unavailable. However, Hansen said the contractors’ agreement with the city requests that the work be complete by Sept. 25 of this year. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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