Work on the Utah Department of Transportation’s project to upgrade SR-36 through Tooele, Erda and Lake Point began Monday with intermittent lane closures near Cimmaron Way and 2400 North in Erda.
Construction will continue over the next two months, and will affect multiple intersections between Vine Street in Tooele and Saddleback Blvd. in Lake Point, according to Adan Carillo, a regional communications manager for UDOT.
UDOT plans to keep all travel lanes open during peak traffic hours, and a minimum of one lane for each direction of travel will remain open during off hours.
Weekly updates on the closures are available on both the UDOT and Tooele City websites; however, Carillo said this week’s schedule was inaccurate because of construction delays.
Property access along the route will be maintained for the duration of the project.
Construction crews will install a concrete median barrier, curbing and shoulder rumble strips between 2400 North and Erda Way during the project, which is scheduled for completion next month.
The improvements are intended to reduce the possibility of head-on vehicle collisions in the area. The Utah Highway Patrol may be dispatched to assist with traffic control at Cimmaron Way and 2400 North as needed while crews install rumble strips near these intersections.
Crews will also install upgraded radar sensor systems at all traffic signals between Vine Street and Saddleback Blvd. to improve efficiency. Motorists will not notice a significant difference in signal function when the upgrades are complete, according to Carrillo.
The bulk of the work will take place Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with additional work at night and on Sundays as needed. UDOT has advised motorists to slow down and use caution in the work zones.