Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 30, 2016
The end is nigh… for construction on Main Street

My wife always gets a little melancholy when the end of June comes because it signals the beginning of the end of summer.

This year, I’m feeling a little sad too, because the road construction on Tooele’s Main Street is coming to an end.

Yes, you read that correctly, I said I’m sad the construction is ending.

A little more than a year ago I wrote a column about how the summer time is a bit of a slow season for the Transcript Bulletin’s sports desk, since our primary coverage focus is monopolized by prep sporting events. In lieu of anything terribly noteworthy 13-ish months ago and inspired by sarcastic conversations with my colleagues in the newsroom, I wrote a piece introducing the construction game, in which motorists would be awarded a number of points based on bone-headed driving actions as they moved through the obstacle course we call State Road 36.

Little did I know at the time how many points we would go on to award as reports buzzed over the police scanner of a vehicle stuck in a newly dug trench, a vehicle breaking an axle crossing over a yet-to-be-completed curb block, or even a vehicle running into a cement mixing truck.

I never meant for any of these to happen, and I feel for anyone who had to shell out the cash for major repairs to their vehicle from damage the obstacle course caused. And I certainly didn’t expect to hear stories of residents stealing construction crew property and hanging the spoils above a fireplace like the head of some trophy buck after the hunt of a lifetime.

OK, OK. I don’t think that one ever happened.

But as I drove through town the other day, I noticed several of the smaller orange construction markers downed and crumpled, as if some overly eager construction game contestant was in a bind to scrape together a dozen more points before the final tally at the project’s end.

I couldn’t help but smirk, wondering if the long-escaped barrel-mower and I shared a joke only a few were privy to.

As the SR-36 Renewed project wraps up, it will bring finished landscaping and new trees to the most-frequented road in town. It will bring an end to urban historical searches with metal detectors, construction headaches and the orange-barrel eyesore. It will bring the 451 and 453 routes of the Utah Transit Authority back to within a stone’s throw of a walk for my wife’s commute.

And sadly, it will be the end of inside jokes between frustrated motorists.

Tavin Stucki is a life-long Utah resident who is veteran to more than a few construction wars. Send your best and worst construction stories to

Tavin Stucki

Community News Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tavin Stucki is sports editor for the Tooele Transcript Bulletin. Stucki graduated with a journalism degree from Utah State University in 2014, where he worked at The Utah Statesman as staff writer, sports editor, news editor and editor-in-chief, respectively, for four years. Stucki served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Scotland from 2008-10.

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