Monticello’s version of the I-15 pre-Olympic rebuild in Salt Lake County started this week with utility and road construction work which will eventually involve all of Center and Main Streets. Hundreds of orange construction barriers squeezed traffic to single lanes near third east and this is just a taste of what is to come.
The Utah Department of Transportation plans to completely rebuild Center street (U. S. Highway 491) from the intersection of U. S. 191 to the port of entry east of town. The city will request that UDOT do the same thing with US Highway 191 from 500 South to 700 North.
Before this can happen, the City of Monticello must install new water and sewer mains under these busy highways through town. Cost of Monticello’s share of the project is $1,790,000. The money came from the State Community Impact Board in the form of a $790,000 grant and a $1 million interest free loan.
If the aging infrastructure under the new highways were not replaced now, maintenance problems in the future would be more costly than rebuilding before the new road goes in.
City leaders want to prepare citizens and business owners for the inconvenience of what lies ahead this summer. Like I-15, it will be a mess while it is happening, but a tremendous improvement when completed. And unlike the four years it took to rebuild I-15, this project should be completed by September 15.
Falcon Construction, of Hilldale, UT is the contractor on the utility job. Monticello City Manager Myron Lee says that Falcon will work 12 hours a day (7-7) five days a week and will be putting a second crew on the job next week in an effort to finish as soon as possible.
Included with the utility construction of the major highways is the utility installation for a new road from Highway 491 to 1st North on Third East. This required the removal of an existing home. Lee said the City was faced with a $9,000 cost to move or demolish the home. However it was sold and moved off thus saving the City the moving fees, plus receiving additional cash for the home.
Lee said the City does not have sufficient funding available to build this new extension to Third East at the present time, but that it would be completed some time in the future.