Mill Creek Canyon in Salt Lake County, Utah to Close to Cyclists Starting August 8, 2022

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (August 4, 2022) — Mill Creek Canyon, a popular cycling route in Salt Lake County, Utah, will close to cyclists starting August 8, 2022 and remain closed until Fall 2022 for construction. It is unclear if there will be any road improvements for cyclists such as wider bike lanes and slower car traffic speeds. The road will be closed to cyclists from the toll gate to the winter gate.

Cyclists climbing Millcreek Canyon. Photo by Lisa Hazel
Cyclists climbing Millcreek Canyon. Photo by Lisa Hazel

A statement from the public involvement team is as follows:

Maintenance Work is Coming to Lower Millcreek Canyon
This August, the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District and Unincorporated Salt Lake County will begin conducting work to extend the life of the pavement in Millcreek Canyon. This project will mill off the top layer of asphalt and add fresh pavement and update signing and striping of the roadway. Additionally, some key area drainage improvements will also be included in this project.

MILLCREEK CANYON MILL & OVERLAY PROJECT WORK ACTIVITIES
Construction activities will begin on Monday, August 8th and will wrap up in fall 2022. Crews will be onsite daily from approximately 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. In order to complete the improvements to the roadway, lane closures will be in place during this work.

CANYON USERS:
PLEASE PLAN AHEAD

Road Cycling Closures.
Because this work will remove the top layer of asphalt, it will not be safe for cyclists to use the road until construction is complete. The road will be closed below the winter gate to all bicycle traffic throughout the duration of this project. For your safety and the safety of the crews, please do not attempt to pass through the construction area on your bike.

Other Impacts During Construction.
One lane of traffic will remain open throughout construction and will be fully reopened to traffic on weekends. Please plan for extra time when driving up the canyon. Driveway access will remain open except for very brief interruptions while work passes directly in front of each access.

OTHER AREA PROJECTS
Salt Lake County Upper Mill Creek Canyon Road Improvements Project
This project is separate from the maintenance on the Millcreek Canyon road section from Winter Gate to Big Water Trailhead. That project is funded by a Federal Lands Access Program grant and construction is anticipated to occur in summer 2025. For more information on this project, visit slco.org/planning-transportation/millcreek-road-improvements.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Elbow Fork Fuel Reduction Project

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest will likely be doing wildfire prevention work (cut and pile fuel reduction) in the Elbow Fork area of Millcreek Canyon between August and October 2022 as part of the Water Restoration Initiative. This work is similar to what was done in the upper end of Lambs Canyon road in the summer of 2021. If you have questions about that work, contact the Salt Lake Ranger District at 801-733-2660.

CONTACT THE MILLCREEK CANYON MILL & OVERLAY PROJECT TEAM
If you have any comments or questions, please contact the Public Involvement team at 385-237-1744 or visit
https://msd.utah.gov/millcreek-canyon-mill-overlay-project/

 

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