After years of putting up with construction that was consistently behind schedule, folks in Alpine, Highland and Cedar Hill finally were rewarded with quick and easy access to I-15.
That bliss was short lived.
The orange barrels are back for repairs.
Repairs? Why would a brand new, modern highway need repairs after being open for less than a year? Two words: Bad cement.
After just one winter, sections of the road as well as the barriers are showing cracks and unusual wear.
Commuter lanes are closed. Traffic is restricted on some sections of the main highway. Even so, UDOT spokesperson Muriel Xochimitl predicts delays should be minimal. "Our goal is to keep two lanes open in each direction at all times," Xochimitl said.
Still, the return of the barrels and barricades is another frustration for drivers and UDOT over a project that cost too much and was finished ridiculously behind schedule.
Xochimitl says at least it won't cost us any more. "This work is not being done at any additional expense to the taxpayers."
That's the good news. This is "warranty" work.
The bad news is the contractor is apparently in no hurry. The work will take most of the summer.