- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s department of transportation plans to spend $1.5 million repairing part of a state route closed since July.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1TIsTuC) officials approved the funding Friday for a project estimated to cost upward of $3 million.

State Route 45 south of Vernal was closed in July, after transportation department inspection crews were notified about severe road base erosion. A detour route has been in place since the portion of the road was closed.

The road connects Uintah County’s U.S. 40 with a remote area south of Vernal known as Book Cliffs.

Department project manager Larry Montoya said in a statement that the road’s subsurface soils are unstable.



Work is expected to start in 2016. It’s unclear when the road will reopen.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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