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Summit County's Derrick Radke Reports On Progress At Jeremy Ranch Interchange

Summit County

Over at Summit County’s Jeremy Interchange project,  the county is reporting that the roundabout on the Pinebrook side is fully functioning.

And Public Works Director Derrick Radke, in his update on November 15th,  says both traffic circles should be fully operational, though they won’t have the entire project completed, as the winter approaches.   

Radke said the entire project his year has gone fairly well, with just a few hiccups, and they’ve maintained the flow of traffic.

He thinks the project will get done basically within its contracted amount of $10.18 million though it may exceed  that by a couple $100,000.

Workers took advantage of a paving window late last week.    And Radke said another is likely set for next Friday.       

“Which should tie everything together, so the roundabouts are functioning as they would.  But certainly we have a topcoat of two inches to put on the whole project next summer.  And we have lights to go up, one more pedestrian underpass to build,  sidewalks.   Those kind of things will continue even after next week until we get weather to where it just can’t work at all.”  (Leslie) But it will be fully operational.   (Radke) That’s our goal.”

Radke said one critical area will be the intersection of Homestead and Rasmussen Roads, near the access to Jeremy Ranch Elementary.       

“They had to run a really deep sewer line across there.  The way they were supposed to proceed with it is, building half of it at a time, which would require flagging operations and multi-minute delays for people.  They came in last night with a request to close that intersection for a week.   And we are probably gonna allow that.  We’ve talked to the Park City School District transportation director, and he—while he’s not super-excited about it, he also sees that if we don’t’ get that done, it’ll be a bigger pain in the butt—pardon my French—for ongoing if we don’t get another paving window.”

On the other side of the interchange, he said paving has been done on Kilby Road, eastbound as it comes into the roundabout, and also the off-ramp heading east.

On the  Jeremy side, they will also work on paving the off-ramp, westbound, and that will likely open on the week of Thanksgiving.

Work is continuing on the pedestrian crossings.        

“Until the tunnels are completely done, we won’t have the off-grade crossings.  But we are working with the contractor to come up with an alternative plan until those happen.  And we should have that plan put together by next week’s construction meeting on Wednesday.”

Another item is a concrete truck apron on the roundabouts.       

“On the inside of each roundabout, there’s a, like a ten-foot-wide colored concrete ribbon that—if we have long loads and they’re on that inside lane, the truck trailers can ride up on that and not damage landscaping and stuff like that.”

He said the Jeremy Ranch park ‘n ride is returning, but probably not until next summer.     Radke said it will be a little larger, with 10 to 15 more spaces.    The Recycle Utah bins will also be there.

Radke’s outlook on the project is “so far, so good” even with some delays in the work.      

“Certainly we’re behind where we hoped to be.  We found groundwater that we certainly didn’t anticipate.  That added about three weeks to the project, which—and then of course there’s been some utility conflicts.  They identified quite a few, and tried to mitigate most of them, but we found some in places where they weren’t supposed to be, and found others that nobody knew about.”

Summit County Public Works Director Derrick Radke.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.