UDOT to Reduce Westbound U.S. 40 to Place Bridge Beams

 

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will be setting the first bridge beams for the new bridges on U.S. 40 near the Mayflower exit. Crews are scheduled to set up to six beams at one of the north overpass bridge locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.  Placing the beams will require closing one of the uphill lanes of U.S. 40 between the Mayflower interchange and the Summit County line. Drivers should expect moderate to heavy travel delays as a result. Crews are scheduled to place the remaining beams at the north bridge locationThursday morning. The next bridge beams will be placed at the westbound bridge location south of the Mayflower exit in August.

 

This $19 million project includes new bridge crossings to the north and south of the Mayflower interchange, which currently serves Jordanelle State Park and the surrounding communities. Once the bridges are completed, new local roads are planned to cross under them, and this local roadway network will help reduce congestion at the highway interchange by providing additional connections for area traffic. It will also provide access to new developments scheduled to begin building in the area west of U.S. 40 in the near future.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic restrictions during construction, visit the UDOT Traffic website (udottraffic.utah.gov) or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android. Drivers can also follow UDOT on social media including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.