Bridge on SR-45 Complete; Road to Reopen

A year and a half after closing, SR-45 is scheduled to reopen today, December 13th, with the completion of a new bridge. According to the UDOT Region 3 Public Involvement Team, the reopened road will save drivers approximately 20 minutes each way and “restore a key route for accessing the Book Cliffs and other outdoor recreation areas of southern Uintah County.” SR-45 was closed near milepost 7 in July 2015 after erosion was discovered near the roadway. After the road was closed, UDOT considered several options to address the erosion  including construction of a bypass but ultimately it was determined that a bridge would be the most cost-effective and efficient solution. Construction on the $3.4 million dollar bridge began in August of this year. UDOT extended thanks to Dry Creek Structures, American Gilsonite, Deseret Power and other local stakeholders for their cooperation during construction.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.