The road reconstruction of SR-9 was a major roadway renovation project that is, as of 2018, the largest contracted amount awarded to Sunrocs Southern Utah region. The project consisted of a major repair of widening and revamping SR-9, a heavily travelled road that leads to the entrance of Zion National Park. Sunrocs team was required to completely remove the existing roadway and sidewalks, install storm drains, waterlines, sewer lines, utilities and install minor bridge deck and box culvert extensions. When construction is complete the new road will have upgraded electrical utilities, buried power lines, improved driving lanes, brand new concrete curb, gutter and sidewalks as well as extended shoulders to allow bicycles safer access through Springdale, UT to Zion National Park.
Some of the challenges that were encountered on this project were not knowing where the city water lines were located. There was a careful discovery of existing water lines during excavation. The traffic through town is consistently busy and was a challenge to manage. Phasing specifications only allowed the crew to open and work on small portions of the project at any given time. Additionally, specifications required completion of a prior section including asphalt paving before moving to the next section. Informing the locals and visitors about the construction schedule, upcoming traffic pattern changes and informing the public of the was a challenge, but UDOT worked with us and informed the public though road signage and media channels to notify the public.