Published on December 1st, 2013 | by UC&D Magazine0
UC&D 2013 Outstanding Highway Project Over $10 Million
Quitchupah Creek Road
Engineer: Jones and DeMille
GC: Nielson Construction
Quitchupah Creek Road is a 10.5-mile-long road that marks a new transportation corridor connecting Convulsion Canyon Road near Sufco Coal Mine and SR-10 in eastern Sevier County and is an important element of the local economy. The road will reduce coal trucking miles by an estimated three million miles per year and hauling distances by 46 miles round trip.
This $29 million project has taken more than 18 years to come to fruition, with multiple agency coordination efforts since 1994. Construction finally began April 2012 and was completed September 2013. The undeveloped, rugged, virgin terrain posed numerous construction challenges, including the Water Hollow wash crossing which required two 14-foot-diameter, 450-foot-long pipes. Of the 1.7 million cubic yards of earth excavated, 700,000 cubic yards required blasting. The two-mile long Sal Bench segment alone required 400,000 cubic yards of rock removal.
Three 20 foot by 13 foot multi-plate structures and two 35-foot by 14-foot precast concrete arch structures were installed to provide wildlife crossings for local indigenous animals.