May 12, 2023 – High Water Safety Tips, Upcoming Road Projects, and Trails, Trash & Tunes

Today we cover…

  • Sandbag Info
  • High water safety tips
  • Road Projects
  • 2023 Trails, Trash and Tunes Event


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! Sandbags are a great way to help prevent or reduce flooding on your property. As always, you can find the full list of locations throughout Summit County, along with plenty of other flooding information and resources, at

Please remember that while our AWESOME Public Works Departments and some amazing volunteers around the county are doing their best to prefill bags for those in need of them, pre-filled bags are not guaranteed. Be prepared to fill your own. 

If you are physically able, please fill your own sandbags even if pre-filled ones are available. Pre-filled bags should be reserved for those who are unable to fill their own.Thank you in advance for your consideration.

We also wanted to talk briefly about high water safety. Even with cooler temps coming in the next few days, our rivers, creeks, and canals in Summit County are still running high, fast, and very cold.

And, so, The best practice is to stay away from the banks and keep an especially close eye on children and pets. Do not enter waterways to remove debris or retrieve items.

Road Work Ahead 

Up next, we wanted to give our listeners a quick overview of some ongoing and upcoming road projects we think you’ll want a heads up about! 

I-80 Bridges

The first project is part of UDOT’s I-80 Bridges Improved project. UDOT crews will continue work on the I-80 bridges over Echo Dam Road and SR-32 in Wanship now through early June 2023. Drivers can expect the following:

  • Daytime work (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Monday through Saturday
  • Reduced speed limit
  • Intermittent lane closures and traffic restrictions
  • Minor traffic delays

For more information about the project, as well as a project map, visit

Bitner Connector 

The second project is the Bitner Ranch Rd. to Silver Creek Rd. Connector project, which will begin this summer! This road will increase connectivity for residents of Silver Creek and surrounding neighborhoods (that currently do not connect), in the following ways:

  • Silver Creek residents will now have access to Kimball Junction and the frontage roads leading to Jeremy Ranch without needing to use I-80 or US 40.
  • Glenwild, Lower Glenwild (Canyon Creek, Blackhawk Station, etc.), and surrounding neighborhoods will have access through Silver Creek to I-80 or US 40 without needing to travel to Kimball Junction for an onramp.
  • Silver Creek residents should expect delays this summer as this project begins. The first area to see slow-downs will be where US 40 meets Silver Creek Rd. by the Sinclair. 

Do you have questions about the project? Attend our public information session at Mountain Life Church in Silver Creek on Thursday, May 18th at 6pm. The project’s contractor and County Engineers will be there to share their plans, anticipated project start and end dates, and to answer questions about what to expect when the project is underway. 

US40 + SR248

And, the third and final project we’ll cover today, is another UDOT one! ​​UDOT crews are scheduled to begin work on US40 from SR248 to the Wasatch County line this coming Monday, May 15. 

Drivers can expect the following schedule of events: 

  • Single lane closures on US40 from 5am to 5pm on US40 Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 19. 
  • Continued intermittent daytime lane closures as well as single lane closures beginning at 6pm on US40 Sunday, May 21 through Thursday, May 25. 
  • Northbound on and off ramps for SR248 are expected to close from 10pm to 5 am Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23. 
  • Southbound on and off ramps for SR248 are expected to close from midnight to 6 am Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25. 

For more information about the project, please visit

We’ll also be keeping up project updates on all Summit County social media channels, so be sure to follow up on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! 

Trails, Trash and Tunes 

The second annual “Trails Trash and Tunes” is just around the corner and you don’t want to miss out! The event will take place on May 20th from 12-4pm at the Wanship Trailhead, located at 1975 Hoytsville Rd. 

And guess what! The event is free! We just ask that you register in advance so we know you’re coming at There will be food available from Lush’s BBQ; a beer garden provided by Offset Bier; and music played by local band Honky Blue Tonkey. 

And it doesn’t stop there. Thinking of bringing your kids? Definitely do! Kids can color, read books about the environment and play games with a Summit County librarian. There will be also be opportunity drawings available for those who participate in our trail cleanup and scavenger hunt activities! 

Sounds like a blast to me! I can’t wait! Again, this event is happening May 20 from 12-4 at the Wanship Trailhead. Register today (again, for FREE) at