June 9, 2023 – Sandbag Disposal, Tick Season Info, Community Noxious Weeds Tour & Road Construction

Today we cover…

  • Proper sandbag disposal
  • Tick Season Info.
  • Upcoming Community Noxious Weeds Tour
  • Road Construction Projects

Sandbag Disposal

Up first, we just wanted to give one more reminder about how best to dispose of your sandbags when the time comes…

  • Once acquired, sandbags are your responsibility, including proper disposal. Summit County does not offer sandbag pickup or individual disposal. Residents who live within city limits can contact their municipality to see if they offer disposal options.
  • Residents who are physically unable to dispose of their sandbags can request help from the Sandbag Samaritan volunteer list by emailing pio@summitcounty.org.
  • Be aware that sunlight quickly degrades bags.
  • Do not dump sandbags in rivers, creeks, streams, canals, ditches, roadway gutters, storm drain inlets, or anywhere but your property.
  • Basic safety precautions, such as wearing gloves, long pants, and long sleeves, are also encouraged when disposing of bags and sand.
  • Suggested disposal options include: reusing sandbags on your personal property or disposing in landfills and trash receptacles. If you do plan on using your curbside bin to dispose of sandbags, please only dispose *one bag at a time* and do not place multiple bags on the curb for pickup. 
  • Sand or sandbags that have been in contact with flood water specifically should not be reused in ways that involve direct, regular, human contact, such as sandboxes or playgrounds. 
  • If you believe your sandbags may have come in contact with sewage, fuels, or other non-household chemicals, contact Summit County Environmental Health at 435-333-1502.

As always, you can stay up to date on all things sandbags and flooding at summitcounty.org/flooding

Tick Season

Spring has sprung in Utah which means ticks are back. Stay vigilant and informed to help protect yourself from these tiny, but troublesome creatures. Our first tick tip for the season is to avoid grassy, bushy and sage-brushy areas along edges of woodlands and fields through mid-July. For tick prevention information, please visit summitcountyhealth.org/ticks

US Marshall Confirmation  

Up next, we just wanted to wish Justin Martinez a massive congratulations. Earlier this week, he was confirmed by the US Senate to be U.S. Marshal for the District of Utah. Justin is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and served as our Sheriff. He has dedicated his life to keeping our communities safe and Summit County was lucky to have him for the last 8 years. Congratulations, Justin! 

Weeds Tour 

Summit County’s Weed Control program is hosting a Community Noxious Weeds Tour on Saturday, June 24 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM to educate residents on the “most-wanted” weeds here in Summit County.

Residents will join Dave Bingham, Weed Superintendent, and Dan Pena, Weed Enforcement Officer, and some other special guests at two different locations (Richardson Flat, Pinebrook) to learn to identify and control noxious weeds on their own properties.

Transportation will be provided for up to 14 people, so please RSVP for FREE at https://bit.ly/weedstour23 to reserve your spot. Gloves are suggested, but not required. Coffee and pastries will be provided before the tour begins.

Road Construction 

And, finally, we just wanted to give our listeners some quick reminders about summer road work projects. 

Remember:  Earlier this month, UDOT began the first phase of construction on the US-40 Flyover from northbound US-40 to westbound I-80. To safely complete this work, the US-40 flyover will be closed for up to one-month. The ramp will open by the 4th of July weekend. 

Additionally, UDOT crews will be paving and improving the Devil’s Slide Bridge this month. A heads up to our listeners that all traffic to Croydon must continue on I-84 to Exit 115 in Henefer. Due to heavy truck traffic and narrow roads, please slide down and expect traffic coming from the opposite direction. During construction, Exit 111 on I-84 will remain open to turnarounds however the Croydon Bridget and access to County Highway 1980 is closed until the bridge work is complete. Schedules are subject to change due to inclement weather, equipment issues, or materials availability. We’ll be sure to keep you updated at summitcounty.org/roadprojects

The last project update we have is on UDOT’s work on US-40 from SR-248 to the Wasatch County line. The most up to date schedule we have from UDOT is… 

From Monday, June 12 through Saturday, June 17, there will be daytime single lane closures in place on US-40 in each direction from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for concrete grinding operations. 

On Monday, June 12 and Tuesday, June 13, SR-248 northbound on and off ramps are expected to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.   

And on Wednesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 15, SR-248 southbound on and off ramps are expected to close from midnight to 6 a.m.

For more information about the project, please visit bit.ly/us40project.