Pleasant View roadway infrastructure damaged after severe rainstorm

Posted at 10:33 PM, Aug 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-20 11:13:21-04

PLEASANT VIEW, Utah -- One of Pleasant View’s busiest corridors has been closed, causing a number of detours.

A rainstorm on Aug. 6 caused 500 West to shut down after the infrastructure was severely damaged.

“All of the water instead of coming up above the road or staying in the pipe as it should, it went between the asphalt and the road base and created all these voids and crevices,” said Melinda Greenwood, Pleasant View City Administrator.

The street consists of crater-sized pot holes, blocks of pavement, gullies of sinking street and bubbles of concrete slowly splitting open.

“In the light of day we got up here and assessed the situation and just thought it’s not safe to have traffic up here because in essence there is just nothing holding the asphalt up because in areas the road base is washed away,” Greenwood said.

Detour signs have sprung up all over the city.

“It takes longer to get to work, it takes longer to just to get down the road, it’s just an inconvenience -- it’s not a huge deal but it is for sure an inconvenience,” said resident Scott Taylor.

The damaged roadway is also the main route for a gravel company that operates in the city. On any given day upwards of 200 trucks are rolling up and down the street.

Those trucks have now been diverted to residential streets not designed to handle them.

“It rattles the house -- you can hear it in the house, it wakes us up in the morning,” said resident Mark Heiner. “They start really early about six in the morning and every 5 to 15 minutes.”

Tomorrow also marks the first day of school for the Weber School District. Two junior high and two high school bus routes must be altered, affecting about 140 students.

Pleasant View expects repairs to the road to take 4 to 6 weeks and cost somewhere between $200,000 and $400,000.