ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Southern Utah officials celebrated Wednesday as the reconstruction of a major thoroughfare in St. George was officially declared complete.
Leaders in Utah’s Dixie held a ribbon cutting ceremony, right next to the rebuilt Bluff Street to mark its massive rehab.
Features of the project include another lane in each direction, wider shoulders, a pedestrian tunnel underneath Bluff where it meets Sunset Boulevard and numerous utility and fiber optic upgrades underneath.
Utah Department of Transportation Project Manager Chris Hall said the project was built for the future but doesn’t deny businesses along Bluff felt some pain.
“We did everything we could to work with them to minimize that impact, which we still understand that it’s a big impact to the local businesses. But we try our hardest to minimize that impact whenever we can,” said Hall.
One gas station general manager we talked to says his fuel business was down 50-percent by volume because of the project. He’s hoping for a quick rebound. UDOT notes the project was finished in less than a year.