Another construction project began yesterday in American Fork Canyon. This time they are adding conduit and fiber to support cell phone service aimed at improving law enforcement and EMS response times.
*** PRESS RELEASE October 1, 2019 ***
On September 30, 2019 the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service began working together on a project that will bring cell phone service to much of American Fork Canyon. Crews began work to install conduit, fiber, and cell towers along SR-92 (Alpine Loop Road) and SR-144 (Road to Tibble Fork Reservoir). The purpose of this project is to improve and provide cell phone service and to enhance safety in American Fork Canyon. This work will extend to Tibble Fork Reservoir on SR-144 and to Pine Hollow Trailhead at mile marker 14 on SR-92. Work will begin at these two locations and work backwards, down the canyon. There will be lane restrictions and one-way traffic with flaggers. All traffic, including bicycle and pedestrian traffic, will be required to stop when directed to do so.
Phase one of this project is expected to be complete in early November, 2019. Phase two, installation of 26 antenna poles along SR-92 and SR-144, will begin in early 2020 and is expected to be complete by late summer 2020.
American Fork Canyon sees approximately 2,000,000 visitors each year. As can be expected, some of those visitors encounter difficulties when they are injured, become lost, or experience some kind of medical emergency. The recreational opportunities in American Fork Canyon are almost limitless and include bicycling, running, hiking, climbing, rappelling, camping, off road vehicle use, swimming, and boating, among others. Sometimes people are injured while engaging in these activities. Currently, in most areas of the canyon when someone needs help, they have to leave or ask a passerby, to go to Timpanogos Cave National Monument, or even out of the canyon, before being able to call 911. Having cell phone service for a large part of this canyon will dramatically improve the response time for Law Enforcement and EMS in many cases. When someone sick, injured, or lost, responses that are even just a few minutes faster can literally save lives.
What visitors to American Fork Canyon should expect:
- Crews working Sunday nights through Friday afternoons. (No work on weekends)
- Lane restrictions and one-way traffic with flaggers. All traffic will be required to stop, including bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Travel delays.
- Large construction vehicles entering/exiting the work zone.
- Construction schedules are weather-dependent and are subject to change
Updates and contact information for questions about the project can be found at this website:
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.
(801)404-1912 - Cell
(801)851-4333 - Office
Twitter: @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO