Bountiful city was recently presented with an award from UDOT. The award was given in recognition of a reconstruction project completed by the city's engineering department, which produced a "quiet" road.
Last year, the city reconstructed the road on 200 W. from 10 North stretching to Pages Lane. What was unique about this project were the methods used by Lloyd Cheney, assistant city engineer, to create a concrete road that makes little noise as cars drive on it.
"Concrete makes for a very noisy road," said Paul Rowland, city engineer. "We've received complaints that these roads produce a whiny-like noise."
Last year, the Bountiful City Council decided that 200 West needed reconstruction, but worried that using concrete for the road would produce too much noise, annoying drivers and residents in the area.
Throughout the project, the engineering department, headed by Cheney, worked on the road, aiming to produce a concrete street that wouldn't be noisy or troublesome.
Cheney took the project head-on, researching ways the road could be reconstructed with concrete to produce a quiet, long-lasting road.
When the road was completed, residents and City Council members were pleased with the quiet results and so was UDOT.
UDOT gave the city an award for the reconstruction project, which was presented at the Concrete Paving Conference in February.
"This award really belongs to Lloyd," said Rowland. "All the research and work was done by him. He was the project engineer, project designer and project manager."
"Lloyd was the main driving force behind the road," Rowland continued. "Technically this award was given to the city, but it really represents Lloyd's efforts."