Residents in Fruits Heights are frustrated after construction along Nicholls Road has taken crews much longer than expected.
Families said they were told the project, which started in June, would be complete by October 15. 3 weeks later and the end still is not in sight
“We’re really done. We’re done with living like this,” Cristol Upham said.
She said they’ve experienced a number of problems since the project started, including water main breaks, sewage leaks and a mess of a road.
“It’s 100% inconvenient,” Kendon Saez said.
“We understand construction jobs. They’re going to take some time. There’s going to be inconveniences, of course. But it’s been five months of enduring more than just inconvenience,” Upham added.
Nicholls Road is the main road through Fruit Heights. Residents don’t have the option of going around.
“We’re frustrated with the city. We’re frustrated that the city doesn’t inform us,” Upham said.
But City Manager Brandon Green said the project is necessary.
“The water lines are at an age that they need to be replaced,” Green said.
Nicholls Road is the main utility corridor in Fruit Heights. It carried water, sewage, internet under Highway 89. With the construction on 89, Green said it was even more crucial to start the project. The infrastructure is nearly 60 years old.
“When you’re dealing with older water lines in an older section of town, there are very many unforeseen, unknown things that we will have to deal with,” Green said crews have had more challenges than they’ve expected. He’s asking residents for their patience.
“I’m sorry for those disruptions. I’m sorry for the inconveniences,” Green said.
Some neighbors seem to understand while others are still frustrated.
“I wouldn’t presume to do this job any better than the guys doing it,” Steve Petty said.
“We understand that projects take time, but this is ridiculous,” Upham said.
Green said when it’s all said and done, he hopes people see the importance of the project.
“We hope that when it’s finished, people will notice the benefits of doing projects like this,” he said.
Crews are asphalting the road now. Green said he expects the project to be complete in a few weeks.