LOCAL NEWS

Plow Drivers Work 24/7 To Keep Sardine, Logan Canyons Roads Safe 

Dec 12, 2018, 10:00 PM | Updated: 10:37 pm

MANTUA, Utah – UDOT stations, located at the summits of Sardine and Logan canyons are now being staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the winter.

The canyon road that connects drivers from Brigham City to Wellsville sees some treacherous storms during the winter months. Some can come on rather quickly.

Scott Baker

Scott Baker, and his co-workers at the Utah Department Of Transportation summit station are tasked with keeping the area safe for drivers, around the clock.

“We have three man crews that work 12-hour rotating shifts up here,” Baker, who serves as the station’s supervisor said. “If we can get ahead of the storms, be ready before they come in, it’s just a card in our hand, to take care of it, to get the traveling public through a lot safer.”

Hazardous driving conditions can come in rather quickly however, which is why plow operators have to be ready to head out at any moment.

“It’s ever-changing. It’s not just a snowstorm coming in,” Baker said. “We have such diversity. Over in Cache Valley, the temperatures are always running a bit colder than the Box Elder side.”

Dry Lake

Baker said the conditions can vary quite a bit too. From the slick, icy roads that can easily form in the final stretch to Wellsville, to the windy conditions that tend to hang around somewhere in the middle.

“The conditions that can take place in Dry Lake, you have nowhere else in the canyon,” Baker said “We get winds that come through there, and stay with us, that come off those down slopes in the mountains behind it. It can stick with us for a day or two.”

Baker added that drivers need to do their part to keep the roads safe too. He says people try to pass to the right of plows more often than many might think.

“I can never understand why anyone would want to put themselves in a position to drive through the snow coming off a snow plow, but it happens on a daily basis,” Baker said. “It happens every round we make in this canyon. Somebody will try and pass us on the right, and that’s even if we’re set up echelon, two wide, three wide. They’re still trying. They’re in a hurry.”

Passing on left

While passing to the left of an operating plow may seem safer, Baker said that’s not the best idea either.

“The best place for traction and a clear road is behind us,” Baker said. “Once you go out around us, then you’re getting into the road that hasn’t been treated, and hasn’t been plowed.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Peter Ingle talking to Matt Gephardt...
Matt Gephardt & Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

Too risky to insure? Why your homeowner’s insurance could go up in smoke

There are good reasons for an insurance company to drop your homeowner’s coverage. But what happens when you’re dropped for something you have no control over? KSL Investigator Matt Gephardt went out to find: can they do that?
1 day ago
(Utah State Parks)...
Andrew Adams

WWII-era seaplane makes unexpected water landing at Willard Bay after mechanical issue

A World War II-era seaplane that took part in the Warriors over the Wasatch Air & Space Show at Hill Air Force Base over the weekend was in need of a tow Monday after coasting onto the glassy waters of the bay following a mechanical problem.
1 day ago
(Ogden City Police Department)...
Madison Swenson

Teen missing, last seen in the Shadow Valley area of Ogden

Ogden police are asking for the public's help in locating a 16-year-old girl who was last seen early Monday morning.
1 day ago
Hundreds of protesters marched in Provo for abortion rights....
KEVIN McGILL, AMY FORLITI and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press

Supreme Court’s abortion ruling sets off new court fights

Judges have temporarily blocked abortion bans in Louisiana and Utah, while a federal court in South Carolina said a law sharply restricting the procedure would take effect there immediately.
1 day ago
FILE: Utah State Representative Phil Lyman, R-Blanding talks with KSL about the restitution order a...
McKenzie Romero, Deseret News & Ladd Egan, KSL-TV

GOP lawmaker alleges fraud in Utah primary election. State says otherwise

A Utah GOP lawmaker posted election fraud claims in their primary election on social media, only for state officials to debunk the claims.
1 day ago
Juliet Nielsen was eager to welcome her fourth child into the world when a checkup flagged a proble...
Michael Locklear

Why this mom’s abortion decision challenged her family’s religious beliefs

A mother of three is sharing her heartbreaking experience of losing a baby. She hopes her personal story will encourage compassion, pointing out that abortion decisions are nuanced.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Plow Drivers Work 24/7 To Keep Sardine, Logan Canyons Roads Safe