The Alpine Loop is a road with a view. Here, Mt.Timpanogos is seen snow covered on a crisp, clear afternoon in June.
UDOT Maintenance workers, left to right: Mike Cole, Brian Allen and Ron Prestwich
At over 8,000 feet, the Alpine Loop is too high in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain range to stay open all winter. Snow, ice and wind cause crews to shut gates on either end of the popular scenic route between fall and spring.
To close the road, Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) crews check the area and lock the gates. Opening the Alpine Loop requires some housekeeping, even though it’s one of the easier of the high country roads to maintain.
Most of the work consists of clearing rocks and fallen trees from the road. But a few years ago, crews quickly replaced a failed culvert.
SR-92, or the Alpine Loop which connects American Fork Canyon and Provo Canyon. The road is a popular scenic route in Utah.
Neil Lundell, Provo Canyon Station Supervisor for UDOT, stands by a culvert that keeps water off the road. This culvert had to be replaced two years ago. UDOT maintenance workers completed the job, which included re-directing the creek, in less than a week.
Lots of trees, broken from the weight of the snow, are found on the road in the spring. UDOT workers remove the trees before the road opens.
Forest Service buildings are pictured above. The U.S. Forest Service workers often help with the clean-up work to open the road. UDOT also coordinates when to open the road with the Forest Service.
A stunning view of Mount Timpanogos is a good reason to take this scenic route.