A sculpture of a steam locomotive is featured at the new Tie Fork rest stop which is located west of the former town of Tucker.
They can call the new rest stop that is dubbed Tie Fork Spanish Fork's rest stop all they want, but Carbon residents know full well that the new facility located on the old site of the Skyview Motel and Sevice Station is really theirs.
For years people in the area stopped at the Tucker Rest Stop just east of the newly constructed facility and got a drink, went to the bathroom and sat on the green grass while the nearby stream pleasantly flowed by. Most everyone in the county also marked their trip across the 60 mile stretch from the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon to Helper by using the stop as a landmark like they do Billy's Mountain, Sheep Creek, Soldier Summit, Colton and the Emma Park turnoff.
So on Monday the tradition will continue as the new Tie Fork rest stop, which is nine miles west of Soldier Summit, will be celebrated with a grand opening.
The opening will also feature a rail cutting, commemorating the railroad tradition that survives and thrives in the area.
Speakers at the ceremony will include State Representative Christine Watkins, State Senator David Hinkins, John Njord, Utah Department of Transportation executive director and Bevan Wilson, the Utah Transporation Commissioner.
With that opening UDOT will have completed 56 improvement projects on U.S. Highway 6 over the last decade with a combined budget of $239 million. According to a UDOT press release the completed projects have addressed the areas transportation needs including roadway widening, capacity improvements and safety improvements.
Highway 6 between Spanish Fork and Interstate 70 includes 130 miles of highway and is one of Utahs primary arteries for energy, commerce and tourism. In 2007, 32 percent of the vehicles on U.S. 6 traveling over Soldier Summit were trucks.
The new Tie Fork Rest Area is designed to replace Tucker which was removed when U.S. 6 was realigned to improve safety. Building the new rest area was essential to maintaining services in the corridor.
The building for the rest stop is reminiscent of an old railroad station and round house. There is also a sculpture, done by local Carbon artists Gary Prazen and Danny Blanton, of a steam locomotive that will be part of the rest stop's ambiance.
The new rest stop will be a pleasant addition to the road improvements, particularly considering the route has been without a formal stop for almost a year.