For Immediate Release
Heavy Labor Day Traffic Delays Expected Thursday and Friday
Drivers urged to plan ahead, allow extra travel time this weekend
SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 1, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises Wasatch Front drivers to expect heavy delays of up 30 minutes to an hour on I-15 during the evening commute this Labor Day weekend. Delays are expected on Thursday between 2 and 8 p.m., and on Friday between 2 and 9 p.m.
On Monday afternoon, drivers should plan for heavy traffic on I-15 between St. George and Provo between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Congestion and heavy delays are also possible Monday on U.S. 6 from the U.S. 89 junction to the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon.
Most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays. However, existing lane restrictions or traffic shifts will remain in place where needed to protect the work zone and ensure safety. Some areas where drivers should expect restrictions include:
I-15 between Bangerter Highway and 12300 South: lanes are shifted and speeds are reduced to 55 miles per hour in the active construction zone. Where safety permits, the speed limit has been restored to 70 miles per hour. Crews are widening the freeway to six lanes in each direction and placing new concrete pavement from Lehi to Draper.
I-15 from Farr West to Brigham City: all lanes remain open, but lanes are narrowed and the speed limit has been reduced to 65 miles per hour. Crews are widening I-15 to three lanes in each direction from 2700 North in Farr West to 1100 South in Brigham City.
I-215 from S.R. 201 to 4700 South: all lanes remain open, but traffic is shifted and lanes have been narrowed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 miles per hour. Crews are reconstructing the freeway with new concrete, adding auxiliary lanes, and replacing the bridges over S.R. 201.
I-215 near 6200 South: the freeway has been reduced to two lanes in each direction, with all traffic shifted into the northbound lanes. Crews are reconstructing the bridge decks on I-215 at 6200 South and several other nearby locations.
In addition, the southbound I-15 Express Lane is closed daily between Layton Parkway and 200 North. The Express Lane will be open this weekend, and is scheduled to reopen each morning from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. for the morning commute, but remains closed all other times through October. Crews are adding an auxiliary lane to make it easier for drivers to get on and off the freeway.
Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic restrictions during construction, visit the UDOT Traffic website (udottraffic.utah.gov) or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android. Drivers can also follow UDOT on social media including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
UDOT Public Information Officer