NEWS RELEASE: Delays Expected on Wasatch Front Roads for Memorial Day Weekend

For Immediate Release

 

Delays Expected on Wasatch Front Roads for Memorial Day Weekend

Plan extra travel time, leave early or late to reduce congestion

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 24, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges Wasatch Front drivers to expect delays of up to an hour on I-15 during the afternoon and evening this Thursday and Friday for Memorial Day weekend. Traffic is expected to begin building as early as noon on both days, so holiday travelers are advised to rethink their trip by leaving early in the day or later in the evening.

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during Memorial Day weekend (Friday through Monday). 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-80 off-ramps at Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City: The eastbound and westbound I-80 off-ramps at Foothill Drive remain closed for the next few months. Crews are reconstructing several Foothill Drive bridges over I-80, I-215, and Parleys Way this summer.
  • I-215 from S.R. 201 to 4700 South in Salt Lake County: The northbound lane split on I-215 will remain in place for the next several months. The speed limit has been lowered to 60 miles an hour in the work zone. Crews are reconstructing the I-215 west belt from S.R. 201 to 4700 South with new concrete, adding new exit-only lanes, and installing new lighting, signals, and traffic management systems.
  • S.R. 248 from U.S. 40 to Kamas in Summit County: All traffic has been shifted into the eastbound lanes while crews remove and replace the pavement in the westbound lanes. Delays are expected, as one lane in each direction is closed, and the speed limit has been reduced to 55 miles per hour.
  • I-15 from Exit 4 to Exit 5 in St. George: All lanes are open on I-15, but lanes are narrowed, traffic is shifted, and the speed limit is reduced in the work zone between exits 4 and 5 (Brigham Road and Dixie Drive). Work continues to widen the freeway and construct two new bridges over the Virgin River.

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.

 

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Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

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