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  1. Why do many of the main on and off ramps in Utah seem counter intuitive? There are several examples: As you drive North on Legacy Parkway you would intitively think that to connect to HWY 89, which is on the east side, that you would logically merge to the right or East. However, to merge onto HWY 89 you need to be in the West lane which then curves back around to the East.

    The same goes for Southbound I-15 at the I-80 connector. When you want to connect with I-80 eastbound you would assume that being in the east bound split would be correct. However you need to be in the wet lane which then loops you under before you start heading East.

    There are several other traffic areas that do the same thing.


    Brent Packer at June 28, 2013 12:23 pm
  2. Brent,

    I spoke with few folks around the department and while they weren’t specifically involved with the design of the two projects you mentioned they provided the following explanation. There are many factors designers take into account such as right-of-way, soil conditions for bridge supports, safety issues, like not creating too sharp of a turn, etc. With that being said, the standard is to have exits on the right side. There are certain circumstances though, like the Spaghetti Bowl, where designers have to take into account other factors, like several directions of travel in a relatively small area. I hope this helps but if you want specifics for each area please feel free to email me at and I can see about contacting the project designers.


  3. On March 12, 2014, Provo City School District buses has a field trip from Spring Creek Elementary School to Hogle Zoo. Buses #23 and #21 left Spring Creek with four (4) teachers, eighty-eight (88) students and over twenty-five (25) chaperones.

    Upon entering I-15 Northbound at the East Bay exit, bus #23 lost all power in the left hand carpool lane (a blown fuse was later determined to be the culprit). Bus #21 pulled up behind bus #23.

    Immediately behind the two stranded buses was a UDOT Incident Management truck driven by David Jean. He want to work pulling his truck partially into the commuter lane with his warning lights flashing. He came up to the two buses to ensure everyone was OK.

    The school bus driver advised David that a replacement bus was en route requiring a transfer of students. David took over the scene and informed the bus drivers that when the replacement bus arrived, the highway patrol would slow/stop traffic, so no students would be injured while out of the bus on the interstate. David then contacted the highway patrol to coordinate the transfer.

    David Jean went way above and beyond the reasonable expectations of assistance for two buses filled with students, teachers and chaperones. A well deserved Thank-You goes out to David and UDOT for a wonderful job!

  4. My story. Awesome. I have driven the I-15 corridor every day for the last 25+ years between the north end of Utah county to downtown SLC. I think having survived several reconstructions, syncrete, and numerous other less critical nuisances and hazards, makes me qualified to offer an informed opinion on the quality if this commuting experience, which I will share in a more private forum once your website comes back online. I recently took a job much closer to the south end of SL county, and I have to say the exceptionally poor quality of the commute all the way into and out of downtown SLC was a key factor in that decision. I would love to see much, MUCH more transparency in the traffic pattern analysis and engineering research done by UDoT, especially those that support mysteriously disappearing lanes (for no apparent reason) at the point, to having 8-10 lanes merge down to 4, such has what happens in the south interchange and the spaghetti bowl. I am also interested transparency about ANY information regarding studies, statistical or behavior analysis, traffic pattern analysis, etc., that in ANY way supports restricted entry/exit sections in the HOV lanes. This so obviously creates artificial traffic compression zones, that I find it hard to believe these restrictions have any basis in proper and thorough research (and, yes, I do know that “this is what they do in California.”).

    Loren Erickson at November 16, 2014 8:56 pm
  5. Thank you for your comments. Transparency is important to UDOT as well. In fact, it is one of our department’s emphasis areas. We are working to provide access to our data and one of these efforts may be what you are looking for. Our Traffic Management Division has a website that has a great deal of this type of data available. The Traffic Performance website, has freeway performance metrics that allows anyone to view the data that our engineers use for analysis. Please do note that this is a work in progress. The data is all accurate and live however we will be adding new data as we’re able to.

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