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NEWS RELEASE: Utah Drivers Urged to Prepare for Heavy Solar Eclipse Traffic This Weekend

For Immediate Release

 

Utah Drivers Urged to Prepare for Heavy Solar Eclipse Traffic This Weekend

I-15 expected to be the primary route for tens of thousands of travelers

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 16, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges Utahns to plan ahead for heavy delays throughout the state this weekend as travelers from across the western United States drive to Idaho and Wyoming to view the solar eclipse this Monday, Aug. 21.

As many as 50,000 additional vehicles are expected to travel through Utah this weekend. On an average day, approximately 200,000 vehicles drive on I-15 in Salt Lake County. Northbound traffic will be heavier than normal beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Sunday evening, with heavy congestion expected from Brigham City to the I-84 split in Tremonton.

The heaviest delays are expected on Monday evening when return traffic from the eclipse coincides with the southbound commute. UDOT recommends that drivers rethink their trips and avoid traveling on southbound I-15 during this time if possible.

Across the state, most UDOT projects along I-15 – such as the repaving from Brigham City to Honeyville – will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays. A few projects will have traffic shifts in place, or will have minor work that should not affect drivers. In St. George, between exits 4-5, lanes are shifted and narrowed and the speed limit is reduced for a widening project; and shoulder work is scheduled on I-15 south of Fillmore for bridge maintenance.

UDOT recommends that drivers prepare for conditions and consider the following tips when planning travel this weekend:

  • Keep a full tank of gas. Traffic may make it difficult to access gas stations, and in rural areas fuel may be in short supply due to heavy demand.
  • Bring extra food, water and snacks.
  • Expect spotty or nonexistent cellular coverage.
  • Do not stop on roads or park on shoulders to watch the eclipse. Stopping on highways – even on the shoulder – is unsafe, and can make it difficult for emergency vehicles to respond to incidents.
  • Plan to spend extra time before returning home. While traffic engineers expect travel to Idaho and Wyoming – areas within the eclipse’s path of totality – will be spread out over a few days prior to Monday, the biggest surge in traffic is planned for Monday afternoon and evening. Choosing to stay a few hours, or even a day later, can help reduce delays and create a more enjoyable trip.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Section of I-215 East Belt to Close This Weekend

For Immediate Release

Section of I-215 East Belt to Close This Weekend

Weekend freeway closure scheduled as part of I-80 paving project 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 6, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for a weekend closure on the I-215 east belt. I-215 will be closed between the I-80 split and Foothill Drive from Friday, July 7, at 9 p.m. to Monday, July 10, at 5 a.m..

While the freeway is closed, drivers will need to plan ahead and use alternate routes to access the I-215 east belt from I-80. Detour signs will direct drivers to exit I-80 at 700 East, then head south to 3300 South, where they will travel east until they reach I-215.

This closure will allow crews to break up the existing concrete and pave over it with new asphalt as part of a major pavement maintenance project on I-80 and I-215 in eastern Salt Lake City. Also as part of this project, I-80 is reduced to one lane in each direction on weeknights between 1300 East and the I-80/I-215 split as part of this project.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Foothill Drive Ramp to I-215 to Close through September

For Immediate Release

Foothill Drive Ramp to I-215 to Close through September

Crews move to next phase of Foothill bridge reconstruction; drivers advised to use alternate routes

 

SALT LAKE CITY (June 30, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) alerts drivers to plan for a long-term closure of the ramp from Foothill Drive to the I-215 east belt. The ramp is scheduled to close Wednesday morning, July 5, before the morning commute, and will remain closed through September.

This closure will allow construction crews to move forward with reconstruction of the southbound Foothill Drive bridges over Parleys Way and I-215. The loop ramp from eastbound I-80 to Foothill Drive will remain closed through September to allow crews to complete this work.

UDOT recommends that drivers rethink their trips: plan extra travel time and use alternate routes to get to the I-215 east belt from Foothill Drive.

The ramp from westbound I-80 to Foothill Drive and both lanes on northbound Foothill Drive are now open. During that closure, crews reconstructed the northbound Foothill Drive bridge over Parleys Way.

Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic conditions, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android.

 

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

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: SR-201 to Close in Both Directions Tonight

For Immediate Release 

SR-201 to Close in Both Directions Friday Night

I-80 suggested as alternate route while crews place beams for new bridge

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 20, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges drivers to plan ahead for a full closure of SR-201 this Friday night, Jan. 20. SR-201 is scheduled to close around 9 p.m. in both directions between Bangerter Highway and Redwood Road while crews place beams for a new bridge on I-215.

During this closure, UDOT recommends using I-80 as an alternate route. Westbound traffic on SR-201 will be detoured onto Redwood Road, and eastbound traffic will be detoured onto Bangerter Highway. Drivers should expect minor delays and plan to avoid the area if possible on Friday night. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 7 a.m. Saturday.

The I-215 bridges over SR-201 are being rebuilt as part of UDOT’s I-215 west belt reconstruction from SR-201 to 4700 South. The project is moving forward during winter months, with activities such as concrete paving and barrier installation continuing as weather permits. Crews are also working to install sign foundations and traffic management system equipment.

Construction began in May 2016, and is on track for completion in the fall. The following are facts about the project:

  • Crews have placed 87,465 tons of asphalt – greater than the weight of two WWII battleships.
  • Workers have paved 232,304 square yards of concrete – enough to build a new two-lane highway from downtown Salt Lake City to Draper.
  • Crews have installed 222,032 pounds of reinforcing steel – more than the weight of two Boeing 717 jets.

 

UDOT also advises drivers that the traffic split on southbound I-215 will remain in place through April to allow crews to finish paving the new southbound lanes. During this time, the ramp from westbound SR-201 to southbound I-215 will also remain closed to ensure driver safety.

Drivers will notice several major changes to I-215 when the project is complete. UDOT is replacing the original pavement with new concrete; adding new exit-only lanes between interchanges, making it easier for drivers to get on and off the freeway; installing new ramp meters and upgrading traffic signals; and adding lights, overhead message signs, and other traffic management system improvements.

For the latest information on traffic conditions, 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

S.R. 201 Overnight Closure Scheduled This Weekend

For Immediate Release

S.R. 201 Overnight Closure Scheduled This Weekend

Lane restrictions also scheduled on I-15 at the Point of the Mountain, Bangerter Highway, and I-15 in Utah County 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 13, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is scheduled to close S.R. 201 near the I-215 interchange Friday night, July 15, beginning at 9 p.m. Drivers should plan ahead and use I-80 as an alternate route.

 

Eastbound S.R. 201 will close beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, and then westbound S.R. 201 will close by midnight. S.R. 201 will open in both directions by Saturday, July 16, at 6 a.m. During this closure, crews will place new beams for temporary bridges on I-215.

 

This work is being completed as part of the I-215 reconstruction project, which will repave the freeway between S.R. 201 and 4700 South with new concrete, rebuild the bridges at the I-215/S.R. 201 interchange, and add new exit-only lanes in both directions.

 

Also this weekend, northbound I-15 is scheduled to be reduced to one lane from 2100 North in Lehi to 14600 South in Bluffdale for three nights – Friday, July 15; Saturday, July 16; and Sunday, July 17. Lane closures will start as early as 8 p.m. each night, with northbound I-15 reduced to one lane by midnight. All lanes will reopen by 10 a.m. on Saturday andSunday and by 5:30 a.m. on Monday. Crews will be paving and continuing bridge work as part of the I-15 widening project near the Point of the Mountain.

 

Other projects that drivers should plan for this week include:

 

I-15 in Provo – Lane restrictions are scheduled the nights of Wednesday, July 13, and Thursday, July 14, on I-15 near University Avenue (Exit 263) in Provo. On Wednesday night, southbound I-15 will be reduced to two lanes at 8 p.m., with all lanes scheduled to open Thursday at 6 a.m. Also that night, northbound I-15 is scheduled to be reduced to three lanes from 7 p.m. to midnight.

 

Then, on Thursday night, July 14, southbound I-15 is scheduled to be reduced to three lanes as early as 9 p.m., with all lanes reopening by Friday, July 15, at 6 a.m. These lane closures will allow crews to install new overhead signs for the Provo Westside Connector on I-15.  

 

Bangerter Highway at I-15 – The on-ramp from eastbound Bangerter Highway to southbound I-15 is scheduled to close from Friday, July 15, at 11 p.m., to Monday, July 18, at 6 a.m. Crews will be repairing the concrete pavement on the ramp. Eastbound drivers should get on northbound I-15, then use the 12300 South interchange to turn around onto southbound I-15.

 

I-15 in Lehi – Lane restrictions are scheduled on I-15 in Lehi near the Main Street (Exit 279) each night from Saturday, July 16, to Monday, July 18, while crews complete pavement repairs:

 

  • Northbound I-15 will be reduced to two lanes from Saturday, July 16, at 10 p.m. to Sunday, July 17, at 9 a.m. In addition, the northbound on-ramp from Main Street to I-15 will be closed during this time.
  • Southbound I-15 will be reduced to two lanes from Sunday, July 17, at 10 p.m., to Monday, July 18, at 6 a.m., and again from Monday, July 18, at 10 p.m., to Tuesday, July 19, at 6 a.m.

 

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

I-215, I-15 Freeway Closures Scheduled Sunday and Monday

Drivers on I-215 and i-15 through Salt Lake City be warned, several closures over the weekend may impact travel. The closures will primarily be at night, but drivers should still be aware and plan for alternate routes if they’ll be going through those areas.

I-215 is scheduled to be closed in both directions near 600 South on Sunday, June 26, at 7 a.m.

The freeway will be closed for approximately 20 minutes while Rocky Mountain Power crews hang new power lines across the road. Drivers heading to the Salt Lake City International Airport should allow extra time or consider using I-15 to I-80 as an alternate route.

I-15 in Springville will be closed on Monday night, June 27. Crews are scheduled to close all northbound lanes on I-15 at the 1400 North interchange (Exit 261) around midnight to install the crossbar for a new overhead message sign. All northbound lanes are expected to reopen by Tuesday, June 28, at 2 a.m. During this closure, all traffic will be detoured onto S.R. 75. Detour signs will direct drivers back to northbound I-15 via U.S. 89 and 1860 South in Provo.

In addition, UDOT advises drivers to plan ahead for the following projects:

I-80, Salt Lake City: Eastbound I-80 will be reduced to one lane, and westbound I-80 will be reduced to three lanes, between 1300 East and State Street for pavement repairs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during the following times:

Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. to Saturday, June 25, at 9 a.m.
Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. to Sunday, June 26, at 10 a.m.
Sunday, June 26, at 7 p.m. to Monday, June 27, at 5 a.m.

I-215 West Belt, Salt Lake City: The ramp from southbound I-215 to eastbound S.R. 201 is scheduled to close for up to 30 days beginning on Monday, June 27, as early as 1 a.m. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and use alternate routes, such as I-80.

During the closure, crews will reconstruct the ramp, completely removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new concrete. This work is being completed as part of the I-215 reconstruction project, which will repave the freeway between S.R. 201 and 4700 South with new concrete and add new exit-only lanes in both directions.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For additional 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.

Improvements in Layton resume with traffic shift, bridge demolition

LAYTON — With Layton Improved construction resuming after a brief winter hiatus, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is advising motorists to be aware of traffic pattern changes in Layton around I-15 and the Hill Field Road interchange beginning Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.

The Hill Field Road project will move forward with the demolition of existing interchange bridges and construction of a new single-point urban interchange (SPUI). Workers will also finalize improvements to Hill Field Road.  Crews will be working 24 hours a day, six days a week, to finish the project as quickly, efficiently, and as safely as possible while maintaining traffic movement through the area. All traffic lanes will remain open on I-15, and speed limits will not be reduced through the construction zone. Please stay alert and use caution as you drive through the area.

Traffic Shift

Beginning Wednesday, construction crews will shift I-15 traffic in the area onto a detour bridge on the west side of the interstate. Southbound traffic will shift onto the detour bridge on Wednesday morning, Feb. 17. Northbound traffic will make the shift on Thursday morning, Feb. 18. The traffic shift will be in place in both directions through mid-April.

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Left turns on the off-ramps will be closed from now through July 2016, so motorists will need to follow the detour signs to turn right and travel through the ThrU Turns.

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Trucking companies that normally use Hill Field Road to access businesses west of Layton should plan to use the Layton Parkway Interchange (Exit 330) or Antelope Drive (Exit 332) to access those businesses and industries through July.

Bridge Demolition

Following the traffic shift, the section of Hill Field Road underneath I-15 will be closed on the evenings of Feb 20-21 so crews can demolish both bridges. It is suggested that motorists pay particular attention to  signage that day for detour routes. The new SPUI bridges are being constructed offsite and will be moved into place through UDOT’s innovative accelerated bridge construction process. The northbound part of the bridge will slide into place in early March, and traffic will switch onto the northbound bridge in mid-April. Crews will then complete the southbound bridge and will slide it into place in April.

What to expect when it’s completed

Once the project is completed in Fall 2016, congestion in the area will be reduced by five minutes, thanks to:

  • Four ThrU Turn intersections (already completed)
  • Three additional lanes on Hill Field Road
  • Wider bridges on I-15 over Hill Field Road
  • A single-point urban interchange (SPUI) that will merge traffic at the off-ramps, controlled by one traffic signal.

Since the completion of the ThrU Turns, traffic flow has improved and delays reduced in the area. UDOT and Layton City are working together to tailor solutions that meet the city’s unique traffic challenges, and we’re excited to see the full project benefits realized when all the improvements are completed in fall 2016.

For more information, call the Layton Improved team at (801) 904-4064, e-mail laytonimproved@utah.gov, or visit www.udot.utah.gov/LaytonImproved

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UDOT Advises Bowl Game Travelers to Plan Ahead for Out-of-State Delays

Heavy traffic, construction projects expected this weekend on I-15 and I-84 

SALT LAKE CITY  – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises travelers driving to the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl or the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl this weekend to allow extra time due to heavy traffic and road construction in Arizona, Nevada and Idaho.

Las Vegas Bowl

Drivers traveling south on I-15 to Las Vegas should be aware of expected delays from 30 minutes to an hour on Friday evening, Dec. 18, and Saturday morning, Dec. 19, in the Virgin River Gorge between St. George and Mesquite, Nev. Drivers returning from the bowl game should plan for similar delays on Saturday night, and up to two-hour delays on Sunday morning, as I-15 is reduced to one lane in each direction for bridge construction in the Virgin River Gorge.

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In addition, construction delays are expected along a 30-mile stretch of northbound I-15 between Las Vegas and Mesquite. The freeway is reduced to one northbound lane in various locations throughout this construction zone.

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Fans planning travel on I-15 and I-84 to Boise should also plan ahead for construction in southern Idaho. I-84 is reduced to one lane in each direction for approximately 11 miles between the I-86 junction and Burley. Crews are replacing two bridges over the Snake River.

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More information about these projects is available online at the following websites:

The Departments can also be contacted on social media:

For information on UDOT projects, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app, available for iOS or Android devices. For real-time traffic and road information outside of the state, there are several smart phone applications available for download, including the Waze navigation app.

Plan for weekend work in Davis and Salt Lake County

EDITOR’S NOTE: The closure of Legacy Parkway will not occur this weekend. It has been rescheduled for later in the month.  Because Legacy Highway work cannot be done on the Aug 7th weekend, there WILL be closures on I-15 southbound in the North Salt Lake Center Street area. Only three lanes will be available on Saturday, Aug 8. -NRN

Legacy Parkway weekend closure, I-15 lane restrictions scheduled to start Friday evening 

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for construction this weekend. Legacy Parkway is scheduled to close from Friday night to Monday morning for bridge maintenance. In addition, I-15 will be reduced to two lanes in both directions on Friday and Saturday night while workers reapply lane markings.

Legacy Parkway

Legacy Parkway is scheduled to close in both directions from I-15 to I-215 beginning tomorrow night as early as 7 p.m.The southbound lanes will close first, followed by the northbound lanes at 10 p.m. On Monday, Aug. 10, the southbound lanes are scheduled to reopen in time for the morning commute by 5 a.m., followed by the northbound lanes at 8 a.m.

During this closure, crews will be completing bridge maintenance at several locations along Legacy Parkway. Drivers traveling through Davis County should use I-15 as an alternate route. The closure of Legacy Parkway will not occur this weekend. It has been rescheduled for later in the month.  -NRN  

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I-15 in Salt Lake County

Because Legacy Highway work cannot be done on the Aug 7th weekend, there WILL be closures on I-15 southbound in the North Salt Lake Center Street area. Only three lanes will be available starting 10 p.m. Friday, Aug 7. to Saturday, Aug 8. -NRN

Drivers should plan ahead for delays on I-15 in Salt Lake County on Friday and Saturday night. I-15 is scheduled to be reduced to two lanes in both directions from 4500 South to 10600 South from Friday, Aug. 7, at 11 p.m. to Saturday, Aug. 8, at 7 a.m., and again from Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 p.m. to Sunday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. These lane closures will allow workers to reapply lane markings on the freeway.

During this time, freeway off- and on-ramps are scheduled to close intermittently as construction equipment passes. Crews will not be permitted to close consecutive exits, so drivers should proceed to the next exit if their desired ramp is closed.

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I-215 from Taylorsville to Murray

Construction continues to repave the eastbound lanes of I-215 between Redwood Road in Taylorsville and 300 East in Murray. Eastbound I-215 is reduced to one lane each night beginning as early as 9 p.m., and is reduced to two lanes during daytime hours on Saturdays and Sundays. UDOT advises allowing extra travel time or using alternate routes during these times.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For more information about these and other UDOT projects, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app, available for iOS or Android devices.

Plan ahead for delays on the July 4 weekend

UDOT engineers advise avoiding travel during heavy traffic times; construction to be suspended on most highway projects

 SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for travel delays this July 4 weekend by avoiding heavy traffic times if possible. Although work will be suspended and lanes will be open on most Utah highways, existing restrictions will remain in place to protect the work zone and ensure safety on several major projects in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, and Summit counties.

UDOT traffic engineers anticipate heaviest traffic this weekend on Thursday, July 2, between noon and 7 p.m., with highest overall traffic volumes expected around 3 p.m. A second period of high traffic is also expected from Saturday, July 4, at 10:30 p.m. to Sunday, July 5, at 12:30 a.m.

To help accommodate high traffic levels, UDOT will be adjusting the timing of traffic signals and ramp meters. UDOT is also partnering with Orem and Provo, as well as Brigham Young University, to help manage traffic to and from the Stadium of Fire event. Motorists attending the Stadium of Fire are encouraged to avoid construction on Orem Center Street, and use 800 North or University Parkway as an alternate.

Road construction projects that drivers should be aware of when planning their trips this weekend include:

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All four lanes are open in both directions on I-15. However, the northbound lanes have been split into two sections between S.R. 92 and 14600 South. Drivers wanting to exit at 14600 South need to stay to the right through the lane split. Due to narrowed and shifting lanes throughout the construction zone, the speed limit has been reduced to 55 miles per hour.

I-80 in Summit County
I-80 is reduced to one lane in each direction from the U.S. 40 interchange to Wanship in Summit County. All traffic has been shifted to the eastbound lanes, and the speed limit is reduced to 45 miles per hour. In addition, the westbound on- and off-ramps at Exit 150 (Tollgate/Promontory) are closed. To reduce delays, drivers should consider using I-84 through Ogden as an alternate route. These restrictions are scheduled to remain in place through fall 2015 while crews reconstruct the freeway with concrete pavement.

Drivers should remember to stay alert, use caution, and obey posted speed limits when traveling through construction zones in order to ensure safety.

Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For more information about these and other UDOT projects, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app, available for iOS or Android devices.