NEWS RELEASE: Major Traffic Changes Coming to I-215 West Belt This Weekend

For Immediate Release

Major Traffic Changes Coming to I-215 West Belt This Weekend

Delays expected starting Friday night due to lane closures, traffic shifts, and long-term ramp closure  


SALT LAKE CITY (April 27, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) alerts drivers to plan for delays due to lane closures on the I-215 west belt this weekend. I-215 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction from Friday night, April 28, through Monday morning, May 1, to allow crews to shift both southbound and northbound lanes into new configurations.

Lanes on both northbound and southbound I-215 are scheduled to close Friday night as early as 7 p.m. While these closures are in place, crews will shift southbound traffic out of the split and onto the permanent pavement. Then, crews will shift northbound traffic from the existing pavement onto new concrete in the median from approximately 4700 South to S.R. 201. These shifts will allow crews to begin reconstruction of the northbound lanes.

In addition, drivers should plan for a long-term closure of the ramp from eastbound S.R. 201 to northbound I-215. The ramp is scheduled to close Sunday night, April 30, for up to 90 days. This closure will help reduce traffic congestion in the northbound lanes on I-215. Alternate routes for this ramp closure include Bangerter Highway, Redwood Road, and California Avenue.

While these lane closures are in place, drivers should expect delays and heavy traffic congestion. UDOT recommends that Maverik Center event traffic use alternate routes such as I-15 and Redwood Road, and avoid I-215. Motorists should use caution, be alert, and watch for changing traffic conditions while these shifts are being put into place. The west belt is an active construction project, and UDOT reminds drivers to follow the posted 60 mph speed limit.


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


Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
Cell: 801-560-7740

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