For Immediate Release
Major Traffic Changes Scheduled on I-215 Project
Drivers should plan for delays and consider alternate routes due to ramp and freeway closures
SALT LAKE CITY (May 1, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) alerts drivers to plan for traffic pattern changes and closures on the I-215 west belt. Construction on the freeway is moving into a new phase, with work completed on the southbound side and shifting into the northbound lanes.
Drivers should be aware of the following traffic restrictions and shifts due to construction:
- The ramp from northbound I-215 to westbound 3500 South is scheduled to close for up to 90 days beginning Wednesday, May 3. Crews will remove and replace the pavement to extend the life of the ramp and provide a smoother driving surface. In addition, this closure will allow crews to reconstruct the northbound I-215 bridge at 3500 South.
- The ramp from eastbound S.R. 201 to northbound I-215 is closed through the summer for reconstruction. Alternate routes to access northbound I-215 include California Avenue, I-80, Redwood Road, and Bangerter Highway.
- The northbound lanes on I-215 are split from 4700 South to S.R. 201. Northbound drivers needing to exit at 4700 South, 3500 South, or S.R. 201 will need to merge into the right lanes prior to 4700 South to exit.
- S.R. 201 is scheduled to close in both directions on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night. Crews will demolish the existing northbound I-215 bridge over S.R. 201. Drivers should avoid S.R. 201 during these closures and use I-80 as an alternate route.
UDOT reminds drivers to be alert and expect changing traffic patterns on the I-215 west belt in West Valley City and Taylorsville. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 miles per hour in the construction zone to protect drivers as well as construction crews.
Crews on the I-215 project recently completed the reconstruction of the southbound lanes. Traffic in the northbound lanes has now been shifted from the old pavement onto new concrete. Work will now focus on the northbound lanes between 4700 South and S.R. 201. This includes building the new northbound I-215 bridge over S.R. 201 and rebuilding ramps at the 3500 South interchange.
“Completing the southbound lanes is a significant milestone on the I-215 west belt project,” UDOT Project Manager Oanh Le-Spradlin said. “Drivers can see just what the new road improvements will feel like when the project is done.”
The I-215 west belt project – ranked no. 2 on UDOT’s list of Top 10 Projects in 2017 – is scheduled for completion in fall. 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.
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.