For Immediate Release
Minor delays expected on Utah roads July Fourth weekend
Drivers urged to plan ahead for construction if attending Stadium of Fire
SALT LAKE CITY (June 28, 2017) – This Independence Day holiday, traffic is expected to be lighter than many holidays due to July 4 falling in the middle of the week.
Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during the Independence Day holiday (Friday through Tuesday). However, in some areas, existing lane restrictions or traffic shifts will remain in place to ensure safety for drivers. Some areas where traffic restrictions will remain in place include:
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.
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.
I-70 from Exit 37 to Exit 40 in Richfield: I-70 is reduced to one lane in each direction, and the speed limit is reduced to 65 miles per hour. Starting June 29, all traffic is scheduled to shift into the westbound lanes while construction begins on the eastbound lanes. Loads over 12 feet wide are prohibited. Crews are reconstructing the interstate and completing bridge maintenance work.
Travelers planning to attend Stadium of Fire at LaVell Edwards Stadium this weekend are reminded that University Parkway is under construction from Orem to Provo. Lanes are narrow and shift frequently through the work zone from UVU to University Avenue. Drivers should plan to use 800 North or Center Street in Orem as alternate routes, as well as University Avenue in Provo. UDOT engineers will be coordinating signal timing along those routes to help traffic flow to and from the event.
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.
UDOT Public Information Officer