UDOT Offers Thanksgiving Travel Tips to Drivers
Plan for 20-minute delays on I-15; avoid drowsy or aggressive driving
SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 19, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recommends Wasatch Front drivers plan ahead for I-15 delays due to holiday traffic for Thanksgiving weekend. Trips through Salt Lake and Utah counties on I-15 could take 20 minutes longer on Wednesday, and 25 minutes longer on Monday afternoon.
UDOT engineers expect increased southbound traffic on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., while northbound traffic should be heavier between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Monday, due to return trips, northbound I-15 will see heavier traffic from 2 p.m. through 7 p.m., while southbound traffic will be heavier during the typical commute times from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Higher traffic is expected on local streets due to Black Friday shopping. Streets near malls or large shopping centers are likely to see heavier than normal delays on Friday.
Across the state, most UDOT projects have been completed or are pausing for the winter. However, construction continues year-round on the I-15 Technology Corridor project in Lehi. The northbound I-15 lanes are split from 2100 North to S.R. 92, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour through the construction zone from S.R. 92 to Main Street. Drivers should be alert when traveling through the work zone and anticipate areas of rough or uneven pavement.
UDOT encourages drivers to make Zero Fatalities their goal this Thanksgiving and avoid unsafe driving behaviors. There is a higher rate of fatal crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday than during the other winter months, despite overall crash totals being lower. This weekend, avoid drowsy, distracted, or aggressive driving.
For the latest information on traffic restrictions and road weather, 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