I-80 interchange at 5600 West to close over the weekend

Interstate 80 interstate at 5600 West in Salt Lake City will be closed over the weekend. (Meghan Thackey, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead as the 5600 West Interstate on Interstate 80 closes over the weekend in Salt Lake City.

The closure will take effect on Friday from 8 p.m.

“This section from I-80 to SR-201 is just constant trucks, as you can see,” said John Montoya, a project manager for the Utah Department of Transportation. “It’s non-stop trucking.”

UDOT teams are fundamentally overhauling it to improve the flow of traffic.

Over the weekend, they will transform the exchange into what is known as a divergent diamond exchange.

“The purpose of the divergent diamond swap is to save one of the light phases so people don’t wait that long,” said Montoya.

According to UDOT, the weekend is the best time to do it with fewer cars on the streets.

I-80 will remain open, but 5600 West will be closed in both directions, along with the entrances and exits at the motorway intersection.

“We just really have to do everything we can to get the most out of this intersection by shutting as much traffic as possible as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Montoya.

Some alternative routes you can take are State Route 201, Bangerter Highway, 7200 West, and Wright Brothers Drive.

The crews said they were excited to reveal the new exchange by 5 a.m. Monday morning.

×Tamara Vaifanua

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