UDOT reminds drivers to expect delays, plan ahead for Thanksgiving holiday travel
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Nov. 22, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – The Utah Department of Transportation recommends drivers plan ahead for delays along the Wasatch Front this Wednesday and Sunday due to heavy traffic for the Thanksgiving holiday.
A press release states that traffic engineers anticipate delays on I-15 at the following locations:
- Northbound I-15, Davis County: up to 10 minutes late on Wednesday, November 24th. from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Southbound I-15, Salt Lake County: up to 15 minutes late on Wednesday, November 24th. from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- South I-15, Nephi Area: up to 10 minutes late on Wednesday, November 24th. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Northbound I-15, Cedar City: up to 20 minutes late on Sunday, November 28th. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to reduce weekend delays. In some work areas, these restrictions apply until the weekend if this is necessary to ensure safety or to accommodate ongoing construction work.
Some areas in which drivers should expect restrictions are:
- I-15 from Riverdale to Layton – There are three lanes open in each direction between Layton and Riverdale on I-15, but the speed limit has been reduced to 60 mph in the work zone. The crews are expanding I-15 to extend the Express Lanes in both directions between Layton and Riverdale. Work on this project should be completed in 2022.
- SR-39 in Ogden Canyon – SR-9 will be reduced to one lane, with alternating traffic controlled by a temporary signal, near the Mid Canyon Bridge between Ogden and Pineview Reservoir. Drivers should allow delays of 15 minutes or more and consider alternative routes when planning trips to Pineview Reservoir, Huntsville, Eden, or other Ogden Valley destinations. The crews are rebuilding the Mid Canyon Bridge, and work on this project is expected to be completed in early 2022.
- I-80 in Salt Lake City and I-215 in eastern Salt Lake County – Lanes will be moved and narrowed on I-80 in Salt Lake City between 1300 East and 2300 East and on the I-215 East Belt in between as part of a project to rebuild these two sections of those highways. In addition, a new lane division will be installed on I-215 in a southerly direction from 3800 south to 4500 south as of Tuesday evening, November 23rd. Exits. This configuration will remain in place until the beginning of 2022 and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
- US Highway 189 in Provo Canyon – US Highway 189 will be reduced to one lane in each direction around the clock between Bridal Veil Falls and Vivian Park. New central concrete barriers will be installed in the gorge and the road closures will remain in place until mid-December, when the crews can obtain the parts needed to complete the work.
Utah’s national and state parks and outdoor recreation areas get more crowds than normal on holiday weekends. Travelers should plan in advance for delays and heavy traffic on roads near these attractions.
“UDOT reminds drivers to be careful behind the wheel and do their part to make travel safer for everyone by staying vigilant, wearing seat belts, removing distractions and taking breaks to avoid drowsy driving,” it said in the press release.
For the latest information on road and traffic conditions in Utah, visit the UDOT Traffic website or download the UDOT Traffic app.
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