UDOT reminds drivers to plan for delays during Labor Day weekend

The Utah Department of Transportation took a moment to remind drivers to plan ahead as many attempt to hit the streets on Labor Day weekend ahead.

Traffic engineers expect delays of up to 20 minutes on Interstate 15 north through Davis County from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday

On Interstate 15 south through Salt Lake County, anticipated delays of 10 minutes from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the same day.

Minor delays can also be expected for the return journeys on Monday. Engineers estimate delays of up to 10 minutes on Interstate 15 south through Davis County from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Interstate 15 near Nephi north from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and US-6 westbound in the Spanish Fork Canyon from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Interstate 80 west from US-40 intersection to the Parleys Canyon Estuary from 1pm to 8pm

Several UDOT projects may also affect travel times, however, UDOT said most projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to avoid traffic jams during the holiday weekend (Friday through Monday).

UDOT officials provided the following list of where drivers should expect further restrictions over the weekend:

  • I-15 near Clearfield – All lanes are open on I-15 near Clearfield, but there are lane markings in both directions to allow crews to work in the central reservation of the freeway. In the work area, the speed limit has been reduced to 60 mph. 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 39 is reduced to one lane, with alternating traffic controlled by a temporary signal, near the Mid Canyon Bridge between Ogden and Pineview Reservoir. Drivers should plan for delays of 15 minutes or more. The crews are rebuilding the Mid Canyon Bridge, and work on this project is expected to be completed this fall.
  • SR 95 Cottonwood Wash Bridge – The main route to Upper Lake Powell in Eastern Utah remains closed on SR 95 from the intersection of US 191 to SR 261. UDOT recommends I-70 to SR 24 through Hanksville for paved access to Upper Lake Powell and other outdoor recreational destinations west of Blanding. The bridge is to be reopened in October.

Utah national and state parks often receive more visitors than normal on holiday weekends, and all travelers should be aware of the heavy traffic and possible delays on the roads near these destinations.

To stay up to date with the latest travel conditions, drivers are advised to download the UDOT Traffic app on their smartphone or to visit the UDOT Traffic website before setting off.

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