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  • UDOT Reminds Drivers to Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Travel
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    Published - 05/23/14 - 10:26 AM | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) - The Utah Department of Transportation reminds drivers planning trips over Memorial Day weekend to allow extra travel time due to heavy traffic on Friday evening and Monday afternoon.

    Although most construction projects on Utah highways will suspend work for the weekend, existing lane restrictions will remain in place on several projects to ensure safety for drivers.

    The following is a brief description of road construction projects that drivers should be aware of this weekend and starting next week (all schedules subject to change due to weather or equipment issues):

    New Projects

    I-15 near Beaver

    Crews are currently working to repave an 8-mile section of I-15 north of Beaver. Beginning Tuesday morning, May 27, I-15 will be reduced to one lane in both directions, with all traffic shifted to the southbound lanes. This traffic shift is scheduled to remain in place for up to a month while crews pave the northbound lanes. Drivers should plan ahead for minor delays and traffic congestion.

    I-80 near Tooele

    Work is scheduled to begin on a 5-mile section of I-80 near the S.R. 36 interchange (Exit 99, near Stansbury Park/Tooele) on Tuesday, May 27, and continue through July. I-80 will be reduced to one lane, one direction at a time, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday while crews work to complete concrete maintenance. This project will prolong the life of the pavement and provide a smoother ride for drivers.

    Ongoing Projects

    I-15 in Davis County, traffic shift

    Lanes are narrowed in both directions of I-15 in Davis County. Due to heavy traffic expected this weekend, drivers should consider alternate routes such as Legacy Parkway. Crews are working to widen the freeway, reconstruct several bridges and interchanges, and construct Davis County’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI).

    S.R. 201 in West Valley City, lane restrictions/traffic shift

    All traffic on state Route 201 from 5600 West to 7200 West has been shifted into the westbound lanes. The speed limit in the work zone is reduced to 50 mph, and S.R. 201 is reduced to one lane in each direction. To reduce delays, drivers should consider using I-80 as an alternate route. This traffic shift is scheduled to remain in place for approximately three months, and will allow crews to place new concrete pavement in the eastbound lanes.

    Construction activities, dates and times are subject to change because of weather or delays. For the latest information, download the free UDOT Traffic app on any iPhone or Android device or visit udottraffic.utah.gov.
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