UDOT cautions drivers: Plan for delays on I-15 this week

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Nov. 20, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Over the river and through the woods may be one way to get to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving, but a lot of Wasatch Front drivers are going to be on Interstate 15.

Utah Department of Transportation is advising drivers to plan ahead for delays, saying, “Trips through Salt Lake and Utah counties on I-15 could take 20 minutes longer on Wednesday, and 25 minutes longer on Monday afternoon.”

A UDOT news release says increased southbound traffic is expected between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday, with northbound I-15 having more traffic between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

People coming back after the holiday weekend on Monday will be in heavier traffic northbound between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and southbound traffic is expected to be heavier during the usual commute time from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the news release says.

Black Friday shopping will bring more traffic to local streets and areas near malls and large shopping centers.

UDOT is also reminding drivers that, while most projects have been completed or are pausing for winter, construction on the I-15 Technology Corridor project in Lehi goes on year-round.

“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,” the news release says. “Drivers should be alert when traveling through the work zone and anticipate areas of rough or uneven pavement.”

Another reminder from UDOT: There are more fatal crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday than during the other winter months, even though there are fewer crashes overall. This weekend, avoid drowsy, distracted, or aggressive driving.

And no matter where you’re driving this week, be prepared for winter weather. To see the statewide forecast for the holiday weekend, click here.

For the latest information on traffic restrictions and road weather, visit the UDOT Traffic website at 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.


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