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Fires, road construction could hamper holiday travel

Published July 1, 2012 1:24 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The Utah Department of Transportation is advising holiday travelers to plan ahead as the Independence Day week approaches.

Road closures and lane restrictions due to fires and construction projects are in effect throughout the state.

As of Friday, the most significant travel impacts and roadwork include:

• Fire-related road closures, central Utah

State Route 9, including roads to Clear Creek, Scofield, and state Route 31 to U.S. 6; S.R. 31 in Fairview Canyon and most of Huntington Canyon; and state Route 122 from state Route 10 to Hiawatha.

• Mormon Miracle Pageant, Manti

Use Interstate 15 to Nephi and then state Route 132 through the canyon to U.S. 89. From Carbon and Emery counties, drivers can use Interstate 70 to Salina and head north on U.S. 89.

• Freedom Festival and Stadium of Fire, Provo

Drivers are encouraged to avoid Interstate 15 between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and allow extra time for travel.

• State Route 14 additional access, southern Utah

UDOT will provide additional days of access through a landslide repair area on state Route 14 in Cedar Canyon to assist extended holiday travel. Beginning July 3 at 4 p.m., full road access will be available until July 9 at 7 a.m.

• I-15 800 North interchange closure, Orem

The interchange is closed for ramp reconstruction until mid-July. Drivers can use the 1600 North or Center Street exits as alternates.

• Lane restrictions, eastern Utah

U.S. 189 in Provo Canyon, and U.S. 40 near Jordanelle Reservoir, will each be restricted to one lane in each direction for concrete repair projects.

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