Spring brings warmer weather, the return of orange construction cones and the familiar sight of lane closures and occasional gridlock on Utah roads.
The Utah Department of Transportation has 185 projects planned this year — from widening bridges on Interstate 15 to repaving major highways. Motorists can expect the usual delays and detours as they commute to work and travel on vacation this season.
In eastern Salt Lake County, crews will rebuild sections of Interstate 80, including a new eastbound lane and bridges at 1300 East, 1700 East and 2000 East. UDOT also will repave eastbound Interstate 215 between 3300 South and 4500 South.
Drivers can expect lane restrictions on these sections at night and on weekends starting next month. UDOT will also close I-80 at least twice overnight to rebuild the bridges. Construction will last through 2022, and the projects are estimated to cost $146.5 million.
On the west end of Salt Lake County, Bangerter Highway will see new interchanges at 6200 South, 10400 South and 12600 South. Construction will likely last from May to December. The 6200 South section remains closed to cyclists and pedestrians through July, 10400 South will close from May to November, and the 12600 South closure will last until August. The Bangerter Highway improvements are projected to cost $221 million.
In Davis and Weber counties, UDOT is widening I-15 to add express lanes from Layton Parkway to Riverdale Road at a cost of $163 million. The project will also broaden several bridges on the route. The project launched in 2018 and will last through the fall. Motorist should plan for nighttime and weekend lane closures and split lanes.
In Utah County, crews are repairing three bridges on northbound I-15 through American Fork. UDOT expects lane restrictions and delays between 500 East and Main Street this summer. Crews will also repave 2100 North from Redwood Road to Thanksgiving Way in Lehi.
Visitors to Provo and American Fork canyons can also expect one-way traffic and delays as UDOT surfaces the Alpine Loop from Mount Timpanogos Campground to U.S. 189 in Provo Canyon. The road from Pine Hollow Trailhead to Timpooneke Campground will be closed in May, and the road from Timpooneke Campground to the Mount Timpanogos Campground will be closed from early May to late July.
For more information and updates on construction-related restrictions, visit the UDOT website at udottraffic.utah.gov.