OREM (ABC 4 News) - The new continuous flow intersection at University Parkway and Sandhill Road in Orem will offer tons of relief for tens of thousands of drivers each day. But with change, comes confusion for some of those drivers.
70,000 cars a day use this intersection. The new layout should increase traffic flow by about 20 percent.
"It wasn't bad," said Sharyn Easterbrook, whose daughter goes to UVU. "It was kind of weird."
Most drivers ABC4 spoke to didn't mind the new configuration. However, with the intersection being the first of its kind in Utah County, there's definitely some confusion out there.
"It's a little confusing but you get used to it pretty quick," said UVU student Allen Bennett.
"I don't live here, my daughter does, and she didn't like the way they did it," added Easterbrook.
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animation. As you can see, the biggest change will come to those who want to turn left at the intersection. You'll have to move over a little earlier before crossing oncoming lanes of traffic. Then you'll line up on the other side of the road before making your left turn.
"I think it's still going to be backing up onto the freeway, especially the ones who are going northbound," said Utah County resident Dave Barnett.
There's ten other continuous flow intersections in the state. If you've ever been down Bangerter Highway in Salt Lake County, there's a pretty good chance you've driven through one.
"People tend to freak out because they don't like change," said Bennett.