Expect more people on Utah roads with spring break underway

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) — Airports across the nation are filling up with people ready to travel for spring break. Many of them will come to Utah; rent a car and hit the road to our ski resorts, national and state parks.

“It is really important to get some rest before you hit the road and you’re putting down those distractions, you’re buckled up, everyone in your car is buckled up,” said John Gleason with the Utah Department of Transporation. 

UDOT officials say if you’re traveling with a group, switch drivers every 2-4 hours. 

“If we do have weather conditions like rain or snow, you want to make sure you are slowing down and driving for those conditions,” Gleason adds.

In the mountains, UDOT will have plows ready to clear the spring snow. 

“The calendar says it should be spring, it doesn’t mean it reflects that on our roads,” he said.

That’s because in southern Utah there is one thing you can’t predict – where rockslides are going to happen. 

“We have seen a number of rockslides throughout the state this year and all of that is due to the freeze dry cycle,” said Gleason. 

UDOT has emergency crews on stand by if a major rock slide were to happen. 

Crews want tourist and Utahn’s to watch the weather reports this weekend because it could change quickly. 

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