SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – UDOT announced all of the on and off ramps at the Foothill Drive interchange off I-215 are reopening Wednesday night. This comes after months of closures which caused headaches for commuters and cost several businesses money.
UDOT spokesperson John Gleason said the bridge construction was vital to the area, but knows how important the interchange is for traffic. They know how happy people will be to see it open.
“I think when people wake up tomorrow morning and see that the barrels are removed and that the ramps are open it’s going to be a very welcomed site,” said Gleason.
The ramps weren’t set to be reopen until mid September, but crews worked seven days a week to try and get them open.
The project started after Spring semester at the University of Utah knowing there would be less traffic. With school getting back underway, and a football game set for Thursday officials knew there would heavy congestion.
“Our crews have been working very diligently getting this work done,” said Gleason. “They’ve really taken it on as a personal challenge to get it done in time for the football game.”
UDOT notes there will be construction in the area until mid October, and there could still be some night or weekend closures. The main commute should run smoother.