SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) -Utah Department of Transportation officials says there are 169 construction projects underway across the state.
One project that drivers are going to feel is getting out of the airport this weekend.
UDOT says construction on the I-80 on-ramp from Salt Lake City Airport will start Sunday morning and the closure will last through July.
“I think we have a lot of construction going on in Utah right now, and everybody should just plan for it. It’s out there and everybody knows about it, plan ahead,” says Utah driver Sherry Swensen.
Swensen picks up clients at the airport every week. Come Monday she is going to find a different route back into Salt Lake City because of some much-needed bridge repair.
“I think if it needs to be done, it just has to be done, and I think UDOT does a great job of letting everyone know what is happening,” she says.
UDOT crews need to replace the bridge deck after years of wear and tear over the Jordan River Surplus Canal.
“For the people who are trying to make a flight, the good news is this will not affect you. It’s when you leave the airport to go home that you’re going to have to plan some extra time,” says John Gleason with UDOT.
Commuter Emily Johnson says, “I think it is going to be really complicated for people to get back to where they need to be. What’s our other options?”
One option is to take Bangerter Highway South to SR 201 where it will connect you to I-215 and I-15.
The other is to head west on I-80, get off at 5600 West and get back on the eastbound lanes headed to Salt Lake City.
“So it will be worth it in the long run but this time it is going to make it complicated for people to get home,” Johnson adds.
“We are going to get that work done as quickly as possible but it is a pretty intensive project there putting on a new bridge deck, and so it is going to take a little bit of time,” Gleason says.
For the latest on construction around the state visit www.udot.utah.gov.