SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – If you are traveling on Interstate 15 over the Labor Day Weekend you will need to plan ahead for traffic delays. Utah Department of Transportation engineers predict trips through Salt Lake and Utah counties could take 30 minutes longer on Thursday and up to an hour longer on Friday.
Engineers expect increased traffic on Thursday between 2:30 and 7:00 p.m., and on Friday between 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., with heaviest delays around 5:00 p.m. each day. Due to return trips on Monday, northbound I-15 will see heavier traffic south of Payson from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m.
Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during the holiday weekend, however, existing lane restrictions or traffic shifts will remain in place where needed to protect the work zone and ensure safety.
Some areas where drivers should expect restrictions include:
I-15 Technology Corridor: On I-15 in Lehi, the northbound lanes are split from 2100 North to S.R. 92, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour through the construction zone from S.R. 92 to Main Street. Drivers should be alert when driving through the work zone and anticipate areas of rough or uneven pavement.
I-70 Bridge Maintenance, Sevier County: I-70 is reduced to one lane in each direction in sections between the Sevier/Millard county line and the U.S. 89 junction. All traffic has been shifted to the westbound lanes, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour through the work zone.
For the latest information on traffic restrictions during construction, and to check the flow of traffic before you head out on your trip, visit the UDOT Traffic website (udottraffic.utah.gov) or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android.