SALT LAKE/UTAH COUNTY (News4Utah) – In anticipation of heavy rainfall this week, officials with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) said they have a preparation plan in place for their on-going construction projects. But they said drivers also need to do their part to keep roads safe.
As of Monday morning, John Gleason with UDOT said the Utah County Emergency Response Team requested assistance to curb any debris flow or flooding in burn scar areas from the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain wildfires. He said crews transported 1,800 feet of concrete barrier to prepare for potential flash flooding.
In the metro areas of Salt Lake County, UDOT has placed all of their major construction projects on standby with pumps in place and signs ready to warn drivers about standing water and areas to avoid. Crews have 500 sandbags on-hand in the area of the Technology Corridor (between Lehi Main Street and Timpanogos Highway).
“In extreme situations, we could see standing water on our roads or roads could even be compromised in some cases. If that’s the case and it’s an intense storm, it may be best just to stay off the road and let our crews do their work,” said Gleason.
As the beginning of the rain storm is expected for Monday night, Gleason has the following tips for drivers:
- Slow down when driving in heavy rain
- Give yourself more distance and space from other cars
- Turn on your headlights to create more visibility, not just for yourself but for other drivers around you
- Stay off the road when possible – Don’t drive until you have to during heavy rainfall