Southern Utah drivers, get ready for more roadwork

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WASHINGTON COUNTY (ABC4 News)-Southern Utah drivers can expect new roadwork to start soon.  Utah Department of Transportation says it will begin to rebuild the Interstate 15 exit to State Route 9. 

That exit, which dates back to the 1960s, serves Zion National Park, Hurricane and the fast-growing Coral Canyon area of Washington County.

The project will add lanes onto the ramps from SR-9 to the freeway, and a southbound lane on the freeway itself, down to the next exit, which is the Washington Parkway.

Chris Hall with UDOT says more lanes are needed because more traffic needs to be accommodated.

“Some improvements on the ramps, because right now the ramps are a pretty slow speed limit cause of tight turns.  We’re trying to update those as much as possible to keep traffic flowing through that interchange as smoothly as possible,” said Hall.

The project hasn’t been given a hard start date yet, but UDOT expects it should begin soon. Once underway, the project is expected to take about a year.

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