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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Department of Transportation says the long-awaited reconstruction of Interstate 80 will begin on Saturday. Crews will start work on widening the freeway's shoulders and bridges to prepare for the major work.
During the two-year project, crews will add one lane in each direction, fix several interchanges, build new bridges, lay new concrete and build sound walls.
Three westbound lanes will be open at all times during the preliminary shoulder and bridge work. Three eastbound lanes will be open during weekday peak travel hours from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. During nonpeak hours and on weekends, two eastbound lanes will remain open.
Once this work is done, traffic will be routed onto the eastbound lanes while the westbound lanes are rebuilt.
Construction is expected to end by fall 2009.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune www.sltrib.com
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