LEHI — Rain ruined some overnight road repairs on southbound I-15 near Lehi, causing serious delays at the Point of the Mountain Friday morning, officials said.
Several commuters traveling south on the freeway popped or damaged their tires when they drove over a hole created by a newly-installed drainage pipe that had sunk during the rain, according to Utah Department of Transportation spokesman John Gleason.
The Utah Department of Transportation will pay to repair the tires of all commuters who can prove their wheels were damaged by the road construction, Gleason said.
All traffic stopped SB 15 in Lehi to do emergency repairs of a pothole near 2100 North in Lehi. pic.twitter.com/6BNVlHH3Ga— Heather Kelly (@KSLHeatherKelly) October 5, 2018
Troopers closed southbound I-15 for about 10 minutes at 9 a.m., then closed the right lanes on the freeway for several hours while crews worked to redo the repairs. The right lanes reopened shortly after 11 a.m.
Gleason said crews will also eventually close the left lanes for repair — though not until after the BYU-Utah State football game Friday night.
Update: #EmergencyTraffic OPEN! Two right lanes now OPEN SB I-15 btwn SR-92 - 2100 North Lehi after emergency repairs on the frwy pavement. Residual heavy delays continue SB 15 from Bangerter Hwy Draper into Lehi. @kslnewsradio@KSLcompic.twitter.com/ZxHKr5ca8a— Rikki Meece (@KSLRikki) October 5, 2018
The repairs caused hours-long traffic delays around the Point of the Mountain from the junction with state Route 154 in Bluffdale to 2100 North in Lehi. Traffic is now moving faster, but heavy delays still remain near Bluffdale.
Contributing: Todd Fooks, KSL Newsradio