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OREM — The Utah Department of Transportation is advising drivers to plan ahead Saturday, as it will close northbound I-15 at University Parkway in Orem.
The full closure is expected to happen as early as 10:30 p.m.; lane closures, in both directions, will start as soon as 6 p.m., UDOT said in a Friday news release. The closures will allow crews to install steel girder sections for the new Utah Valley University pedestrian bridge, "which will be the longest pedestrian bridge in the state," the release says.
According to the release, all northbound traffic will be detoured off at University Parkway and then back onto I-15 via Geneva Road and Center Street.
The bridge beams will be moved in sections on semitrucks from Lindon to Orem, UDOT said. Once assembled, each girder will be nearly 1,000 feet long, "the equivalent of 1.5 blocks in downtown Salt Lake City."
The pedestrian bridge is a $30.7 million collaboration between UDOT, UVU and the Utah Transit Authority. It's designed to protect student and faculty safety and connect the main UVU campus to housing, transportation and the western campus.
UDOT anticipates the northbound lanes will reopen by 10 a.m. Sunday.