Freeway reopens in North Salt Lake

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(KSL News) Interstate 15 is open again to drivers today, but it's missing one bridge.

Utah Department of Transportation crews knocked down the 1100 North bridge overnight to make way for a new on-ramp to I-15.

Crews shut down the freeway in both directions around 11 p.m. then poured about three feet of sand and dirt onto the road to prevent falling debris from ruining the pavement.

This morning, UDOT workers reopened the freeway, as they have often this year, ahead of schedule. "We've been down this road. We have a lot of bridges under our belt. We now get them done like clockwork. As soon as the freeway's closed, our guys get to work and they don't stop," said UDOT spokesman Adan Carrillo.

UDOT says it still has to demolish three other bridges so it can add carpool lanes to I-15 in both directions. The entire project is scheduled to be finished in 2010, but it may be sooner if UDOT keeps up its speedy track record.

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