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Jed Boal ReportingBe prepared to enter an orange cone zone during the next couple of months. UDOT is ramping up highway construction to finish projects before winter arrives.
Road construction is a constant reality in most American metro areas. Finish one project; move on to the next. That's the story at the south end of the valley this weekend and for weekends to come.
It looked a lot like rush hour on I-15 Saturday afternoon. Many motorists spent more time on the road than they planned as northbound cars crawled along in two lanes. This weekend you can expect similar slowdowns.
Tom Hudachko, UDOT: If you plan on doing a lot of traveling this weekend, you'd be better served not traveling on I-15 and I-215 at the south end of the valley."
Two major projects will slow traffic; you may want to avoid both if you can. As they did last weekend, crews will work on bridges. They're repairing faulty joints used in the reconstruction project; it's paid for by Wasatch Constructors Insurance policy.
Tom Hudachko, UDOT: “They took the risk for the design. It didn't work as well as we hoped it would. We're going to fix it at no cost to the taxpayer and move on."
Expect similar weekend closures through mid-October. On I-215 the widening project is in the home stretch, slated for completion in late October. But this weekend traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions from Redwood Road to I-15, Friday night at 8 to Saturday morning at 8 and again Saturday night at 8 to Sunday morning at 10.
Here's the good news, no construction on Labor Day weekend across the state. But some areas under construction will remain coned off causing minimal delays.