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Sandra Yi reportingMidvale resident Jan Taylor says, "It's a pain, but what can you do?"
The answer: Not much, as a new construction season begins with the start of a major project on I-215.
It's that time of year again, when cars share the roads with construction crews.
George Gonzalez/Midvale Resident: "SEEMS LIKE THEY DO THAT EVERY SUMMER."
Jan Taylor: "LAST YEAR IT WAS I-15, AND THIS YEAR IT'S GOT TO BE I-215."
Friday night, a major dual project begins. The Utah Department of Transportation will expand I- 215 while the Utah Transit Authority will begin construction of a new TRAX bridge. The two agencies have coordinated schedules for closures.
Kris McBride/ Utah Transit Authority: "WE'VE TRIED TO MINIMIZE THESE IMPACTS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND WE'RE ONLY GOING TO IMPACT MOTORISTS IN ONE DIRECTION."
Starting Friday night with the eastbound lanes. Then Saturday night going westbound.
Motorists will have to use detours.
Bill Campbell/St. George Resident: "THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS IN LIFE THAT ARE INCONVENIENT, BUT IT MAKES IT BETTER DOWN THE ROAD."
Other big projects are also set to begin, and motorists are urged to plan ahead.
- On Monday, parts of I-80 in Parley's Canyon will be down to two lanes during the day and one at night, as crews pave the road. The project will go on until mid September.
- Also on Monday, crews will repave Little Cottonwood Canyon from Wasatch Boulevard to the Alta ski area. Motorists can expect major delays as Little Cottonwood Canyon Road will be restricted to one way traffic.
- And SR 20, the main connection between I-15 and US 89, will be completely shut down Sunday to Thursday from 7:00 at night to 7:00 in the morning.
Tom Hudachko Utah Dept. of Transportation: "WE'VE GOT AN ENORMOUS INVESTMENT IN OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM OUT HERE AND WE'VE GOT TO TAKE CARE OF IT TO MAKE SURE IT LASTS AS LONG AS IT POSSIBLY CAN."
Again, I-215 eastbound lanes from 300 East and Redwood Road are closed until 9:00 Saturday morning. There is a detour on I-15 at the 7200 South exit.
Saturday night, westbound motorists can exit at 280 East and go on 6400 South to State Street.