UDOT’s Labor Day travel forecast

Sep 2, 2020, 1:10 PM
FILE -- Construction on I-15 in the Lehi area on Wednesday, July 15, 2020....
FILE -- Construction on I-15 in the Lehi area on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) says they are expecting below average traffic volumes over the Labor Day weekend, but are still advising drivers to watch out for some trouble spots as they travel.

Areas of concern for Labor Day travel

UDOT says there are four areas for holiday travelers to look out for between Thursday and Monday. Those areas are:

THURSDAY: Northbound I-15 in Davis County from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Northbound I-15 in Salt Lake County from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and southbound from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Westbound I-80 in Summit/Salt Lake counties from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Construction exceptions for Labor Day travel

UDOT also says that they will suspend statewide construction to reduce delays beginning on Friday and lasting through Monday. However, existing lane restrictions/traffic splits will remain for driver safety. 

Those areas of note according to UDOT are:

  • I-15 in Box Elder County: I-15 is reduced to one lane in each direction near Tremonton, with all traffic shifted to the northbound lanes. Plan for heavier traffic and delays from Honeyville to Tremonton this weekend and use caution when driving through the work zone. Crews are replacing the driving surface on several bridges along I-15 and I-84.
  • I-15 Express Lanes: Lanes are split in both directions on I-15 between Clearfield and Roy, with the far left lane shifted onto the opposite side of the freeway. Drivers should merge into the right lanes earlier than usual if exiting the freeway in Clearfield, Sunset, or Roy. Crews continue to extend the I-15 Express Lanes from Layton to Riverdale.

Other areas of note

  • I-80 near Saltair/Lakepoint: Lanes are shifted and narrowed on I-80 between the S.R. 202 interchange and the S.R. 36 interchange, and the speed limit is reduced to 65 miles per hour. Workers are adding a new exit-only lane between the S.R. 201 interchange and the S.R. 36 interchange and replacing the I-80 bridges over the Union Pacific railroad tracks.
  • I-15 Technology Corridor: In Lehi, the speed limit on I-15 is reduced to 60 miles per hour from Main Street to S.R. 92. Drivers should be alert when traveling through the work zone and anticipate shifting lanes and other temporary conditions. Crews are reconstructing the freeway, widening it to six lanes in both directions and replacing the old asphalt with new concrete pavement.
  • U.S. 89 in Davis County: Lanes are shifted and narrowed on U.S. 89 from Cherry Lane in Layton to 200 North to 400 North in Kaysville and Fruit Heights. In addition, the speed limit has been reduced to 55 miles per hour. Drivers should stay alert in the work zone and be aware of new temporary intersections at Oak Hills Drive and 200 North/400 North. Crews are widening and reconstructing nine miles of U.S. 89 in Davis County, building four new interchanges and two new underpasses, and adding a new frontage road system to improve access for local neighborhoods.

UDOT is also asking drivers to “Drive Better” this Labor Day weekend. They remind travelers to be courteous, follow the posted speed limit, and wear a seatbelt.

UDOT also asks drivers to put away distractions, take a break to avoid drowsy driving, and not drive under the influence.

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UDOT’s Labor Day travel forecast