I-80 travel restriction lifted for semis, other high-profile vehicles, due to high winds
TOOELE, UT — High-profile vehicles, such as semi-trucks and trailers, are now able to travel in both directions on I-80 after restrictions were in place due to high winds.
CLEARED: Hearing from @UDOTTRAFFIC that restrictions have been lifted for high profile vehicles along EB/WB I-80 in Tooele County btw Wendover-Lake Point. It’s still windy in the area so drivers should con’t to use caution. @kslnewsradio pic.twitter.com/R1BTxbWezb
— Rikki Meece (@KSLRikki) March 29, 2021
Drivers of high-profile vehicles were unable to travel between mileposts 0-99, or Wendover to Lake Point, in Tooele County.
Both Directions I-80 between MP 0-99 (Wendover to Lake Point) Tooele Co.
High Profile Vehicles Prohibited due to high winds
For updates: https://t.co/jaVMw7vcLm
— UDOT Traffic (@UDOTTRAFFIC) March 29, 2021
Wind gusts are reaching 55 miles per hour, with bursts hitting 63 mph on I-80 from Grantsville to Wendover, according to the National Weather Service.
Winds continue to gust up to 55 mph, with pockets of gusts up to 63 mph on I-80 between Wendover and Grantsville. Use caution traveling in these areas in high profile vehicles! #utwx
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) March 29, 2021
Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) has already responded to a rolled semi-truck on I-80 because of the high-speed winds. It’s unclear when the restriction will be lifted. UHP advises high-profile vehicle drivers to avoid Tooele County until the wind subsides.
We have a high wind advisory in effect on I-80 through Tooele County. High profile vehicles like the one blown over minutes ago (shown below) should avoid transiting the area until the winds subside. pic.twitter.com/1GQz0cJnil
— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) March 29, 2021
Wind gusts are expected throughout the day. Authorities ask drivers to proceed with caution when driving in the area.
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