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String of Highway 36 accidents has UDOT stepping in

Jun 16, 2023, 8:00 PM | Updated: Jun 17, 2023, 2:09 pm

A series of accidents on Highway 36 in Tooele County has the Utah Department of Transportation step...

A crash on Highway 36 in Vernon has closed both lanes of the roadway. A series of accidents on Highway 36 in Tooele County has the Utah Department of Transportation stepping in. (Colleen Shuman)

(Colleen Shuman)

SALT LAKE CITY — A series of accidents on Highway 36 in Tooele County has the Utah Department of Transportation stepping in.

UDOT Spokesman Mitch Shaw says Utahns are driving anywhere from five to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, or more on Highway 36.

“We were going to do a more in-depth look on the entire corridor and look at placing some signal warnings,” Shaw says.

At least one accident happened at the intersection of Highway 36 and Village Blvd. when a driver made a left-hand turn in front of a speeding car after misjudging the distance.

Shaw says UDOT has since replaced the flashing yellow signal light there with a green protected left-hand turn. Additionally, he says Utahns need to slow down to mitigate future accidents statewide.

Devin Oldroyd contributed to this article.

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String of Highway 36 accidents has UDOT stepping in