Labor Day weekend traffic to cause delays Friday, Monday

Aug 30, 2023, 1:00 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation is warning drivers that increased traffic for Labor Day weekend will result in heavy slowdowns on Friday and Monday.

According to an emailed press release from UDOT, delays will be concentrated along I-15 at the beginning of the weekend.

There will be 10-minute delays on I-15 in Davis County and Nephi and a 20-minute slowdown on I-15 moving southbound through Salt Lake County on Friday. 

Then, on Monday, John Gleason, UDOT’s public affairs director said to avoid US-6 Westbound. There could be up to a 40-minute delay. 

“The main area of concern is Monday afternoon in Spanish Fork Canyon,” UDOT public affairs director John Gleason told KSL NewsRadio. “These are people that are coming back from Moab, heading back into the Wasatch Front. But that’s an area you should try to schedule your travel in other times.”

UDOT is easing the burden on drivers by stopping work on most road construction projects during the weekend. But, there are some exceptions, which are listed on the UDOT website

According to Gleason, these sites won’t have any workers, but lane shifts and construction equipment will cause some small delays.

“But still, be careful in the work zone,” said Gleason.

For minute-by-minute traffic updates this holiday weekend, listen to KSL NewsRadio.

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Labor Day weekend traffic to cause delays Friday, Monday