SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation is conducting nearly $4 billion worth of road construction projects this year along the Wasatch Front.
Most of the heavy work is taking place over the summer and may cause major delays for motorists along a number of routes.
UDOT officials released on a map of their top 25 projects and asked motorists to plan ahead by taking a look online or in pamphlets distributed at Subway sandwich shops, rental car agencies and visitor centers.
Road work starting this month or next could delay drivers along stretches of southbound Interstate 15 by up to two hours. On I-15 south from University Parkway to Center Street between Orem and Provo, one lane will shut down for five months.
UDOT Deputy Director Carlos Braceras said the lack of access to that extra lane will be “painful.”
Those driving during the evening rush on I-15 in Layton can expect increased traffic due to interchange work.
UDOT is even suggesting that employers could shift to a work-at-home option for those who have to drive through the worst bottlenecks.
In Utah County, I-15 project spokeswoman Heather Barney said the department’s goal is to reduce expected traffic 20 percent by encouraging alternate routes and telecommuting.
Utah drivers can view an interactive map of the work on UDOT’s Web site by clicking on the orange-barrel icon called “Know Where, Know Why.”
Braceras also advises drivers to avoid peak hours. And while staying informed can help drivers avoid delays, some are unavoidable given the vast reach of the building projects, Braceras said.
“It’s a fast-growing state,” he said.
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