UDOT advises drivers to plan ahead for July 4 holiday travel

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will suspend work on highway construction projects to improve travel for the Independence Day holiday. However, existing traffic shifts and lane restrictions remain in place in some locations.

For travelers heading to Utah County for the Freedom Festival and Stadium of Fire on July 4, UDOT is encouraging motorists to avoid traveling between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and allow extra time.

For the latest information, download the free “UDOT Traffic” app on any iPhone or Android device or visit udottraffic.utah.gov.

The following is a brief description of this holiday weekend’s most significant travel impacts and roadwork statewide, weather permitting:

<strong>Interstate 80, Parleys Canyon</strong>

All lanes remain open on I-80 in Parleys Canyon. However, crews have shifted and narrowed lanes on westbound I-80 as part of a project to install a new drainage pipe. In addition, the speed limit in the construction zone is 55 mph. Drivers should obey posted signs and speed limits and use caution when traveling through the canyon.

<strong>I-15, Payson to Spanish Fork</strong>

All lanes on I-15 from Payson to Spanish Fork are open this weekend. Lanes have been narrowed to 11 feet and shifted to accommodate construction in the freeway median.

<strong>I-15, Riverside (Box Elder Co.) to the Idaho State Line</strong>

I-15 is reduced to one lane in each direction between state route 30 and the Idaho border as part of a project to strengthen the pavement by installing metal reinforcing bars. While no work will be scheduled over the July 4 holiday, this lane closure will allow concrete to reach full strength before being opened to traffic.

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