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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bridge Work Will Slow I-80 Traffic Between Salt Lake and Park City

Utah is in the middle of one of the most ambitious freeway bridge replacement projects ever undertaken, replacing 12 bridges in a 2-month period. Much of the work is along I-80 between State Street and 1300 East in Salt Lake City.

During August, the Mountain Dell and Lamb's Canyon interchanges on I-80 in Parley's Canyon will be replaced. The Utah Department of Transportation is going to great lengths to minimize inconvenience to travelers. Using new technology, bridges are being built off-site and then moved to their final locations. This approach greatly reduces the need for road closures and detours.

Plans call for westbound lanes on I-80 in Parleys Canyon to be closed from 4 pm on Saturday, Aug 9, until 4 pm on Sunday, Aug 10.

And eastbound lanes will be closed from 7 pm on Saturday, Aug 16th until 7 pm on Sunday, Aug 17th.

Park City Chamber of Commerce has created this web page to provide information about the construction and closures.

Utah Department of Transportation has these video clips about the project.

The UDOT website has this summation of the project:

"ABC (Accelerated Bridge Construction), which will reduce delays from months to days saving motorists millions of dollars in lost work hours and wasted gasoline, will be used to replace 12 bridges along the I-80 corridor in a two-month period from late June through early August 2008. This currently is the largest and most ambitious bridge building project of its kind in the world."


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