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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I-15 Reconstruction Causes Traffic Delays

A major highway reconstruction project is underway through the Provo/Utah Valley area, and it is expected to cause traffic delays at times.

KSL has this news report about the project. Below are excerpts.

Things are changing along I-15 in Utah County almost daily. Off ramps are gone, lanes are shifting and it's becoming clear that construction workers are making some progress.

Drive anywhere between Lehi and Spanish Fork in Utah County now, and you will see almost continuous construction work through 24 miles of I-15.

"We're going to start having some traffic shifts throughout the corridor," Thompson said. "The first one is going to be from Springville down to Spanish Fork, where we are going to be moving all traffic over to the east so we can start building those new lanes. People are going to see some cross points and traffic shifting back and for that drivers need to be aware of."

The work is causing some slowdowns during the day. Most of the lane restrictions happen after 10 at night and can cause delays, but night work allows crews to finish the project in a much shorter time.

The project website has current information and advisories.

Utah's Department of Transportation provided this summary of the project:

Utah is making an important investment to restore and expand I-15 to support economic development and improve transportation throughout the state. I-15 CORE will renovate I-15 in Utah County to meet transportation demands through the year 2030. The project will:

- Add two lanes in both directions from Lehi Main Street to Spanish Fork Main Street
- Extend the express lane in both directions from University Parkway in Orem to Spanish Fork
- Rebuild and reconfigure 10 freeway interchanges and replace 55 aging bridges
- Use 40-year concrete pavement along the entire corridor.

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