OGDEN – As America’s Birthday approaches, the Utah Department of Transportation reminds drivers to be careful and plan ahead for traffic delays along the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back from Friday to Monday.
According to a press release issued by UDOT, drivers traveling from northern Utah County to Ogden and beyond on Friday could experience delays of up to 30 minutes.
Based on historical data and predictive modeling, UDOT traffic engineers expect delays along northbound Interstate 15 in Salt Lake and Davis counties and I -15 southbound near Nephi Friday between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
In an effort to reduce traffic delays over the July 4 weekend, UDOT is suspending most construction projects across the state. However, restrictions in certain work zones will remain in place to ensure safety and allow for ongoing construction.
Traffic restrictions including reduced speeds, uneven pavement and narrow or changing lanes will be present on I-84 near Morgan, I-80 and I-215 in eastern Salt Lake County, I-70 near the I-15 interchange and US 40 north of Ville d’Héber.
The Utah Highway Patrol is adding 82 additional crews to help provide a safe weekend. Fifty-two of the additional shifts will focus on enforcing speed limits, seat belts and distracted driving violations, with the remaining shifts patrolling for drivers under the influence.
According to Public Affairs Officer Sgt. Cameron Roden, UHP responded to 169 accidents with one fatality in 2021 between July 2 and July 5. Statewide, 580 crashes with two fatalities were reported to various law enforcement agencies during the same period.
Roden said DUI Blitz operations were scheduled to begin Friday night in multiple counties.
“We want to avoid tragedy and have a safe weekend,” Roden said.
Being within the three-month window of the busiest and deadliest days on Utah roads, UDOT Senior Director of Communications Mitch Shaw said drivers should use common sense, drive responsibly and be patient so that everyone can return home to their families.