The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advised drivers to plan ahead for a long-term lane closure on westbound I-80 near the I-215 west belt. Westbound I-80 is reduced to two lanes for approximately four months to allow crews to replace the decks (driving surfaces) on the I-80 bridges over the Jordan River Surplus Canal.
During this work, lanes also will be shifted on both westbound and eastbound I-80, and drivers traveling from the airport to eastbound I-80 will need to merge into through traffic sooner than they currently do. Heavier than normal traffic and delays of 10 minutes or more are expected during commute hours. Access to the airport will remain open throughout the project. To reduce delays, UDOT recommends using S.R. 201 as an alternate route.
The decks on these I-80 bridges are being removed and replaced as part of UDOT's ongoing efforts to keep Utah's roads and bridges in good condition. The new bridge surface is designed to accommodate the 71,000 vehicles per day that travel this section of the freeway. Work on the project is scheduled for completion this June.