OGDEN -- The state has a slew of road pavement projects scheduled for July, but most roads should be all clear for today's Independence Day festivities.
According to AAA, the Fourth of July is one of the busiest driving holidays of the year. This year, AAA forecasts almost 2.5 million Mountain West residents will drive 50 miles or more to reach their holiday destinations.
Nationally, AAA forecasts just more than 40 million people will travel 50 miles or more during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
AAA Utah spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough said this year's travel numbers actually represent a slight decrease from last year, but the holiday fell on a Wednesday last year, making it a weeklong vacation period that saw the second-highest volume of travel in the past 10 years.
The Utah Department of Transportation will suspend work on highway construction projects to improve travel for the holiday, but existing traffic shifts and lane restrictions remain in place in some locations today.
For travelers heading to Utah County for the Freedom Festival and Stadium of Fire, UDOT is encouraging motorists to avoid traveling between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and to allow extra time.
Interstate 15 will be reduced to one lane in each direction in northern Box Elder County between State Road 30 and the Idaho border as part of a project to strengthen the pavement by installing metal reinforcing bars. While no actual construction work is scheduled for today, the lane closure will allow concrete to reach full strength before being opened to traffic.
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said roadway maintenance and rehabilitation work began this week on several state roads in Farr West, Farmington, Syracuse and Ogden, but the work will be suspended today and July 24.
For more information, visit www.udot.utah.gov.