OGDEN — The transportation department says traffic will be snarled during this holiday weekend and drivers should plan accordingly.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesman John Gleason said Wasatch Front motorists should plan on Interstate 15 delays associated with heavy Thanksgiving weekend traffic. Gleason said trips through Salt Lake and Utah counties on I-15 could take 20 minutes longer than normal on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and 25 minutes longer on Monday, Nov. 26.
UDOT expects increased southbound traffic on Wednesday between 2-8 p.m., while northbound traffic should be heavier between 1-7 p.m.
On Nov. 26, as people return from out of town trips, northbound I-15 will see heavier traffic from 2-7 p.m. Southbound traffic will be heavier during the normal commute times between 3-7 p.m., Gleason said.
Increased traffic is also expected on local roads on Black Friday. Streets located near large shopping centers are likely to see heavy delays on Friday, Gleason said.
Most UDOT construction projects have been finished or suspended for the winter, Gleason said, but construction will continue year-round on the I-15 Technology Corridor project in Lehi. The northbound I-15 lanes are split from 2100 North to S.R. 92, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour through the construction zone from S.R. 92 to Main Street. Work zones are likely to have rough or uneven pavement.
For real time information on traffic restrictions and weather, visit the UDOT Traffic website at udottraffic.utah.gov., download the UDOT traffic app, or follow UDOT on social media.
Nationwide, AAA projects more than 54 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more away from home over the Thanksgiving holiday, a 4.8 percent increase from 2017.