UDOT will close I-80 West bound tonight at 9 and open tomorrow morning at 7.

UDOT is replacing a bridge deck on I-80 westbound at the I-84 interchange. Traffic will be detoured off I-80 onto I-84 through Hennefer.

One eastbound lane will also be closed tonight so travelers may have delays heading east on I-80 after the I-84 interchange.

A UDOT spokesperson says the detour on I-84 should take just 10 to 15 minutes longer.

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While there has been some melting this month, there’s still a lot of snow in Utah’s mountain passes. As a result, several scenic drives and popular campgrounds won’t be open in time for Memorial Day weekend. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

UDOT spokesman John Gleason says they expect to have the southern and eastern facing seasonal roads open for the weekend including Wolf Creek Pass and East Canyon. It’s reported that Wolf Creek still has about 3 feet of snow on it.

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UDOT announced its list of Top 10 construction projects for 2019. Included on that list is a project in Wasatch County.

Summit County

Summit County officials were pleased by what they heard, at a meeting earlier this week with the Utah Department of Transportation.

According to County Council Member Kim Carson, UDOT officials said they have changed their philosophy. Their roads are not just for automobiles anymore.

Carson said she got the word right from Chris Potter, a local government programs engineer for UDOT. The agency said it is committed to accommodating alternative transit, like bicycles, on its roads.

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Members of the Summit County and Park City Councils received an annual update from the Utah Department of Transportation Monday, outlining the projects planned for Summit County roadways in 2019. The conversation turned from re-paving roads to making Summit County more bikeable. 

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Park City commuters experienced bumper-to-bumper traffic during their drives home Tuesday, due to a drop in communication between traffic signals and the Utah Department of Transportation. 

Car Wrecks Tallied For Summit And Wasatch Counties

Feb 19, 2019
Carolyn Murray

The Utah Department of Public Safety collects automotive crash data each year. Statewide, there were more accidents but fewer injuries. In 2018 there were 14 lives lost on Wasatch and Summit County’s roads. That’s a 6.7% decrease in roadway fatalities from 2017.

The Department of Public Safety data shows that last year, Summit County had a total of 829 crashes that resulted in property damage. 223 of them happened on Interstate 80 and 55 of them on US 40.

Looking at Park City’s entry corridors, there were 93 accidents on 224 and 69 on 248.


Summit and Wasatch Counties saw a 7-percent drop in automobile fatalities in 2018.  And U-S 40 was the deadliest highway in the two-county reporting area.

The Utah Department of Transportation recently published its 2018 fatal crash statistics. 14 - people died in automobile deaths last year – 12 of them in Wasatch County. One was a pedestrian who died on SR 189. Eleven others were killed resulting from automotive crashes on U-S 40.


Thursday evening, after closing the road, the Utah Department of Transportation set off an avalanche on SR 189 through Provo Canyon.  Road Crews plan to work (ed) through the night on Thursday and a Utah Highway Patrol spokesperson said they may continue to work on it through the day on Friday. (today) Carolyn Murray has this report:

Wildlife Bridge Already In Use

Jan 4, 2019
Carolyn Murray KPCW

The Interstate-80 Wildlife Bridge opened last month traversing the north and south sides of the freeway near the top of Parley’s Canyon. The organization pushing the project and convincing UDOT to fund a safe migratory option for animals is called Save People-Save Wildlife. Their work isn’t done. Carolyn Murray has this report:

Wildlife Bridge Open But Not To People And Pets

Dec 14, 2018
John Gleason -UDOT

UDOT officials and representatives from the DWR, Division of Wildlife Resources, gathered Thursday morning to celebrate the official opening of the first Wildlife Bridge in the state. The irony of the event is that it’s really a closing because the message was clear from all those at the event. Now that it’s open, people and pets need to stay away.  Carolyn Murray was there and has this report:

UDOT Image Of Wildlife Crossing

Utah's first overpass built solely for wildlife crossings is set to open today.

The overpass which spans six lanes of interstate was built this summer to improve safety on I-80 and help reduce the number wildlife and vehicle collisions.

The Utah Department of Transportation coordinated with the state Division of Wildlife Resources before building the project to look at wildlife migration patterns and habitat as well as the width requirements of the overpass.


As we’ve reported, Summit County officials and neighboring residents are concerned about the parking area UDOT is creating by the Bell’s station at Silver Creek. They’re concerned that the location, which has been a chain-up area for trucks, will become overnight parking for the big rigs.

But a UDOT spokesman says nothing officially is changing, and the spot has been a pull off area for trucks for decades.

John Gleason, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Transportation, said they’re paving the previously-unkempt area by Bell’s and bringing some supervision to it.

Kamas Residents Insist UDOT Needs To Fix SR-248

Sep 20, 2018

Nearly 100 people showed up for a meeting in Kamas – most of them upset with UDOT for the additional noise that’s been created at their homes as a result of the new chip seal that was put down on 248 top repair a bad paving job last year.  Melissa Allison brings us the story:


Road construction projects on I-80 are on schedule and by the time winter arrives, UDOT says all of it will be finished. Carolyn Murray has this:

UDOT spokesperson, John Gleason says the wildlife bridge spanning I-80 at the top of Parley’s Canyon is going to be good for people and animals. Large game is frequently hit on the highway between Lambs Canyon and Kimball Junction. UDOT says car/animal collisions in the past few years have killed 122 mule deer, 13 moose, four elk, three mountain lions and a black bear.