UDOT crews to work overnight to clear, prep roads for Tuesday morning commute

Posted at 10:04 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 00:04:41-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- The snow may bring a winter wonderland for skiers but for those hitting the road during peak traffic hours it's a driving nightmare.

That's why the Utah Department of Transportation is doing all they can to make sure streets are safe and clear for the morning commute.

"It has been a long day and it's going to be a long night for our crews," said John Gleason, spokesman for UDOT.

With another big wave of snow expected during the overnight hours, UDOT crews have been plowing roads and laying salt and brine. They'll plan to be out for the next 24 hours working to make streets safe.

To do that they're asking drivers to stay off the road during peak travel times so crews can plow the roads. UDOT officials say that's what they saw happen during Monday's evening commute.

"We're seeing a major reduction in travel volume we're seeing about two-thirds of what we would typical see in an evening commute," Gleason said.

In return reducing congestion and allowing crews to clear the road. They're urging drivers to do the same thing Tuesday.

"We're asking for anyone to plan ahead if you have flexibility with morning commute leave at 9 or 10 that will do wonders," Gleason said.

And as temperatures drop UDOT also urges drivers to watch out for black ice.