UTAH COUNTY — Part of I-15 closed in northern Utah County near Lehi for emergency maintenance on Monday afternoon.
According to Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), northbound traffic was diverted off at milepost 282 and southbound traffic was diverted off at 284.
Traffic was backed up for several miles as of 1:30 p.m. and continued well into the late afternoon.
Around 6 p.m., UHP announced that it was reopening both directions.
Crews are opening all lanes northbound and southbound I-15 in Lehi.— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) December 28, 2021
According to Sgt. Cameron Roden with UHP, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is repairing light poles in the middle of the freeway.
A UDOT spokesperson tells FOX 13 more than one light pole fell onto the road Sunday night due to high winds and had to be moved, causing UDOT to start inspecting other poles in the area near Triumph Boulevard.
On Monday, UDOT inspectors found several other poles in the same area with stress fractures caused by years of wear and tear. So, UDOT made the decision to remove them due to the risk of them falling during Monday night's upcoming storm.
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