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UDOT to close lanes on I-15 south of Nephi for road construction

Heavy travel delays expected during weekdays
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Posted at 9:12 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 11:12:39-04

NEPHI, Utah — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will rebuild and improve the pavement surface along a seven-mile section of I-15 between the bridge over the Sevier River and the Juab/Millard County line (mileposts 193 to 200).

According to a news release, work is scheduled to begin as early as Monday, April 6, in the southbound lanes, which will continue through June.

Crews will be working on the roadway Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, from 7 a.m. to noon.

However, lane restrictions will be in effect 24 hours a day Monday through Thursday and Friday until noon.

Weekend work may be necessary.

Work on the northbound lanes is scheduled to begin in June and continue through July. Motorists should expect heavy delays.

To reduce delays, drivers may consider adjusting their travel to earlier in the day or later at night when traffic volumes are lighter.

UDOT is using a “crack and seat” method, which uses a hydraulic hammer to pound the concrete surface and create hairline fractures in the roadway.

Crews use a 50-ton roller to compress (seat) the cracked pavement and compact it so a new asphalt surface can be placed. This cost-effect process allows the department to reuse the existing roadway as a new sub-layer, which extends the life of the road and saves money by not reconstructing it.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic restrictions during construction, visit the UDOT Traffic website, udottraffic.utah.gov.