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Media Briefing: New I-80 Exit-Only Lane Project to be Completed Six Months Early

Exit-only lane will improve access to S.R. 36 for Tooele County drivers

WHAT:

Members of the media are invited to tour the new I-80 westbound auxiliary (exit-only) lane between S.R. 201 and S.R. 36 in Tooele County before the project opens to the public Wednesday morning – six months ahead of schedule. The new lane will make it easier for drivers on S.R. 201 and I-80 to connect with S.R. 36. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is completing the project early because materials for the project became available sooner than expected. The original plan had construction pausing for the winter and finishing in spring 2021.

The I-80 Auxiliary Lane is one of UDOT’s Top 10 projects for 2020, and is one of several improvements recently completed or under construction along I-80 in this area. These projects are designed to improve traffic flow, enhance safety and meet transportation needs as Tooele County continues to grow.

WHEN:

Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Work zone along westbound I-80 west of the I-80/S.R. 201 junction

Directions: From Salt Lake City, take I-80 or S.R. 201 west to the I-80/S.R. 201 junction. The entrance to the work area will be on the right approximately a quarter mile west  – merge onto the freeway shoulder and proceed through the gap in the barrels/barrier.

NOTE: Media members will be escorted into the work zone. Personal protective equipment will be provided and must be worn to access the ramp. Pants and close-toed shoes are required.

VISUALS:

  • Up-close views of I-80 construction zone and traffic
  • Great Salt Lake near I-80

WHO:

  • Oanh Le-Spradlin, UDOT project manager  
  • David Cox, UDOT resident engineer
  • Thiago Bezerra, Sundt Construction project manager 

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