Construction continues to change I-15

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    By KRISTINA HILL

    With classes over there is one more thing students should study up on: how to drive on I-15.

    For a year, sections of the freeway have been closing. Beginning this summer that will finally change.

    “In general this summer you’ll see more openings and any closure will be related with openings,” said Mark Fredrickson, media relations manager for I-15 reconstruction.

    Many freeway travelers know the frustration experienced when realizing the exit needed is closed. This frustration can be avoided with a little homework before leaving.

    Information regarding I-15 construction can be found by calling 1-888-INFO-I-15 or on the Internet at www.I-15.com.

    Fully educated drivers need to remember there is still less room for error than a regular freeway.

    “The biggest key is drive friendly, use caution and drive safely,” Fredrickson said. “Always observe the posted limits and be aware of weather conditions.”

    For safer driving on I-15, the Utah Department of Public Safety has recommended that drivers remain at a safe following distance, avoid tailgating and remember the two-second rule; only use freeway exits to turn around; drive in accordance with the road conditions; and drive with courtesy.

    They also recommend using extreme caution when driving through night work zones.

    When an area of the freeway is closed due to reconstruction, the closure will typically take place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Detours for such closures require motorists use surface streets such as State Street and Redwood Road. Motorists should get back onto the freeway as soon as the detour allows.

    For those who would like to minimize their I-15 experience, the major alternate route is I-215, just west of I-15.

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