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I-80 to close for part of the weekend

Utah officials warn of heavy traffic as part of I-80 will be closed starting Saturday night. The east and west bound lanes will be closed from 700 east to Foothill Drive. The Utah Department of Transportation said the east and west bound lanes are expected to open back up again Sunday morning at 11 a.m. All lanes will open again by Monday morning at 6 a.m.

 

The closure comes as UDOT will begin work on the project of replacing the 1700 East bridge. UDOT plans to put into place the beams for the new bridge on Saturday night. The project will then move to constructing the new bridge next to the old one. The old bridge will be demolished, and the new bridge will slide into its place.

 

The project should be all done in the spring. UDOT said the new bridge will feature walking and bike lanes, making it safer for pedestrians.

 

Emma Feuz is a senior at Utah State University majoring in broadcast journalism with minors in sociology and political science. She grew up in Evanston, Wyoming where, just like Utah State, the sagebrush also grows. Emma found her love of writing at an early age and slowly discovered her interest in all things audio and visual throughout her years in school. She is excited to put those passions to use at UPR. When school isn't taking up her time, Emma loves longboarding, cheering on the Denver Broncos, and cleaning the sink at Angies.