can expect delays and detours while traveling through Utah during
the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in February, but the Utah Department
of Transportation has provided all the information drivers will
need to navigate Utah during this busy month.
need the trucking companies and their drivers to use the available
information about suggested routes and travel times when traveling
through Utah," says John Njord, executive director of the
Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). "With the help
of truckers taking alternate routes and adjusting their travel
schedules, Utah's roadway system can run smoothly and safely."
concern of UDOT is the Interstate 80 corridor through Parley's
Canyon. This is where truckers will experience major traffic congestion
from Feb. 8-24 with the heaviest traffic expected Feb. 9-12, 14
and 21. If at all possible, UDOT advises long-haul truckers to
completely avoid northern Utah during the Olympics by using I-70
for interstate travel. Truckers also can use I-84 as an alternate
route. If you absolutely must travel the I-80 corridor, adjust
your schedule to travel eastbound in the afternoons and westbound
in the mornings. If you do not travel during the recommended times,
it may take you three or four times the normal amount of time
to travel through this area.
goal is to reduce normal traffic during the Olympic Games by 20
percent," says Njord. "If truckers don't do their part
in helping with this reduction, it is likely that motorists, including
truckdrivers, will experience the worst congestion and gridlock
ever on Utah's highways."
Before You Go" program provides motorists and truckers with
information necessary to get around during the Olympics. There
are several transportation information resources available highlighting
detailed information about road closures and restrictions, along
with suggested routes and travel times.
Official Olympic Transportation Guide" contains maps and
information crucial to travel during the Olympics. These guides
are available at all of Utah's Port of Entry stations. If you'd
like a large quantity of the guides, contact UDOT at (801) 965-4000.
If you're on the Internet, you also can access the guide's information,
maps and more at www.utahcommuterlink.com.
At the web site, you'll get up-to-the minute road information,
you can download maps and sign up for e-mail alerts notifying
you of specific traffic, road and weather conditions.
you can dial 511 to hear the latest traffic updates, current road
conditions and weather information. From an out-of-state cell
phone, you can call the toll-free traveler information line by
dialing 1-866-511-UTAH. Flyers also are available at Utah's Port
of Entry stations providing even more detailed information and
maps specifically for motor carriers and truckdrivers.
-- Rene Tankersley