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UDOT: ‘Plan ahead’ for Thanksgiving travel

UDOT: ‘Plan ahead’ for Thanksgiving travel
Posted at 9:49 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 15:13:06-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation is urging drivers to plan ahead for heavy traffic and wintry weather conditions ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday.

"We really could be looking at a one-two punch. Not only do you have your normal holiday travel this week, but now you have winter weather. So, if you get any slide-offs or minor fender-benders, we can be looking at a really tricky situation on our roads," said UDOT spokesman John Gleason.

UDOT crews began spreading brine and salt on the roads ahead of Monday's storm, and plow drivers will continue clearing snow from the road throughout the week.

Those traveling longer distances for the Thanksgiving holiday are urged to leave themselves plenty of extra time.

"Holiday traffic is expected to be heaviest on I-15 Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., so leave early in the day or late in the evening to help reduce delays. The weather on Wednesday is expected to include high storm activity, which could impact these estimates. On Sunday after Thanksgiving, delays will be heaviest from 3 to 7 p.m.," a news release from UDOT said.

UDOT offered the following tips for being prepared to travel safely during winter conditions:

  • Check your tires for proper tread
  • Make sure your battery has sufficient charge and cranking power
  • Test your lights — headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals
  • Pack a winter emergency kit with blankets, jumper cables, food and water, and a cell phone charger
  • Get a brush/scraper and keep your windows clean

Visit udottraffic.utah.gov for details on traffic conditions.