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BYU, U. fans should plan for hourlong delays on I-15 for Thursday’s game

Traffic packs southbound I-15 during rush hour at West 2700 South Street in South Salt Lake on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Fans heading to Thursday’s BYU-Utah football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium should have a game plan when it comes to dealing with traffic.
Traffic packs southbound I-15 during rush hour at West 2700 South Street in South Salt Lake on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Fans heading to Thursday’s BYU-Utah football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium should have a game plan when it comes to dealing with traffic.
Colter Peterson

PROVO — Fans heading to Thursday’s BYU-Utah football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium should have a game plan when it comes to dealing with traffic.

The Utah Department of Transportation is warning motorists on southbound I-15 could face delays of up to an hour. If possible, fans should consider leaving earlier in the afternoon to avoid the evening commute.

There are several construction projects underway on I-15, and drivers will be faced with shifted and narrow lanes in several locations, including from Riverdale to Layton; from Salt Lake City to Draper; and in Lehi.

To help traffic flow more smoothly after the game, the regularly scheduled overnight lane closures for the I-15 projects from Salt Lake City to Lehi will be suspended until at least an hour after the game ends.

Closer to the stadium, UDOT is reconstructing 500 West in Provo, and the city is rebuilding Bulldog Boulevard. Drivers should use Orem Center Street, University Parkway and University Avenue exits. Engineers will be monitoring conditions and adjusting signal timing to accommodate heavy traffic before kickoff and after the game.

In an effort to lessen traffic, UTA will add two FrontRunner trains that will leave Provo an hour after the game ends, and Utah Valley Express service will continue after midnight.