Road Restrictions Remain In Place For Some Utah Canyons
Feb 7, 2019, 1:14 PM
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Road restrictions have remained in place for several Utah canyons Thursday following severe weather the day prior.
Snow continued to pound Parley’s Canyon in the early morning hours and created slick driving conditions. Authorities said chains or four-wheel drive were required for vehicles traveling east on I-80 into the canyon. The regulation created congestion at mile post 129 as drivers stopped to add chains to the tires before continuing up the mountain.
Some semitruck drivers said that, although putting chains onto their tires may have taken longer than usual, the effort was worth it to prevent getting stuck.
“There’s a lot of sections that still aren’t plowed, but it’s not too terrible,” said driver Nicholas Schiele. “You can still get in there and drive through. You just got to be really slow.”
UDOT plows were working on all the major roadways in Utah’s canyons Thursday, but it’s been a never-ending job for plow drivers as they worked to keep ahead of the snow.
All drivers going through both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons are also required to have four-wheel drive or chains on their tires.