NB I-15 To Close In Orem Saturday Night For Bridge Construction

May 8, 2020, 4:20 PM
Utah Department of Transportation crews will closed NB I-15 Saturday night due to construction on t...
Utah Department of Transportation crews will closed NB I-15 Saturday night due to construction on the UVU pedestrian bridge. (UDOT)

OREM, Utah – The Utah Department of Transportation will close all northbound lanes of Interstate 15 in Orem Saturday night as crews install steel girder sections for what will be the longest pedestrian bridge in the state.

The closure will begin as early as 10:30 p.m. at University Parkway. Lanes are expected to reopen around 10 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release.

All northbound traffic will be detoured off the interstate at University Parkway and routed back to northbound I-15 via Geneva Road and Center Street.

In addition, drivers can expect some interim closures of southbound lanes.

Once assembled, each girder will be almost 1,000 feet long, the equivalent of 1.5 blocks in downtown Salt Lake City. The girders are made from 1.7 million pounds of structural steel, which is equal to the weight of roughly four locomotives.

Semi-trucks will move the beams from the nearby Utah Pacific Steel and Bridge plant in Lindon to the bridge site.

The work is part of a massive pedestrian bridge at Utah Valley University that will create a safe route for students and faculty traveling from housing, the Orem Intermodal Center and the western campus to the main campus. The span will cross College Drive, I-15 and Union Pacific and Utah Transit Authority FrontRunner tracks.

“It creates a walkable community for our venues such as the UCCU Center where we play sports, where we hold multiple events for the community”, said Val Peterson, vice president for Finance and Administration at UVU. “It will also link the Nordic Center with our performing arts, plays and concerts. You’ll be able to take frontrunner to Utah Valley University, and then literally be able to just walk over to our campus and attend those events.

Peterson said the bridge was designed with the pedestrian in mind.

“The flooring will be heated so if we have snow or you have ice, it’ll melt that off,” Peterson said.

The bridge will also be covered to protect pedestrians from rain and snow.

The project is a collaboration between UDOT, UTA and UVU.

The bridge is scheduled to open later this year.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Daniella Rivera and Annie Knox

Location data cracks open police cases, but critics say there’s a cost to privacy

Utah police are using controversial search warrants to scoop up large dumps of digital data. They can be critical crime fighting tools, but privacy experts warn they're an unconstitutional abuse of technology.
23 hours ago
Shelby Lofton

Spanish Fork man makes his own traffic safety signs to slow drivers near school

As school gets back in session, a Spanish Fork man is taking a different approach to encourage drivers to slow down.
23 hours ago
Enabled two-factor authentication will help secure your account. (KSL TV)...
Shara Park

Utah artist fought to get Instagram account back after she was hacked

Well-known contemporary figurative artists Rose Datoc Dall spent nine days in a race against hackers on Instagram after a simple screenshot gave them access to her account.
23 hours ago
MANCHESTER, NH - AUGUST 17:  Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks to attendees at "Politics &amp...
Cary Schwanitz

Former Vice President Mike Pence to speak at UVU

Former Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy at Utah Valley University next month.
23 hours ago
Ladd Egan

Districts remind that help is available for families struggling to pay for school meals and fees

Now that federal pandemic relief has stopped for school breakfast and lunch, parents who need assistance will again need to apply for free or reduced meals for their students.
23 hours ago
The Prices of the Seas needed repairs after it landed in the water at Willard Bay in June. (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson

Historic WWII plane grounded in Utah finally ready to fly again

A World War II-era plane could fly home very soon after it was stranded in Utah for the last seven weeks.
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
NB I-15 To Close In Orem Saturday Night For Bridge Construction