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Thanksgiving: A Traditionally Busy Pilgrimage


Thanksgiving weekend is usually one of the year’s busiest travel days and this year is no exception. UDOT, the Utah Department of Transportation, is expecting a 25 percent increase from a normal day on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. 

John Gleason is UDOT’s public information officer. He says congestion is more about the time people decide to leave than the roads they take.

“If you can leave earlier in the day before noon on Tuesday and Wednesday, or even later in the evening after 7, 8 o’clock at night, you’re going to avoid some of that peak commute time,” he says.

UDOT has several road construction projects underway. Even though most of them will be done before the holiday weekend, Gleason recommends drivers to be vigilant, especially on I-70 near Richfield and S.R. 9 in Springdale.

“So any time you’re driving through a work zone whether you see construction workers out there or not you always want to slow down and be extra aware of your surroundings,” he says.

Gleason says I-15 heading south near the point of the mountain is usually an area where we see extra congestion and drivers could expect delays up to 45 minutes especially on Wednesday afternoon.

Salomé Moynot is from Paris, France. She moved to the U.S in the summer of 2014 to study at Southern Utah University. She fell in love with radio while hosting a show in college called "The French Hour" on Thunder 91.1 in Cedar City. After getting her degree in Communications she moved to Salt Lake and joined KUER as a weekend host and, more recently, as a news intern. In her free time, she loves to watch cheesy romantic comedies and complain about the food she misses from France.
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