Portions of I-215 Set To Close Due to Sinkhole

Repairs are estimated to take the rest of the week

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) -  A heads up for commuters as a section of I-215 northbound is expected to close beginning Monday at noon due to a sinkhole that has appeared in the area. 

"Where we're really going to see some issues with maybe some traffic delays, some backups, it's gonna start on Tuesday morning and continue into the morning commute for the rest of the week," said John Gleason, spokesperson, for the Utah Department of Transportation.  

That's because the Utah Department of Transportation will be repairing a sinkhole that has appeared along I-215.  The left northbound lanes on the east belt will be closed for the repairs.  

"It's not a direct threat to the freeway but it's something we wanted to act on right away because if left un-addressed then it could potentially damage the freeway in the future," said Gleason.

The cause is a damaged water pipe that runs under the median.  For now UDOT has temporarily fixed the problem by filling the area with dirt and temporarily fixed the pipe, but total repairs are expected to take till the end of the week.

"We're actually gonna be digging out that damaged pipe, replacing it with a new concrete pipe and then putting in the fill again just so it doesn't present anymore issues for the freeway.  

UDOT expects delays beginning Tuesday morning for those who use the I-215 northbound lanes along the east belt to get into Salt Lake City.  

They're asking all drivers to plan accordingly and give themselves plenty of time to get to their destination while these repairs are underway.  

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