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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Crews work on the terminal reservoir replacement project on 3300 South near I-215 in Salt Lake County Friday, April 27, 2012. Road and reservoir construction may cause problems for east side Salt Lake County motorists this summer.

SALT LAKE CITY — Drivers in Millcreek should prepare for a full-strength construction season starting next month. The Utah Department of Transportation is putting together plans to make repairs on two stretches of heavily travelled roadways in the arebeginning in early May.

The first project — on I-215 East between 3300 South and 4500 South — is expected to get underway in the first week or two of next month, according to UDOT spokesman Adan Carillo. Crews will perform routine maintenance along the freeway to repair pavement and replace concrete panels that may have developed cracks due to wear, he said.

"Because we do not want to impact traffic during the day — due to high (traffic volume) — most of the work will be done at night," Carillo said. The project is scheduled for completion sometime in August.

The nightly closures would include double lane shutdowns in each direction from 9 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily, with intermittent shoulder closures as well.

He said UDOT would also begin a resurfacing project on 3300 South between 1300 East and I-215. That project is scheduled to begin in late May and continue through August.

Carillo said crews are still working on final plans for the 3300 South construction project to determine the optimal way to have the least impact on daily traffic flow.

The UDOT projects come at the same time that the Salt Lake Metropolitan Water District is replacing two 20-million gallon water tanks at its 3300 South and I-215 reservoir.

The project is impacting residents as dozens of construction trucks travel through local neighborhoods as they leave the reservoir site. Currently, the trucks are forced to travel west on 3300 South, then turn north onto 2300 East to access to I-80.

The circuitous route is necessary, UDOT said, in order to prevent even bigger traffic problems for drivers exiting and entering I-215. Legally vehicles are not allowed to make left-hand turns pulling out of the project site.

Carillo said that up to 200 trucks currently access the site daily as they move debris off-site, but the number of trucks should decrease significantly by next month, reducing the traffic impact dramatically.

"In mid-May … the number of trucks will go down to 15 to 20 trucks a day," he said.

Likely welcome news for soon-to-be construction weary Millcreek area drivers.

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