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The Utah Department of Transportation is warning motorists to expect severe congestion as work gets underway on two projects on I-215 next week.

NORTH SALT LAKE — The Utah Department of Transportation is warning motorists to expect severe congestion as work gets underway on two projects on I-215 next week.

Beginning Feb. 22, crews will start tearing up and replacing two lanes of concrete in both directions on the freeway between 2100 North and the Redwood Road interchange. The asphalt segment from the I-15 bridge to I-15 will also be removed and replaced.

That project will be followed by construction of a new diverging diamond interchange at I-215 and Redwood Road. The interchange operates on the concept that both directions of traffic are crossed to the opposite side to provide easier access on and off the freeway.

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According to UDOT project manager Brett Slater, the new interchange will alleviate congestion for commuters and area residents.

However, during construction Slater warned travel lanes will be narrowed, lanes will be shifted and congestion will increase.

While semitrailers are prohibited on the Legacy Parkway, other traffic is encouraged to use it as an alternate route. Other alternates include I-15 to 500 South in Bountiful, I-80 to I-15, or continue on I-215 to I-15. Motorists are also reminded to slow down in the construction zone.

The projects are expected to be completed by fall.