Running on empty in I-15 CORE project costs $97, UHP says

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  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    @justaguy: Sure, roads do have to be maintained. But they can only work on a few miles at a time. Why block off a 25-mile stretch for YEARS? If they're not doing work on a section then it should be open for traffic.

  • Let's be real Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    I am not always on the side of the police but this is a great decision. It really does foul things up when a person runs out of gas. Be responisible fill up before you drive on the freeway. Don't have the money to buy gas? Take the bus, trax, get a ride etc. don't make the rest of us pay for a bad decision. Thanks UHP.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    I'm just glad I avoud Southern Utah like the plague.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    Re: bricha | 2:56 p.m. Aug. 4, 2011

    There has been more than 1 pilot who decided he probably had enough fuel to get him home and paid with his life for a wrong guess. You are placing your life and the life of others in danger when you ran out of gas on the freeway.

  • perspicacious Salt lake city, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    Suggest we fine UDOT officials and contractors for putting out red barrels and closing lanes with no work going on. At $97 per excess barrel it would be enough to recoup the $13 million wrongfully paid by UDOT.

  • justaguy Out There in, WI
    Aug. 5, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    Blaming UDOT is a cheap shot. Roads have to be maintained. Getting work done on I-15 means inconvenience, no way around that. Incredible planning and logistics go into a project like that. Doing it in smaller stretches just pushes up the cost. Then youd be whining about wasted tax dollars. We all understand that the economy is bad and gas prices are high; we all feel it. If you cant keep your tank full enough to avoid running out of gas in this stretch of road, stay off I-15; take a different route. Its not rocket science.

  • floridadan Palm Bay, Fl
    Aug. 5, 2011 6:57 a.m.

    Remember that the E on your gas guage doen't stand for Extra !!

  • Maverick West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 6:23 a.m.

    I don't think the patrons are to blame in this instance. Appears to be poor planning on the part of UDOT and they should have expected this result. Fining those who run out of gas is rubbing salt in the wound. As indicated by the figures, a factor driving the high number is gas prices indicating that it's financial pressures not stupidity. The later lies squarely on UDOT.

  • Murray Dad Murray, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    Well said Rifleman.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    But it's also bad for your car to let it run out of gas, isn't it? I know they used to say it could stir up sediment and send it through your engine. Don't know if that's still the case.

    Bricha, I've been there. It's not easy, that's for sure.

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 4:00 p.m.

    I have to agree with Rifleman. There is no excuse. If all you have is a dollar or two and you MUST drive on I-15 CORE then spend it on gas. Don't drive out there on or near empty. It is just to dangerous for you and the rest of us. One stalled car can quickly end up as a massive pile-up with people being injured and/or killed.

  • bricha lehi, ut
    Aug. 4, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    Rifleman: As much as I would love to do that, some weeks I really just have a dollar or two in my account untill my next paycheck, this is not mindless spending, its called having a newborn, with bad insurance.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 2:01 p.m.

    Sheesh, talk about no sympathy for people in hard times.

    Perhaps UDOT should have thought of this before making a 25-mile construction zone with very few emergency pulloffs or exits, but no no... it's the citizens who will pay the price.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 4, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    There is never ever an excuse for running out of gas. It doesn't cost one single penny to more to run on the top half of a tank of gas as it does on the bottom half. The trick is to fill your tank at the half mark instead of the empty mark.