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Sibermom

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Driving through Salt Lake
« on: April 27, 2017, 12:47:11 PM »
We will be driving our rig (28' TT) through Salt Lake City this June. Will that be an easy pass or more of a nightmare?
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2017, 12:52:27 PM »
Hi - only been there once but we drove through and it was busy but not any different than being on the highway really apart from some traffic lights.  If stopping make sure you have room to turn would be my advice as we went for a Starbucks and struggled with the parking. 

I'm sure others will have better info though.....  safe travels.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2017, 01:08:50 PM »
You did not mention if you are going north/south or east/west or whatever. If you drive through any major city it is best to do so around noon time and not during rush hour. 215 will probably be your best route.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2017, 01:44:01 PM »
Assume that because you're just passing through Salt Lake City you will be on freeways.  Not a problem unless you hit rush hour or construction.  The best way to check road construction in cities is on various state websites.  You often can check by road number to see where the construction bottlenecks are located.  Salt Lake City has a pretty good freeway system.  If you go on to city streets they have a light rail system that can sometimes make turns a bit more difficult; sometimes it's better to go around the block.

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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2017, 03:54:49 PM »
There is a wonderful app from the Utah DOT that shows road conditions, construction, accidents, and camera locations. I highly recommend it. As long as you go through SLC between 9 and 3 you won't have any issues unless there is a wreck. Going north or south, just take I-15 straight through. No reason to take the loop road (I-215). on I-80, look at a map and take I-84 instead of I-80 to get over the Wasatch Mountains on the east side of town. The grade is significantly less. It is a windy road with a 55 mph speed limit for trucks in most of it, but it is much easier on your vehicle whether going up hill or down.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2017, 10:55:27 AM »
Going east out of SLC on I-80 is a pretty steep and long up grade.  Take it easy.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2017, 01:12:49 PM »
Going east out of SLC on I-80 is a pretty steep and long up grade.  Take it easy.

Yup, don't do it unless you need to go to Park City. Take I-15 north to I-84. Not really out of the way and a much easier drive.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2017, 02:43:38 PM »
Last time we went thru SLC, we were going north.  It was a Sunday about 11:00 AM.  Very light traffic and no problems.  Just north of the city, the interstate was closed for an accident but we were using google maps and the closure was automatically re-routed to bypass the closure.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2017, 08:31:06 PM »
Going north  - trip routing suggests 6 to 15/84.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2017, 10:15:46 PM »
Been north and south through SLC a few times in May. Timing is everything. Commute traffic sucks. Figure normal commute times but expand them plus or minus 2 hours.. So TRY for weekends. If your timing doesn't work then try 10 am to 2 pm for the entire area. No real reason to take the bypass.....
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2017, 10:28:51 PM »
Going north  - trip routing suggests 6 to 15/84.
I drove I-15 last year with no problem.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2017, 02:27:35 PM »
If traveling N/S thru SLC, I take exception with the above comments to ignore using I 215 (SLC bypass).

Consider the Legacy Parkway! It is 13 miles of toll fee (no HOV lane) road that 18 wheelers are prohibited on! Local delivery, small work trucks and RV's are OK.  Now, it IS posted 55MPH however if you gon't do 65 you will get run over. Drive that speed at your own risk! Also there is smaller # of on/off ramps and less traffic than I 15! After driving 1/2 the length of the Wasatch Front I find the Legacy a welcome and relaxing relief for a few miles!

South Bound- I forgot the exit # but as your are approaching the Farmington/Lagoon amusement park exit get in the right lanes. It is well marked. In the Bringham City area there is a Visitor Center to obtain up to date maps and information.

North bound- take I 215 bypass,  shortly after you pass the I 80/SLC Airport exit move to the Left lane. I 215 will make a right turn to head east and join I 15. You will continue straight ahead from the left lane onto the Legacy Parkway.

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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2017, 02:32:43 PM »
We use 215 and Legacy whether going north or south. Seems to be less traffic and road construction.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2017, 03:21:28 PM »
Drive it North and South every year and no issues - try and avoid rush hour - I go straight through - 215 is Ok but not really needed if just passing through - do not stay in the very right lane - it exits occasionally and when traffic is heavy can be hard to get over - get in the 2nd to right and press on...


Never had a problem - actually seems to be more traffic in Provo so if heading South you will still have traffic past Point of the Mountain.


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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2017, 08:06:48 PM »
We have driven I-15 N & S every year since 2011.  No problems.  There is traffic, but little or no construction.  Traffic runs 65-70mph, but staying in the 2nd from the right lane at 60-62mph works fine for us. It is interstate, traffic so it is not fun or relaxing.  It is just interstate traffic in a city.  We have always planned our travels so we don't hit rush hour traffic. 
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2017, 10:35:56 AM »
I drive it weekly and my wife drives it daily.  Pretty much stay between about 9:00am and 3:00pm and you will be fine unless there is an accident.  Even construction isn't bad during those times. 

In my opinion, south of SLC in Utah County (Orem/Provo) is worse than actual Salt Lake City traffic on I-15.  That is because of all of the mini-vans with their 8.3 kids in the back seat and the mother on the phone merging on the interstate at 40 MPH then to realize she needs to speed up and starts to slow down a half mile before the off-ramp.  In case you haven't noticed I have an issue with Utah County driver's, they all suck. ::)  We should be able to earn prizes for running those idiots off the road. ;D

Interstate signs are very well marked and give plenty of notice. 

One thing I suggest is watch the signage for interstate sections stating no trailer towing or vehicles over 20k pounds in left two lanes.  They are serious about that. :-\

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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2017, 11:34:39 AM »
Lots of good info here. I'm planning a trip thru SLC north to south in July. Seems to be a few locals or knowledgeable folks here, so if it's not too much of a hijack, would like to know if its feasible to cross from I15 to I70 over Soldier Summit on rt 6, or should I continue south to US 50 and cross thru Salina.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2017, 12:18:04 PM »
Lots of good info here. I'm planning a trip thru SLC north to south in July. Seems to be a few locals or knowledgeable folks here, so if it's not too much of a hijack, would like to know if its feasible to cross from I15 to I70 over Soldier Summit on rt 6, or should I continue south to US 50 and cross thru Salina.
We drive that route regularly with the setup in my signature. With the rig in your signature I don't think you will have any problem. It is a fairly long grade with curves, but if you can drive in mountains you will be fine. Just take it easy going down. BTW, don't worry about the idiots that speed around you, and there definitely will be some. Just do what you are comfortable with.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2017, 01:48:12 PM »
We drive Hwy6 a lot and don't have any issues.  We flat tow our Jeep behind the coach and until we sold our trailer we towed our 26' enclosed race trailer through the canyon as well without any issues whatsoever.  Pretty good highway actually, just let the idiots pass you at their own risk and drive your lane.

There is also a pretty cool rest area around mile marker 200 that has some old trains in the back that is easy to get in/out of if you need a resting spot.

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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2017, 03:41:29 PM »
Sounds good, I'm a railfan at heart.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2017, 02:13:26 PM »
just put your crash helmet on and tighten your seat belt you will be fine. it takes lots of patients like any major metro area.

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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2017, 03:03:24 PM »
Take US-6 between I-70 and I-15.  The drive over Soldier Summit is not a bad drive.  Nothing too steep, about 5% max I believe.  Plenty of passing lanes.

Besides the climb on I-70 a little ways west of Green River is steeper than on US-6.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2017, 08:11:29 PM »
Thanks UTTransplant - We are heading North on I-15 then East on I-80 in July and appreciate learning about the easier drive over the mountains on I-84. Our only drive through SLC was heading South on I-15 on a Sunday afternoon last August.  The traffic was horrible! It went on for miles.  We thought Sunday would be a good day.  Utah has very poor rest areas (called Private and Public Partnerships, whatever that means). No place to stop with grassy areas for a dog and not suitable for overnight parking.  We finally found a decent rest area at Cove Fort.  This trip we plan on spending the night in Fillmore, then driving through Provo and SLC very early Sunday morning, hoping the traffic is light.

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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2017, 09:13:10 PM »
What about I-15 North then 189NE out of Provo through the mountains to 40N then 80E? Google maps just routed me that way.  We are driving a 35' older DP.

Does anyone know a free resource for finding elevations and grades on various routes?

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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2017, 08:58:30 AM »
Driving through American Fork canyon (what the locals call it) is lovely. However it can be crowded with the same locals. It is more twisty than some of the other routes, but doable. However there are some nice waterfalls along the way and the river is quite nice. If you are comfortable on twisty roads, you can do it. If not, just take the easier but longer route of I-15 to I-84 to I-80 through the middle of town.

Oh, and Sunday morning should be fine. Sunday afternoons can get a bit crowded with everyone coming back from the weekends, but still nothing like work traffic.
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2017, 04:24:37 PM »
 Hwy 6 is known by the locals as the most dangerous road in the state.>>>Dan
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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #26 on: May 22, 2017, 08:09:48 AM »
Driving through American Fork canyon (what the locals call it) is lovely. However it can be crowded with the same locals. It is more twisty than some of the other routes, but doable. However there are some nice waterfalls along the way and the river is quite nice. If you are comfortable on twisty roads, you can do it. If not, just take the easier but longer route of I-15 to I-84 to I-80 through the middle of town.

Oh, and Sunday morning should be fine. Sunday afternoons can get a bit crowded with everyone coming back from the weekends, but still nothing like work traffic.

I agree, American Fork Canyon is beautiful but I would suggest a different route if you are looking to take lesser grades and easier route.  American Fork Canyon is tight, winding and steep in places as well as crowded and slow.  There is a ranger station pay booth that can have traffic backed up a bit at odd times.  We go up there a lot with our Jeep club and it is hit or miss on whether or not you will have a 5-minute wait, a 25 minute wait or drive straight through with no wait.

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Re: Driving through Salt Lake
« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2017, 08:13:35 AM »
Hwy 6 is known by the locals as the most dangerous road in the state.>>>Dan

Yes, it has been assigned that stigma, but it is still a very easy drive.  We travel it 4-6 times a year and in my opinion the biggest danger seems to be from the idiots passing at inappropriate places.  Just stay in your lane, travel the speed limit and enjoy the scenery and use the pull-outs to let faster traffic pass and it lessens the risk.  Whenever we hear of an accident on Hwy 6 involving a large semi speed is generally the culprit so just keep your speed in check and when the road sign states to slow to 55 or 50 MPH, slow as there is a turn coming up that deems it necessary.

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