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tanglemoose

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salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« on: November 22, 2020, 10:44:01 PM »
Trying to decide which way to go...really not fond of traffic thru Salt Lake... have to time it so good.  Last time we drove thru Vegas, no choice.. highways were quite...

So... anyone been thru Salt Lake  area lately?? Not many restrictions in state, guessing there is still traffic..

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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2020, 11:28:23 PM »
We came through SLC on I-80 a few weeks ago. Lots of traffic, but it was all moving at the limit.
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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2020, 01:52:18 AM »
If you go through Salt Lake on a Sunday morning you'll think the freeway is closed.

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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2020, 10:05:59 AM »
As you said, the key to a pleasant SLC traffic experience is timing. Monday-Friday 10-3 go right through the middle of town no problems. There is always a lot of traffic, but it will flow smoothly. Saturday and Sunday there is a lot of mountain traffic as people head to and from the loveliness that is Utah. That includes those heading south and east to the Moab area. We have found Sunday afternoon traffic as busy as a weekday in the winter. Note we lived there for 6 years and still drive through town regularly headed to somewhere else.
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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2020, 11:24:00 AM »
What time in evening is traffic cleared out.... 3 to ?? May drive thru later??
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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2020, 02:46:06 PM »
What time in evening is traffic cleared out.... 3 to ?? May drive thru later??
By 7:00 pm it is pretty well cleared out. Exception would be on nights with big activities like Jazz games.
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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2020, 05:34:48 PM »
1st Time I visited SLC it was the Blizzard of 2006 the night before.. I got there like 7 or 8 am. Freeway Ditches were lined with cars (I had pulled off and parked for the night about half a mile before that started) roads were all cleared only "Bad road" was the parking lot where I was headed. 

Did the same thing a year later only beat the blizzard out of town.
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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2020, 05:52:55 PM »

 We went thru three weeks ago going south bound from fwy84 and Idaho,, we timed it to hit Brigham city at 10:00 AM and went straight down and thru Provo with never being under 65 MPH on our way home in Cedar City.>>>Dan
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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2020, 07:47:27 PM »
Tanglemoose

Living in “cold Montana” and asking about SLC traffic you must be planning on using I-15, have you ever considered- taking I-86 from Pocatello to Twin Falls, 93 south to Ely, 6 to the junction of NV 318 then South to rejoin 93 at Ash Springs, 93 rejoins I- 15 about 20 miles north of LV.

On my map NV 318 is not a wide red line like US-93, however a few years ago the NVHD re-paved the entire length and it is (was) a better highway than 93.

Down side- About 30-35 miles farther than I-15.
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Up side- Miss ALL of the SLC traffic.
              Not that it “will never snow” especially in the northern section, being on the West side.           
              of the mountains you will miss all of the heavy moist icy “lake effect” snow of the
              Wasatch front of SLC.

If interested PM me for a route around Twin Falls.
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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2020, 09:25:22 PM »
When I went on I-15 south through SLC in July, that was the worst construction obstacle course I have driven in a long time. I sure hope its cleared up now. WOW! I think my luck was better than driving skill.
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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2020, 03:57:20 AM »
FWIW a number of folks at our summer retreat in Wyoming refuse to drive through what they call "the Salt Lake City mess", and they take alternate routes. But they drive cars, leaving their RV in WY, and can easily navigate the smaller alternate roads. When I did that one year, my driver gave me a bad time, so we take I-80 through SLC. One of these days we'll try another of the alternate routes.
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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2020, 02:22:44 PM »

 Tom,,  Try going west from SVR thru Soda Springs and McCammon to I15 south down to I80 west at SLC and to the west coast..  It's a smooth transition onto I80 and you don't get into the worst of the SLC traffic..>>>Dan
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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2020, 03:10:14 PM »
Thanks. That's (almost) the route I figured we'd try next visit.
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Re: salt lake city traffic or less with Covid
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2020, 09:23:13 PM »
Thanks everyone... first you have to know we live in a town that doesn't even have one traffic light... we go from Montana to Nevada every year, twice. Take our trailer down in fall and then return after holidays... save on miles on Rv and don't have to drive in snow with trailer.  We have taken I 15 down to St George And the hop over to Twin Falls, down to Jackpot... and all the way down 93. And we have taken the montana to Lander.. over South pass, but you miss part of St Lake City. The hard part of Salt Lake is timing it right... was dreaming that traffic would be less with Covid.. ha... but we did hit I 15 all the way. Started in by Provo about 5.30 pm and kept 70 all way thru... coming out of Brigham at 7 pm... it is just sooooo long... but cuts 100 miles off 93 route... that being said, thanks on I 80 tip, have always wanted to go that way! Especially when pulling trailer..

Anyone do the road over to Delta to Great Basin park... our favorite way to travel is 2 lane highways... always something to see... sure appreciate the forum input!!!
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