September 25, 2009
The Utah Department of Transportation will be replacing six bridges in Salt Lake, Utah, Summit and Davis counties over the next several weeks.
Construction will require various weekend and overnight closures on Interstate 80 and Interstate 15 between Sept. 28 and the end of October. Recreational and weekend travelers should be aware of the closures and detours to avoid inconvenience. Here is a description of the bridge replacement closures scheduled to begin in Summit County next week: — I-80 westbound at the Echo exit, just east of the I-84 interchange and west of Evanston, Wyo., will be closed for 16 hours from Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. through Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. to demolish and replace the westbound Echo bridge. Traffic will be diverted to the off- and on-ramps. Motorists should expect delays.
— I-80 westbound leading up to the Echo exit will be restricted to one lane from Sept. 23 through Oct. 3 with additional lane restrictions on I-80 near the Wyoming border throughout the week.
— I-80 eastbound at the Echo exit, just east of the I-84 interchange and west of Evanston, Wyoming, will be closed for 16 hours from Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. through Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. to replace the eastbound Echo bridge. Traffic will be diverted to the off- and on-ramps. Motorists should expect delays up to four hours. Additionally I-80 eastbound leading up to the Echo exit will be restricted to one lane from Sept. 29 through Oct. 9.
Forest fees are free
The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest will host a "fee free day" today to celebrate National Public Lands Day, which educates Americans about critical environmental and natural-resource issues.
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On Saturday, volunteer projects and fee-free recreation opportunities across the country will encourage visitation to the nation’s public lands, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest said.
The "fee-free day" does not include campground fees.
The Mirror Lake Highway Scenic line>way, Evanston and Heber-Kamas Ranger district are exempt from day-use fees Sept. 26 and Sept. 27.
Festival at the Provo River
Students at the Soldier Hollow Charter School have partnered with Utah State Parks to host the 2nd annual Provo River Watershed Festival at Rock Cliff Nature Center Sept. 26.
The event, which begins at 10 a.m., includes live music, hands-on activities and vendors selling foods, books, prints and natural body-care products.
Among the groups asked to participate in the festival include the Wildlife Protection Society, Great Salt Lake Institute, Provo River Restoration Project and Park City Images of Nature.
Festival-goers will hear music of Charlie Simmons, Leraine Horstmanshoff and the Red Desert Ramblers.
Rock Cliff Nature Center is about miles east of U.S. 40 on State Road 32 in Wasatch County. Festival organizers suggest packing lawn chairs, hiking boots and bicycles to enjoy Jordanelle State Park.