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When people watch their local Utah news stations, they’ll hear a traffic report. But, what’s the story behind the roads that we travel on every day? Here’s a summary of the transportation system here in Utah.

I-15 is a north-south freeway running through the central and southwest areas of Utah. It also passes through various cities such as Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo and St. George. I-15 actually begins at the border of Arizona and Utah, and continues northeast with two lanes for both northbound and southbound traffic. The first exit in Utah’s Dixie region is a port of entry. At the northern part of the state, the last exit for northbound traffic is exit 398 which connects I-15 with Portage. The freeway continues on to the Idaho border.

Interstate 80 is also a major freeway, and it runs east-west for approximately 196 miles between Nevada and Wyoming. This freeway is located at the northern part of Utah, and comes into Utah through Wendover and the Bonneville Salt Flats. I-80 actually follows two major historical auto trails, namely the Victory Highway in the west, and the Lincoln Highway in the east. Construction of the freeway began in segments during the 1950s, and was mostly finished in Utah by the late 1970s. The freeway becomes treacherous during major Utah weather events like heavy rain fall and lake effect snow.

I-84 is Utah’s fourth interstate freeway, which begins in the northwest quadrant of the state at the Idaho border, and travels southeast. At Tremonton, the freeway runs concurrent with I-15 for a distance before breaking away near Roy. Interstate 84 ends at the junction of I-80 and the town of Echo. The freeway replaced US-30S, and somewhat follows the original Oregon Trail. The original designation of the freeway was I-80N, but was renamed I-84 in 1977.

Other highways in Utah include SR-152, which is also called Van Winkle Expressway, SR-201, or the 21st South Freeway, and SR-154, or Bangerter Highway. Legacy Parkway is designated SR-67, and is a four-lane freeway running from Interstate 215 in North Salt Lake to the junction of I-15 and US-89 at Farmington. The freeway took two years to build, and was completed in 2008. Legacy Parkway is to become part of the proposed Legacy Highway, which will start in Brigham City and travel down the Wasatch Front to Nephi. Mountain View Corridor is considered to be a portion of the Legacy Highway, and is currently being built. It starts near the Salt Lake City International Airport at I-80, and will end near Lehi and I-15 in Utah County. A large portion of this freeway will run north-south.

Find traffic cameras across Salt Lake County, including traffic cams on I-15, I-215 and I-80. These cameras are located across key locations in Salt Lake, and deliver up to the minute road conditions in Utah from the UDOT. Before you head out the door, check the Salt Lake County traffic cams to see if there are any delays, incidents or conditions in Utah that will slow you down. Salt Lake travel conditions, including traffic in North Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, Draper, Holladay, Taylorsville and West Valley City, as well as Parleys Canyon are all displayed in real-time. Salt Lake road conditions are always keeping drivers on their toes, so be sure you’re up to speed on the latest by visiting NewsUtah.org. If you see breaking news, severe weather or hazardous road conditions, submit your photos and video to us. There are many major roads and freeways that make their way through Salt Lake County, Utah. Considered the heart of Utah, Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah, and many drivers commute into the downtown area from locations across the Wasatch Front. The morning and afternoon commute times are often busy, with I-15 through Salt Lake County becoming very busy. For the latest information about Salt Lake-area roads and travel times, bookmark this page.

I-15 in St. George is a busy section of freeway, so see live traffic cameras in this southern Utah city right here. Get up to the minute travel conditions, construction information and more. See I-15 traffic cameras in Southern Utah, current incidents and freeway speeds in real time. St. George is the southernmost city in Utah, and is located in the southwestern portion of the state. I-15 in southern Utah runs right through St. George, and the city is about 125 miles south of Interstate 70. In this city, conditions can change in an instant, making road travel in St. George difficult. State Route 7, also known as SR-7 or Southern Parkway, is a state highway that links southern St. George with the southeastern portion of the city. It opened in 2009, and links I-15 with Airport Parkway, which is a service road for the local airport. Plans for SR-7 include extending the freeway to Hurricane, with additional intersections and interchanges in the future. Many drivers pass through St. George, as they travel southbound I-15 on their way to Las Vegas. I-15 continues through the Virgin River Gorge south of St. George and north of Littlefield, Arizona. Stations report on road construction and travel conditions through the Virgin River Gorge, since the Arizona Dept. of Transportation recently completed a repaving project through the area. Although change is inevitable, especially with all of the growth happening within the state, Utah road conditions authorities will continually seek out the best ways for drivers to travel.

By Andrew Johnson