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UHP Lt. Todd Royce said it was likely that the Highway Patrol would repeat the traffic sting several more times through the summer. We certainly hope this comes to pass as we wholeheartedly agree with Royce’s words that “We would rather have people comply with the speed limits and not get pulled over than have to go and pull them over.”

We’re about a month away from what the state calls the “100 Deadliest Days” on Utah roads, but it’s never too early to work on driving more carefully. Through Thursday, 54 people were killed on Utah roads — including a 2-year-old girl in a horrific, four-vehicle crash on University Avenue just two weeks ago.

Given the general lack of snow this year, Utah drivers were largely spared from trying to navigate tricky winter-driving situations. However, the increase of road construction throughout the region underscores the importance of driving safely and being aware of the surrounding environment.

This is important as work gets underway for the $430 million I-15 Technology Corridor project. It will take about two years to resolve a bottleneck that has caused rush-hour woes for years. Until that bottleneck goes away, drivers will need to navigate through the construction zone and exercise patience as the work continues.

Seeing some of the changes in place, including opening the carpool HOV lane to all vehicles, brings back memories of the Point of the Mountain project before it was finished in 2016. The Point of the Mountain project certainly help traffic north of Thanksgiving Point and we can only hope that this I-15 Technology Corridor will be as successful.

I-15 isn’t the only major construction zone in Utah County. Along University Parkway in Orem and University Avenue in Provo, work continues to upgrade the roads to include bus rapid transit. While the slow emergence of boarding platforms gives us confidence that the buses will be rolling along the route soon, the remaining work is having a large impact on traffic through downtown Provo.

Closed access to some cross streets on University Avenue has posed a challenge to drivers (yes, including us) as they work out detours to get their destinations. Unfortunately, the construction appears to have put more traffic on Center Street, which seems to have led to an increase of vehicle crashes at the intersection with University Avenue. Historically, it’s been troublesome trying to turn left from Center Street to University Avenue (in either direction) and the construction compounds the problem.

The construction has also led to lanes being shifted. For the most part, these land shifts are well marked, but the lane shift on southbound University Avenue at Center Street is abrupt and somewhat difficult to see in rainy conditions. Drivers can also get confused by some lane shifts and find themselves driving into oncoming traffic.

With all these challenges, it’s important for Utahns to disprove the stereotype that they are awful drivers. It shouldn’t be too hard to follow the rules of the road — including obeying speed limits and not running red lights. The ongoing construction will inevitably cause problems, but it’s up to all of us to keep these problems from turning into major headaches. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destinations.