Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 7, 2017
$30,000 in fuel 

Just thought I would share my experience with the Jan. 30 evening commute from Salt Lake City to Lake Point.

The Utah Department of Transportation repairs on Exit 99’s bridge to state Route 36 caused a massive backup on Interstate 80 for the commute home. Seeing the tremendous backups already forming at 4 p.m. on the KSL traffic website, I opted to wait it out in Salt Lake, taking in some dinner and hoping it would clear out.

I left at 7:45 p.m. (not rush hour by any means) and hit a complete stop at the state Route 202 stoplight on state Route 201 at 8:06 p.m. From that point, I traveled 6.1 miles to the state Route 36 McDonalds in Lake Point in 1 hour and 50 minutes. Not sure how bad it was during rush hour, but my quick math indicates over $30,000 in fuel was spent by idling vehicles during the traffic jam, probably much more!

Scott Anderson


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