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shft22

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Posted: 10/29/20 12:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I hear you about the snow on I-70, this is why we are thinking of 191 south. We are letting the weather dictate our way out of the mountains, bad weather south we will go east, bad weather east we will go south. I almost want to go south as a primary route, the elevations are much more manageable. Only concern I have about 191 south and then 491 is they seem to go thru some very desolated places, not a lot of help if something goes wrong.

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Posted: 10/29/20 02:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dedmiston wrote:

Rice wrote:

In this context, yes. But if someone were asking for opinions on Moab, I would think opinions like this would be germane.

This is Roads & Routes. Nobody asked if he thinks the town is ugly or not.

It sounds like you think I disagree, but I don't. I said in this context, opinions about the town's beauty are better kept to oneself.

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shft22 wrote:

Can anyone confirm if this issue with traffic on US-191 is an ongoing thing or was it just temporary.
We are picking up an RV in American Fork taking it to Florida in two weeks, our plan was to head south on 191, looking for I40 but if there is construction we may just head east on I70 instead.

if 191 is screwed up you can take 128 and follow the Colorado river in to moab. it is a little longer with curves as it follows the river but it is awesome scenery

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We were there 10-20 until 10-25. We drove up/down 191 thru the construction 6 times at various times of day. Never more than a 15 minute delay. The construction appears to be no where near completion.


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Posted: 10/30/20 09:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

">2007_EPM_PROJ_XREF_NO,P2007_PROJECT_TYPE_IND_FLAG:12730]UDOT project page

UDOT has a project description. They are expanding 191 from Motel 6 north to the bridge to have 5 lanes plus shoulders. They are also doing storm drain work.

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Traffic volumes are above normal and congestion is anticipated particularly in the southbound lanes North of the Colorado River Bridge this week with an influx of tourists. Traffic models shows congestion typically picks up around meal times, and hotel check-in check-out times. It is particularly heavy at dusk. Avoid travel southbound into Moab between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Northbound travel out of Moab typically peaks between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. While there are still single lanes running in each direction as previous to construction, left turns will be limited and disruptive to traffic flow during peak times.


UDOT has some web cams from Arches south through town.

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Posted: 10/30/20 12:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

donkeydew wrote:

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if 191 is screwed up you can take 128 and follow the Colorado river in to moab. it is a little longer with curves as it follows the river but it is awesome scenery


While the backups may extend north of the Arches turnoff on 191, the actual construction is south of the bridge (where 128 turns off). It's the 2 lane stretch between the bridge and town that they are widening.

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So for a few days I've been looking at the UDOT traffic cam at the interestion of US 191 and UT 128 (where US 191 goes over the river). For the last week anyway, it seems traffic in general is lighter so the lines are much less. Not surprising as it is almost November. The week of Thanksgiving might get a little busy, but were definitely into the off season now. I'm guessing things will be OK until early March, when people get tired of being cooped up and head to Moab for some outdoor time.

As for when we were there, coming into Moab on UT 128 in the afternoon was definitely the best choice if coming from the east. One day we even debated turning around and heading up to the interstate and down UT 128 since we were camped on the river. Waited it out as we didn't want gasoline to be an issue.


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Posted: 11/01/20 05:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just got here to Moab Friday night. Went through town a couple times yesterday and the delay was not more than a couple mins. Construction was in full swing but I guess there are not as many visitors at the moment

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