Interstate 215 in Utah


Begin Holladay
End Salt Lake City
Length 29 mi
Length 47 km
  • → Salt Lake City1 Parleys Way West
  • 2 → Cheyenne
  • 3 3300 South
  • 4 3900 South
  • 5 4500 South
  • 6 6200 South
  • 8 2000 East
  • 9 Union Park Avenue
  • 10 280 East
  • 11 State Street
  • 12 → Salt Lake City / Las Vegas
  • 13 Redwood Road
  • 15 4700 South
  • 18 3500 South
  • 20 → Salt Lake City
  • 21 California Avenue
  • 22 → Reno
  • 23 700 North
  • 25 2100 North
  • 26 Legacy Parkway → Ogden
  • 27 Redwood Road
  • 29 → Ogden

Interstate 215 or I -215 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Utah. The highway forms a three – quarter ring around Salt Lake City. The highway begins on I-80 on the east side of Salt Lake City and runs clockwise around most of the city’s suburbs. The highway ends on the north side of Salt Lake City on I-15. The entire route is 47 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

I-215 on the east side of Salt Lake City.

The highway begins in Canyon Rim and exits from I-80 on the east side of Salt Lake City. The highway runs close to the Wasatch Mountains and has 2×3 lanes. I-215 heads south through a number of smaller suburbs. At Cottonwood Heights, the highway turns west. There are a number of industrial estates along the highway. One passes south of Murray. At Midvale one crosses I-15. After this, 2×4 lanes will be available. One crosses West Jordan, a somewhat larger suburb. Here I-215 turns north. One now comes through the western suburbs. You then pass through West Valley City, Utah’s second largest city. Then you come back to the Salt Lake City and this part of the city consists of a huge business park. One crosses State Route 201 here, a short east-west highway. A few miles further on, one crosses Interstate 80, which runs from Salt Lake City to San Francisco, through a major interchange. After this, 2×3 lanes will be available. West of the highway is Salt Lake City International Airport. It now passes through northern Salt Lake City, an industrial region with three oil refineries. The motorway ends here at theInterstate 15, which runs north from Salt Lake City.

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The construction of a ring road around Salt Lake City was first proposed in 1955 and included in the Interstate Highways plan of 1956. Salt Lake City was one of the smallest cities to receive a ring road, Salt Lake County had only 300,000 inhabitants at the time., of which 180,000 inhabitants live in the city itself. So there was no large-scale suburbanization yet. However, it was anticipated and I-215 should accommodate this growth.

Construction of I-215

The construction history of Interstate 215 as Salt Lake City’s Belt Route is diverse. As early as 1963, the first section was opened on the north side of Salt Lake City, a short two-mile stretch that was still two-lane at the time. With the opening of the most northern part in 1969, this part was also modernized. Also in 1967 – 1969, the first two segments on the east side of Salt Lake City were opened. After that, construction was halted for a relatively long time, only in 1976 there was a fairly large opening on the southwest side of the city, but the other parts, near the airport and in the southeast of Salt Lake City, were only completed in the mid to late 1980s. opened, with the last section opening in 1989 in the Murray suburb.

The reason the construction was split into two phases may have been due to the fact that construction of I-15 was a higher priority and that the population of Salt Lake City had started to shrink during that time. Over time, however, suburbanization increased dramatically, giving I-215 an increasingly important role.

No northeast ring

A northeastern part of the ring road was never planned, this part was already fully built up to the mountains early on, leaving no room to build I-215, moreover, those mountains also formed a boundary for further suburbanization, preventing a further increase in traffic demand to and from eastern Salt Lake City.

Opening history

The opening years of I-215.

Van Unpleasant Length Datum
Exit 25 Exit 27 3 km 20-11-1963
Exit 0 Exit 3 5 km 00-01-1967
Exit 3 Exit 5 3 km 00-11-1969
Exit 27 Exit 29 3 km 00-00-1969
Exit 10 Exit 20 16 km 00-11-1976
Exit 9 Exit 10 2 km 00-07-1985
Exit 22 Exit 25 5 km 30-07-1987
Exit 8 Exit 9 2 km 06-11-1987
Exit 20 Exit 22 3 km 07-10-1988
Exit 6 Exit 8 3 km 00-08-1989
Exit 5 Exit 6 2 km 18-10-1989

Traffic intensities

Every day, 85,000 vehicles drive south of I-80 in eastern Salt Lake City and 66,000 vehicles pass through Holladay. There were 116,000 vehicles east of I-15 and 101,000 vehicles west of it. 103,000 vehicles and 94,000 vehicles passed through Taylorsville between SR-201 and I-80. North of I-80, 75,000 vehicles ran down to 25,000 between the Legacy Parkway and I-15.

Interstate 215 in Utah

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