As part of the looming massive I-84 Project, the state has answered a question that probably occurred to you just this morning. Why is this short stretch of highway so damned clogged every day? According to the state Department of Transportation:
The interstate and interchange layout was originally built in the 1960s to accommodate 50,000 vehicles per day. Today, there are over 175,000 vehicles per day using this stretch of interstate. The closely spaced interchanges, left-hand on- and off-ramps, short weave sections, narrow shoulders and poor interstate alignment all contribute to driver confusion and congestion. The interstate layout, combined with the extremely high traffic volumes, can cause excessive traffic delays on the interstate and the city streets.
It’s going to get worse before it gets better because the massive I-84 tear down and rebuild is coming. The good news is that figuring out exactly how to rebuild this stretch of road could take a decade.