SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The organizers of the 2002 Winter Olympics have asked transport-truck drivers to avoid Salt Lake City, Utah once the games begin a year from now.
According to a story in the Salt Lake Tribune, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee has approached several trucking organizations, as well as the Utah Department of Transportation, asking that truckers not drive I-80 eastbound through Parleys Canyon during the morning hours of the games, which will run Feb. 8-24, 2002.
The organizers fear that the trucks will clog the highway, which will already be extremely congested with visitors to the Olympics.
David Creer, executive director of the Utah Motor Transport Association, told the paper that Salt Lake City sits at the crossroads of several key highways, so meeting their request may be difficult.
The organizers are offering to provide daily detour routes and schedules. The state has agreed to hand out information at all major ports of entry, especially those on I-80 at the Wyoming and Nevada borders.