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U-turns replace left turns at Draper intersection

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah is introducing a new intersection for busy roads in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper that diverts drivers making left turns.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah is introducing a new intersection for busy roads in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper that diverts drivers making left turns.

The Utah Department of Transportation says the new State Street intersection will improve traffic flow by 80 percent.

The new design requires drivers making left turns to continue through the intersection for about 500 feet and double back making a U-turn.

UDOT calls it a "ThrU Turn" intersection. It's also known as a Michigan U-turn, where it originated.

The new intersection will debut Monday at State Street and 12300 South.

UDOT says the design will reduce two-minute waits at the intersection to about 25 seconds.

Another similar intersection is set to open next summer in Kearns.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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