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A double tanker vehicle exploded in Utah

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(KUTV) — Road crews began to install an asphalt patch on I-15 early Friday morning after a double tanker exploded on the freeway. The temporary fix is expected to relieve traffic congestion until a more permanent solution can be realized.

Two southbound lanes on I-15 will be closed Friday and Saturday, according to UDOT, as they repair damage the double tanker explosion.

Drivers are asked to consider alternate routes, such as State Street and Bangerter Highway. UDOT is reportedly working on signal timing for those roads with hopes of improving traffic flow.

A winter storm is expected to hit the area on Friday evening, which was expected to make traffic congestion worse.

To address this matter, road crews were mobilized Friday morning to set down an asphalt patch. According to UDOT, this asphalt patch will hold for "the next few days until [we] can make a more permanent fix."

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UDOT does not expect Friday evening's commute to be adversely impacted. According to UDOT, all lanes will be open if everything goes according to plan.

However, it is not yet certain whether all lanes will be open in time for Friday morning's commute.

If lanes are still closed while crews are placing the asphalt patch, the HOV lane will be open and free for the morning.

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