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Question #90351 posted on 09/15/2017 7:56 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm trying to figure out which are the best/worst times to be driving around Provo (specifically in the afternoon-evening), as far as traffic is concerned. Essentially I'm trying to figure out when I should try *not* to be driving through Provo if I can help it, specifically the broad area from the Center Street exit off of I-15 to around Seven Peaks.

Googling has mostly given me things about Salt Lake and news articles about people complaining, so I've come here in the hopes of superior googling skills and/or personal experiences with Provo traffic.

So, 100 Hour Board, when are the best and worst times to be driving through Provo on an average weekday?

(Don't want to be) Stuck in Traffic,

-The Questioness


Dear Questioness,

From my experience driving around Provo for several years, here is what I have found to be the worst times for driving: In the morning between 8:30 and 10 (morning rush hour as everyone drives to campus and slows down all the streets), in the afternoon between 12 and 3:30 (lunch break, and then Provo High gets out around 2:00 and clogs up the streets around University Ave and Bulldog for a while), and between 5 and 7 PM (evening rush hour, and every street imaginable has tons of traffic).

If you're driving down Center Street towards Seven Peaks, though, it does get better once you pass University Avenue going east, because most drivers peel off onto a different street by then (and the speed limit speeds up past 15 mph).

There's never really a good time to drive in Provo, what with all the weird driving problems we have here (I could go on about these, but that's an answer for a different question), but the best times would be anything not during the aforementioned times. Also, you probably know this, but any time there's a BYU sporting event, or when they hold conferences or special events on campus, traffic is terrible, so avoid driving around those times, as well.

Good luck adjusting to Provo traffic/driving! It's the worst, but you'll get there eventually.