If highway construction projects have taught commuters anything, it’s that even a single lane restriction can bring traffic to a crawl. Now imagine the impact on your commute because of a unexpected force of nature — like a strong earthquake, a blizzard, flooding rains or a tornado.
Along Utah’s Wasatch front, a fault spans 240 miles, and 80 percent of Utah residents live along its path.
The Utah Geological Survey notes the fault “has the dubious distinction of being one of the longest and most active normal faults in the world.”
Other areas of the country are also near fault lines. And along the Wasatch fault, several dozen freeway overpasses cross the main corridors near which the fault travels.
Other areas are more prone to conditions that tornadoes form in. And others live in the paths of hurricanes. Still, blizzards, fires and other storms can prompt evacuations or paralyze an area.