Employee Advisory Council August 2016 Meeting

The Employee Advisory Council met August 9, 2016. Items that were included in the discussion included:

  • Compensation for Performing Supervisor Duties
  • Interview Process
  • Student fees and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Trans Tech III Positions
  • Employee Appreciation Program
  • Region HR Representatives
  • UTA Van Share
  • UDOT Audit
  • Seat Belt Use and Policy
  • Comp Time Accrual and Expiration Deadline
  • Silver Barrel Awards

Notes from the meeting are available below.

EAC August 2016 Summary

Information from previous meetings has also been posted on the blog.

Employee Advisory Council

2016 UDOT Complex Employee Picnic – Life is Better at the Beach

Thank you to all the UDOT employees who spent their lunch hour with us at a Hawaiian themed appreciation luncheon. UDOT employs 556 people at the Complex. This was a chance to hang on to the last bit of summer and show those employees just how much we appreciate the hard work the do to keep Utah moving. The afternoon was enjoying Famous Dave’s Barbecue and spent listening to tropical themed tunes. UDOT’s four regions held similar employee appreciation luncheons over the summer.

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#WorkForUsWednesday – August 24, 2016

For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday, we have three different positions that cover a number of different UDOT departments.

UDOT’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life. Come join a workforce of over 1,600 employees who all work hard to keep Utah moving.

  • Recruitment #09668 – Construction Transportation Technician III – Region 4, Price – Opens 08/18/16, Closes 8/28/16 
  • Recruitment #09677 – Field Engineer (Engineer III) – Region 2, SLC, Opens 8/18/16, Closes 8/28/16
  • Recruitment #09583 – Bridge Program Manager (EM I) – Complex – Structures, Opens 8/18/16, Closes 8/29/16 
  • Recruitment #09580 – Transportation Technician II – Region 2 (Multiple vacancies throughout Salt Lake County), Opens 8/23/16, Closes 8/28/16 
  • Recruitment #09745 – Transportation Technician II-Station 221, Region 2 – Wendover, Opens 8/23/16, Closes 8/28/16

Visit the Utah State Jobs website for more information on the specific job roles and to actually apply for these position. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

10th Annual Utah Fallen Officer Memorial Ride – An Employee Perspective

By Lisa Miller, Traveler Information Manager

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Over the course of my career at UDOT, I’ve been fortunate to be involved in many unique opportunities that support Utah’s economy and keeps Utah moving. From special events that draw hundreds of thousands of attendees, to Governor Inaugurations and every day traffic events, we get to interact with a variety of UDOT partners on a regular basis. One of our most frequent partners, law enforcement, goes above and beyond every day to keep us safe. For that reason, I felt that the 10th Annual Utah Fallen Officers Memorial motorcycle ride was one that could not be missed.

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UDOT Region 2 staff and Utah Highway Patrol dispatchers participated in the ride.

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Billy is a UDOT employee and works in the Incident Management Team.

On Sunday, August 21, thousands of motorcycle riders began the tribute ride in Lindon, Utah. Several UDOT employees participated in the event as a way to thank and support our law enforcement partners. UDOT’s Incident Management Team (IMT) drivers interact with Utah Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies on a daily basis. The ride progressed through Utah’s beautiful mountainside scenery and eventually led to the Utah State Capitol for a memorial ceremony.

Once the ride attendees reached the capitol, the memorial ceremony included a message from Colonel Michael Rapich from the Utah Highway Patrol. Officer Doug Barney, who was killed in the line of duty in January 2016, had several family members attending the event. Officer Barney’s young son, Jack, addressed the group with poise and said he visits the Memorial at the Capitol often. The Salt Lake City Police Department’s Explorer program, which allows teenage children to participate in an education program encouraging a future law enforcement career, received pins from children of fallen officers. While it was amazing to see all of the support for local law enforcement, the event was bittersweet.

 

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Utah Highway Patrol’s motor squad was well represented.

Dozens of law enforcement agencies sent their motor squads to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on Utah’s Fallen Officer Memorial, please visit https://www.utahsfallen.org/.

 

 

THINK SAFETY: UDOT Issues Important Safety Reminder Ahead of School Year

 

UDOT Issues Important Safety Reminder Ahead of School Year

Public Reminded to “Think Safety” In and Around Mountain View Corridor Construction Zone

 SALT LAKE CITY – As the school year begins, UDOT is issuing an important safety message for families and motorists living and driving near the Mountain View Corridor (MVC) construction in Salt Lake County. The current construction area of MVC is in close proximity to several schools, including Hunter High School and Hillside Elementary, which begin classes on Wednesday, August 17.  

ABOUT THE PROJECT:
15 miles of the Mountain View Corridor (MVC) opened December 15, 2012 in Salt Lake County from 16000 South to 5400 South. Current construction is underway from 5400 South to 4100 South in Salt Lake County. Initial construction includes two lanes in each direction with signalized intersections, bike lanes and trails. Future construction will build out the remainder of the Corridor by converting intersections to interchanges and adding inside lanes to achieve a fully functional freeway. In the future, MVC will a 35-mile freeway from S.R. 73 in Utah County to I-80 in Salt Lake County. For more information about the project and to view the latest videos and interactive map, visit udot.utah.gov/mountainview. Drivers can stay informed on all construction activities by signing up for weekly emails and following the project onFacebook and Twitter.

 

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Media Contact:
John Gleason
Cell: 801-560-7740
Email: jgleason@utah.gov

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 10, 2016

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT. We have seven new positions open.

UDOT’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life. Come join a workforce of over 1,600 employees who all work hard to keep Utah moving.

  • Recruitment #09577 – Financial Analyst III, Region 2 / SLC, Opens 8/9/16, Closes 8/14/16
  • Recruitment #09374 – Program Coordinator, Complex – Program Finance, Opens 8/9/16, Closes 8/16/16
  • Recruitment #09418 – Transportation Technician II – Brigham City, Region 1 – Brigham City, Opens 08/01/2016, Closes 08/14/2016
  • RE-OPENED: Recruitment #08859 – Bridge Management Intern (Engineer Intern), Complex – Structures, Opens 8/2/16, Closes 8/16/16

     

  • Recruitment #09494 – Transportation Technician II – Centerville, Region 1 – Centerville, Opens 08/03/2016, Closes 08/16/2016

     

  • Recruitment #09498 – Financial Analyst I, Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 8/4/16, Closes 8/11/16

     

  • Recruitment #09521 – Safety Training Manager (Training Manager I), Opens 8/4/16, Closes 8/11/16

Visit the Utah State Jobs website for more information on the specific job roles and to actually apply for these position. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

PRESS RELEASE – Bangerter Highway Night and Weekend Lane Closures Scheduled to Begin Tonight

Bangerter Highway Night and Weekend Lane Closures Scheduled to Begin Tonight

Concrete pavement maintenance scheduled
from 9000 South to I-15

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 1, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for overnight and weekend lane restrictions on Bangerter Highway from 9000 South to the I-15 interchange beginning Monday, August 1.

Bangerter Highway will be reduced to one lane in each direction during nighttime hours, starting as early as 7 p.m., with all lanes open by 5 a.m. while crews complete concrete pavement maintenance along an 11-mile section of the highway.

Drivers should also be aware that each weekend in August, Bangerter Highway will be reduced to one lane in the direction crews are working for the entire weekend (Friday night to Monday morning) to allow concrete to cure. The following schedule outlines which restrictions are planned for each weekend:

  • Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7:  westbound/northbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.
  • Friday, August 12 – Sunday, August 14: eastbound/southbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.
  • Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21:  westbound/northbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.
  • Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28: eastbound/southbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.

 

Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather or equipment issues. To reduce delays, UDOT suggests drivers use alternate routes and avoid Bangerter Highway if possible during nights and weekends in August.

This is the last in a series of pavement maintenance projects that have been completed on Bangerter Highway during the last few years. These projects extend the useful life of the road and provide a smoother, quieter ride for drivers.

Members of the public can contact the project team with any questions or concerns by calling the project hotline at 888-427-8585 or emailing bangerterresurface@utah.gov. Updated information regarding this and other UDOT construction projects is available through the UDOT Traffic website (udottraffic.utah.gov). Motorists can also follow @udottraffic on Twitter or download the free UDOT Traffic App, available for smartphones and tablets.

 

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Media Contact:

John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

PRESS RELEASE: UDOT Uses High-Pressure Water Jets for Bridge Demolition

Hydro Demolition

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT Uses High-Pressure Water Jets for Bridge Demolition

Hydro demolition system uses 36,000 PSI water to efficiently remove bridge concrete, saving time and money.

 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 29, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is utilizing an innovative system of high-pressure water jets to refurbish bridge decks on the I-215 project. This is one of the first times UDOT has used this hydro demolition process to reconstruct a bridge deck, and the first in the Salt Lake Valley. Hydro demolition will allow crews to be more precise while refurbishing the bridge, which saves time and money.

“While we are reconstructing I-215 with all-new concrete pavement, we also want to preserve what we have where possible,” said Oanh Le Spradlin, UDOT project manager. “Utilizing an innovative tool like hydro demolition helps us accomplish that on several bridges without spending the money on a complete rebuild.”

Hydro demolition is being used to remove the top few inches of the pavement on two I-215 bridges (3500 South and 3800 South), leaving much of the pavement and the reinforcing steel intact. Other demolition methods potentially could cause structural damage and require more extensive repairs, extending the schedule and increasing costs. Using hydro demolition to remove and replace the concrete bridge decks will extend the life of the bridges by 15 years.

The hydro demolition process utilizes a machine that moves over the bridge, spraying water to remove the top 3-4 inches of the bridge deck. This machine sprays water at up to 36,000 PSI – up to 24 times more powerful than the average home pressure washer. After a few passes, a cleaning crew comes through and sucks up all the water and material with a vacuum. The vacuum uses a water jet – similar to a dentist doing a teeth cleaning – to dislodge debris and then suck it up.

The hydro demolition machine sprays 15,000-17,000 gallons per 10-hour shift (about the amount needed to fill the average in-ground backyard pool) – which is collected on-site, pumped into tanks, filtered, and then sent to a treatment plant and recycled back into the system. All of the vacuumed materials are ground and reused as road base on construction projects.

During construction, all four lanes of traffic will remain open in each direction during the morning and evening commutes. Most work, along with the necessary lane restrictions, are scheduled at night to reduce delays for the more than 100,000 cars per day traveling this section of I-215.

Crews are making significant progress on the I-215 reconstruction – UDOT’s largest project of 2016:

  • New asphalt has been placed in the westbound lanes of I-215 from 300 East to Redwood Road.
  • Some concrete paving is already done in the freeway median from 4700 South to 3500 South.
  • The reconstructed ramp from southbound I-215 to eastbound S.R. 201 is now open. In addition, the ramp from northbound I-215 to westbound S.R. 201, along with the ramp from eastbound 4700 South to northbound I-215, are now closed through late August for reconstruction. Work on the I-215 project is scheduled for completion in fall 2017.

 

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Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560- 7740

I-215 Ramp to S.R. 201 to Close for 30 Days Beginning Friday

For Immediate Release
 

I-215 Ramp to S.R. 201 to Close for 30 Days Beginning Friday

Other road construction restrictions scheduled in Salt Lake and Davis counties

 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 28, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is scheduled to close the freeway ramp from northbound I-215 to westbound S.R. 201 Friday morning, July 29, beginning at 1 a.m. The ramp will remain closed for up to 30 days for reconstruction, so drivers should plan ahead and use I-15 or Bangerter Highway as alternate routes to access westbound S.R. 201.

This work is being completed as part of the I-215 reconstruction project, which will repave the freeway between S.R. 201 and 4700 South with new concrete, rebuild the bridges at the I-215/S.R. 201 interchange, and add new exit-only lanes in both directions.

Also as part of the I-215 project, the on-ramp from eastbound 4700 South to northbound I-215 is now closed until late August. Crews are reconstructing this ramp as well with new pavement. Drivers in the area should use Redwood Road or 3500 South to access northbound I-215.

Other projects that drivers should plan for this week include:

The Point Project – Southbound I-15 is scheduled to be reduced to one lane near 14600 South in Bluffdale for three nights –Friday, July 29Saturday, July 30; and Sunday, July 31. Lane closures will start as early as 8 p.m. each night, with southbound I-15 reduced to one lane by midnight. All lanes will reopen by 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday in time for the morning commute on Monday. Crews will be continuing bridge work as part of the I-15 widening project near the Point of the Mountain.

Drivers should also expect intermittent lane restrictions in both directions between Bangerter and S.R. 92 for pavement work on weekends through mid-August. 

I-15 in Davis County – Daytime lane closures are scheduled Monday through Friday for the next three months on I-15 in Davis County between the U.S. 89/Park Lane interchange in Farmington and the Layton Parkway exit. Crews will be adding a northbound auxiliary lane from Shepard Lane to Layton Parkway, and a southbound auxiliary lane from Layton Parkway to 200 North in Kaysville. In addition, new ramp meters will be installed at 200 North in Kaysville. Drivers should plan extra time and expect delays. If possible, consider alternate routes or use UTA FrontRunner.

Bangerter Highway at I-15 – The on-ramp from eastbound Bangerter Highway to southbound I-15 is scheduled to close from Friday, July 29, at 11 p.m., to Monday, Aug. 1, at 6 a.m. Crews will be repairing the concrete pavement on the ramp. Drivers should get on northbound I-15 and then use the 12300 South interchange to turn around and access southbound I-15.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic restrictions during construction, visit the UDOT Traffic website (udottraffic.utah.gov) or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android. Drivers can also follow UDOT on social media including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

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Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

UDOT Bridge Engineer Josh Sletten Helps Build Bridge to Prosperity

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Here at UDOT we’re proud of the innovative work our employees do to help, not just Utah get around, but the entire world. Recently one of our bridge engineers took part in a humanitarian trip to help a population in Central America better their transportation needs.

Josh Sletten has worked for UDOT as a structural engineer for seven years, but says it was exciting to get back to the basics of bridge building.

Josh spent 12 days this past April in the Central American jungle as part of Bridges to Prosperity. The non-profit humanitarian group has built 185 bridges in 17 different countries. The goal is to give communities the lifeline they desperately need.

“There’s this little community out there,” said Josh of the site. “The Lura River runs right through the community, separates a lot of people from the school.”

About 500 people live in the small community, and rely on the bridge to get to the main part of town. Josh was part of a 12-person team tasked with dismantling the rickety wood bridge and building a 51m (167.3ft.) long suspension bridge.

The group was made up of volunteers from several different engineering groups. Josh was the only one representing UDOT. He was invited by The National Steel Bridge Alliance to participate in the bridge building expedition.

“We had no two people from the same company,” said Josh. “We had one person from all of these different entities and we all came together and it was a fantastic way of doing it. You had to build relationships and a team on the fly.”

Josh worked as the logistics manager for the group, meaning he had to figure out transportation, lodging, food and finances. But everyone was involved in constructing the bridge.

He said it was an amazing experience getting back to the roots of engineering. He’s spent years in an office, planning on a computer. This project forced the team to be innovative, even making their own tools.=

“I love to be out on the construction site,” said Josh. “Get your hands dirty and kind of unplug and disconnect a little bit.”

Josh uses a level to check the alignment of the suspension bridge.

Josh uses a level to check the alignment of the suspension bridge.

Josh said suspension bridges have always been one of his favorites. There’s a lot of precision that goes into getting the arcs just right to support the weight of the bridge.

About 250 people showed up at the project’s completion to see the finished bridge and expressed their gratitude for the project.

“It was very well received,” said Josh. ”It’s rewarding. We didn’t speak Spanish, most of us, and they didn’t speak English, but just expressed their appreciation in whatever way they could.”

Josh said the experience is one that had a strong impact on him and others. They’ve all decided it’s something they’d like to do again.

 

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Josh with some of the local school children who rely on the Lura bridge to get to school.

The new suspension bridge spans 52 meters (about 167 ft.) across the Lura River in Panama.