Drivers on I-215 and i-15 through Salt Lake City be warned, several closures over the weekend may impact travel. The closures will primarily be at night, but drivers should still be aware and plan for alternate routes if they’ll be going through those areas.

I-215 is scheduled to be closed in both directions near 600 South on Sunday, June 26, at 7 a.m.

The freeway will be closed for approximately 20 minutes while Rocky Mountain Power crews hang new power lines across the road. Drivers heading to the Salt Lake City International Airport should allow extra time or consider using I-15 to I-80 as an alternate route.

I-15 in Springville will be closed on Monday night, June 27. Crews are scheduled to close all northbound lanes on I-15 at the 1400 North interchange (Exit 261) around midnight to install the crossbar for a new overhead message sign. All northbound lanes are expected to reopen by Tuesday, June 28, at 2 a.m. During this closure, all traffic will be detoured onto S.R. 75. Detour signs will direct drivers back to northbound I-15 via U.S. 89 and 1860 South in Provo.

In addition, UDOT advises drivers to plan ahead for the following projects:

I-80, Salt Lake City: Eastbound I-80 will be reduced to one lane, and westbound I-80 will be reduced to three lanes, between 1300 East and State Street for pavement repairs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during the following times:

Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. to Saturday, June 25, at 9 a.m.
Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. to Sunday, June 26, at 10 a.m.
Sunday, June 26, at 7 p.m. to Monday, June 27, at 5 a.m.

I-215 West Belt, Salt Lake City: The ramp from southbound I-215 to eastbound S.R. 201 is scheduled to close for up to 30 days beginning on Monday, June 27, as early as 1 a.m. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and use alternate routes, such as I-80.

During the closure, crews will reconstruct the ramp, completely removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new concrete. 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 and add new exit-only lanes in both directions.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For additional 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.

Quality Data

Screenshot of UPlan

Screenshot of UPlan Map Center

State routes and associated features, like mile markers, structures, and even fiber optic cable, can be represented by geo-located points or lines. The UPlan Map Center  provides a way to put data sets on a map, which makes the location of projects and features easy to find. A map can highlight errors and aid quality control. GIS also helps facilitate feedback from decision makers and the public by connecting data owners with data users to.

While putting data on a map sounds simple, “going from a non-visual data environment to a visual one is a complete transformative game-changer,” explains Rod McDaniels, Outdoor Inventory Control (OAC) Manager. For decades, the Department’s Outdoor Advertising Control Program struggled to consistently and quickly identify which routes in the state required billboard control and to pinpoint the exact location of permitted billboards on those routes. Records for the program were kept in individual online or hard copy files which had written descriptions of billboard locations.

UDOT recently combined all route and billboard data into the Outdoor Advertising Control Map. GIS has vastly improved the OAC program’s data quality. “GIS allows users to gain a visual understanding the geographic distribution of permitted billboards in the state. It quickly tells a story that cannot be told through endless spreadsheet rows.  It has exponentially improved QC/QA activities, and it has revolutionized service delivery to a broad spectrum of stakeholders.”

A bridge too far

Putting GIS data on a map also highlights location errors. “It’s like shining a light on something that can otherwise get buried,” says Sarah Rigard, UDOT GIS Program Manager. When the UDOT Structures Division data was put on a map, some of the bridges showed up in the wrong location – one was in Nevada. “A slight typo in a lat-long coordinate will cause the point to be in the wrong location.” Checking for errors on a map can be easier and more effective than checking a spread sheet line by line.

Making decisions

The purpose of the annual Utah Transportation Commission Workshop is to develop funding strategies and identify upcoming projects for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). UDOT’s GIS team supports the workshop by developing presentation materials such as PDF maps, tables, and storymaps on UPlan. Developing presentations has spurred discussion of what information from the Electronic Program Management (ePM) database is the most useful and helpful to convey, and how that information should be presented to provide a thorough representation of transportation needs.

GIS tools provide another way review data, which improves the quality. As a result, UDOT has better information for making decisions and better tools for presenting information to stakeholders.

The Employee Advisory Council met April 19, 2016. Items that were included in the discussion included:

  • Employee-to-Employee Recognition
  • Policy Regarding Compensation for Performing Supervisor Duties
  • Interview Process
  • Wage Negotiations with New Jobs
  • Student Fees and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Market Comparability Adjustment
  • Construction Tech IV Job Posting
  • Holidays
  • 2016 Governor’s Choose Health Challenge

EAC April 2016 Summary

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

Employee Advisory Council

April 27th, 2016

#WorkForUs Wednesday

No Comments, Employee Focus, by Leigh Gibson.

Can you see yourself in orange? Check out three new job openings for today’s #WorkForUsWednesday.

  • Recruitment #08496 – Communications Manager (Program Manager), Complex – Communications, Opens 4/27/16, Closes 5/5/16
  • Recruitment #08486 – GIS Intern (Intern), Complex – Central Preconstruction, Opens 4/27/16, Closes 5/15/16
  • Recruitment #08338- Landscape Architect (Architect), R-3 Orem, Opens 04/18/2016, Closes 05/08/2016

Visit the Utah State Jobs website 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.

 

 

We’ve got three new job openings for today’s #WorkForUsWednesday. All three of these seasonal general maintenance worker positions  have multiple vacancies and will be open until all positions are filled.

  • Recruitment #08376 – Seasonal General Maintenance Worker 1 (General Maintenance Worker 1), Region 2 – Salt Lake County
  • Recruitment #08377 – Seasonal General Maintenance Worker 1 (General Maintenance Worker 1), Region 2 – Summit County
  • Recruitment #08378 – Seasonal General Maintenance Worker 1 (General Maintenance Worker 1), Region 2 – Tooele County

Visit the Utah State Jobs website 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.

Hey job seekers. We’re spotlighting two new job openings for today’s #WorkForUsWednesday.

  • Recruitment #8065 – Engineering Intern, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 4/7/2016, Closes 4/24/2016
  • Recruitment #08260 – Employee Safety Manager, Complex – Traffic & Safety – SLC, Opens 4/7/2016, Closes 4/18/2016

Visit the Utah State Jobs website 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.

Work Zone

We are teaming up with the Association of General Contractors to celebrate National Work Zone Safety Week by reminding drivers to slow down and focus on the road, especially in work zones.

In 2015, a total of 2,849 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Utah work zones, resulting in 10 deaths. According to the Federal Highway Administration, speeding was a factor in 29 percent of all fatal work zone crashes in 2014, while distracted driving contributed to 16 percent. Currently there have been zero fatalities in Utah work zones in 2016.

“We are doing everything we can to keep our work zones safe for those who travel through them and those who work in them. But there’s only so much we can do. We need the public’s help,” said UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras. “Slow down, put down the phone, be alert, and obey the laws – especially when driving through a work zone.”

In addition, UDOT release a 30-second PSA to remind drivers of the risks UDOT workers face every day in the work zone. The PSA is told from the perspective of UDOT employees’ children, who want to see their parents come home safe every night.

“Work zones are places where real people do their jobs every day,” said Rich Thorn, president and CEO of the Associated General Contractors. “They have families and other people who care about them and want to see them come home safe. Knowing that should motivate drivers to be alert and slow down in work zones.”

Safety is the number one priority for each of UDOT’s more than 150 projects this year.  For example, the Point project requires every employee to participate in weekly safety training. Also, to further protect it’s 1,500 employees from traffic, crews placed more than 24 miles of concrete barrier, which is 50 percent more than the contract required, as this barrier provides a safer work zone for employees.

Work zones are dynamic places that can change from minute to minute. UDOT urges drivers to be safe and help reach Zero Fatalities by:

  • Driving the posted speed limit.
  • Paying 100 percent attention to the roadway, as lanes are often narrowed and shifted for construction.
  • Eliminating distracting activities, such as changing radio/music, using mobile devices (surfing, tweeting, talking, texting), eating and drinking, putting on makeup, and reaching while driving.
  • Minimizing lane changes within the work zone.
  • Merging into the proper lane well before reaching a lane closure.
  • Watching out for workers and their equipment in the work zone, as they can be especially hard to see at night.

UDOT encourages drivers to check the UDOT Traffic App (available for Android and Apple devices) to view current traffic conditions, locate work zones, or plan the best route before travel. Drivers are also encouraged to TRAVELWise around freeway construction by adjusting schedules to travel during less-congested times of day. Drivers can also take transit or telework to skip congestion and work zones.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration celebrate National Work Zone Safety Week each spring to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones. UDOT continues to participate in this observance in order to raise driver awareness, protect employees and reach Zero Fatalities in work zones.

Major projects will widen freeways, maintain highways and build new roads to keep Utah moving

Today we announced our Top 10 Projects list for the 2016 construction season. At the top of the list is the $105 million reconstruction of I-215 in western Salt Lake County, which is scheduled to begin in May and to be completed late next year.

More than 150 projects are scheduled this season statewide to improve mobility now and in the future. These construction projects are designed to enhance safety for drivers and pedestrians, improve the flow of traffic and keep Utah’s roads in good condition.

Three projects in this year’s Top 10 are in western Salt Lake County, an area that has seen tremendous population growth. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, three western Salt Lake County cities are among the fastest growing municipalities in the state (South Jordan, West Jordan and Herriman).

The following are UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2016:

#1 I-215—300 East to S.R. 201, $105 million (Construction starts May 2016; scheduled completion fall 2017) 

UDOT’s top project this season will reconstruct the I-215 west belt with new concrete pavement from S.R. 201 to 4700 South. Crews will repave the westbound lanes with new asphalt from 300 East to Redwood Road. In addition, this project will widen the freeway to add auxiliary lanes from S.R. 201 to 4700 South, and will reconstruct the two bridges over S.R. 201. All four lanes will remain open in the peak travel direction during commute hours, but motorists should plan for delays and consider alternate routes such as Bangerter Highway and I-15.


#2 I-15—The Point Project, $252 million (Construction continues from last season; scheduled completion this fall)

Crews continue widening the freeway and placing new concrete pavement on I-15 from 12300 South to S.R. 92. Major construction this season will happen primarily between 12300 South and Bangerter Highway, with finish work taking place at the southern end of the project area from Bangerter Highway to S.R. 92.


#3 Mountain View Corridor—5400 South to 4100 South, $180 million (Construction started in March; scheduled completion fall 2017)

UDOT is extending Mountain View Corridor farther north to 4100 South. This new construction will include two lanes in each direction, separated by a wide median (similar to the current open segment of Mountain View Corridor).

#4 I-15—Farr West to Brigham City, $52 million (Construction started in March; scheduled completion this fall)

Crews are widening a 13-mile section of I-15 to add a lane in each direction from 2700 North in Farr West to U.S. 91 in Brigham City. Most work is taking place in the freeway median, and traffic delays are expected to be minimal. This widening will improve traffic flow in the area.

#5 Bangerter Highway—600 West Interchange, $48 million (Construction starts this month; scheduled completion spring 2017)

UDOT is constructing a new freeway-style interchange on Bangerter Highway at approximately 600 West. This new interchange will enhance safety and reduce traffic congestion in the area near Bangerter Highway and I-15. UDOT is in the middle of a multi-year process to upgrade Bangerter Highway by replacing many of its existing intersections with interchanges, which will improve traffic flow.

#6 I-15—Hill Field Road Interchange and TTI, $28 million (Construction continues from last year; scheduled completion summer 2016)

UDOT is reconstructing the I-15 interchange at Hill Field Road, converting it to a single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow and reduce delays in Layton. Last season, UDOT constructed new ThrU Turn Intersections on Hill Field Road on each side of I-15.


#7 I-15—St. George Blvd. to Green Springs Drive, $24 million (Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion late 2016)

Crews are adding two lanes in each direction to I-15 in St. George and building new underpasses to connect Red Cliffs Drive with Red Hills Parkway near Mall Drive. These new lanes will help meet the needs of the growing population in the St. George area, and make it easier for drivers to enter and exit I-15.


#8 I-15—Riverdale to Farr West, $14 million (Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion fall 2017)

UDOT is repaving I-15 in Weber County from the I-84 junction to 2700 North in Farr West. This new pavement will prolong the life of the freeway and provide a smoother ride for drivers.


#9 U.S. 189—Deer Creek Widening, $13 million (Construction starts this month; scheduled completion summer 2016)

Crews are widening a six-mile segment of U.S. 189 near Deer Creek Reservoir to two lanes in each direction, plus a center turn lane. Currently, U.S. 189 consists of one travel lane in each direction in this area. Adding these lanes will reduce congestion and enhance safety, specifically for recreational travelers.


#10 U.S. 6—Repaving near I-70, $6 million (Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion this fall)

UDOT is repaving a 10-mile section of U.S. 6 near the I-70 junction to improve the road condition for drivers and extend the life of the road surface.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic restrictions during construction, visit 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.

 

Another week, another round of #WorkForUsWednesday. This week, there are NEW positions available at UDOT HQ (the Complex), Northern Utah (Region One), and Southern Utah (Region Four). They include an internship, transportation tech, right of way, and GRAMA coordinator positions.

Of course, there are more positions available from last week that you should check out. You’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

Juniper Canyon Bridge

Recruitment #7869 – Transportation Technician II, R-4 Colton
Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/13/2016
Employees in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.Recruitment #7879 – GIS Intern, R-1 Ogden

Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/08/2016
The intern will work directly with UDOTs GIS team on a variety of GIS related projects throughout the department.Recruitment #7592 – Statewide Permits Officer, Complex – Right of Way

Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/10/2016
The Statewide Permits Officer reports to the Outdoor Advertising Control Program Manager in the Central Right-of-Way Division and is responsible for aiding in the development of statewide policies, processes, and manuals in relation to outdoor advertising control.Recruitment #07915 – Legal Assistant I (Paralegal), Complex – Risk Management

Opens 3/2/16, Closes 3/9/16
The successful applicant will be responsible to respond to all Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA) requests.  This position performs limited legal assistant tasks with constant review and supervision by the Risk Manager.Construction Technician IV (Office), R-4 Price

Opens 2/29/16. Closes 3/9/16

This construction technician is responsible for providing adequate levels of office documentation for multiple construction projects running concurrently. To accomplish this task, the individual will be responsible for:

  • managing the correspondence and paperwork of current projects
  • organizing all the documentation and preparing projects for final review and approval (close-out).

Extensive prior experience on construction projects is required for this position in order to possess the skills necessary to effectively manage projects.

February 24th, 2016

#WorkForUsWednesday for Feb 24

No Comments, Employee Focus, by Guest Post.

Hello there, job seekers (or friends of job seekers)! On today’s #workforusWednesday, we have exactly one (1!) new job to share. But there are plenty more positions available from last week, that you should check out. Some of those include a Right of Way Engineer, rotational engineers in many locations in the state, and a transportation technician in Sevier County.

Of course, you’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

Happy applying!

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Recruitment #7790 – Transportation Technician II – Station 122, Ogden, UT
Opens 02/19/2016, Closes 03/03/2016

Incumbents in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.