March 28th, 2011

CHANGE CAN BE GOOD

Optimize Mobility, by Catherine Higgins.

TravelWise during freeway re-construction in Utah County

While workers busily reconstruct I-15 in Utah County, commuters can choose TravelWise strategies to make travel more convenient. These workers are installing concrete. See another post about 40-year pavement in an earlier post: http://blog.udot.utah.gov/2011/01/first-design-to-last/

Choices can make all the difference — leaving for work earlier, car pooling or tele-working can help commuters avoid traffic delay and get around more efficiently during road construction. UDOT has promoted TravelWise strategies to individuals and businesses for years. Now messages about those helpful strategies are being integrated into the biggest construction project in the state- the I- 15 CORE project in Utah County.

Traffic on I-15 in Utah County--taking public transportation can be a cost-saving and convenient travel option.

I-15 CORE Project Team members have emphasized these TravelWise strategies since the beginning of construction of the project by posting information on construction website and presenting information to employers close to the construction corridor.

“TravelWise strategies have been a key component of our communication plans for the I-15 CORE project from the very beginning, says Scott Thompson, Public Involvement Manager in UDOT Region Three. “We understand that strategies such as carpooling, tele-commuting, trip chaining and flexible work schedules are vital in helping us reduce traffic during this construction project.”

Here are some great strategies for businesses that be used to implement a TravelWise construction plan to help employees:

  • Identify a TravelWise coordinator or implementation task force to oversee the program.
  • Conduct a participant survey (provided by the TravelWise team) to determine interest.
  • Design your program to fit best with participant interests. To get started, visit www.travelwise.utah.gov.
  • Promote your TravelWise program through newsletters, emails, on a website, etc.
  • Track participation and effectiveness of the program and make any necessary adjustments.

Road users who adopt TravelWise strategies can see many benefits including enjoying a less stress-free commute or a more economical use of time when running errands. UDOT encourages all drivers to take a lot a look at the TravelWise website and incorporate helpful strategies into travel plans.

When more people use TravelWise strategies, cumulative benefits can help everyone, since travel delay can be reduced. “We continue to promote TravelWise messages in everything we do and believe they have been beneficial in helping us reduce congestion in Utah County,” says Thompson.

Contact the I5-CORE team with any questions or concerns along the way.

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Responses to “CHANGE CAN BE GOOD”

  1. Change can definitely be a good thing. Planning ahead and changing your commute through a construction zone can cut down your travel time, as well as limit the amount of stress you have while driving.

  2. I like being able to look up things on the web and plan accordingly. I like the Travelwise Tracker that is on the website. I just wish there was some sort of application that would easily tie in with the gps on my Blackberry. That would be really nice.

    Jim W. Smith at June 30, 2011 8:50 am
  3. It is great to see that the government try to keep roads in good shape and to upgrade roads to better the traffic situations, but can’t they plan ahead and not do this kind of upgrading work during holidays and the end of the year?

  4. UDOT does as much work as possible during off-peak hours and many projects take a break during holidays when a lot of traveling takes place.

    Catherine Higgins at June 11, 2012 3:19 pm
  5. I like being able to look up things on the web and plan accordingly. I like the Travelwise Tracker that is on the website. I just wish there was some sort of application that would easily tie in with the gps on my Blackberry. That would be really nice.

  6. Change can definitely be a good thing. Planning ahead and changing your commute through a construction zone can cut down your travel time, as well as limit the amount of stress you have while driving.

  7. Travelling by train or bus helps to decrease traffic and saves the environment from polution.
    Everyone should try to avoid driving short distances by car and take the bycicle for example.
    Also fuelsaving machines are needed, not only to save some money!

    Great post!

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