November 15th, 2011
NEW FINAL FOUROptimize Mobility, Preserve Infrastructure, by Catherine Higgins.
Four statements that underscore UDOT’s responsibility as custodian of the state transportation system have been re-tooled to meet the changing technological, political and economic climate.
The “Final Four,” statements that sum up UDOT’s core responsibilities, have been learned and recited by UDOT employees for nearly a decade. Now the components of the old statements have been shifted, and a new goal has been added, to give an updated emphasis to what it means to improve the transportation system.
UDOT Director John Njord introduced the new goals at the Annual Conference this week.
Times change, and backed by advice given by former Governor Mike Leavitt, UDOT Director John Njord has opted to “lead change and prosper.”
“When I consider where we are as a department, I believe we are leading change and for the most part, we are prospering.”
Njord listed the new goals:
- Preserve Infrastructure — Our primary goal is to take care of the transportation infrastructure. The most effective way to preserve the transportation system is to maintain a regular schedule of up-keep to prevent deterioration.
- Optimize Mobility — The former goals, Increasing Capacity and Make the System Work will be combined into a new goal, Optimize Mobility, which will incorporate making improvements that reduce delay on freeways, at intersections and along major corridors and judiciously expanding system capacity.
- Improve Safety — Safety will always be a core responsibility of UDOT. That work includes improving safety on roads as well as work sites.
- Strengthen the Economy — “The work we do is fundamental to a strong economy,” said Njord. While prosperity is the role of the private sector, “government can however facilitate, enable and in some cases, stimulate and in the case of our business, we can actually strengthen economic prosperity.”
Keeping a proper focus
Njord pointed out that while the economic path ahead is uncertain, one certainty does exist for all who work for a better system. “Let’s not focus on those things we cannot control but, rather focus first on the things completely within our control and work our way out from there,” said Njord.
“Let’s make sure that at the end of our work, communities in which we perform can honestly say they would have us back to do it again.”
Njord said UDOT and valued partners in the local transportation industry have proven to be the “gold standard” in work accomplished during the past year. “I have great confidence in your abilities to tackle whatever comes next.”
Read the full text of Njord’s speech here: Njord address at 2011 UDOT Conference .