Monthly Archives: July 2016

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

 

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.

 

Josh and Panama Ninos

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.

 

Media Event: New technique demolishes bridge deck with water

Media invited to witness hydro demolition, a force of 36,000 PSI of water pressure to remove bridge deck on I-215

WHAT:

Local media are invited to take a tour of the I-215 construction zone and view hydro demolition work up-close. Hydro demolition uses high pressure water jets to demolish concrete bridge decks without damaging the reinforcing steel or structure underneath.

The I-215 reconstruction project is one of the first in Utah to use this new technique, which is quicker and more precise than traditional bridge deck demolition methods. Other projects utilizing this method include the U.S. 40 bridge maintenance project currently underway in Summit County, and an upcoming bridge maintenance project starting next month on the I-215 east belt.

WHEN:

Friday, July 29, 2016, at 9 a.m.

  • Shuttle vehicles will leave promptly at 9:15 a.m. Media members will be escorted to the work zone for on-site interviews and video/photos, then will be returned to the Traffic Operations Center.

WHERE:

UDOT Traffic Operations Center, 2060 South 2760 West

Meet in parking lot located across the street on the east side of the building

  • To enter the construction zone, participants must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. In addition, personal protective equipment will be provided and must be worn.

WHO:

Oanh Le-Spradlin, project manager for the I-215 reconstruction project

VISUALS:

  • Up-close view of hydro demolition machinery, including high-pressure water jets, debris removal vacuums, and other construction equipment
  • View of the construction zone and live traffic passing on I-215

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – July 20, 2016

For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday, we have several different positions that cover a number of different UDOT departments. They’re primarily located in region one and the UDOT complex.

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 #09184 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Spec), Echo Port of Entry, Opens 7/13/16, Closes 7/28/16
  • Recruitment #09290 – Property Manager (Right of Way Agent II), Complex – Right of Way, Opens 7/15/16, Closes 7/26/16
  • Recruitment #09309 – Training Coordinator (Trainer III), TL with benefits, Complex – Training, Opens 7/15/16, Closes7/26/16
  • Recruitment #09283 – HPMS Data and Research Analyst (Research Analyst), TL with benefits, Complex – Asset Management, Opens 7/15/16, Closes 7/26/16
  • Recruitment #09337 – Land Surveyor, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 07/19/2016, Closes 08/01/2016
  • Recruitment #09359 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Bothwell, Opens 07/19/2016, Closes 07/26/2016
  • Recruitment #09352 – GIS Analyst, Complex – Program Development, Opens 07/19/2016, Closes 08/01/2016

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.

S.R. 201 Overnight Closure Scheduled This Weekend

For Immediate Release

S.R. 201 Overnight Closure Scheduled This Weekend

Lane restrictions also scheduled on I-15 at the Point of the Mountain, Bangerter Highway, and I-15 in Utah County 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 13, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is scheduled to close S.R. 201 near the I-215 interchange Friday night, July 15, beginning at 9 p.m. Drivers should plan ahead and use I-80 as an alternate route.

 

Eastbound S.R. 201 will close beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, and then westbound S.R. 201 will close by midnight. S.R. 201 will open in both directions by Saturday, July 16, at 6 a.m. During this closure, crews will place new beams for temporary bridges on I-215.

 

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 this weekend, northbound I-15 is scheduled to be reduced to one lane from 2100 North in Lehi to 14600 South in Bluffdale for three nights – Friday, July 15; Saturday, July 16; and Sunday, July 17. Lane closures will start as early as 8 p.m. each night, with northbound I-15 reduced to one lane by midnight. All lanes will reopen by 10 a.m. on Saturday andSunday and by 5:30 a.m. on Monday. Crews will be paving and continuing bridge work as part of the I-15 widening project near the Point of the Mountain.

 

Other projects that drivers should plan for this week include:

 

I-15 in Provo – Lane restrictions are scheduled the nights of Wednesday, July 13, and Thursday, July 14, on I-15 near University Avenue (Exit 263) in Provo. On Wednesday night, southbound I-15 will be reduced to two lanes at 8 p.m., with all lanes scheduled to open Thursday at 6 a.m. Also that night, northbound I-15 is scheduled to be reduced to three lanes from 7 p.m. to midnight.

 

Then, on Thursday night, July 14, southbound I-15 is scheduled to be reduced to three lanes as early as 9 p.m., with all lanes reopening by Friday, July 15, at 6 a.m. These lane closures will allow crews to install new overhead signs for the Provo Westside Connector on I-15.  

 

Bangerter Highway at I-15 – The on-ramp from eastbound Bangerter Highway to southbound I-15 is scheduled to close from Friday, July 15, at 11 p.m., to Monday, July 18, at 6 a.m. Crews will be repairing the concrete pavement on the ramp. Eastbound drivers should get on northbound I-15, then use the 12300 South interchange to turn around onto southbound I-15.

 

I-15 in Lehi – Lane restrictions are scheduled on I-15 in Lehi near the Main Street (Exit 279) each night from Saturday, July 16, to Monday, July 18, while crews complete pavement repairs:

 

  • Northbound I-15 will be reduced to two lanes from Saturday, July 16, at 10 p.m. to Sunday, July 17, at 9 a.m. In addition, the northbound on-ramp from Main Street to I-15 will be closed during this time.
  • Southbound I-15 will be reduced to two lanes from Sunday, July 17, at 10 p.m., to Monday, July 18, at 6 a.m., and again from Monday, July 18, at 10 p.m., to Tuesday, July 19, at 6 a.m.

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – July 13, 2016

Another #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT, with six more job openings. 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 #9162 – Transportation Technician II – Hooper, R-1 Hooper, Opens 07/06/2016, Closes 07/19/2016
  • Recruitment #08943 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Purgatory, Opens 070/7/16, Closes 7/21/16
  • Recruitment #09200 – Transportation Planner (Transportation Project Manager), Complex – Planning, Opens 7/8/16, Closes 7/18/16
  •  Recruitment #09207 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Spec II), Wendover Port of Entry, Opens 7/8/16, Closes 7/18/16
  • Recruitment #09201 – Financial Manager II, Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 7/8/16, Closes 7/18/16
  • Recruitment #09211 – Materials Lab Technician III (Engineering Technician III), Region 2 / SLC, Opens 07/11/2016, Closes 07/25/2016

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.

#WorkForUsWednesday: July 6, 2016

Are you passionate about keeping Utah moving like we are? For #WorkForUsWednesday, check out these new positions open with UDOT.

  • Recruitment #09126 – General Maintenance Worker, R-3 Orem, Opens 07/01/2016, Continuous
  • Recruitment #9162 – Transportation Technician II – Hooper, R-1 Hooper, Opens 07/06/2016, Closes 07/19/2016

There are also positions open for seasonal general maintenance in Salt Lake,  Summit and Tooele counties. General Maintenance workers are the front lines of UDOT employees and the ones who really see what it takes to keep Utah moving.

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.