Monthly Archives: September 2016

#WorkForUsWednesday – September 28, 2016

It’s #WorkForUsWednesday! Check out these nine job openings with UDOT that stretch the entire state. We have a big need for Transportation Technicians. This position is a great way to get into UDOT and be part of a team that performs roadway maintenance and construction.

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 #09974 – Environmental Performance Manager (Environmental Manager), Complex – Environmental, Opens 9/14/16, Closes 10/3/16
  • Recruitment #10018 – Land Surveyor, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 09/26/2016, Closes 10/09/2016
  • Recruitment #10063- Office Specialist II (Part time with benefits), Complex – Administration, Opens 09/27/2016, Closes10/04/2016
  • Recruitment #10035 – Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Stations 225 & 230, Opens 9/23/16, Closes 10/9/16
  • Recruitment #10034 – Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Station 227 (2 vacancies), Opens 9/23/16, Closes 10/9/16
  • Recruitment #10084 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Garrison, Milford, Opens 9/22/16, Closes 10/02/16
  • Recruitment #10026 – Transportation Technician II (2 positions), Region 4 – Salina, Opens 9/21/16, Closes 10/02/16
  • Recruitment #10113- Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Centerville, Opens 09/27/2016, Closes 10/03/2016
  • Recruitment #10084 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Garrison, Milford, Opens 9/22/16, Closes 10/02/16 

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.

#WorkForUsWednesday – September 21, 2016

We’re halfway through the week, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday. There are three new positions here at UDOT. Check them out!

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 #09974 – Environmental Performance Manager (Environmental Manager), Complex – Environmental, Opens 9/14/16, Closes 10/3/16
  • Recruitment #10026 – Transportation Technician II (2 positions), Region 4 – Salina, Opens 9/21/16, Closes 10/02/16

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.

UDOT Launches New Technology Making Crosswalks Safer for Students, Crossing Guards

UDOT Launches New Technology Making Crosswalks Safer for Students, Crossing Guards
UDOT first in the nation to arm local school crossing guards with tool to enable longer “walk” time during peak hours

WEST JORDAN (Sept. 14, 2016) — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) unveiled a new technology Wednesday that allows school crossing guards to add extra “walk” time on a crosswalk signal during peak periods. This increases safety by allowing students more time to get across the busy street.

By using a newly engineered key on signal boxes, crossing guards can now add 10-15 seconds of extra “walk” time during morning and afternoon hours when students walk and bike to school. This increases safety and allows traffic to continue moving smoothly and efficiently throughout the day.

UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center is the first in the nation to develop this technology. Installing the key costs about $20 per crosswalk, plus 30 minutes of installation time for an electrician.

“This is a low cost, easy solution that will pay off with increased safety and better traffic flow for the area, which is UDOT’s ultimate goal,” said UDOT School and Pedestrian Safety Program Manager Cherissa Olson. “We want to make sure students are getting to and from school every day safe and sound.”

Crossing guards who help students cross the busy 9000 South near 2200 West to Hawthorn Academy and Westvale Elementary in West Jordan every day welcome the new technology.

“With all of the traffic in this area, something had to be done to help our students get to and from school safely,” said Cindy Jacobsen, crossing guard supervisor for West Jordan. “This new tool from UDOT gives us an easy solution that will make our jobs easier.”

Schools interested in using this new technology at their crosswalks can email askudottraffic@utah.gov.

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – September 14, 2016

For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday, there are two new openings. Transportation Technicians are the imperative to the work we do.

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 #09895 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Escalante, Opens 9/08/16, Closes 9/18/16
  • Recruitment #09908 – Transportation Technician II – Ogden, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 09/12/2016, Closes 09/20/2016

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.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: UDOT to Launch New Technology Making Crosswalks Safer for Students, Crossing Guards

UDOT to Launch New Technology Making Crosswalks Safer for Students, Crossing Guards

UDOT first in the nation to arm local school crossing guards with tool to enable longer “walk” time during peak hours

 

WHAT:

Media availability where the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will unveil a new technology that allows school crossing guards to add extra “walk” time on a crosswalk signal during peak periods. This increases safety by allowing students more time to get across the busy street.

Crossing guards can add an extra 10-15 seconds of “walk time” by using a newly engineered key on signal boxes that not only increases safety but also allows traffic to continue moving smoothly and efficiently throughout the day.

UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center is the first in the nation to develop this technology.

 

WHEN:
Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:45 a.m.

 

WHERE:
Crosswalk at 2200 West 9000 South in West Jordan near Hawthorn Academy and West Vale Elementary

 

WHO:
UDOT School and Pedestrian Safety Program Manager Cherissa Olson

Crossing guards

 

VISUALS:

– Crossing guards activating signal boxes to add extra walk time

– Crossing guards guiding children safely through crosswalk to school

 

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – September, 7, 2016

For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday, we have three openings. Check them out!

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 #09805 – Temporary Office Specialist I, Complex – Construction, Opens 8/31/16, Closes 9/13/16
  • Recruitment #09751 – Transportation Technician I Seasonal, Region 3 – Lehi – Opens 08/25/2016, Closes 09/12/2016
  • Recruitment #09767 – Field Engineer (Engineer III) – Region 4, Hurricane, St. George – Opens 08/25/2016, Closes 09/07/2016

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.

Happy Birthday Lester Wire

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Lester Farnsworth Wire (Photo Courtesy The Utah Historical Society)

 

As drivers hit the road for their holiday travel, it’s easy to take for granted the innovations of modern driving. One of those, the traffic light, has history to the beehive state.

Lester Farnsworth Wire is one of the first to develop a working traffic signal. Lester was born September 3, 1887 in Utah and worked as a Salt Lake City police detective. In 1912 he invented an electric traffic light based on the European semaphore system. According to an article by the Utah Historical Society, while he was assigned to the traffic squad, Lester became very concerned

Lester Wire, a Salt Lake City Police Officer, invented the first traffic signal. (Utah State History photo, used with permission)

Lester Wire, a Salt Lake City Police Officer, invented the first traffic signal. (Utah State History photo, used with permission)

about the patrolmen who would stand in the middle of the intersection to direct traffic. He invented a device that could be operated from the side of the road.

The simple “flashing bird house” used a two-way switch to control red and green lights and was powered by the lines for the trolley cars.

At first the signal was perceived as a joke by the local community. No one wanted to stop, and often officers would find the light had been knocked over or destroyed during the night. Lester became very discouraged, but people from larger cities were impressed by the innovation.

Following his service in World War I, Lester made several improvements to the design, and over several years the traffic signal we know today came from it.

Today Utah has over 2,000 traffic signals owned by the city, county and state governments. Sophisticated and complex networking allows them to detect cars, adjust delays and sync intersections.

Effective signal coordination improves safety, saves fuel, reduces emissions, and enhances traffic flow, and to think it all had a start here in Utah. So this weekend we give a nod to one of the traffic pioneers who started it all. Happy Birthday, Lester Wire.

Lester Wire Library

To honor Lester Wire, there’s a section of the Calvin Rampton Complex named after him.

This replica of Lester Wire's first traffic light greets visitors to the UDOT Traffic Operations Center.

This replica of Lester Wire’s first traffic light greets visitors to the UDOT Traffic Operations Center.

PRESS RELEASE – Heavy Labor Day Traffic Delays Expected Thursday and Friday


 

For Immediate Release

Heavy Labor Day Traffic Delays Expected Thursday and Friday

Drivers urged to plan ahead, allow extra travel time this weekend

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 1, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises Wasatch Front drivers to expect heavy delays of up 30 minutes to an hour on I-15 during the evening commute this Labor Day weekend. Delays are expected on Thursday between 2 and 8 p.m., and on Friday between 2 and 9 p.m.
On Monday afternoon, drivers should plan for heavy traffic on I-15 between St. George and Provo between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Congestion and heavy delays are also possible Monday on U.S. 6 from the U.S. 89 junction to the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon.

Most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays. However, existing lane restrictions or traffic shifts will remain in place where needed to protect the work zone and ensure safety. Some areas where drivers should expect restrictions include:

I-15 between Bangerter Highway and 12300 South: lanes are shifted and speeds are reduced to 55 miles per hour in the active construction zone. Where safety permits, the speed limit has been restored to 70 miles per hour. Crews are widening the freeway to six lanes in each direction and placing new concrete pavement from Lehi to Draper.
I-15 from Farr West to Brigham City: all lanes remain open, but lanes are narrowed and the speed limit has been reduced to 65 miles per hour. Crews are widening I-15 to three lanes in each direction from 2700 North in Farr West to 1100 South in Brigham City.
I-215 from S.R. 201 to 4700 South: all lanes remain open, but traffic is shifted and lanes have been narrowed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 miles per hour. Crews are reconstructing the freeway with new concrete, adding auxiliary lanes, and replacing the bridges over S.R. 201.
I-215 near 6200 South: the freeway has been reduced to two lanes in each direction, with all traffic shifted into the northbound lanes. Crews are reconstructing the bridge decks on I-215 at 6200 South and several other nearby locations.

In addition, the southbound I-15 Express Lane is closed daily between Layton Parkway and 200 North. The Express Lane will be open this weekend, and is scheduled to reopen each morning from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. for the morning commute, but remains closed all other times through October. Crews are adding an auxiliary lane to make it easier for drivers to get on and off the freeway.

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