Monthly Archives: December 2016

#WorkForUsWednesday – December 28, 2016

It’s the last #WorkForUsWednesday in 2016. This weekly post is meant to highlight the diverse job opportunities available at UDOT. This week we have four new openings located throughout the state. Transportation Technicians are especially important this time of year, as they’re the ones that keep our snowy roads clear.

Come join a workforce who’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #10925 – Senior Leader’s Assistant (Administrative Assistant), Complex – Program Development, Opens 12/21/16, Closes 1/5/17
  • Recruitment #10934 – Transportation Technician II (Logan Summit), Region 1, Opens 12/22/16, Closes 1/5/17
  • Recruitment #10916 – Information Specialist II, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 12/20/16, Closes 1/6/17
  • Recruitment #10968 – Transportation Technician II, Green River – Region 4, Opens 12/27/16, Closes 1/02/17

Visit the Utah State Jobs website to get more information about each position and to apply. 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.

#WorkfForUsWednesday – December 21, 2016

Happy #WorkForUsWednesday. We have two new openings in our region and main offices. They’re office jobs, but those are just as important to the mission of keeping Utah Moving.

Come join a workforce who’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #10911 – Contract Administrator (Purchasing Agent II), Complex / SLC, Opens 12/19/16, Closes 01/03/17
  • Recruitment #10916 – Information Specialist II, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 12/20/16, Closes 1/6/17

Visit the Utah State Jobs website to get more information about each position and to apply. 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 – December 14, 2016

It’s #WorkForUsWednesday. Check out these five new openings!

Come join a workforce who’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #10710 – Senior Design Engineer (Engineer IV), Region 3 – Orem, Opens 12/07/2016, Closes 12/18/2016
  • Recruitment #10868 – Right of Way Title and Closing Program Manager (Program Manager), Complex – Right of Way, Opens 12/13/16, Closes 12/27/16
  • Recruitment #10846 – Region Safety Loss Control Coordinator, Region 3 – Orem, Opens 12/13/2016, Closes 01/05/2017
  • Recruitment #10724 – Transportation Technician – Station 233, Cottonwood Canyon/SLC (Region 2), Opens 12/7/16, Closes 12/14/16
  • Recruitment #10709 – Roadway Design Engineer (Engineer III), Region 3 – Orem, Opens 12/07/2016, Closes 12/18/16

Visit the Utah State Jobs website to get more information about each position and to apply. 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.

PRESS RELEASE – Downtown SLC Traffic Delays Expected for Weekend Events

For Immediate Release

Downtown SLC Traffic Delays Expected

for Weekend Events

UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center will time traffic signals to keep traffic moving during packed holiday weekend

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 8, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for heavy holiday traffic this Saturday, Dec. 10, in downtown Salt Lake City, with several events scheduled that evening. Heaviest delays are expected between 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., so drivers should plan to arrive downtown before 6:15 p.m.

Events scheduled include performances of White Christmas at the Eccles Theater; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert; and a Utah Jazz basketball game, Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular at Abravanel Hall, in addition to downtown Christmas light displays and holiday shopping.

The special events team at the UDOT Traffic Operations Center plans several weeks in advance for events like this. Traffic engineers will also be monitoring signals on several main roads near downtown Salt Lake City, including State Street, 300 West, North Temple, South Temple, 400 South, and others, to assist drivers traveling to and from these events.

UDOT also advises drivers to plan extra time for parking, as some parking garages will be full or nearly full. Suggested alternatives include riding UTA TRAX into downtown, or parking within the downtown free-fare zone and taking TRAX from the parking lot to the event venue.

For the latest information on traffic conditions, 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.

 

-UDOT-

Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov

#WorkForUsWednesday – November 7, 2016

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT. Check out these three new job openings for Transportation Techs and a Journey Auto Worker. Did you know UDOT has a workforce of about 75 in it’s auto mechanic shops. They fix everything from big dump trucks to lawn mowers. Get a peek at the work they do here: https://youtu.be/pjs3IuKyiWk.

Come join a workforce who’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #10769 – Transportation Technician II – Duchesne, Region 3 – Duchesne, Opens 12/06/2016, Closes 12/18/2016
  • Recruitment #10729 – Journey Auto Worker, Complex – Equipment Operations, Opens 12/6/16, Closes 12/13/16
  • Recruitment #10769 – Transportation Technician II – Duchesne, Region 3 – Duchesne, Opens 12/06/2016, Closes 12/18/2016

Visit the Utah State Jobs website to get more information about each position and to apply. 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.

Striping Utah’s Roads

The task of striping Utah’s roads is one that UDOT is continually looking to improve and presents several unique challenges. We are leading the way in many aspects compared to like states around us, but there is ground to be made.

In order to make our striping reflective we use round glass beads embedded in paint and other binders as shown below. The light is reflected back to the driver’s eyes.

The visibility of the reflectivity is reduced, in the winter, by the accumulation of salt and dirt on the road. We rely on the spring rains to wash off the salt and dirt. It is also reduced, of course, by rain and snow.

The durability of our striping is impacted by plowing and traffic. We need to have a product that will withstand the winter plowing, and last throughout the rest of the year. In the past few years we have started recessing more of our striping below the road surface to help it last longer, however even this solution can be problematic during plowing, as dirt, snow and ice can fill recessed areas making the paint hard to see.

Striping is weather dependent.  It can only be applied when the temperature is 50 deg. F minimum and when the road surface is dry.  In the urban areas, it is also traffic dependent.  It is done during off-peak hours, usually at night, when traffic volumes are at a minimum.

Utah is divided into 6 striping districts.  Each district has a full-time crew that stripes continuously during the warm months.  Each district’s goal is to paint every road, every year.  They also have the ability to hire a contractor to help out with their work when they can’t get to all roads because of weather or equipment malfunctions.

Striping is also installed by contractors on our road reconstruction projects.

We are continually working on a better solution to improving the visibility of our lines in wet weather.  We have tried several approaches including a different mix of beads and paint, recessed reflective material and wider stripes.