Monthly Archives: May 2017

HAPPENING TODAY: Mother of teen killed in crosswalk warns drivers to be safe during 100 Deadliest Days

For Immediate Release

 

Mother of teen killed in crosswalk warns drivers to be safe during 100 Deadliest Days

Fatal crashes nearly double from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day in Utah
WHAT:          
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will mark the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days with a media event on Thursday
 
The family of 17-year-old BaiLee DiBernardo, who was hit and killed by two distracted drivers while walking in a crosswalk near her home and school, will be available to speak with reporters.
 
The event marks the beginning of ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for travel on Utah roadways. From Memorial Day to Labor Day fatal crashes nearly double compared to the rest of the year. With 94 percent of all fatal crashes being caused by human error (including distracted driving, speeding, exhaustion, impairment and not buckling up), UDOT and the UHP urge drivers to focus on the road and strive for Zero Fatalities.
 
This year, 88 people have died on Utah roads. In 2016 distracted drivers took 27 lives and caused 147 serious injuries. 
 
WHEN:          
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – Kristina Morris will share her daughter’s crash story
9:35 – 10:30 a.m. – One-on-one interviews
 
WHERE:       
Near pedestrian crosswalk (Fort Lane & Lindsay): 201 N Fort Lane, Layton, UT 84041
 
**** Please avoid parking on Fort Lane. Parking available on Lindsay St. behind the fire station along the fence, or on the South side of the America First Credit Union. ****
 
WHO:
  • Kristina Morris (BaiLee’s mother) and family members
  • Col. Michael Rapich, UHP
  • John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer
MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer

NEWS RELEASE: Delays Expected on Wasatch Front Roads for Memorial Day Weekend

For Immediate Release

 

Delays Expected on Wasatch Front Roads for Memorial Day Weekend

Plan extra travel time, leave early or late to reduce congestion

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 24, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges Wasatch Front drivers to expect delays of up to an hour on I-15 during the afternoon and evening this Thursday and Friday for Memorial Day weekend. Traffic is expected to begin building as early as noon on both days, so holiday travelers are advised to rethink their trip by leaving early in the day or later in the evening.

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during Memorial Day weekend (Friday through Monday). 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-80 off-ramps at Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City: The eastbound and westbound I-80 off-ramps at Foothill Drive remain closed for the next few months. Crews are reconstructing several Foothill Drive bridges over I-80, I-215, and Parleys Way this summer.
  • I-215 from S.R. 201 to 4700 South in Salt Lake County: The northbound lane split on I-215 will remain in place for the next several months. The speed limit has been lowered to 60 miles an hour in the work zone. Crews are reconstructing the I-215 west belt from S.R. 201 to 4700 South with new concrete, adding new exit-only lanes, and installing new lighting, signals, and traffic management systems.
  • S.R. 248 from U.S. 40 to Kamas in Summit County: All traffic has been shifted into the eastbound lanes while crews remove and replace the pavement in the westbound lanes. Delays are expected, as one lane in each direction is closed, and the speed limit has been reduced to 55 miles per hour.
  • I-15 from Exit 4 to Exit 5 in St. George: All lanes are open on I-15, but lanes are narrowed, traffic is shifted, and the speed limit is reduced in the work zone between exits 4 and 5 (Brigham Road and Dixie Drive). Work continues to widen the freeway and construct two new bridges over the Virgin River.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Monte Cristo Highway Opens For Season On May 25

For Immediate Release

 

Monte Cristo Highway Opens For Season On May 25

Seasonal highway will remain open to all traffic until next fall

 

Ogden– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises motorists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts that state Road 39, the Monte Cristo Highway, will open to all traffic for the spring and summer season at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.

SR-39 will open from milepost 37, the Ant Flat parking lot east of Huntsville, to milepost 56 near Woodruff in Rich County.  Once the gates are opened, the roadway between these two points will remain open until late next fall.  The remainder of this route is open year around.

SR-39 is closed for the winter months between these points each year due to motorist safety concerns and the prohibitive cost of keeping it open to traffic.  The roadway is opened each spring once winter weather conditions have generally subsided.  Motorists are advised, however, that winter storms may still occur at the highest elevations on this highway well into the summer months, so they should be prepared for this when traveling this route.

For information about Utah road conditions 24-hours per day, go to the UDOT Traffic Website at http://udottraffic.utah.gov, or download the free Utah Traffic App, available for download by most mobile devices.

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Media Contact:
Vic Saunders
UDOT Region 1 Communications Manager
vsaunders@utah.gov
Cell:  801-726-4120

Media Event: Utah Pedestrian Fatalities Rise 25 Percent in Five Years, Local Leaders Call for Action to Save Lives

Utah Pedestrian Fatalities Rise 25 Percent in Five Years,

Local Leaders Call for Action to Save Lives

Media invited for passenger’s seat view to experience the real risks plaguing pedestrians and drivers

 

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Unified Police Department invite media to experience a first-hand view from the passenger’s seat of the risks endangering pedestrians. This media availability will give an unprecedented look at the need for pedestrians to be recognizable, especially at dawn, dusk and dark —and for drivers to pay extra attention and watch out for pedestrians on our roadways.

WHERE:
Utah Department of Public Safety Driver License Division (DLD) Test Track , 2780 West 4700 South, West Valley City – enter the parking lot of the DLD office off 4700 South.
Participating media must wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes.

 

WHEN:
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8 p.m.

  • 8 p.m. – media invited to conduct one-on-one interviews
  • 9 p.m.– media invited to experience the driving course after dark
  • Reporters may also schedule interviews earlier Thursday by contacting John Gleason. On Thursday morning, John will email nighttime b-roll footage of the course, which is embargoed until 9 p.m. Thursday.

WHO:

  • Detective Mike Anderson, Crash Analysis Reconstruction Investigator, Unified Police Dept.
  • John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer

 

VISUALS: Media encouraged to bring GoPro cameras to capture additional dashcam footage

  • Pedestrian mannequins stationed throughout driving course in various levels of visibility.
  • Reflective gear display: reflective gear, stickers, lights and other simple solutions for pedestrians of all ages.
  • Thumb drive of recent “Reflect Yourself” social video – as well as b-roll footage of course.

   

           

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
801.560.7740
jgleason@utah.gov

NEWS RELEASE: New Bangerter Highway Interchange Opens Tomorrow

For Immediate Release

 

New Bangerter Highway Interchange Opens Tomorrow

Freeway-style interchange to help traffic flow near I-15

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 12, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) newest freeway-style interchange, located on Bangerter Highway at 600 West in Draper, is scheduled to open by Saturday morning, May 13. This new interchange will reduce delays and improve travel for drivers on Bangerter Highway near I-15.

 

The new interchange means drivers will need to adjust to several new traffic patterns:

  • Eastbound and westbound drivers will be able to exit at 600 West to access 200 West-area businesses via 13490 South and 13775 South.
  • The traffic signal at Bangerter Highway and 200 West will be removed.
  • 200 West will be accessible from Bangerter Highway via “right in, right out” only. This means that drivers on 200 West can turn right onto Bangerter Highway, and Bangerter Highway drivers will be able to turn right onto 200 West.
  • All left turns, as well as through traffic on 200 West, will be prohibited.

UDOT is upgrading the intersections along Bangerter Highway to interchanges to help improve traffic flow and meet the growing transportation need in southern and western Salt Lake County. The 600 West interchange is the third interchange constructed on Bangerter Highway in the past four years. The other two are located at Redwood Road and 7800 South.

 

This year UDOT is building four additional interchanges along Bangerter Highway. Work has already begun at 7000 South, and construction is scheduled to begin later this summer at 5400 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South. The 7000 South interchange is scheduled to open in late 2017, and the other three locations in 2018.

 

UDOT recently recommended the Utah Transportation Commission allocate funding to build an interchange at 6200 South in 2019, and interchanges at 10400 South and 12600 South in 2022. In the future, more intersections along Bangerter Highway will be upgraded to interchanges as funding permits and based on traffic demand.

 

Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic conditions, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android.

 

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

Governor Appoints Two New State Transportation Commissioners

For Immediate Release

Governor Appoints Two New State Transportation Commissioners

New commissioners will represent central, southern Utah in prioritizing UDOT projects and deciding how funds are spent  

Donna Law (Photo courtesy SUU)

Larry Ellertson (Photo courtesy Utah Local Governments Trust)

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 12, 2017) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed former Utah County Commissioner Larry Ellertson and Southern Utah University administrator Donna Law as new members of the Utah State Transportation Commission, replacing J. Kent Millington and Gayle McKeachnie, whose terms of service on the Commission have expired.

Gov. Herbert also designated Ellertson as Commission Chair, a position held by Millington since early 2016.

The governor’s action now awaits state senate confirmation.

Once confirmed, Ellertson and Law will serve as part of an independent advisory Transportation Commission that prioritizes UDOT’s state-wide projects and decides how funds allocated for transportation by the state legislature are spent.

Both new commissioners bring considerable background and experience to the Commission. In addition to work on the Utah County Commission, Ellertson has served as mayor of Lindon, Utah; president of the Utah League of Cities & Towns; chairman of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce; and chairman of the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees. Law is executive director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service at Southern Utah University. She has served as the university’s director of Government Relations and in several capacities associated with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She has also been a member of the Utah Arts and Museums board and chair of the Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism and Convention Bureau.

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

NEWS RELEASE: New Bangerter Highway Interchange Opens Tomorrow

New Bangerter Highway Interchange Opens Tomorrow

Freeway-style interchange to help traffic flow near I-15

 SALT LAKE CITY (May 12, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) newest freeway-style interchange, located on Bangerter Highway at 600 West in Draper, is scheduled to open by Saturday morning, May 13. This new interchange will reduce delays and improve travel for drivers on Bangerter Highway near I-15.

The new interchange means drivers will need to adjust to several new traffic patterns:

  • Eastbound and westbound drivers will be able to exit at 600 West to access 200 West-area businesses via 13490 South and 13775 South.
  • The traffic signal at Bangerter Highway and 200 West will be removed.
  • 200 West will be accessible from Bangerter Highway via “right in, right out” only. This means that drivers on 200 West can turn right onto Bangerter Highway, and Bangerter Highway drivers will be able to turn right onto 200 West.
  • All left turns, as well as through traffic on 200 West, will be prohibited.

UDOT is upgrading the intersections along Bangerter Highway to interchanges to help improve traffic flow and meet the growing transportation need in southern and western Salt Lake County. The 600 West interchange is the third interchange constructed on Bangerter Highway in the past four years. The other two are located at Redwood Road and 7800 South.

This year UDOT is building four additional interchanges along Bangerter Highway. Work has already begun at 7000 South, and construction is scheduled to begin later this summer at 5400 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South. The 7000 South interchange is scheduled to open in late 2017, and the other three locations in 2018.

UDOT recently recommended the Utah Transportation Commission allocate funding to build an interchange at 6200 South in 2019, and interchanges at 10400 South and 12600 South in 2022. In later years, more intersections along Bangerter Highway will be upgraded to interchanges as funding permits and based on traffic demand.

Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic conditions, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android.

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Media Contact:

John Gleason

UDOT Public Information Officer

jgleason@utah.gov

Cell: 801-560-7740

NEWS RELEASE: I-80 Exits at Foothill Drive to Close for Up to Four Months

For Immediate Release

 

I-80 Exits at Foothill Drive to Close for Up to Four Months

Closure needed to accommodate bridge reconstruction; drivers advised to use alternate routes

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 5, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) alerts drivers to plan for long-term closures at the I-80 eastbound and westbound exits at Foothill Drive. The exits are scheduled to close Monday morning, May 8, before the morning commute, and will remain closed for up to four months.

These closures are necessary to allow crews to reconstruct several bridges at the I-80/Foothill Drive interchange. The ramp from westbound I-80 to Foothill Drive/Parleys Way is scheduled to remain closed through July, while the loop ramp from eastbound I-80 to Foothill Drive is planned to remain closed through mid September.

While these closures are in place, drivers will be detoured onto the I-215 east belt, where they will turn around at the 3300 South exit, and then take northbound I-215 to the Foothill Drive/Parleys Way exit. UDOT recommends that drivers plan extra travel time to follow the detour, and consider using alternate routes to get to Foothill Drive.

These long-term closures are the first in a series of several closures scheduled at the I-80/Foothill Drive interchange during this construction season. Crews will be reconstructing the Foothill Drive bridges in both directions over Parleys Way, I-80, and I-215. This project will extend the life of the bridges and provide new, smooth pavement for drivers.

In addition to the closures of the I-80 off-ramps at Foothill Drive, UDOT urges drivers to plan for the following traffic restrictions scheduled during the next several days:

  • S.R. 201 will close at I-215 for two nights for bridge demolition. Eastbound S.R. 201 will close Friday night, May 5, at 9 p.m. The following night, westbound S.R. 201 will close beginning at 9 p.m. The freeway will reopen each morning by 6 a.m. Lane closures will be in place on I-215 as well during these closures, and drivers are advised to avoid the S.R. 201/I-215 west belt interchange area. I-15 and I-80 are suggested as alternate routes. Crews will demolish the old northbound I-215 bridge over S.R. 201 as part of the I-215 west belt reconstruction project.
  • Eastbound I-80 will be reduced to one lane at the I-15 interchange near downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastbound drivers traveling into downtown Salt Lake City for the Utah Jazz playoff game should allow extra travel time and plan for minor delays. This is part of a bridge maintenance project that continues through the summer at nearly 40 locations on freeways around the Salt Lake Valley.
  • The collector ramp from westbound I-80 to 2100 South/1300 South/900 South, at the Spaghetti Bowl, will be closed for approximately five nights starting Monday, May 8, at 9 p.m. Westbound drivers should use State Street as an alternate to access those streets while the ramp is closed. This ramp closure is part of the same bridge maintenance project mentioned above on eastbound I-80.
  • Construction has begun on the future Bangerter Highway interchange at 7000 South in West Jordan. Bangerter Highway is reduced to two lanes during daytime, non-commute hours, and to one lane during overnight hours to accommodate construction of new temporary pavement and widening for the future off-ramps. As early as Friday, May 5, crews will begin removing the continuous flow intersection at Bangerter Highway and 7000 South. By Sunday, May 7, left turns will be made from the center lanes at the intersection.
  • I-84 is reduced to one lane in each direction near Taggart (Exit 108) 24 hours a day, through May 13. Crews are completing pavement repairs on the bridges over the Weber River and the Union Pacific railroad. Drivers should plan for narrowed lanes and expect delays.
  • Southbound Legacy Parkway will be reduced to one lane starting Monday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Crews will remove and replace the top layer of pavement. This is the first repaving project to take place on Legacy Parkway since it opened in 2008.

Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic conditions, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Railroad to Perform More RR X-ing Work at 500 South in Woods Cross Tomorrow

For Immediate Release
 

Railroad to Perform More RR X-ing Work at 500 South in Woods Cross Tomorrow

WB Lane at 500 South will close at the RR X-ing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday
 
 
Ogden — The Utah Department of Transportation advises all motorists and trucking operators that the Union Pacific Railroad will close a westbound lane on 500 South (SR-68) at the railroad crossing at 800 West tomorrow, to perform additional crossing maintenance work.
 
Because of this railroad crossing maintenance, one lane of westbound traffic will be closed at 500 South (SR-68), from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, May 4.  While one lane will remain open, it is expected that some congestion or delay could occur in this area.  Motorists with time-sensitive travel should consider other routes, such as 400 North (SR-106, Exit 317) in Bountiful, or Redwood Road (SR-68, Exit 27) via I-215.  
 
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Media Contact:

Vic Saunders
UDOT Region 1 Communications Manager
vsaunders@utah.gov
Cell:  801-726-4120

NEWS RELEASE: Major Traffic Changes Scheduled on I-215 Project

For Immediate Release

 

Major Traffic Changes Scheduled on I-215 Project

Drivers should plan for delays and consider alternate routes due to ramp and freeway closures

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 1, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) alerts drivers to plan for traffic pattern changes and closures on the I-215 west belt. Construction on the freeway is moving into a new phase, with work completed on the southbound side and shifting into the northbound lanes.

Drivers should be aware of the following traffic restrictions and shifts due to construction:

  • The ramp from northbound I-215 to westbound 3500 South is scheduled to close for up to 90 days beginning Wednesday, May 3. Crews will remove and replace the pavement to extend the life of the ramp and provide a smoother driving surface. In addition, this closure will allow crews to reconstruct the northbound I-215 bridge at 3500 South.
  • The ramp from eastbound S.R. 201 to northbound I-215 is closed through the summer for reconstruction. Alternate routes to access northbound I-215 include California Avenue, I-80, Redwood Road, and Bangerter Highway.
  • The northbound lanes on I-215 are split from 4700 South to S.R. 201. Northbound drivers needing to exit at 4700 South, 3500 South, or S.R. 201 will need to merge into the right lanes prior to 4700 South to exit.
  • S.R. 201 is scheduled to close in both directions on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night. Crews will demolish the existing northbound I-215 bridge over S.R. 201. Drivers should avoid S.R. 201 during these closures and use I-80 as an alternate route.

UDOT reminds drivers to be alert and expect changing traffic patterns on the I-215 west belt in West Valley City and Taylorsville. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 miles per hour in the construction zone to protect drivers as well as construction crews.

Crews on the I-215 project recently completed the reconstruction of the southbound lanes. Traffic in the northbound lanes has now been shifted from the old pavement onto new concrete. Work will now focus on the northbound lanes between 4700 South and S.R. 201. This includes building the new northbound I-215 bridge over S.R. 201 and rebuilding ramps at the 3500 South interchange.

“Completing the southbound lanes is a significant milestone on the I-215 west belt project,” UDOT Project Manager Oanh Le-Spradlin said. “Drivers can see just what the new road improvements will feel like when the project is done.”

The I-215 west belt project – ranked no. 2 on UDOT’s list of Top 10 Projects in 2017 – is scheduled for completion in fall. UDOT is replacing the original pavement with new concrete; adding new exit-only lanes between interchanges, making it easier for drivers to get on and off the freeway; installing new ramp meters and upgrading traffic signals; and adding lights, overhead message signs, and other traffic management system improvements.

Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic conditions, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android.

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