Monthly Archives: June 2017

Media briefing: Drowsy driving crashes increase in summer

Media briefing: Drowsy driving crashes increase in summer

Safety advocates and mother of crash victim warn travelers & outdoor enthusiasts to never drive drowsy

WHAT:

Zero Fatalities is urging drivers to avoid drowsy driving this summer, as fatigued-related crashes increase every year during the summer months. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Sleep Smart. Drive Smart. will host a media briefing with the mother of a teen who died in a drowsy driving-related crash.

With the first day of summer fast approaching, safety advocates ask drivers to be aware of the symptoms and risks associated with drowsy driving – and to drive safely. In Utah, more than 1,000 drowsy driving related crashes occur each year. Fatigue among drivers and passengers significantly increases the risk for a serious or fatal car crash. Not only does little sleep and physical activity cause fatigue, but so does sun exposure, especially during the hottest hours of the day.

 

 

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Blackridge Reservoir

15000 S Ashland Ridge Dr. in Herriman

WHO:

  • Lucinda Campbell, mother of Tyler Blais, who died while driving home from a summer trip to the Grand Canyon
  • John Gleason, UDOT public information officer
  • Troy Tait, Sleep Smart. Drive Smart. spokesperson

VISUALS:

Summer activities at the reservoir

Photos of Tyler and family

Thumb drive with photos and PSA

 

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

UDOT Leader Meets with President Donald Trump to Discuss National Transportation Issues

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT Leader Meets with President Donald Trump to Discuss National Transportation Issues

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 9, 2017) – Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Carlos Braceras met this morning with President Donald Trump, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and several other transportation officials to discuss issues surrounding the creation and maintenance of transportation infrastructure in the United States.

 

Braceras was one of a handful of state DOT representatives invited to participate in the discussion, and he focused his attention during the meeting on the need to streamline and align federal regulatory processes so that states can more efficiently deliver much-needed infrastructure projects.

 

Braceras will be available for a brief conference call with Utah media Friday at noon.

 

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

Ellertson Withdraws From Consideration for Utah Transportation Commission

For Immediate Release 

Ellertson Withdraws From Consideration for Utah Transportation Commission

 

SALT LAKE CITY (June 9, 2017) – Larry A. Ellertson, who was recently nominated by Gov. Gary R. Herbert to the Utah Transportation Commission, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Commission.

Ellertson, a former Utah County Commissioner and mayor of Linden, said retirement plans with his wife will make it difficult for him to fulfill the six-year Commission term.

Gov. Herbert has asked that citizens interested in representing UDOT’s Region 3 (Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett counties) on the Utah Transportation Commission can find application materials at boards.utah.gov.

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 8, 2017

Welcome to Wednesday! It’s been a while since we’ve had a #WorkForUsWednesday, but that doesn’t mean we’re not hiring! We have FOUR new job openings to tell you about today. The big need is for engineers in Monticello. Southeast Utah has some of our most scenic roads, and we need engineers to help us keep them going.

Come join a workforce of over 1,600 people, whose mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #12120 – Transportation Technician II – Region 4 – Price, Castle Gate or Colton, Opens 05/01/17, Closes 06/11/17
  • Recruitment #12462 – Resident Engineer (Engineering Manager I), Region 4 – Monticello, Opens 6/06/17, Closes 7/04/17
  • Recruitment #12472 -Field Engineer (Engineer III), Region 4 – Monticello, Opens 6/07/17, Closes 7/04/17
  • Recruitment #12426 – Pavement Design Engineer/Project Manager (Engineer III), Region 2 – SLC, Opens 6/7/17, Closes 6/14/17

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.

NEWS RELEASE: Major Closures Scheduled This Weekend on I-80 and Bangerter Highway

For Immediate Release

Major Closures Scheduled This Weekend on I-80 and Bangerter Highway

Drivers advised to use alternate routes and avoid construction zones

SALT LAKE CITY (June 8, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for closures scheduled on I-80, Bangerter Highway, and I-215 this weekend. While these closures are in place, UDOT recommends planning travel to avoid these construction zones and using alternate routes where possible.

Details on these closures are provided below:

  • Westbound I-80 from I-215 (Exit 130) to 2300 East: Westbound I-80 will be closed between the I-215 ramp (Exit 130) near the mouth of Parleys Canyon and 2300 East from Friday, June 9, at 9 p.m. through Monday, June 12, at 5 a.m. All traffic on westbound I-80 will be detoured onto the ramp to I-215, then back onto I-80. Heavy traffic and delays of 30-40 minutes are expected along the detour route, so drivers with time-sensitive travel should plan ahead and allow extra time. Summit County drivers should especially plan accordingly if traveling to the airport or downtown Salt Lake City.

This closure will allow workers to break up the existing concrete and pave over it with new asphalt as part of a major pavement maintenance project on I-80 in Salt Lake City. In addition, drivers should keep in mind that I-80 is reduced to one lane in each direction during overnight hours and on weekends, between 1300 East and the I-80/I-215 split.

UDOT also reminds drivers the I-80 off-ramps to Foothill Drive are closed for several months for bridge reconstruction. To access Foothill Drive, drivers will need to use the detour via northbound I-215 or an alternate route.

  • Bangerter Highway between 7000 South and 7800 South: Bangerter Highway is scheduled to close in both directions between 7000 South and 7800 South in West Jordan from Saturday, June 10, at 11 p.m. to Sunday, June 11, at 8 a.m.. In addition, 7000 South will be closed between Redwood Road and Bangerter Highway. Drivers should use alternate routes such as Redwood Road or Mountain View Corridor.While the highway is closed, crews will remove the pedestrian bridge near 7000 South. The bridge will then be hauled away for future use by Salt Lake County. Removal of the pedestrian bridge will allow work to move forward to construct a new freeway-style interchange at 7000 South – one of four such interchanges to be constructed on Bangerter Highway by late 2018.
  • Westbound 3500 South ramp to northbound I-215: The ramp from westbound 3500 South to northbound I-215 in West Valley City is scheduled to close Friday night, June 9, at 11 p.m. for up to 30 days. Drivers should use 4700 South or S.R. 201 to access northbound I-215. The ramp is being rebuilt as part of the I-215 west belt reconstruction project that is underway between S.R. 201 and 4700 South. Construction on the project is scheduled for completion this fall.

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.

-UDOT-

Media Contact:

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