Monthly Archives: August 2017

NEWS RELEASE: Foothill Drive Freeway Ramps Reopen Today

For Immediate Release

Foothill Drive Freeway Ramps Reopen Today

Drivers also advised to plan for 10600 S interchange closure and S.R. 201 paving after Labor Day

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 31, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) re-opened several ramps at the I-80/Foothill Drive interchange in time for the first University of Utah home football game, and two weeks ahead of schedule.

The I-80 eastbound exit at Foothill Drive, along with the ramp from Foothill Drive to southbound I-215, has been closed for several months. While these ramps were closed, crews completed maintenance and reconstruction work on several bridges, such as removing and replacing the bridge deck (driving surface), patching potholes, repairing bridge walls, and repainting beams to prevent corrosion. This work extends the useful life of the bridges and makes the pavement smoother for drivers.

In addition, the I-15 on- and off-ramps at 900 South near downtown Salt Lake City, is scheduled to reopen by Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, in time for the morning commute. The exit has been closed since late July so crews could repave the ramp and reconstruct the bridge over 300 West.

After the Labor Day weekend, drivers should plan for new closures on two projects in Sandy and West Valley City.

The I-15 interchange at 10600 South is scheduled to close from Friday, Sept. 8, through Monday, Sept. 25. 10600 South will be closed in both directions over I-15, and nearly all of the on- and off-ramps at the interchange will be closed as well. Drivers will still be able to exit from southbound I-15 onto westbound 10600 South, and will be able to get from eastbound 10600 South onto southbound I-15 – but all other ramps will be closed.

During this closure, crews will be working to slide a new underpass into place that will connect the northbound I-15 off-ramp with Monroe Street, west of the mall.

In addition, on Tuesday night, Sept. 5, work is scheduled to begin on a repaving project on S.R. 201 between Redwood Road and Bangerter Highway. Drivers should expect lane restrictions in both directions during overnight hours and on weekends. This project will continue through 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.

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

UDOT and Utah Jazz Bear Encourage Healthy Walking and Biking Habits for New School Year

 

UDOT and Utah Jazz Bear Encourage Healthy Walking and Biking Habits for New School Year

Jazz Bear walks to school with students using Walking School Bus app and helps them pledge to be safe every day 

 


BOUNTIFUL, UTAH (Aug. 29, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) partnered with the Utah Jazz Bear to encourage students to develop the healthy habit of safely walking and biking to school at the beginning of the new school year.

To help kids create this habit, the Jazz Bear joined a group for their morning walk to school at Muir Elementary, where they joined other students in pledging to walk and bike safely every day.

The walking group was selected in a contest from hundreds across the state for using UDOT’s Walking School Bus app, and also won the opportunity to eat breakfast with the Jazz Bear before the group walk. The app allows parents to join or create walking groups to get kids to and from school instead of carpools.

UDOT was the first group to develop and launch a walking school bus app in 2014, and now has more than 350 active walking groups across the state. During the 2016-2017 school year, Utah parents and students using the app across Utah have accomplished the following:

  • Reduced 224,000 car trips
  • Walked 165,000 miles
  • Eliminated 54 million grams of CO2 emissions
  • Burned 16 million calories.

UDOT’s Walking School Bus app also alerts parents when students have arrived at school, allows parents to easily coordinate turns leading group walks and tracks the impact of walks in miles, car trips reduced and air pollution eliminated. This month, a new update to the app was launched, making it easier to use than ever.

The free Walking School Bus app is available for download for iPhone and Android devices. For more information visit www.udot.utah.gov/walkingschoolbus.

About UDOT SNAP

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP)™ is a fun and comprehensive program for walking and biking safely to school that engages and educates students, parents, school administrators, crossing guards and communities. For more information about SNAP’s free resources to educate and encourage students to walk and bike safely to school, visit http://www.udot.utah.gov/snap.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Abby Shaha
UDOT SNAP Program Spokesperson
ashaha@utah.gov
801-809-0313

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 30, 2017

Welcome to Wednesday, or #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT. There are TWO new openings to tell you about today. One out in the field, and the other in the central office. Both are vitally important to the work we do to keep Utah moving.

Check them out through the links below and 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 #13241 – Field Engineer (Engineer III), Region 4 – Richfield, Opens 8/24/17, Closes 09/06/17. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13294 – Receptionist (Office Spec II), Complex – Administration, Opens 8/30/17, Closes 9/5/17.  Click here to apply.

Visit the Utah State Jobs website to see all open positions with the department. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation.
We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

Media Availability: UDOT Begins Construction to Extend Wildlife Fencing in Summit County 

UDOT Begins Construction to Extend Wildlife Fencing in Summit County

Accelerated funding allows project to begin eight months ahead of schedule

 

WHAT:The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has begun constructing wildlife fencing along eastbound I-80 near Jeremy Ranch. Crews will begin by installing one mile of fencing to mirror the section constructed along westbound I-80 last fall. Then, work will continue to extend the fence by 1,400 feet on each side of the interstate.

UDOT has been working with residents and stakeholders to reduce vehicle/wildlife collisions in this area. The department has advanced a portion of funding from next year’s I-80 truck lane and wildlife improvements project to begin wildlife fence installation early – eight months ahead of the larger portion of the project. The wildlife fence will eventually tie into the proposed wildlife bridge near Parleys Summit, which will be built in 2018 in coordination with the truck lane project.

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 28, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Kilby Road shoulder

(Take I-80 east to the Jeremy Ranch exit. Turn right, then right again onto Kilby Road. Continue just past Cedar Drive and pull off on the right shoulder.)

WHO: John Montoya, UDOT project manager

 

VISUALS:

–       Construction crews installing wildlife fence along I-80

–       Traffic passing on the interstate

–       Completed fence visible on the other side of I-80

 

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

NEWS RELEASE: Eastbound I-80 to Close This Weekend in Salt Lake City

For Immediate Release 

Eastbound I-80 to Close This Weekend in Salt Lake City

Drivers also advised to plan for closure of S.R. 201 near Tooele County and event traffic in Utah County

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 24, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for a full closure of eastbound I-80 this weekend in Salt Lake City. Eastbound I-80 will close between the I-215 split and Foothill Drive from Friday, Aug. 25, at 9 p.m. to Monday, Aug. 28, at 5 a.m.

During this closure, all traffic will be detoured onto the I-215 east belt. Drivers will then need to exit at 3300 South, get onto northbound I-215, and follow the signs to eastbound I-80. Heavy congestion and delays of 30-40 minutes are expected along the detour route. UDOT recommends planning ahead, allowing plenty of extra time, and using alternate routes if possible. This closure will allow construction crews to complete maintenance work on the eastbound I-80 bridge over I-215.

 

Also this weekend, Tooele County travelers should plan for an overnight closure on S.R. 201 at the I-80 junction (I-80 exit 102). S.R. 201 will be closed from Friday, Aug. 25, at 9 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. for bridge maintenance. Drivers will be detoured to S.R. 202, and should allow extra travel time.

 

In Utah County, two events are scheduled this Saturday, with Brigham Young University’s first home football game scheduled to start at 1 p.m., and the LoveLoud concert at Utah Valley University scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

Drivers should plan to use 800 North and Center Street in Orem as routes to LaVell Edwards Stadium. For the LoveLoud concert, drivers should exit I-15 at Orem Center Street and use 1200 West. UDOT traffic engineers recommend avoiding University Parkway due to construction and expected heavy delays.

 

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: UDOT Releases US-89 State Environmental Study Draft

UDOT Releases US-89 State Environmental Study Draft

Draft Includes Preferred Alternative for Future US-89 Operations

 

OGDEN– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has released its draft US-89 State Environmental Study.

The draft study, which reflects the preferred alternative for the US-89 corridor from Farmington to I-84 in Uintah, is now available for public viewing on the project website. The preferred alternative was determined after over forty concepts underwent a rigorous screening process to evaluate the most feasible, environmentally responsible, and best addressed concerns raised by the public.

UDOT will also hold a public hearing on Thursday September 7, to obtain public comment on the environmental study draft. The hearing will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Davis Conference Center, 800 Heritage Park Boulevard in Layton. The public is invited to attend this meeting, to learn more about the study and its resulting recommendation.

“The main purpose of the public hearing is to provide clarity on the preferred alternative, as well as to gather public input,” said UDOT Project Manager Michael Romero. “Members of the project team will be available at the hearing to answer any questions.”

If unable to attend the hearing, the public is encouraged to review the US-89 State Environmental Study draft, and to make comments via the study website at “www.udot.utah.gov/us89”, by email to “us89@utah.gov,” or by phone at 888-752- US89 (8789). Comments may also be made by mail to: The US-89 State Environmental Study, c/o FrontLine Public Involvement, P.O. Box 1033, Farmington, UT 84025.

The formal public comment period begins Thursday August 24, and continues through Monday September 25.

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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: DOT Provides Safe Transportation for Oquirrh Elementary Students During Construction

UDOT Provides Safe Transportation for Oquirrh Elementary Students During Construction

Temporary bus service provided to students in neighborhoods affected by pedestrian bridge reconstruction on Bangerter Highway
 
WHAT:
Media briefing regarding Oquirrh Elementary students living west of Bangerter Highway who are being bused to school while a new pedestrian bridge is built near 7000 South and Bangerter Highway. The previous pedestrian bridge — utilized by 320 students every day — was removed earlier this year to make room for a new overpass at 7000 South.
To ensure that these students — many of whom have never been on a school bus before — continue to have safe transportation to school, UDOT and the project contractor are providing temporary bus service until the new pedestrian bridge opens later this fall (a total of four buses). School administrators, UDOT officials, parents and students will be available for interviews. 
WHEN:
Friday, Aug. 25, at 12:30 p.m. Students will board the bus at 1:15 p.m.
WHERE:
Oquirrh Elementary School
7165 S. 3285 West
West Jordan, UT
***Preferred media parking is located at the tennis courts on 3285 West just south of 7000 South. The school is approximately half a block south of the tennis courts.***
VISUALS:
  • Interviews with school administrators, parents and students
  • Students leaving school and boarding buses (please do not show student faces, as all students at the school have not signed waivers)
  • B-roll and time lapse footage of pedestrian bridge construction (and demolition of previous bridge)
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Media Contact:
John Gleason
Public Information Office

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 23, 2017

It’s #WorkForUsWednesday, which means there are THREE new job openings to highlight. One is a spot on our Incident Management Team. They’re UDOT’s first responders, helping stranded motorists and assisting UHP with crashes. Check out this video that shows some of the work they do.

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 #13149 – Incident Management Specialist, TOC – Salt Lake City, Opens 8/17/17, Closes 8/29/17. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13184 – Seasonal Transportation Technician, Region 3 – Lehi, Opens 8/17/17, Closes 8/27/17, Click here to apply.
  • REOPENED – Recruitment #12941 – Seasonal Transportation Technician, Region 3, Saratoga Springs Maintenance Station, Opens 8/22/17, Closes 9/4/17, Click here to apply.

Click the link next to each posting, or visit the Utah State Jobs website to get more information about each position. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation.
We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

Don’t Have an “Eclipse” in Judgement

Solar Eclipse 2017

Today Utah will experience a partial solar eclipse. We want to remind drivers not to  have an “eclipse” in judgement during that brief event. Keep the following in mind if you’re driving this morning:
  • Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.
  • Exit the highway to safe location to view and/or photograph the eclipse.
  • Don’t take photographs while driving!
  • Don’t try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.
  • Watch out for pedestrians along smaller roads. People may be randomly parking and walking alongside the roadside in the hours around the eclipse to get the best view.
  • Prepare for extra congestion on the interstates after the eclipse.
  • Avoid travel during the eclipse if you can.

Additional eclipse travel information can be found at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/eclipse.htm

NEWS RELEASE: New ‘HAWK’ Signal to be Activated in Syracuse This Friday, August 18

For Immediate Release

New ‘HAWK’ Signal to be Activated in Syracuse This Friday, August 18
New crosswalk signal will provide improved safety for pedestrians on 2000 West

Ogden – The Utah Department of Transportation advises motorists that a new crosswalk signal will be
activated on 2000 West (SR-108) at Syracuse Elementary and Syracuse Junior High School’s on Friday, August
18.

Work is completed on the installation of the High-Intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) beacon on 2000 West
in Syracuse. The new pedestrian-activated signal will have the power connected to it by electrical utility and
UDOT personnel during the day on Friday. It is being installed as part of UDOT’s SR-108/2000 West
Reconstruction Project between Antelope Drive and 300 North in Syracuse/West Point.

The new HAWK signal will improve safety for students accessing Syracuse Elementary School and Syracuse
Junior High School, as well as other pedestrians and bikers who frequent this area. One of several
informational videos available on YouTube showing how these signals work, is found at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ5_pgKZ9SI.

For up to date traffic information visit the UDOT Traffic website at http://uddottraffic.utah.gov, or download the
free UDOT Traffic app for iPhones and Android Smartphones at the iPhone App Store or at Google Play.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Vic Saunders
UDOT Region One Communications Manager
801.620.1641
vsaunders@utah.gov