Monthly Archives: March 2018

PRESS RELEASE: UDOT to Begin I-80 Construction from Jeremy Ranch to Parleys Summit

For Immediate Release

UDOT to Begin I-80 Construction from Jeremy Ranch to Parleys Summit

Lane restrictions scheduled to begin Monday; construction continues through fall

 

SALT LAKE CITY (March 29, 2018) — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is scheduled to begin construction on I-80 west of Park City on Monday, April 2. Crews are building a new westbound truck lane between the Jeremy Ranch and Parleys Summit interchange, installing additional wildlife fencing and building a wildlife crossing over I-80 just west of Parleys Summit.

“UDOT’s goal is to ensure safety for drivers on Utah’s roads,” said John Montoya, UDOT project manager. “This project will help truck traffic travel up hill, out of the way of other drivers, and will reduce vehicle and wildlife collisions in the area.”

Beginning as early as Monday, April 2, drivers are advised to plan ahead for nighttime work and lane restrictions Monday through Thursday, with narrowed, shifted lanes on westbound I-80. After two weeks, crews will work during daytime hours for the majority of the project, with overnight impacts as needed.

Width restrictions will also be placed on trucks traveling westbound through the project limits. These restrictions are scheduled to remain in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through fall 2018.

This work is part of Renovate I-80, a UDOT initiative designed to maintain and improve one of the most heavily used highways in Utah.

Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For more information about this and other UDOT projects, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app, available for iOS or Android devices. To contact the project team with questions or concerns, call (888) 528-9675 or email renovatei80@utah.gov.

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Media Contact:

Zach Whitney
UDOT Communication Manager
zwhitney@utah.gov
Cell: 801-746-9932

Media Briefing: UDOT Announces Top 10 Projects for 2018

Media Briefing: UDOT Announces Top 10 Projects for 2018 

Transportation officials to release list of most significant projects for Utah drivers

WHAT:
UDOT will announce its Top 10 construction projects for 2018. These include freeway and highway reconstructions, new bridges and interchanges, and widening and repaving projects. A total of 188 projects are scheduled for construction in 2018, with a combined value of $1.46 billion.

WHEN:
Monday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m.

 WHERE:
Northeast corner, I-215/Redwood Road interchange

(Take I-215 to Redwood Road in North Salt Lake. Turn north onto Redwood Road, then right into the construction yard just north of the off-ramp).

WHO:
Shane Marshall, UDOT deputy director
Brett Slater, UDOT project manager
Lisa Zundel, UDOT project manager

VISUALS:
–  Active construction zone near I-215
–  Freeway traffic
–  B-roll of Top 10 construction project areas

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – March 28, 2018

Welcome to Wednesday, or #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT.  Today we have TWO new positions to tell you about. They’re both for in our auto shops. We rely on our Journey Auto Workers and Truck Welders to keep our crews moving, so that we can keep Utah moving.

Click on the links below to apply 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 #15470 –  Journey Welder/Truck Equipment Installer, Complex – Weld Shop, Opens 03/27/2018, Closes 04/10/2018 Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #15462 – Roving Journey Auto Worker, Region 4 – Richfield, Opens 3/27/18, Closes 4/02/18.  Click here to apply.

Visit the Utah State Jobs website at any time 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.

PRESS RELEASE: Daylight savings brings a warning from UDOT

For Immediate Release:

Daylight savings brings a warning from UDOT

Springing forward can cause drowsiness and poor visibility during morning commute

 

SALT LAKE CITY (March 9, 2018) –The Utah Department of Transportation’s Zero Fatalities program is reminding drivers to be extra alert after daylight savings on Sunday. Springing forward an hour can cause poor visibility during the morning commute, and a change in sleep cycle can result in drowsy driving.

Both of these factors require drivers to be alert and put away the distractions.

Driving during dark, dawn or dusk increases the risk of a fatal crash, especially auto-pedestrian crashes. UDOT recommends the following safe driving tips:

  • Recognize that pedestrians will be more difficult to see and be on the lookout. Slow down if needed, especially in neighborhoods, near schools and around intersections.
  • Eliminate distractions so you can focus on the task of driving. You may be a great driver, but remember, daylight savings will affect everyone on the road. Drive defensively.

Utahns need to recognize that their body will take time to adjust when losing an hour on Sunday. According to a study in the journal “Sleep Medicine Reviews,” a seemingly small one-hour shift in the sleep cycle can affect sleep for up to a week or longer. Here are some additional tips to stay safe:

  • Reduce your risk for daylight savings-induced drowsiness by resetting your internal body clock slowly. For the next two nights set your alarm clock for another 15 minutes earlier and go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Enjoy the weekend, be active to tire yourself out so it will be easier to fall asleep earlier.
  • Make sure you are awake before getting in your vehicle to drive. If you experience the symptoms of sleepiness while driving, pull over to a safe place and take a power nap.

To learn more about avoiding drowsy driving or improving pedestrian safety, visit ZeroFatalities.com.

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – March 8, 2018

Welcome to another #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT.  Today we have TWO new positions open at UDOT. They’re both for Transportation Technicians. Trans Techs are the frontline of our workforce, fixing potholes and plowing roads. Check out the listings below.

Click on the links below to apply 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 #15226 – Transportation Technician II, R-4 – Salina, Opens 3/06/18, Closes 3/09/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15175 – Transportation Technician II – Clearfield, Region 1, Opens 3/1/18, Closes 3/15/18.  Click here to apply.

Visit the Utah State Jobs website at any time 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 Briefing: With 11 Crashes Already this Winter, UDOT Urges Drivers to Not Pass the Plow

Media Briefing: With 11 Crashes Already this Winter, UDOT Urges Drivers to Not Pass the Plow

Despite new technology to improve visibility, vehicles continue crashing into plows

 

 

WHAT:
With a new storm in the forecast, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges drivers to stop passing snow plows.

During the 2016-17 winter season, UDOT snow plows were hit 60 times. In order to curb this trend, UDOT installed new LED light whips to increase visibility of the snow plow wings. Despite this improved visibility, crashes continue. During last week’s storm, two snow plows were hit as drivers attempted to pass, bringing the total to 11 crashes this winter.

One of UDOT’s plow operators whose truck was hit will be available for interviews and provide reminders to drivers for staying safe around snow plows.

 

WHEN:
Friday, March 2, at 9 a.m.

 

WHERE:
UDOT Calvin Rampton Complex
4501 South 2700 West in Taylorsville
East side of the building in the heavy equipment storage areas

Directions: Pull into the lot on the south side of the building, then drive around to the back where snow plows are parked.

WHO:
Stephan Foster, UDOT snow plow operator
Jason Davis, UDOT director of operations

 

VISUALS:

–       Photos of plow crashes

–       Up-close view of UDOT plows and other equipment

–       B-roll of snow plow operations

–       New LED light whip model

 

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