Author: UDOT Communications

VIDEO: Crews Place Girders over SR-201


Friday night – before the snow really started to fly – UDOT crews placed beams for the new southbound bridge on I-215 over SR-201. A total of 16 individual beams were placed – each one weighing almost 22 tons, and nearly 115 feet long. UDOT closed the freeway during overnight hours, when fewer cars are on the road, to keep traffic moving and reduce delays for drivers. The freeway closed at 9 p.m.  and reopened before 5 a.m. – more than two hours ahead of schedule.

 

The I-215 bridges over SR-201 are being rebuilt as part of the I-215 west belt reconstruction. The project is moving forward during winter months, with activities such as concrete paving and barrier installation continuing as weather permits. Crews are also working to install sign foundations and traffic management system equipment. Construction on the project is on track for completion this fall.

PRESS RELEASE: SR-201 to Close in Both Directions Tonight

For Immediate Release 

SR-201 to Close in Both Directions Friday Night

I-80 suggested as alternate route while crews place beams for new bridge

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 20, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges drivers to plan ahead for a full closure of SR-201 this Friday night, Jan. 20. SR-201 is scheduled to close around 9 p.m. in both directions between Bangerter Highway and Redwood Road while crews place beams for a new bridge on I-215.

During this closure, UDOT recommends using I-80 as an alternate route. Westbound traffic on SR-201 will be detoured onto Redwood Road, and eastbound traffic will be detoured onto Bangerter Highway. Drivers should expect minor delays and plan to avoid the area if possible on Friday night. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 7 a.m. Saturday.

The I-215 bridges over SR-201 are being rebuilt as part of UDOT’s I-215 west belt reconstruction from SR-201 to 4700 South. The project is moving forward during winter months, with activities such as concrete paving and barrier installation continuing as weather permits. Crews are also working to install sign foundations and traffic management system equipment.

Construction began in May 2016, and is on track for completion in the fall. The following are facts about the project:

  • Crews have placed 87,465 tons of asphalt – greater than the weight of two WWII battleships.
  • Workers have paved 232,304 square yards of concrete – enough to build a new two-lane highway from downtown Salt Lake City to Draper.
  • Crews have installed 222,032 pounds of reinforcing steel – more than the weight of two Boeing 717 jets.

 

UDOT also advises drivers that the traffic split on southbound I-215 will remain in place through April to allow crews to finish paving the new southbound lanes. During this time, the ramp from westbound SR-201 to southbound I-215 will also remain closed to ensure driver safety.

Drivers will notice several major changes to I-215 when the project is complete. 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.

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.

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – January 18, 2017

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT.  There are two new vacancies for the same job. Assistant Traffic Engineers are the ones who really keep Utah moving, by conducting traffic studies and monitoring traffic lights.

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

  • Recruitment #11117 – Assistant Traffic Engineer (Engineer III) – 2 vacancies, Region 2, Opens 01/11/2017, Closes 01/22/2017

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.

Media Event: UDOT and DPS to release preliminary 2016 traffic fatality numbers

UDOT and DPS to release preliminary 2016 traffic fatality numbers

Safety advocates ask Utahns to honor lives lost by choosing to drive safely

 

WHAT: On Wednesday, UDOT and DPS will release preliminary traffic fatality numbers for 2016. Leadership from the Departments of Transportation and Public Safety will be available at the State Capitol for one-on-one interviews.

Markers will fill the West staircase in the Capitol, one for each life lost on Utah roads in 2016, in memoriam and as a reminder to always put safety first while driving.

Prior to the media availability, the preliminary 2016 fatalities report will be emailed to media at 8 a.m. Wednesday to allow time for review.

 

WHEN: Media Availability Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 10 a.m.

  • 10 a.m.  Welcome, John Gleason (UDOT PIO) and Marissa Villasenor (DPS PIO)

  • 10:05 a.m.  One-on-one interviews, Carlos Braceras and Commissioner Keith Squires

 

WHO:

  • Director Carlos Braceras, UDOT

  • Commissioner Keith Squires, DPS

 

VISUALS:

  • Memorial markers depicting the number of Utah’s 2016 traffic-related deaths

  • Display of 2016 fatality numbers as infographics. Infographics will be made available to media, digitally and in print

 

WHERE: Utah State Capitol Rotunda, 350 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

 

CONTACTS:

John Gleason, UDOT PIO
801-560-7740
jgleason@utah.gov

Marissa Villasenor, DPS PIO
801.793.8025
mvillasenor@utah.gov

TRAVEL ADVISORY : US-89 in Logan Canyon Closed Due To Avalanche near Beaver Mountain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
US-89 in Logan Canyon Closed Due To Avalanche near Beaver Mountain
 
Ogden- The Utah Department of Transportation advises motorists that US-89 in Logan Canyon is closed just west of the Beaver Mountain turn-off (state Road 243) due to an avalanche that has blocked the highway.
It is not known as this time how long it will take to reopen the roadway.  Cell service is spotty at best in Logan Canyon so all the details about this slide are not known at this time.
Cache Valley-bound, and/or Bear Lake or Wyoming area residents may use  SR-30 to SR-16 to Wyoming 89 to I-84 at Evanston, Wyoming to travel to and from the area east of the avalanche.  Another potential route is US-89 north to ID-36 at Ovid, Idaho, which will direct travelers back into the Cache Valley at Preston, Idaho.
For further information, visit www.udottraffic.utah.gov, or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhones and Android Smartphones at the Apple App Store or Google Play.
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#WorkForUsWednesday – January 11, 2017

This week for #WorkForUsWednesday, there are two new job listings to explore. A Transportation Technician in West Valley, and an Administrative Services Manager in Richfield. Check them out and pass them along.

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

  • Recruitment #10998 – Transportation Technician II – Station 224, Region 2 – West Valley, Opens 1/4/17, Closes 1/16/17
  • Recruitment #11028 – Administrative Services Manager, Region 4 – Richfield, Opens 1/9/17, Closes 1/30/17

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.

UDOT to Install Signal at Arches National Park

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT to Install Signal at Arches National Park

Pedestrian signal detection to receive upgrades on Moab Main Street.

 

Moab, Utah (January 10, 2016) –  Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is installing a new signal system on U.S. Highway 191 at the entrance to Arches National Park.   The new installation will provide traffic detection and protective turning movements to reduce the potential for serious crashes.

Workers will also construct a raised median at this location to prohibit unsafe movements between the Northbound and Southbound travel lanes, in addition to striping for proper turning and merging for vehicles entering and leaving the highway at this location.

In addition to the intersection improvements near the entrance to Arches National Park a UDOT contractor will also be installing pedestrian signal activation poles and buttons at the following intersections on Moab Main Street.

  • SR-128

  • 100 North

  • Center Street

  • 100 South

  • 300 South

Construction at all intersections is anticipated to be complete by President’s Day.  Actual operation of the systems may take longer dependent upon scheduling availability for power connection work.

–UDOT–

 

Media Contact:
Kevin Kitchen
435-979-4551
kevin@utah.gov

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: UDOT Crews Prepare for Winter Rain Storms

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

UDOT Crews Prepare for Winter Rain Storms

 

Rain storms following recent snowfall have the potential to melt snowpack and cause flooding in many parts of Northern Utah. Monday crews in Salt Lake City will fill sandbags and continue work to keep roads ice free.

WHAT:
Media availability regarding preparations for a series of winter rain storms. UDOT will showcase how it’s ready and snow off some of the things they’re doing to prepare.

WHO:
UDOT maintenance shed personnel

WHERE:
UDOT Maintenance Station #225

1950 South 500 West
Salt Lake City

WHEN:
Monday January 9, 2017 at 10 a.m.

VISUALS

UDOT crews filling sand bags

UDOT road maintenance equipment

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – January 4, 2017

It’s a new year, and a new #WorkForUsWednesday. We have three new listings and one extended listing.

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

  • Recruitment #10982 – Automotive Service Worker II (TL no benefits), Complex – Equipment Operations, Opens 12/29/16, Closes 1/5/17

  • *EXTENDED* Recruitment #10911 – Contract Administrator (Purchasing Agent II), Complex / SLC, Opens 12/19/16, Closes 01/08/17
  • Recruitment #10993 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Scipio, Opens 1/4/17, Closes 1/11/17
  • Recruitment #10998 – Transportation Technician II – Station 224, Region 2 – West Valley, Opens 1/4/17, Closes 1/16/17

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 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.