The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for an upcoming traffic shift and lane split on the I-215 west belt, and for nightly road closures on 7200 South near I-15, starting this weekend.
Southbound I-215 is scheduled to shift onto new concrete pavement from S.R. 201 to 4700 South as early as Sunday night, Oct. 30. The southbound lanes will also be split from S.R. 201 to 4100 South, so southbound drivers will need to stay right at the split to exit at 3500 South.
In connection with this traffic shift, the freeway ramp from westbound S.R. 201 to southbound I-215 will be closed starting tonight for up to two months. Drivers will need to use an alternate route to access southbound I-215.
The I-215 west belt reconstruction project is removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new concrete from S.R. 201 to 4700 South; rebuilding interchange ramps at 4700 South and S.R. 201; reconstructing bridges over S.R. 201; and adding new exit-only lanes to the freeway. The project is scheduled for completion next year.
Also starting Sunday night, 7200 South is scheduled to close nightly for up to a month between I-15 and 700 West. The off-ramps from I-15 to westbound 7200 South will also be closed. Crews are repairing the UTA TRAX bridge over 7200 South.
For the latest information regarding this and other UDOT construction projects, drivers can visit the UDOT Traffic website (www.udottraffic.utah.gov) or download the free UDOT Traffic app, available for smartphones and tablets. Drivers can also follow @udottraffic and @utahdot on Twitter.
With the completion of the Point project, Utah’s Express Lanes — the longest continuous in the country — are now fully operational.
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) are partnering to launch an enforcement blitz to educate drivers how to correctly use Express Lanes.
With the completion of the Point project, Utah’s Express Lanes — the longest continuous in the country stretching 72 miles from Layton to Spanish Fork — are now fully operational. Express Lanes move twice as many people as general purpose lanes (about 3,600 people per hour compared to 1,900), and are much more effective and provide greater benefits to all drivers when they are being used appropriately.
One in five drivers violate the rules regarding the Express Lanes every day, and UHP troopers pull over 300 drivers a month for those same violations.
“The lanes are getting clogged with people who don’t belong there,” said John Gleason, UDOT’s public information office. “Our goal is to keep traffic moving, and Express Lanes — when used correctly — have proven to do that.”
Vehicles with more than one passenger, C Decal vehicles, and motorcycles can use the Express Lanes for free. Solo drivers can purchase an Express Pass and pay a nominal fee to use Express Lanes. UDOT manages use of the Express Lanes by charging pass users a variable rate based on the current congestion levels and travel speed on I-15.
Drivers should keep the following in mind when driving in Utah’s Express Lanes:
Crossing the double white lines is unsafe and illegal.
Express Lanes are not passing lanes.
Only carpoolers, motorcycles, buses, C Decal vehicles, emergency vehicles and solo drivers with an Express Pass are eligible to use the Express Lanes.
Violators of the Express Lanes can be issued a citation with a fine of up to $175.
“Weaving in and out of the Express Lanes by crossing the double white lines is dangerous,” said UHP Sgt. Todd Royce. “We see it every day. It can cause drivers to brake suddenly, swerve and cause a crash. It’s extremely unsafe.”
The barrels are gone, all lanes are open, and The Point project on I-15 is now officially complete.
This two-year, $215 million project widened I-15 to six lanes in each direction between 12300 South in Draper and S.R. 92 in Lehi, a distance of approximately seven miles. The project also replaced the existing pavement with new 40-year concrete, reconstructed the 14600 South interchange as a single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow, and installed new traffic management technology such as cameras, ramp meters, electronic message signs, and fiber optics.
This section of I-15 is the principal transportation link between Salt Lake and Utah counties. More than 160,000 cars travel through this area each day, including nearly 37,000 trucks. Maintaining I-15 in top condition, and expanding the freeway to meet Utah’s transportation needs, will help Utah’s economy continue to grow.
“Keeping traffic moving on this critical economic lifeline running through the heart of our state was a huge undertaking, and our crews stepped up to the challenge,” UDOT Project Director Tim Rose said.
With the completion of The Point project, nearly all of I-15 along the Wasatch Front has been reconstructed within the past two decades. One last section – in Lehi, from S.R. 92 to Main Street – remains, and is programmed to begin construction in 2020.
We’ve got three new job openings for today’s #WorkForUsWednesday. All three of these seasonal general maintenance worker positions have multiple vacancies and will be open until all positions are filled.
Recruitment #08376 – Seasonal General Maintenance Worker 1 (General Maintenance Worker 1), Region 2 – Salt Lake County
Recruitment #08377 – Seasonal General Maintenance Worker 1 (General Maintenance Worker 1), Region 2 – Summit County
Recruitment #08378 – Seasonal General Maintenance Worker 1 (General Maintenance Worker 1), Region 2 – Tooele County
Visit the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for these position. 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.
We are teaming up with the Association of General Contractors to celebrate National Work Zone Safety Week by reminding drivers to slow down and focus on the road, especially in work zones.
In 2015, a total of 2,849 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Utah work zones, resulting in 10 deaths. According to the Federal Highway Administration, speeding was a factor in 29 percent of all fatal work zone crashes in 2014, while distracted driving contributed to 16 percent. Currently there have been zero fatalities in Utah work zones in 2016.
“We are doing everything we can to keep our work zones safe for those who travel through them and those who work in them. But there’s only so much we can do. We need the public’s help,” said UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras. “Slow down, put down the phone, be alert, and obey the laws – especially when driving through a work zone.”
In addition, UDOT release a 30-second PSA to remind drivers of the risks UDOT workers face every day in the work zone. The PSA is told from the perspective of UDOT employees’ children, who want to see their parents come home safe every night.
“Work zones are places where real people do their jobs every day,” said Rich Thorn, president and CEO of the Associated General Contractors. “They have families and other people who care about them and want to see them come home safe. Knowing that should motivate drivers to be alert and slow down in work zones.”
Safety is the number one priority for each of UDOT’s more than 150 projects this year. For example, the Point project requires every employee to participate in weekly safety training. Also, to further protect it’s 1,500 employees from traffic, crews placed more than 24 miles of concrete barrier, which is 50 percent more than the contract required, as this barrier provides a safer work zone for employees.
Work zones are dynamic places that can change from minute to minute. UDOT urges drivers to be safe and help reach Zero Fatalities by:
Driving the posted speed limit.
Paying 100 percent attention to the roadway, as lanes are often narrowed and shifted for construction.
Eliminating distracting activities, such as changing radio/music, using mobile devices (surfing, tweeting, talking, texting), eating and drinking, putting on makeup, and reaching while driving.
Minimizing lane changes within the work zone.
Merging into the proper lane well before reaching a lane closure.
Watching out for workers and their equipment in the work zone, as they can be especially hard to see at night.
UDOT encourages drivers to check the UDOT Traffic App (available for Android and Apple devices) to view current traffic conditions, locate work zones, or plan the best route before travel. Drivers are also encouraged to TRAVELWise around freeway construction by adjusting schedules to travel during less-congested times of day. Drivers can also take transit or telework to skip congestion and work zones.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration celebrate National Work Zone Safety Week each spring to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones. UDOT continues to participate in this observance in order to raise driver awareness, protect employees and reach Zero Fatalities in work zones.
Major projects will widen freeways, maintain highways and build new roads to keep Utah moving
Today we announced our Top 10 Projects list for the 2016 construction season. At the top of the list is the $105 million reconstruction of I-215 in western Salt Lake County, which is scheduled to begin in May and to be completed late next year.
More than 150 projects are scheduled this season statewide to improve mobility now and in the future. These construction projects are designed to enhance safety for drivers and pedestrians, improve the flow of traffic and keep Utah’s roads in good condition.
Three projects in this year’s Top 10 are in western Salt Lake County, an area that has seen tremendous population growth. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, three western Salt Lake County cities are among the fastest growing municipalities in the state (South Jordan, West Jordan and Herriman).
The following are UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2016:
#1 I-215—300 East to S.R. 201, $105 million(Construction starts May 2016; scheduled completion fall 2017)
UDOT’s top project this season will reconstruct the I-215 west belt with new concrete pavement from S.R. 201 to 4700 South. Crews will repave the westbound lanes with new asphalt from 300 East to Redwood Road. In addition, this project will widen the freeway to add auxiliary lanes from S.R. 201 to 4700 South, and will reconstruct the two bridges over S.R. 201. All four lanes will remain open in the peak travel direction during commute hours, but motorists should plan for delays and consider alternate routes such as Bangerter Highway and I-15.
#2 I-15—The Point Project, $252 million(Construction continues from last season; scheduled completion this fall)
Crews continue widening the freeway and placing new concrete pavement on I-15 from 12300 South to S.R. 92. Major construction this season will happen primarily between 12300 South and Bangerter Highway, with finish work taking place at the southern end of the project area from Bangerter Highway to S.R. 92.
#3 Mountain View Corridor—5400 South to 4100 South, $180 million (Construction started in March; scheduled completion fall 2017)
UDOT is extending Mountain View Corridor farther north to 4100 South. This new construction will include two lanes in each direction, separated by a wide median (similar to the current open segment of Mountain View Corridor).
#4 I-15—Farr West to Brigham City, $52 million (Construction started in March; scheduled completion this fall)
Crews are widening a 13-mile section of I-15 to add a lane in each direction from 2700 North in Farr West to U.S. 91 in Brigham City. Most work is taking place in the freeway median, and traffic delays are expected to be minimal. This widening will improve traffic flow in the area.
#5 Bangerter Highway—600 West Interchange, $48 million(Construction starts this month; scheduled completion spring 2017)
UDOT is constructing a new freeway-style interchange on Bangerter Highway at approximately 600 West. This new interchange will enhance safety and reduce traffic congestion in the area near Bangerter Highway and I-15. UDOT is in the middle of a multi-year process to upgrade Bangerter Highway by replacing many of its existing intersections with interchanges, which will improve traffic flow.
#6 I-15—Hill Field Road Interchange and TTI, $28 million(Construction continues from last year; scheduled completion summer 2016)
UDOT is reconstructing the I-15 interchange at Hill Field Road, converting it to a single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow and reduce delays in Layton. Last season, UDOT constructed new ThrU Turn Intersections on Hill Field Road on each side of I-15.
#7 I-15—St. George Blvd. to Green Springs Drive, $24 million(Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion late 2016)
Crews are adding two lanes in each direction to I-15 in St. George and building new underpasses to connect Red Cliffs Drive with Red Hills Parkway near Mall Drive. These new lanes will help meet the needs of the growing population in the St. George area, and make it easier for drivers to enter and exit I-15.
#8 I-15—Riverdale to Farr West, $14 million(Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion fall 2017)
UDOT is repaving I-15 in Weber County from the I-84 junction to 2700 North in Farr West. This new pavement will prolong the life of the freeway and provide a smoother ride for drivers.
#9 U.S. 189—Deer Creek Widening, $13 million(Construction starts this month; scheduled completion summer 2016)
Crews are widening a six-mile segment of U.S. 189 near Deer Creek Reservoir to two lanes in each direction, plus a center turn lane. Currently, U.S. 189 consists of one travel lane in each direction in this area. Adding these lanes will reduce congestion and enhance safety, specifically for recreational travelers.
#10 U.S. 6—Repaving near I-70, $6 million(Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion this fall)
UDOT is repaving a 10-mile section of U.S. 6 near the I-70 junction to improve the road condition for drivers and extend the life of the road surface.
Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic restrictions during construction, visit 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.