Author: Zach Whitney

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 16, 2017

Happy #WorkForUsWednesda! This week there are FIVE new openings to tell you about here at UDOT. We’re starting to hire our seasonal Transportation Technicians. They work as part of our snow plow crew! If you’d like to get behind the wheel of a big plow, Check them out!

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 #13061 – Seasonal Transportation Technician, Region 2 – Wendover, Opens 8/10/17, Closes 8/20/17.
    Please go to Station 221 at 3031 East Frontage Road Wendover, UT to apply!
  • Recruitment # 13003 – Transportation Technician II – Station 232, Region 2 – Murray, Opens 8/10/17, Closes 8/20/17 Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13115 – Information Specialist II, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 8/10/17, Closes 8/20/17.  Click here to apply.
  • **Extended** Recruitment #13061 –  Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Station 225 – SLC, Opens 8/7/17, Closes 8/28/17. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13134 – Roadway Design Engineer (Engineer III), Region 4 – Richfield, Opens 8/16/17, Closes 8/30/17. 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.

NEWS RELEASE: Utah Drivers Urged to Prepare for Heavy Solar Eclipse Traffic This Weekend

For Immediate Release

 

Utah Drivers Urged to Prepare for Heavy Solar Eclipse Traffic This Weekend

I-15 expected to be the primary route for tens of thousands of travelers

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 16, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges Utahns to plan ahead for heavy delays throughout the state this weekend as travelers from across the western United States drive to Idaho and Wyoming to view the solar eclipse this Monday, Aug. 21.

As many as 50,000 additional vehicles are expected to travel through Utah this weekend. On an average day, approximately 200,000 vehicles drive on I-15 in Salt Lake County. Northbound traffic will be heavier than normal beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Sunday evening, with heavy congestion expected from Brigham City to the I-84 split in Tremonton.

The heaviest delays are expected on Monday evening when return traffic from the eclipse coincides with the southbound commute. UDOT recommends that drivers rethink their trips and avoid traveling on southbound I-15 during this time if possible.

Across the state, most UDOT projects along I-15 – such as the repaving from Brigham City to Honeyville – will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays. A few projects will have traffic shifts in place, or will have minor work that should not affect drivers. In St. George, between exits 4-5, lanes are shifted and narrowed and the speed limit is reduced for a widening project; and shoulder work is scheduled on I-15 south of Fillmore for bridge maintenance.

UDOT recommends that drivers prepare for conditions and consider the following tips when planning travel this weekend:

  • Keep a full tank of gas. Traffic may make it difficult to access gas stations, and in rural areas fuel may be in short supply due to heavy demand.
  • Bring extra food, water and snacks.
  • Expect spotty or nonexistent cellular coverage.
  • Do not stop on roads or park on shoulders to watch the eclipse. Stopping on highways – even on the shoulder – is unsafe, and can make it difficult for emergency vehicles to respond to incidents.
  • Plan to spend extra time before returning home. While traffic engineers expect travel to Idaho and Wyoming – areas within the eclipse’s path of totality – will be spread out over a few days prior to Monday, the biggest surge in traffic is planned for Monday afternoon and evening. Choosing to stay a few hours, or even a day later, can help reduce delays and create a more enjoyable trip.

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 9, 2017

Today is #WorkForUsWednesday. We have SIX new openings here at UDOT to tell you about. We’re hiring Construction engineers and Transportation Technicians. Check them out.

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 #13031 – Deputy Construction Engineer (Engineering Manager I), Complex – Central Construction, Opens 8/2/17, Closes 8/14/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Extended: Recruitment #12893 – Design Engineer (Engineer III), Two vacancies, Region 2 Headquarters, Opens 7/21/17, Closes 8/15/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13061 –  Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Station 225 – SLC, Opens 8/7/17, Closes 8/13/17
  • Recruitment #12991 – Environmental Manager, Region 2 – Headquarters, Opens 8/1/17, Closes 8/15/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13033 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Purgatory, Opens 8/7/17, Closes 8/21/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13061 –  Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Station 225 – SLC, Opens 8/7/17, Closes 8/13/17. 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.

NEWS RELEASE: Freeway Ramps to Close This Weekend

For Immediate Release
 
Freeway Ramps to Close This Weekend
 
500 South ramps to I-15 and I-80 to close for bridge maintenance; new traffic restrictions start Monday in West Valley City and South Jordan  
SALT LAKE CITY (August 3, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for a weekend closure of the 500 South freeway on-ramps near downtown Salt Lake City starting Friday night. In addition, on Monday, Aug. 7, an on-ramp to I-215 in West Valley City will close for 45 days.
The ramp from 500 South to I-80 is scheduled to close from Friday, Aug. 4, at 9 p.m. through Saturday night, Aug. 5. Once this ramp reopens, work will shift to the ramp from 500 South to I-15, which will close from Saturday night, Aug. 5, to Sunday night, Aug. 6. All lanes on both ramps will reopen by Monday, Aug. 7, at 6 a.m.
During these ramp closures, detour routes will be in place. Drivers should plan to use alternate routes such as 1300 South and 600 North to get onto I-15, where they can continue to I-80 if needed.
The work on the 500 South ramp is the final phase of a bridge maintenance project that began in March. Crews have removed and replaced the top layer of pavement – a special “weatherproofing” layer designed to prevent corrosion due to water and road salt – on nearly 40 freeway ramps and bridges around the Salt Lake Valley.
Starting Monday, Aug. 7, two other projects will affect drivers in Salt Lake County:
  • In West Valley City, the ramp from eastbound 3500 South to northbound I-215 will close prior to the morning commute. This ramp will remain closed through September for pavement reconstruction. Suggested alternate routes include 4700 South and Redwood Road.
  • In South Jordan, work will begin to widen 10600 South from South Jordan Gateway to Redwood Road. For the first few weeks, construction will be concentrated primarily in the median, and drivers should plan ahead for delays and traffic shifts. This project will add one travel lane in each direction, as well as repaving the road and adding turn lanes at two intersections. Construction will be complete in fall 2018.
Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic conditions, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android.
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Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 2, 2017

Welcome to another, or #WorkForUsWednesday here a UDOT. Today we have TWO new openings. Check them out.

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 #12959 – Heavy Equipment Mechanic (Journey Auto Worker), Complex – Equipment Shops, Opens 7/26/17, Closes 8/3/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12991 – Environmental Manager, Region 2 – Headquarters, Opens 8/1/17, Closes 8/15/17.  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.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Crash victim and trauma surgeon urge motorcycle riders to gear up for safety

Crash victim and trauma surgeon urge motorcycle riders to gear up for safety

WHAT: 
Zero Fatalities, Intermountain Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Program and Harrison Eurosports are encouraging motorcycle riders to increase safety by wearing proper safety gear. An Intermountain Medical Center Trauma surgeon will show X-ray images of motorcycle crash victims’ injuries to demonstrate the lifesaving difference safety gear can make in preventing fatal injuries. A motorcyle crash survivor will also share his experience.
To date in Utah, there have been 18 motorcyclist deaths this year. In 2016, motorcyclist deaths accounted for 15 percent of the total state’s traffic fatalities, despite the fact that motorcycles represent only three percent of all registered vehicles (42 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes that year).
WHEN: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.
WHO:
Dr. Dave Morris, Intermountain Medical Center trauma surgeon
Nathan Christensen, motorcyclist hit when driver made a U-turn in front of him at 45 mph
Marques Varela, motorcycle safety program manager at the Utah Department of Public Safety
WHERE: 
Intermountain Medical Center Helipad
5121 Cottonwood Street in Murray
***Parking directions: Take State Street and turn west on Intermountain Drive. Park in lot directly parallel to State Street to the east of the helipad.***
VISUALS:
X-ray images provided by IMC of motorcycle crash patients
Christensen’s crashed helmet and gear, as well as photos
Safety gear including helmets, jackets, boots, gloves
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Allyse Christensen
Zero Fatalities
Jess Gomez
IMC, Director of Media Relations

#WorkForUsWednesday – July 26, 2017

It feels like Tuesday because of the short work week, but it’s Wednesday, or #WorkForUsWednesday here a UDOT. This week there are SIX new openings, primarily Design Engineers and Transportation Technicians. Check them out.

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 #12893 – Design Engineer (Engineer III), Two vacancies, Region 2 Headquarters, Opens 7/21/17, Closes 8/7/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12892 – Senior Design Engineer (Engineer IV), Region 2 Headquarters, Opens 7/21/17, Closes 8/7/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12925 – Design Team Leader (Engineering Manager I), Region 2 Headquarters, Opens 7/21/17, Closes 8/7/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12527 – Transportation Technician – Station 227, Region 2 – Draper, Opens 7/25/17, Closes 8/6/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12937 – Transportation Technician – Region 3, Strawberry Maintenance Station, Opens 7/25/17, Closes 8/1/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12941 – Seasonal Transportation Technician, Region 3, Saratoga Springs Maintenance Station, Opens 7/25/17, Closes 8/8/17, 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.

NEWS RELEASE: Westbound Riverdale Road to Close Tonight

For Immediate Release

Westbound Riverdale Road to Close Tonight 

UDOT will also close 900 South ramp for one month starting tonight

SALT LAKE CITY (July 25, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for multiple ramp and road closures along the Wasatch Front this week.

Starting tonight at 10 p.m., westbound Riverdale Road (S.R. 26) will be closed to all traffic at the Weber River Bridge for two days. UDOT is closing the bridge to repair uneven and rough bridge deck joints.

In order to complete the repair, a single westbound lane will remain closed from 10 p.m. Thursday night, until 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

All motorists who normally use westbound Riverdale Road (S.R. 26), should use 30th Street (S.R. 79) to access I-15 or I-84, or the Riverdale Road commercial area west of the Weber River Bridge. Motorists needing to travel eastbound on I-84 can also use southbound Washington Boulevard/U.S. 89 to access the interstate highway in Uintah.

In Salt Lake County, drivers are advised to plan ahead for a month-long closure of the 900 South freeway exit near downtown Salt Lake City. Starting tonight, the I-15 on- and off-ramps at 900 South will close through early September for bridge reconstruction.

While this ramp is closed, drivers will need to use different exits, such as 1300 South or 2100 South, to get on or off the freeway. This closure will allow construction crews to rebuild the bridge over 300 West.

Also during this time, lane restrictions are scheduled on the ramp from 500 South to I-15 and I-80. Up to two lanes at a time will be closed on the ramp during overnight hours and on weekends through early September. Access to both freeways will remain open while work is taking place.

The work on the 500 South ramp is part of a bigger bridge maintenance project that began in March and will be complete in early fall. Crews have been removing and replacing the top layer of pavement – a special “weatherproofing” layer designed to prevent corrosion due to water and road salt – on nearly 40 freeway ramps and bridges around the Salt Lake Valley.

Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic conditions, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android.

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