Author: Zach Whitney

Media Briefing: UDOT to Close 10600 South Interchange for Underpass Construction

Media Briefing: UDOT to Close 10600 South Interchange for Underpass Construction

Interchange to close through late September; Media invited to view the future underpass up close

 

WHAT:

Media briefing regarding the closure of the 10600 South interchange for the construction of a new underpass. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is constructing a new underpass at the 10600 South interchange that will connect the northbound I-15 off-ramp to the heart of downtown Sandy. During construction, the 10600 South interchange is scheduled to close from Friday night, Sept. 8, through Monday morning, Sept. 25.

Members of the media are invited to tour the construction zone and view the future underpass up close prior to the closure.

 Closed-toe shoes and long pants are REQUIRED to enter the construction zone. Media not wearing proper attire WILL NOT be allowed in the work zone.

 

WHEN:

Thursday, Sept. 7, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Texas Roadhouse parking lot  — 200 W 10600 South, Sandy

(West of the Shops at South Town)

Directions: Exit at 10600 South and turn toward the mall. Turn left on Auto Mall Drive into the mall parking lot, then turn left again and continue to Texas Roadhouse.

 

WHO:

Lisa Zundel, UDOT project manager

 

VISUALS:

–       Construction crews and heavy equipment working

–       Underpass structure

–       Traffic passing on the interstate

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Report on Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days to Be Released

Report on Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days to Be Released

UDOT and DPS urge drivers to be safe on Utah’s roads

 

WHAT: The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) will release traffic fatality numbers for the 100 Deadliest Days in 2017 during a media availability. The 100 Deadliest Days is the time period between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, where traffic fatalities typically almost double on Utah roads.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at 10 a.m.

VISUALS: Markers will be placed in the lawn near the Calvin Rampton Building indicating how many lives were lost during the 100 Deadliest Days in 2017.

 

WHO:

  • Todd Royce, DPS
  • John Gleason, UDOT

 

WHERE: Calvin Rampton Building: 4501 S 2700 W, Taylorsville, UT 84119

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
UDOT PIO
801-560-7740
jgleason@utah.gov

US-89 State Environmental Study Public Hearing This Thursday

For Immediate Release

US-89 State Environmental Study Public Hearing This Thursday

Meeting will provide information on UDOT’s preferred Alternative for US-89

 

OGDEN– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will hold a public hearing on its preferred alternative for the US-89 corridor, from Farmington to Interstate 84, this Thursday night September7.

According to UDOT Project Manager Michael Romero, the public hearing will be held from 4:30 to 7p.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 how the study team arrived at this recommendation, and to comment on it.

“The main purpose of the public hearing is to provide clarity on the preferred alternative, as well as to gather public input on it,” Romero said. “The team spent a lot of time, and looked at many different ideas and concepts to arrive at this point of our study.”

“Now we would like the public to tell us what it thinks about the alternative that has surfaced as the most feasible, environmentally responsible and best addressed the concerns that have been expressed,” he continued. “Members of the project team will be available at the hearing to answer any questions,” he said.

The formal public comment period began on August 24, and continues through Monday, September 25. 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.

— UDOT —

 

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

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.

-UDOT –

 

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