Author: Zach Whitney

NEWS RELEASE: Westbound I-215 to Close This Weekend Near Parley’s Canyon

For Immediate Release

 

 

Westbound I-215 to Close This Weekend Near Parley’s Canyon

Heavy delays expected along detour route; drivers warned to use alternate routes

 

SALT LAKE CITY (June 22, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for a full closure of westbound I-215 this weekend near Parley’s Canyon. Westbound I-215 will close between Foothill Drive and the westbound I-80 junction near 2300 East from Friday, June 23, at 9 p.m. to Monday, June 26, at 5 a.m.

During this closure, drivers will be detoured onto eastbound I-80 at Exit 2. They will then need to continue east up Parley’s Canyon to Exit 132 (Mount Aire Road), where they can turn around onto westbound I-80.  This detour route is approximately eight miles long, and heavy congestion and delays are expected. Drivers should plan ahead by allowing extra travel time, or using alternate routes and avoiding this section of I-215.

 

This closure will allow crews to break up the existing concrete and pave over it with new asphalt as part of a major pavement maintenance project on I-80 and I-215 in eastern Salt Lake City.

 

In addition, I-80 is reduced to one lane in each direction on weeknights between 1300 East and the I-80/I-215 split as part of this project.

 

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 – June 21, 2017

It’s the first day of summer, so what better time for a #WorkForUsWednesday! This week we have TWO new job openings to here at UDOT. 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 #12563 – Part Time Office Specialist II (time limited with benefits), Region 3 – Mechanic Shop, Opens 6/15/17, Closes 6/22/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12580 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Spec II), Echo Port of Entry, Opens 6/16/17, Closes 7/2/17.  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.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Utah Department of Transportation FTA Program 

Utah Department of Transportation FTA Program Public Notice:

 

The UDOT is currently developing their Federal fiscal year 2018 through 2020 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for its FTA Program. The proposed DBE goal and methodology can be found on the UDOT website at www.udot.utah.gov/publictransit under the Hot Topics and Quick Links section. It is titled “UDOT FTA DBE FY2018-2020 Proposed Goal and Methodology.”
A hard copy is available for review at UDOT Program Development, 4501 S 2700 W, 3rd Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84114.  Comments may be provided to the UDOT via email at publictransit@utah.gov or via mail addressed to UDOT Program Development, Attn: Public Transit Plans and Programs Director, 4501 S 2700 W, P.O. Box 143600, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-3600.  Please include the page number, section number, and a detailed comment with your submission.
The document will be available for review from June 14, 2017, through and including July 13, 2017, and comments will be accepted through July 28, 2017.  Only comments related specifically to the DBE goal and the development of the goal will be accepted.  All other UDOT or DBE-program related comments should be directed to the appropriate contact provided on the main UDOT website.
A DBE Methodology Public meeting will be conducted on Tuesday, July 18th from 2:30-3:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the UDOT Calvin Rampton Complex at 4501 South 2700 West, Salt Lake City in Room UDOT_RM-CO Prog Dev 3rd Floor.

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 should plan for half-hour delays and use alternate routes
SALT LAKE CITY (June 15, 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 2300 East and Foothill Drive from Friday, June 16, at 9 p.m. to Monday, June 19, at 5 a.m.
During this closure, all traffic will be detoured onto the I-215 west belt. Drivers will then need to exit at 3300 South, get onto northbound I-215, and then follow the signs to eastbound I-80. Heavy congestion and delays of 30 minutes are expected along the detour route, so drivers should plan ahead, leave early, and allow plenty of extra time.
Workers will break up the existing concrete and pave over it with new asphalt as part of a major pavement maintenance project on I-80 in Salt Lake City. Crews did similar work on westbound I-80 last weekend.
Drivers should keep in mind that I-80 is reduced to one lane in each direction during overnight hours and on weekends, between 1300 East and the I-80/I-215 split, also as part of this project.
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

NEWS RELEASE: Ogden Canyon Highway to Close for Paving Work on Monday, June 19

For Immediate Release

 

Ogden Canyon Highway to Close for Paving Work on Monday, June 19

Local residents will be allowed in and out, while all others motorists must detour

  

Ogden – Utah Department of Transportation advises Ogden Valley and Ogden-area motorists that state Route 39, the Ogden Canyon Highway, will be closed to all through-traffic on Monday, June 19, while crews perform paving work in the canyon.

On Monday, crews will be paving over water line trenches in the canyon that have begun to subside since construction was performed there several years ago. In order to complete this paving work in one day and keep delay and detouring to a minimum, Ogden Canyon (SR-39) will be closed at Valley Drive on the west end, and at SR-158 over Pine View Dam on the east end, from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday June 19.

During this work, all normal through-traffic to and from the Ogden Valley should consider using I-84 in Weber Canyon and SR-167, the Trappers Loop Highway, between Huntsville and Mountain Green, as an alternate route. Ogden Canyon residents will be allowed in and out of the closed area as needed.

For more information, iPhone and Android smartphone users may download the free UDOT Traffic app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play, to stay abreast of traffic movements and construction work 24-hours a day.

-UDOT-

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 14, 2017

It’s another #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT. This week we have SEVEN new job openings to highlight, covering several different parts of the state. Check them out! A Transportation Technician position is a great summer job or a way to get a foot in the door.

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 #12483 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Meadow, Opens 6/8/17, Closes 6/26/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12494 – Automotive Service Worker II (no benefits), Complex – Equipment Operations, Opens 6/9/17, Closes 6/19/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12527 – Transportation Technician, Region 2 – Draper, Opens 6/12/17, Closes 6/18/17
  • Recruitment #12539 – Seasonal Transportation Technician, Region 3 – Saratoga Springs, Opens 6/13/17, Closes 6/26/17, Click here to apply.
  • REOPENED – Recruitment #12370 – Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Journey Auto Worker), Complex – Equipment Operations, Opens 6/13/17, Closes 6/20/17, Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12472 – Field Engineer (Engineer III), Region 4 – Monticello, Opens 6/12/17, Closes 7/04/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12547 – Financial Analyst III, Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 6/13/17, Closes 6/20/17, 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: UDOT to Host Layton Open House Discussing US-89 Concepts on June 20

For Immediate Release

UDOT to Host Layton Open House Discussing US-89 Concepts on June 20

Public invited to view and comment on conceptual plans for updated US-89

 

Ogden – Utah Department of Transportation will hold an open house on Tuesday, June 20, to present conceptual alternative designs for the State Environmental Study addressing the future expansion of US-89. The open house will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Layton High School, 440 Wasatch Drive in Layton.

 

UDOT Project Manager Michael Romero said these conceptual alternatives have been developed following initial public input, and have been evaluated based on three basic criteria: reasonable access, travel demand, and their compatibility with network roadway classification. He said the open house will be an opportunity for the community to express their opinions on which of these concepts are preferred, and should move forward for more detailed study.

 

“Given that there are so many feasible options, we’re eager to get feedback from those who will be directly impacted by any changes,” said Romero.

 

He said the public is invited to visit the open house at any time during the meeting to participate in discussion about the environmental study and the future expansion of US-89. Members of the study team, including the project manager, traffic engineers and public information coordinators, will be available to discuss ideas and suggestions from those in attendance.

 

The public is encouraged to visit the project website at http://www.udot.utah.gov/us89/ for more detailed information about the project, to sign up for email updates, and to view the study timeline.

For any other questions or concerns, please contact the study hotline at 888-752-US89 (8789)

 

– UDOT –

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

Media briefing: Drowsy driving crashes increase in summer

Media briefing: Drowsy driving crashes increase in summer

Safety advocates and mother of crash victim warn travelers & outdoor enthusiasts to never drive drowsy

WHAT:

Zero Fatalities is urging drivers to avoid drowsy driving this summer, as fatigued-related crashes increase every year during the summer months. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Sleep Smart. Drive Smart. will host a media briefing with the mother of a teen who died in a drowsy driving-related crash.

With the first day of summer fast approaching, safety advocates ask drivers to be aware of the symptoms and risks associated with drowsy driving – and to drive safely. In Utah, more than 1,000 drowsy driving related crashes occur each year. Fatigue among drivers and passengers significantly increases the risk for a serious or fatal car crash. Not only does little sleep and physical activity cause fatigue, but so does sun exposure, especially during the hottest hours of the day.

 

 

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Blackridge Reservoir

15000 S Ashland Ridge Dr. in Herriman

WHO:

  • Lucinda Campbell, mother of Tyler Blais, who died while driving home from a summer trip to the Grand Canyon
  • John Gleason, UDOT public information officer
  • Troy Tait, Sleep Smart. Drive Smart. spokesperson

VISUALS:

Summer activities at the reservoir

Photos of Tyler and family

Thumb drive with photos and PSA

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason,
UDOT Public Information Officer
801.560.7740
jgleason@utah.gov

UDOT Leader Meets with President Donald Trump to Discuss National Transportation Issues

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT Leader Meets with President Donald Trump to Discuss National Transportation Issues

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 9, 2017) – Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Carlos Braceras met this morning with President Donald Trump, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and several other transportation officials to discuss issues surrounding the creation and maintenance of transportation infrastructure in the United States.

 

Braceras was one of a handful of state DOT representatives invited to participate in the discussion, and he focused his attention during the meeting on the need to streamline and align federal regulatory processes so that states can more efficiently deliver much-needed infrastructure projects.

 

Braceras will be available for a brief conference call with Utah media Friday at noon.

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 8, 2017

Welcome to Wednesday! It’s been a while since we’ve had a #WorkForUsWednesday, but that doesn’t mean we’re not hiring! We have FOUR new job openings to tell you about today. The big need is for engineers in Monticello. Southeast Utah has some of our most scenic roads, and we need engineers to help us keep them going.

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 #12120 – Transportation Technician II – Region 4 – Price, Castle Gate or Colton, Opens 05/01/17, Closes 06/11/17
  • Recruitment #12462 – Resident Engineer (Engineering Manager I), Region 4 – Monticello, Opens 6/06/17, Closes 7/04/17
  • Recruitment #12472 -Field Engineer (Engineer III), Region 4 – Monticello, Opens 6/07/17, Closes 7/04/17
  • Recruitment #12426 – Pavement Design Engineer/Project Manager (Engineer III), Region 2 – SLC, Opens 6/7/17, Closes 6/14/17

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.