Author: Zach Whitney

Construction Update – July 20, 2017

 

 

Work continues on the ramp from 500 South to I-15 and I-80, near downtown Salt Lake City.

Lane restrictions are planned each weeknight and during the day on weekends. This is something to keep in mind if you head downtown for events.

When you leave for home, expect some delays getting onto the freeway, and think about using an alternate like 1300 South or 600 North.

This bridge maintenance project started in March, and will be done in early fall.

Another bridge project close to downtown starts Tuesday night on the 900 South on- and off-ramps.

The ramps to and from I-15 at 900 South will close for a little over a month so workers can rebuild the bridges over 300 West.

During this closure, you’ll need to avoid 900 South, and use nearby exits – including 1300 South or 2100 South.

And in Utah County, construction has started to widen Redwood Road in Saratoga Springs.

From 400 South to Lakeview Terrace Road, traffic is being shifted and lanes are narrowed – but no lane closures are expected during this work.

This project is expected to finish this fall. There’s a lot happening on Redwood Road this summer, with projects planned or under construction in three different counties.

For more information about these and all other UDOT construction projects, visit our website at UDOTTraffic.utah.gov, or you can download our free UDOT Traffic app.

#WorkForUsWednesday – July 19, 2017

Welcome to Wednesday, or as we like to call it, #WorkForUsWednesday. UDOT is a great place to start a career in transportation and construction. We’ve got FOUR new openings to highlight today. 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 #12832 – Transportation Planning Manager (Urban Planning Manager), Complex – Program Development, Opens 7/18/17, Closes 8/2/17, Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12866 – Senior Roadway Design Engineer (Engineer IV), Region 4 – Richfield, Opens 7/18/17, Closes 7/26/17, Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12850 – Resident Engineer (Engineering Manager I), Region 4 – Richfield, Opens 7/18/17, Closes 7/26/17, Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12842- Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Wendover Maintenance Station, Opens 7/13/17, Closes 7/24/17, 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: S.R. 201 to Close in Both Directions Friday Night

For Immediate Release

S.R. 201 to Close in Both Directions Friday Night

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

SALT LAKE CITY (July 13, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges drivers to plan ahead for a full closure of S.R. 201 on Friday night, July 14. S.R. 201 will close as early as 9 p.m. in both directions between Bangerter Highway and Redwood Road while crews place beams for a new northbound bridge on I-215.

During this closure, UDOT recommends using I-80 as an alternate route. Westbound traffic on S.R. 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 overnight if possible on Friday night. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. Saturday.

The I-215 bridges over S.R. 201 are being rebuilt as part of UDOT’s I-215 west belt reconstruction from S.R. 201 to 4700 South. Construction began in May 2016, and is on track for completion in the fall.

UDOT is replacing the original pavement on the I-215 west belt 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 improvements to traffic management systems.

Also this weekend, the ramp from 500 South to southbound I-15 in Salt Lake City will be reduced to one lane. Lane restrictions will begin Friday, July 14, at 9 p.m., and continue through Monday, July 17, at 5 a.m.

Drivers attending Pioneer Day concerts and other events downtown this weekend should plan for delays getting onto southbound I-15 and consider using other on-ramps, such as 1300 South or 600 North, to access the freeway. Crews will be applying a thin weatherproof pavement layer to the ramp as part of a bridge maintenance project.

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 – July 12, 2017

Welcome to the middle of the week. We’ve got FiVE openings to highlight on this #WorkForUsWednesday. 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 #12643 – Inventory Skid Data Collection Specialist (Research Analyst), Temporary with no benefits, Complex – Program Development, Opens 7/6/17, Closes 7/13/17. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12672 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Gunnison Maintenance Station, Opens 7/5/17, Closes 7/16/17. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12717 – Journey Auto Worker, Region 4 – Richfield Shop, Opens 7/6/17, Closes 7/19/17. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12762 – Program Specialist II, Complex – Program Development, Opens 7/6/17, Closes 7/20/17. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #12787 – Seasonal Transportation Technician, Region 3 – Lehi, Opens 7/10/17, Closes 7/24/17, 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.

UDOT Releases West Davis Corridor Final Environmental Impact Statement

For Immediate Release 

UDOT Releases West Davis Corridor Final Environmental Impact Statement 

UDOT and the Federal Highway Administration recommend a preferred alternative 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 6, 2017) — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a potential transportation corridor in western Davis and Weber counties. The Final EIS proposes a new 19-mile highway from Farmington to West Point, connecting with I-15 and Legacy Parkway at Glovers Lane on the south end, and S.R. 37 (1800 North) at approximately 4000 West on the north end.

Representing the final outcome of a seven-year process, the Final EIS details the West Davis Corridor (WDC) Study Team’s analysis of the western Davis and Weber community and environment. A total of 51 alternatives were developed and evaluated by the study team. This effort incorporated input from residents, farmers, community and environmental groups, cities, counties, state and federal resource agencies and other interested groups, which helped to refine the preferred alternative that is now being proposed.

“After years of detailed analysis, collaboration, and extensive public outreach, together we’ve identified a transportation solution that will benefit western Davis and Weber counties for many years to come,” said UDOT Project Manager Randy Jefferies. “The preferred alternative addresses current and future transportation needs while minimizing impacts to the community and environment.”

The number of households in western Weber and Davis counties is expected to increase by more than 65 percent by 2040, and Davis County is currently the second most densely populated county in the state. This one project will reduce traffic congestion west of I-15 by 35 percent in this area.

With the release of the Final EIS, an official comment period will take place through August 31 to allow the public time to review the document and submit their comments to UDOT and FHWA. The Final EIS is available on the WDC website (udot.utah.gov/westdavis), as well as in hard copy form at city hall buildings and libraries throughout the study area. Comments can be submitted the following ways:

All comments will be provided to FHWA for review and consideration. As the decision-making agency, FHWA, in coordination with UDOT, will respond to all  comments received on the Final EIS and include those responses in the Record of Decision document.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Section of I-215 East Belt to Close This Weekend

For Immediate Release

Section of I-215 East Belt to Close This Weekend

Weekend freeway closure scheduled as part of I-80 paving project 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 6, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for a weekend closure on the I-215 east belt. I-215 will be closed between the I-80 split and Foothill Drive from Friday, July 7, at 9 p.m. to Monday, July 10, at 5 a.m..

While the freeway is closed, drivers will need to plan ahead and use alternate routes to access the I-215 east belt from I-80. Detour signs will direct drivers to exit I-80 at 700 East, then head south to 3300 South, where they will travel east until they reach 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. Also as part of this project, 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

MEDIA ADVISORY: UDOT to Release Final Environmental Impact Statement for West Davis Corridor

UDOT to Release Final Environmental Impact Statement for West Davis Corridor

Environmental study proposes a new highway in western Davis and Weber counties 

WHAT:

UDOT is releasing the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the West Davis Corridor in western Davis and Weber counties. This document includes UDOT’s proposed alternative: a new 19-mile highway that will meet the transportation need to 2040 while minimizing impacts on the community and the environment. The release of the Final EIS is the culmination of a seven-year study process, involving more than 90 community and environmental groups, organizations, and government agencies.

The West Davis Corridor project manager will be available for interviews to explain the study and UDOT’s preferred transportation alternative.

WHEN:

Thursday, July 6, at 2:15 p.m.

WHERE:

West Davis Corridor Project Office, 466 North 900 West, Kaysville

WHO:

Randy Jefferies, UDOT West Davis Corridor project manager

VISUALS:

  • B-roll of the study area and locations near the proposed highway
  • Map of the UDOT preferred alternative – a new 19-mile highway in Davis and Weber counties
  • Hard copies of the West Davis Corridor Final EIS

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

NEWS RELEASE: Foothill Drive Ramp to I-215 to Close through September

For Immediate Release

Foothill Drive Ramp to I-215 to Close through September

Crews move to next phase of Foothill bridge reconstruction; drivers advised to use alternate routes

 

SALT LAKE CITY (June 30, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) alerts drivers to plan for a long-term closure of the ramp from Foothill Drive to the I-215 east belt. The ramp is scheduled to close Wednesday morning, July 5, before the morning commute, and will remain closed through September.

This closure will allow construction crews to move forward with reconstruction of the southbound Foothill Drive bridges over Parleys Way and I-215. The loop ramp from eastbound I-80 to Foothill Drive will remain closed through September to allow crews to complete this work.

UDOT recommends that drivers rethink their trips: plan extra travel time and use alternate routes to get to the I-215 east belt from Foothill Drive.

The ramp from westbound I-80 to Foothill Drive and both lanes on northbound Foothill Drive are now open. During that closure, crews reconstructed the northbound Foothill Drive bridge over Parleys Way.

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

 

 

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