Author: Zach Whitney

PRESS RELEASE: I-80 Lane Closures near SLC Airport Scheduled this Weekend

For Immediate Release

I-80 Lane Closures near SLC Airport Scheduled this Weekend

 Additional restrictions planned on I-15 in Davis and Salt Lake counties, and on S.R. 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon

 

SALT LAKE CITY (June 14, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recommends drivers plan for lane closures on eastbound I-80 just east of the Salt Lake City International Airport this weekend.

Eastbound I-80 is scheduled to be reduced to one lane between Bangerter Highway and I-215 from Friday night, June 15, at 8 p.m. to Sunday night, June 17, at 8 p.m. Also, during this time, the on-ramp from the airport exit (southbound Terminal Drive) to eastbound I-80 will be closed, as well as the on-ramp from northbound Bangerter Highway to eastbound I-80. Drivers leaving the airport will need to use alternate routes, such as southbound Bangerter Highway to eastbound S.R. 201. Those using eastbound I-80 should plan for heavier than normal traffic congestion and moderate delays.

These closures will allow crews to perform maintenance work on the eastbound I-80 bridge over the Jordan River Surplus Canal. The work is being done during nighttime hours and on the weekend to reduce delays.

UDOT also advises drivers to be aware of other restrictions scheduled during the upcoming week:

  • I-15 from Antelope Drive to Hill Field Road: Up to two lanes in each direction will be closed on I-15 from Antelope Drive to Hill Field Road in Layton each night beginning as early as 7 p.m. All lanes are scheduled to reopen each morning in time for the commute. These closures began last week and will continue through June 22 while workers finish construction on the new Layton Crossing bridge over I-15.
  • I-15 from 12300 South to 14600 South: I-15 will be reduced to three lanes in both directions between 12300 South and 14600 South, from Saturday, June 16, at 10 p.m. toSunday, June 17, at 8 a.m. Crews will be repairing pavement under warranty as part of the I-15 Point project.
  • S.R. 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon: A new paving project is scheduled to start on S.R. 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon as early as Monday, June 18. Once work begins, sections of S.R. 210 will be reduced to a one-lane road with flaggers controlling traffic. These restrictions will be in effect Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Drivers should use caution and obey posted signs and flaggers in the work zone. Construction will continue through early fall as crews repave the highway from the mouth of the canyon all the way to the top.

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 Honored with America’s Transportation Award

Once again, the Utah Department of Transportation is a winner in the annual America’s Transportation Awards competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). This year UDOT is being honored in the Quality of Life/Community Development category for its work to provide reliable high-speed communications capability to travelers and emergency services providers in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons.

Working in a public/private partnership with Crown Castle Fiber, UDOT was able to install nearly 15 miles of fiber optic cabling and a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) using 21 antenna poles. The result of this improved communications infrastructure has been enhancements to 911 emergency services, high-speed data transmission and 4G wireless carrier services for cities, businesses, customers and residents. UDOT has also been able to use the fiber backbone to install ITS devices for active traffic management.

 

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 13, 2018

Welcome to another great #WorkForUsWednesday. This week we have a total of FOUR new positions open at the department. One of those is a Journey Auto Worker. They are the ones who work on our big orange trucks and make sure they’re working properly, so that our crews can keep Utah moving.

Click on the links below to apply 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 #16076 – Statewide Permits Officer, Complex – Right of Way, Opens 6/8/18, Closes 6/17/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16218 – Journey Auto Worker, Complex – Central Shops, Opens 6/8/18, Closes 6/17/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16240 – Transportation Technician II – Ogden, Region 1, Opens 6/11/18, Closes 6/25/18.  Click here to apply. (2 positions) 

Visit the Utah State Jobs website at any time 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.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Draft Report

UDOT is currently developing the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for the next three Federal fiscal years.  The draft DBE Goal and Methodology Report can be found on the UDOT website at https://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:0:::1:T,V:2250,71534.  Comments may be provided to UDOT by following the directions on the website.   The document will be available for review and comment from June 6, 2018 to July 21, 2018.  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 public meeting / webinar will be held on Thursday June 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at UDOT’s central headquarters, 4501 S 2700 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84114. The meeting will be held on the third floor in the Traffic and Safety Large Conference Room.   At this meeting the DBE Goal and Methodology will be reviewed and staff will be available for questions/discussion on this and other DBE topics including:

  • DBE certification / application
  • Project explorer / project advertising
  • Project bidding
  • Subcontracting
  • Certified Payroll

The webinar part of this meeting can be accessed at the following link:
meet.google.com/gdy-kfcx-nya
Conference Call # – 1 720-449-3343
Participant:  406068#

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 6, 2018

Congratulations, you made it to #WorkForUsWednesday. You’re already halfway through the work week. Today we have a total of SIX new positions open at the department. Five of them are for Transportation Technicians. Transportation Technicians are the front lines of our UDOT crew. They’re out there making sure Utah’s roads are safe and secure. Check out the descriptions by following the links below.

Click on the links below to apply 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 #16044 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Moab, Opens 5/30/18, Closes 6/10/18.  Click here to apply.
  • ***EXTENDED***Recruitment #16023 – Transportation Technician II – Station 221, Region 2 – Wendover, Opens 5/18/18, Closes 6/10/18.  Click here to apply. (1 position) 
  • Recruitment #16181 – Transportation Technician II – Paint and Sign Crew, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 6/5/18, Closes 6/12/18.  Click here to apply. (1 position)
  • Seasonal Transportation Technician I – Paint and Message Crew, Region 3 – Orem, Opens 6/5/18, Closes when filled. Visit Paint Shop to apply. Click here to view job bulletin. (3 positions)

Visit the Utah State Jobs website at any time 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.

NEWS RELEASE: I-15 To Close For Eight Hours This Weekend in Lehi

For Immediate Release

I-15 To Close For Eight Hours This Weekend in Lehi

Additional restrictions scheduled on I-215 and S.R. 108; drivers advised to use alternate routes

 SALT LAKE CITY (May 31, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for a full closure of I-15 this weekend in Lehi.

I-15 is scheduled to close Sunday, June 3, from midnight to 8 a.m. (an eight hour total closure) between 2100 North and Lehi Main Street. Drivers should plan ahead and avoid the area if possible or allow extra time to travel the detour route.

During this closure, construction crews will demolish the 600 East bridge over the freeway as part of the I-15 Technology Corridor project. This project is widening I-15 to six lanes in both directions and rebuilding the interstate with all-new pavement from S.R. 92 to Lehi Main Street. Construction will continue through late 2020.

UDOT also advises drivers to be aware of other restrictions scheduled to begin in the next few days:

 

  • Westbound I-215 ramp to Redwood Road: The ramp from westbound I-215 to Redwood Road in Taylorsville will close Friday, June 1, at 10 p.m. to Monday, June 4, at 6 a.m. All other ramps at the interchange will remain open, but westbound drivers will need to use another exit. Crews are widening the off-ramp to add another left-turn lane onto southbound Redwood Road.
  • S.R. 108 from Antelope Drive to 1275 South: S.R. 108 will close in both directions between Antelope Drive and 1275 South in Syracuse Friday night, June 1, at 8 p.m. The road will remain closed through August 21, and drivers will need to use alternate routes. This full closure will allow crews to complete widening work on this section of the highway while school is out for the summer.

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:
Zach Whitney
UDOT Digital Communications Specialist
zwhitney@utah.gov
Cell: 385-315-4536

#WorkForUsWednesday – May 30, 2018

It feels like Tuesday, but it’s actually Wednesday…  #WorkForUsWednesday that is.  Today we have a total of SIX new positions open at the department. Five of them are for Transportation Technicians. Transportation Technicians are the front lines of our UDOT crew. They’re out there making sure Utah’s roads are safe and secure. Check out the descriptions by following the links below.

Click on the links below to apply 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.

  • EXTENDED Recruitment #15929 – Region 2 Traffic Signal Engineer (Engineering Manager I), Region 2 – Salt Lake City, Opens 5/14/18, Closes 6/3/18.  Click here to apply. (Recruitment Change: Open from Internal to Public)
  • EXTENDED Recruitment #15964 – Transportation Technician II – Station 223, Region 2 – Tooele, Opens 5/15/18, Closes 6/10/18.  Click here to apply.  
  • EXTENDED Recruitment #15963 – Transportation Technician II – Station 231, Region 2 – West Jordan, Opens 5/15/18,Closes 6/3/18.  Click here to apply. (3 positions)
  • Recruitment #16044 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Moab, Opens 5/30/18, Closes 6/10/18.  Click here to apply.

Visit the Utah State Jobs website at any time 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 Briefing: UDOT to reduce lanes on Bangerter Highway at 90th South through July  

Media Briefing: UDOT to reduce lanes on Bangerter Highway at 90th South through July  

Drivers should plan ahead and expect delays during the morning and evening commute through July

WHAT:
Media briefing regarding new lane closures on Bangerter Highway in West Jordan starting Tuesday, May 29 and continuing through July. Bangerter Highway will be reduced to two lanes in both directions, 24 hours a day, between 7800 South and 9000 South.

Lane closures on Bangerter Highway in this area have been in place during non-commute hours for several months. However, with these new restrictions, UDOT expects heavy delays for drivers, especially during the morning and evening commute.

These lane closures will allow crews to continue construction of a new freeway-style interchange on Bangerter Highway at 9000 South. Construction on the new interchange is scheduled for completion this fall.

WHEN:
Friday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Bangerter Highway/9000 South construction zone

Directions:

From Salt Lake City, travel south on Bangerter Highway. As you approach the new overpass just before 9000 South, enter the work zone in the middle of the highway (through the opening in the barrels). UDOT representatives will be on-site to direct media to the parking area.

Personal protective equipment, including hard hats and vests, will be provided and must be worn. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required to enter the construction zone.

WHO:
UDOT representatives

 

VISUALS:
–       Active construction zone on Bangerter Highway

–       B-roll of construction activities at 9000 South interchange

 

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

Major Delays Expected on Utah Highways for Memorial Day Weekend

For Immediate Release

Major Delays Expected on Utah Highways for Memorial Day Weekend

Rethink your trip by planning extra time, leaving early or staying late

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 23, 2018– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges Wasatch Front drivers to plan ahead for delays of up to 90 minutes on I-15 during the afternoon and evening this Thursday and Friday for Memorial Day weekend. Traffic is expected to begin building as early as noon on both days, so holiday travelers are advised to rethink their trip by leaving early in the day or later in the evening.

UDOT engineers expect increased holiday traffic from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with heaviest delays during the evening commute. On Monday, returning travelers are expected to create heavy traffic from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. along I-15 south of the Wasatch Front.

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during Memorial Day weekend (Friday through Monday). However, existing lane restrictions or traffic shifts will remain in place where needed to protect the work zone and ensure safety. Some areas where drivers should expect restrictions include:

  • I-15 Technology Corridor: In Lehi, lanes are shifted on I-15, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour in the construction zone from S.R. 92 to Main Street. Drivers should be alert when driving through the work zone and anticipate areas of rough or uneven pavement.
  • I-70 from the I-15 junction to U.S. 89 in Sevier County: I-70 is reduced to one lane in several locations between the I-15 interchange and U.S. 89. Due to slow-moving trucks and recreational vehicles, drivers should plan for 30-minute delays through the construction zone.

Following the holiday weekend, two additional projects will affect Wasatch Front drivers:

  • Starting Tuesday, May 29, Bangerter Highway will be reduced to two lanes in each direction, 24 hours a day, from 9000 South to 7800 South in West Jordan. These lane closures continue through July, as crews work to construct a new freeway-style interchange at Bangerter Highway and 9000 South.
  • On Wednesday, May 30, I-80 will be reduced to one lane in each direction near the S.R. 201 junction in Tooele County for one week. Drivers should expect delays during the morning and evening commute, and use S.R. 201 as an alternate route. Crews are completing pavement repairs as part of a project to replace several bridges on I-80 and S.R. 36.

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

Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Fatal crashes nearly double from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day in Utah

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will mark the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days with a media event on Thursday.

The family of 18-year-old Maria Fernanda Herrera, who died on impact when she came upon stopped traffic going too fast on I-15, will be available to speak with reporters. May 24 marks what would have been Maria’s 24th birthday. As balloons were one of her favorite things, there will be a balloon for each life lost last year during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days (89) at the event.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day fatal crashes nearly double compared to the rest of the year. With 94 percent of all crashes being caused by human error (including distracted driving, speeding, exhaustion, impairment and not buckling up), UDOT and the UHP urge drivers to obey the speed limit, focus on the road and strive for Zero Fatalities.

Over the past five years in Utah there were 111 deaths caused by speeding. On average, 40 percent of all crashes involve speeding. UDOT and DPS hopes this event reminds Utahns to obey the speed limit and make Zero Fatalities the goal.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

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

WHO:
Martin Herrera (Maria’s Father), Eva Maria (Maria’s mother) and Maria’s siblings, Andrea, Carolina, Martin and Alex

VISUALS:

  • Balloons representing each life lost during last year’s 100 Deadliest Days
  • Thumb drive with photos of Maria Herrera, a PSA video with the Herrera family, and crash photos

 

Media Contacts:

John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
801-560-7740
jgleason@utah.gov

Lt. Todd Royce
UHP Public Information Officer
801-556-8261
troyce@utah.gov