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NEWS RELEASE: UDOT announces several projects to improve traffic in southern Salt Lake County

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT announces several projects to improve traffic in southern Salt Lake County

South Valley Improvements projects will increase road capacity and improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 25, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced today a number of projects in Salt Lake County to address the booming growth south of the I-15/I-215 interchange. These eight projects will increase road capacity, reduce traffic delays, and improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

UDOT is partnering with several municipalities including Sandy, South Jordan and Riverton to strategically coordinate these projects through the 2017-18 seasons and minimize impacts to residents, commuters and businesses.

Eight projects are currently scheduled in the southern Salt Lake County region through the next two years. Some projects will begin in 2017 to ensure that alternate routes are available in the southern portion of the valley before larger UDOT projects begin, such as a project to add a new southbound lane on I-15 from 12300 South to S.R. 201. These projects are in addition to freeway-style interchanges on Bangerter Highway in Taylorsville, West Jordan, South Jordan, and Draper.

“These projects will make an immediate and lasting improvement on traffic in southern Salt Lake County,” said UDOT Region 2 Director Bryan Adams. “We know this area is going to continue to grow, and we want to proactively plan for that growth.”

The following are UDOT’s South Valley Improvements for 2017:

  1. Bangerter Highway Interchanges, $249 million
    Construction underway; scheduled completion late 2018.
    UDOT is simultaneously constructing five new freeway-style interchanges on Bangerter Highway. New interchanges will be built at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, and 600 West, to meet the growing transportation need in the southwest Salt Lake Valley. The interchanges at 600 West and 7000 South will be completed this year.
  2. Redwood Road—12600 South to Bangerter Highway, $37.4 million
    Construction starts late April 2017; scheduled completion fall 2017.
    The last remaining two-lane segment of Redwood Road through Salt Lake County will be expanded to seven lanes to accommodate growth and meet traffic needs along the corridor.
  3. I-15 Northbound, 10600 South Interchange Improvement $23.8 million
    Construction starts May 2017; scheduled completion winter 2018.
    Improvements include the construction of a crossing under 10600 South that connects the I-15 northbound off-ramp to Monroe Street. In addition, the bridge deck over I-15 will be resurfaced to provide a smoother driving surface and preserve the life of the structure.
  4. 10600 South—Redwood Road to Jordan Gateway, $15 million
    Construction starts mid-summer 2017; scheduled completion winter 2018.
    Improvements include an additional lane in each direction by removing the landscaped median, restriping the roadway, and adding turn lanes at specific intersections.
  5. I-15; 9000 South Interchange, $4.67 million
    Construction starts June 2017; scheduled completion August 2017.
    Improvements include adding additional lanesto the ramps and widening 9000 South, east of I-15 to Monroe Street. In addition, new lanes will be added to the on and off ramps and signal modifications will be made near the interchange.
  6. 700 East; 7400 South to 9400 South, $2.8 million
    Construction tentatively scheduled to begin June 2017; scheduled completion fall 2017.
    Improvements include repaving 700 East between 7400 South and 9500 South. Raised medians and bike lanes will be added at specific turn locations designed to increase safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The following are UDOT’s South Valley Improvements currently planned for 2018:

  1. I-15 Southbound—12300 South to SR 201, $175 million
    Construction schedule to be determined.
    UDOT plans to add a lane to southbound I-15 between 12300 South and S.R. 201 in Salt Lake County, as well as widen 7200 South from I-15 to Bingham Junction in Midvale. Modifications to the I-15 interchange at I-215 are also being considered to improve traffic flow in this area.
  2. 9000 South—State Street to 700 East, $13.8 million
    Construction schedule to be determined.
    Lanes will be added to 9000 South between State Street and 700 East.

To find out more about these projects, visit the South Valley Improvements website at udot.utah.gov/southvalleyimprovements. The website includes a map of all projects, a tentative schedule, and links to each project webpage where drivers can view and subscribe to weekly construction updates. Also on the website, UDOT has also created a map with suggested alternate routes to help keep traffic moving during construction.

UDOT has established a centralized email and hotline as a one-stop shop for all questions related to projects in the area. Drivers, residents, or businesses with questions can contact the project team at southvalley@utah.gov or (801) 228-0022.

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: Crossing Maintenance to Close 500 South (SR-68) in Woods Cross This Weekend

For Immediate Release

Crossing Maintenance to Close 500 South (SR-68) in Woods Cross This Weekend

500 South will close at the RR X-ing from 6 a.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. on Sunday

 

Ogden — The Utah Department of Transportation advises all motorists and trucking operators that the Union Pacific Railroad will close 500 South (SR-68) at the railroad crossing at 800 West, Saturday and SundayApril 29-30, to replace the concrete crossing panels at that location.

Because of this railroad crossing maintenance work, no traffic will be allowed past the crossing in either direction on 500 South (SR-68), from 6 a.m. on Saturday morning April 29, until 7 p.m. on Sunday April 30.  Trucks and other motorists needing access to the refineries and industrial areas west of the crossing should use either 400 North (SR-106, Exit 317) in Bountiful, or Redwood Road (SR-68, Exit 27) via I-215.

Automobiles and authorized trucks (less than 5 axles and under 80,000 lbs. GVW) may also access areas west of the crossing via the Legacy Parkway 500 South Interchange (Exit 4) in West Bountiful.

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Media Contact:
Vic Saunders
UDOT Region 1 Communications Manager
vsaunders@utah.gov
Cell:  801-726-4120

 

Driving Safe in an Earthquake

 

Thursday, April 20 Utah participated in the Great Shakeout, a day dedicated to earthquake preparedness. Did you know, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Utah is one of the top 10 states in the country most prone to earthquakes. Since you likely won’t be in an ideal location when an earthquake hits, we’ve compiled some tips if you find yourself driving when an earthquake hits.

  • Safely pull over and stop the car. If you’re on a freeway, take the first exit that’s safe and find a safe open space to park in, avoiding overpasses, tall trees, power lines, bridges, and buildings.
  • Stay in your car with your seat belt fastened until the earthquake is over.
  • Check the radio for updates. Most stations will switch over to emergency broadcasting, which will keep you posted on any area dangers.

After the shaking has stopped, be cautious before starting back on the road as you won’t know what’s bee damaged. Watch closely for damaged roads and be alert for panicked drivers. If the earthquake knocked out power, traffic lights may not be working. Treat these as 4-way stops.

Also, make sure you have an emergency preparedness kit in your car. Damage following an earthquake may be so severe, you won’t be able to drive. You’ll need to be ready to survive in your car until help arrives. Some items to include in a car kit are:

  • First-aid kit
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • An extra pair of clothes
  • A flashlight
  • Hand-held radio (in case your car battery dies)
  • Extra batteries
  • Bottled water or tablets that can purify water
  • Dried or canned food and something to use for opening the cans
  • A portable fire extinguisher
  • Maps — these will come in handy if you need to take a detour after the quake and your smartphone runs out of juice

Check out the BeReady.gov for more tips on being ready for natural disasters at home or on the road. You can also quiz yourself on road readiness during an earthquake with this interactive game by AAA.

#WorkForUsWednesday – April 19, 2017

You’ve made it to Wednesday! Today for #WorkForUsWednesday, we have THREE new job openings to tell you about. Two of them are for Transportation Technicians. These are the guys we rely on to keep our roads well maintained. Many of the our top engineers started their UDOT careers at Transportation Technicians. Check out the job postings and send in your application.

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 #11982 – Electronic Technical Specialist II, Region 3 – Orem, Opens 04/14/2017, Closes 04/25/2017
  • Recruitment #12028 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Logan, Opens 04/18/2017, Closes 04/27/2017
  • Recruitment #12015 – Transportation Technician II – Region 4 – Bluff, Opens 4/19/17, Closes 5/3/17

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.

NEWS RELEASE: SLC Freeway Ramps to Close Nightly for Maintenance

For Immediate Release

SLC Freeway Ramps to Close Nightly for Maintenance

Drivers should plan ahead for potential delays to the Salt Lake International Airport

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 19, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for nighttime freeway ramp closures near downtown Salt Lake City. Northern Utah and Davis County drivers will need to use I-215 to access westbound I-80 and the Salt Lake City International Airport for the next several nights.

Near downtown Salt Lake City, the ramp from southbound I-15 to westbound I-80 will be closed for up to four nights starting Thursday night, April 20.  In addition the ramp from eastbound I-80 to northbound I-15 will also be closed for four nights starting Friday, April 21. These ramps will be closed weeknights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and open for the morning commute. On weekends, the ramps will close at 8 p.m. and reopen by 8 a.m. the next morning.

These closures will allow crews to perform bridge maintenance. This project will continue on nearly 40 bridges and freeway ramps throughout the Salt Lake Valley this spring and summer.

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: Utah Transportation Commission Advances List of Recommended Projects for Early Construction

For Immediate Release 

Utah Transportation Commission Advances List of Recommended Projects for Early Construction  

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 13, 2017) – The Utah Transportation Commission today approved a draft list of projects to be funded and/or accelerated as a result of the 2017 Utah State Legislature’s $1 billion bonding bill. That list is now available for public comment.

Three of the recommended projects will focus on improving traffic flow and alleviating congestion on I-15 along the Wasatch Front. Pending final approval, the schedule for these projects will be accelerated to begin construction next year, during the 2018 construction season.

To see a complete list of the proposed projects and to offer comments, go to the UDOT website (udot.utah.gov) and click on the Transportation Commission hyperlink.

After considering public input, the Utah Transportation Commission will make its final decision on the project recommendations next month at its May commission meeting in Heber City.

 

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

NEWS RELEASE: Traffic Restrictions Scheduled on SLC Freeway Ramps

For Immediate Release

 

Traffic Restrictions Scheduled on SLC Freeway Ramps

Delays expected on freeway ramps at 500 South, I-15 to I-80, and Beck Street for bridge maintenance  

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 13, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for freeway lane closures near downtown Salt Lake City and North Salt Lake this weekend.

Near downtown Salt Lake City, the ramp from northbound I-15 to westbound I-80 will be reduced to one lane starting tonight. In addition the ramp from 500 South to westbound I-80 will also be reduced to one lane. These lanes closures will be in place weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m, and on the weekend from Friday night at 7 p.m. to Monday morning at 6 a.m. through April 21.

Drivers traveling to westbound I-80 should plan ahead for possible delays. Salt Lake City International Airport passengers especially should plan extra travel time and consider alternate routes, such as I-215, to get to the airport for night or weekend flights.

These lane closures are part of a bridge maintenance project scheduled throughout this spring and summer. Crews will be 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.

In North Salt Lake, the Beck Street ramp to northbound I-15 is closed for approximately three weeks while crews repave the bridge and complete other maintenance work. Drivers traveling from downtown Salt Lake City or the state capitol to Davis County should use 600 North as an alternate to access northbound I-15.

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

#WorkforusWednesday – April 12, 2017

Welcome to the middle of the work week! Today for #WorkForUsWednesday, we have ONE new job openings. The Aeronautics Director is in charge of all UDOT transportation issues involving aviation. The Aeronautics Division licenses all public-use airports in the state and works closely with airport sponsors and managers to ensure that each functions as an integral part of the statewide system of airports.

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 #11854 – Aeronautics Director, Aeronautics Division – SLC, Opens 4/11/17, Closes 4/25/17

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.

#WorkForUsWednesday – April 5, 2017

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Many of our employees put themselves in harms way to keep Utah moving. We’re proud of them and the hard work they do. This week for #WorkForUsWednesday, we have SEVEN new job openings. Take a look and see if one fits you. There are a variety of jobs at UDOT, but we have a particular need for auto mechanics.

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 #11848 – Field Engineer (Engineer III) – Region 4 – Moab, Opens 03/29/17, Closes 05/03/17
  • Recruitment #11850 – Electronics Maintenance & Repair Technician (Electronic Technical Spec II) – Traffic Operations Center, Opens 03/30/17, Closes 04/06/17
  • Recruitment #11890 – Instructional Designer, Complex – Training/Central Maintenance, Opens 03/31/17, Closes 04/10/17
  • Recruitment #11904 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Hooper, Opens 04/03/2017, Closes 04/17/2017
  • Recruitment #11891 – Automotive Service Worker (time limited), Complex – Central Shops, Opens 04/04/2017, Closes 04/11/2017
  • Recruitment #11851 – Journey Auto Worker/Equipment Painter, Complex – Central Shops, Opens 04/04/2017, Closes 04/11/2017
  • Recruitment #11896 – Heavy Truck Mechanic/Roving Mechanic (Journey Auto Worker) – Region 2 – SLC, Opens 04/5/17, Closes 04/16/17

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.

NEWS RELEASE – UDOT Urges Drivers: “We Don’t Speed Through Your Office – Please Don’t Speed Through Ours”

 For Immediate Release


UDOT Urges Drivers: “We Don’t Speed Through Your Office –

Please Don’t Speed Through Ours”

 

Department reminds Utahns to be careful in construction zones as part of

National Work Zone Awareness Week 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 5, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) on Wednesday issued a plea to drivers during National Work Zone Awareness Week: use caution when traveling through work zones.

To stress the importance of work zone safety, UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras moved his office to a temporary location this morning inside the lane split on the I-215 west belt to demonstrate what conditions are like for construction workers in the middle of a busy freeway.

“We do everything we can to make Utah’s roads safe, both for the traveling public, as well as our construction workers,” Braceras said. “In order for all of us to go home safe to our families each night, we need everyone to do their part.”

Last year in Utah, there were 3,024 crashes in work zones that caused 1,229 injuries and 11 deaths. Many construction workers have experienced close calls or personally witnessed work zone crashes.

“A few months ago, a group of our workers on I-215 had closed a ramp to do some maintenance,” said Corey Bekkemellom, I-215 senior inspector. “A car drove through the barrels into the closure and headed up the ramp. I had to pull my truck in front of the driver to get him to stop, before he hit our crew.”

April 3-7 is National Work Zone Awareness Week, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Transportation agencies and construction companies nationwide participate in events and media outreach to encourage safe practices by drivers and workers.

UDOT offers the following tips for drivers when traveling in work zones:

  • Stay alert and minimize distractions. In work zones, drivers need to keep their eyes on the road and watch for changing conditions such as shifting lanes, slowed or stopped traffic, etc.
  • Obey posted signs and signals. These signs and signals are posted to ensure safety and to keep traffic flowing during construction.
  • Follow the posted speed limit. Speeds are frequently reduced in work zones due to narrow lanes, changes to on- or off-ramp locations, and the proximity of construction workers to traffic. In Utah, fines are doubled for traffic violations in work zones, so be sure to slow down.

“Our goal is zero crashes, injuries, and fatalities,” Braceras said. “Accomplishing this requires a partnership with the driving public. As a department, we are committed to do everything in our power to work toward that goal, and we will need everyone’s help to make it a reality.”

 

 

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