Author: Zach Whitney

Media Briefing: UDOT Announces Top 10 Projects for 2018

Media Briefing: UDOT Announces Top 10 Projects for 2018 

Transportation officials to release list of most significant projects for Utah drivers

WHAT:
UDOT will announce its Top 10 construction projects for 2018. These include freeway and highway reconstructions, new bridges and interchanges, and widening and repaving projects. A total of 188 projects are scheduled for construction in 2018, with a combined value of $1.46 billion.

WHEN:
Monday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m.

 WHERE:
Northeast corner, I-215/Redwood Road interchange

(Take I-215 to Redwood Road in North Salt Lake. Turn north onto Redwood Road, then right into the construction yard just north of the off-ramp).

WHO:
Shane Marshall, UDOT deputy director
Brett Slater, UDOT project manager
Lisa Zundel, UDOT project manager

VISUALS:
–  Active construction zone near I-215
–  Freeway traffic
–  B-roll of Top 10 construction project areas

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – March 28, 2018

Welcome to Wednesday, or #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT.  Today we have TWO new positions to tell you about. They’re both for in our auto shops. We rely on our Journey Auto Workers and Truck Welders to keep our crews moving, so that we 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 #15470 –  Journey Welder/Truck Equipment Installer, Complex – Weld Shop, Opens 03/27/2018, Closes 04/10/2018 Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #15462 – Roving Journey Auto Worker, Region 4 – Richfield, Opens 3/27/18, Closes 4/02/18.  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.

PRESS RELEASE: Daylight savings brings a warning from UDOT

For Immediate Release:

Daylight savings brings a warning from UDOT

Springing forward can cause drowsiness and poor visibility during morning commute

 

SALT LAKE CITY (March 9, 2018) –The Utah Department of Transportation’s Zero Fatalities program is reminding drivers to be extra alert after daylight savings on Sunday. Springing forward an hour can cause poor visibility during the morning commute, and a change in sleep cycle can result in drowsy driving.

Both of these factors require drivers to be alert and put away the distractions.

Driving during dark, dawn or dusk increases the risk of a fatal crash, especially auto-pedestrian crashes. UDOT recommends the following safe driving tips:

  • Recognize that pedestrians will be more difficult to see and be on the lookout. Slow down if needed, especially in neighborhoods, near schools and around intersections.
  • Eliminate distractions so you can focus on the task of driving. You may be a great driver, but remember, daylight savings will affect everyone on the road. Drive defensively.

Utahns need to recognize that their body will take time to adjust when losing an hour on Sunday. According to a study in the journal “Sleep Medicine Reviews,” a seemingly small one-hour shift in the sleep cycle can affect sleep for up to a week or longer. Here are some additional tips to stay safe:

  • Reduce your risk for daylight savings-induced drowsiness by resetting your internal body clock slowly. For the next two nights set your alarm clock for another 15 minutes earlier and go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Enjoy the weekend, be active to tire yourself out so it will be easier to fall asleep earlier.
  • Make sure you are awake before getting in your vehicle to drive. If you experience the symptoms of sleepiness while driving, pull over to a safe place and take a power nap.

To learn more about avoiding drowsy driving or improving pedestrian safety, visit ZeroFatalities.com.

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – March 8, 2018

Welcome to another #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT.  Today we have TWO new positions open at UDOT. They’re both for Transportation Technicians. Trans Techs are the frontline of our workforce, fixing potholes and plowing roads. Check out the listings 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 #15226 – Transportation Technician II, R-4 – Salina, Opens 3/06/18, Closes 3/09/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15175 – Transportation Technician II – Clearfield, Region 1, Opens 3/1/18, Closes 3/15/18.  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: With 11 Crashes Already this Winter, UDOT Urges Drivers to Not Pass the Plow

Media Briefing: With 11 Crashes Already this Winter, UDOT Urges Drivers to Not Pass the Plow

Despite new technology to improve visibility, vehicles continue crashing into plows

 

 

WHAT:
With a new storm in the forecast, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges drivers to stop passing snow plows.

During the 2016-17 winter season, UDOT snow plows were hit 60 times. In order to curb this trend, UDOT installed new LED light whips to increase visibility of the snow plow wings. Despite this improved visibility, crashes continue. During last week’s storm, two snow plows were hit as drivers attempted to pass, bringing the total to 11 crashes this winter.

One of UDOT’s plow operators whose truck was hit will be available for interviews and provide reminders to drivers for staying safe around snow plows.

 

WHEN:
Friday, March 2, at 9 a.m.

 

WHERE:
UDOT Calvin Rampton Complex
4501 South 2700 West in Taylorsville
East side of the building in the heavy equipment storage areas

Directions: Pull into the lot on the south side of the building, then drive around to the back where snow plows are parked.

WHO:
Stephan Foster, UDOT snow plow operator
Jason Davis, UDOT director of operations

 

VISUALS:

–       Photos of plow crashes

–       Up-close view of UDOT plows and other equipment

–       B-roll of snow plow operations

–       New LED light whip model

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – February 28, 2018

It’s #WorkForUsWednesday and the last day of February. Today we have SIX new positions open at UDOT. They range from Accounting to Journey Welder. Check them out 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 #15132 – Accounting Tech III, Region 2 Headquarters, Opens 2/23/18, Closes 3/5/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15131 – Department Data Coordinator (Business Analyst Supervisor), Complex – Project Development, Opens 2/23/18, Closes 3/5/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15133 – Safety Training Manager (Training Manager I), Complex – Training, Opens 2/23/18, Closes 3/12/18.  Click here to apply.       
  • EXTENDED Recruitment #14951 Journey Welder/Truck Equipment Installer, Complex – Central Shops, Opens 02/08/18, Closes 03/6/18. Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment # 15085 – Lead Construction Inspector (Engineering Tech IV), Region 3 – Orem, UT Opens 2/26/18, Closes 3/8/18.  Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #15166 – Bridge Design Intern (Engineer Intern), Complex – Structures, Opens 2/28/18, Closes 3/7/18.  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.

NEWS RELEASE: Bangerter Highway/9000 South Intersection to Close Overnight for Bridge Beam Installation

For Immediate Release

 

Bangerter Highway/9000 South Intersection to Close Overnight for Bridge Beam Installation

Crews to place beams for new Bangerter Highway interchange at 9000 South in West Jordan Wednesday night

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 27, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers in western Salt Lake County to plan ahead for an overnight closure on Bangerter Highway at 9000 South tomorrow night. Northbound Bangerter Highway will close, along with both directions of 9000 South, starting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. and lasting until Thursday, March 1, at 6 a.m. while crews place beams for a new overpass.

During this closure, southbound Bangerter Highway will remain open, but all northbound traffic will be detoured onto 9000 South, then back onto Bangerter Highway via Redwood Road and 7800 South. East-west traffic on 9000 South will be detoured to Old Bingham Highway and 4000 West. Drivers should plan for delays, allow extra time for detours, and use alternate routes to avoid the area if possible. UDOT also reminds travelers to use caution in work zones and to obey all signs and signals.

The new Bangerter Highway overpass at 9000 South is being built as part of UDOT’s Bangerter Highway interchanges project, which is converting four intersections into freeway-style interchanges. These new interchanges – located at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, are all scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

Drivers with questions or concerns about the Bangerter Highway interchanges project can call the project hotline at 888-766-7623 or email the project team at bangerter@utah.gov.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on UDOT construction projects and traffic conditions statewide, 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 Communications Specialist
zwhitney@utah.gov
Cell: 385-315-4536

#WorkForUsWednesday – February 21, 2018

Today is #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT. We have THREE positions at now open at UDOT. They’re all based out of our central office.Check them out.

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 #15027 – Financial Screening Analyst (Financial Analyst III), Complex – Consultant Services, Opens 2/15/18, Closes 2/22/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15060 – Purchasing Agent (level will be based on the skills of the chosen candidate), Complex – Procurement, Opens 2/15/18, Closes 2/26/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14971 – Program Specialist II, Complex – Program Finance, Opens 2/14/18, Closes 2/26/18.  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.

#WorkForUsWednesday – February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! For your #WorkForUsWednesday we have THREE positions at now open at UDOT. Check them out.

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 #14951 – Journey Welder/Truck Equipment Installer, Complex – Central Shops, Opens 02/08/18, Closes 02/19/18. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14970 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Spec II), Echo Port of Entry, Opens 2/9/18, Closes 2/19/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14971 – Program Specialist II, Complex – Program Finance, Opens 2/14/18, Closes 2/26/18.  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.

UDOT Showcases Groundbreaking Connected Vehicle Technology to U.S. Transportation Officials

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT Showcases Groundbreaking Connected Vehicle Technology to U.S. Transportation Officials


UDOT hosts workshop on connected/autonomous vehicle technology innovations, provides tours of real-world application on Redwood Road

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 14, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) showcased the nation’s first operational deployment of a new radio-based connected vehicle technology (CAV) today to state and national transportation officials.

The demonstration was part of a three-day workshop with several transportation leaders to share best practices and highlight the department’s nationally recognized Redwood Road CAV project.

“We are innovating the future now right here in Utah,” said Blaine Leonard, UDOT technology and innovation engineer. “This workshop is a great opportunity for us to share how we are using technology to keep traffic moving. As CAV technology continues to develop, we will look for additional ways it can help us reduce delays and improve safety on Utah’s roads.”

UDOT’s first-in-the-nation deployment of CAV technology uses Designated Short Range Communications (DSRC) radios, designed specifically for CAV applications. This system is helping Utah Transit Authority buses arrive on time at bus stops along Redwood Road between 3500 South and 8020 South.

UDOT has installed DSRC radios at most signalized intersections on Redwood Road in this area, as well as on UTA buses. Using these radios, UTA buses and the traffic signals at each intersection can “talk” to each other.

A computer onboard each bus checks its schedule status as it drives. If the bus is behind schedule, the computer sends a request to the nearest traffic signal to extend the green time. A computer within the traffic signal control cabinet at the intersection reviews the information from the bus and adjusts the green signal time, allowing the bus to proceed through.

This process is completely automated, and takes place without any actions by the driver. The signals are connected to UDOT’s fiber optic network, so engineers in the UDOT Traffic Operations Center can monitor the system’s performance.

Currently, four UTA buses are equipped with radios and computers to utilize this system. Another four will be equipped in the coming weeks, with plans to add more buses in the future. Additional DSRC radios have also been installed for future use at most of the signalized intersections on Redwood Road between 400 South and 3500 South. Another major deployment of this system is scheduled for later this year in Utah County, when the Provo-Orem BRT system will begin operations.

 

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