Author: Zach Whitney

Media Availability: UDOT Begins Construction to Extend Wildlife Fencing in Summit County 

UDOT Begins Construction to Extend Wildlife Fencing in Summit County

Accelerated funding allows project to begin eight months ahead of schedule

 

WHAT:The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has begun constructing wildlife fencing along eastbound I-80 near Jeremy Ranch. Crews will begin by installing one mile of fencing to mirror the section constructed along westbound I-80 last fall. Then, work will continue to extend the fence by 1,400 feet on each side of the interstate.

UDOT has been working with residents and stakeholders to reduce vehicle/wildlife collisions in this area. The department has advanced a portion of funding from next year’s I-80 truck lane and wildlife improvements project to begin wildlife fence installation early – eight months ahead of the larger portion of the project. The wildlife fence will eventually tie into the proposed wildlife bridge near Parleys Summit, which will be built in 2018 in coordination with the truck lane project.

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 28, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Kilby Road shoulder

(Take I-80 east to the Jeremy Ranch exit. Turn right, then right again onto Kilby Road. Continue just past Cedar Drive and pull off on the right shoulder.)

WHO: John Montoya, UDOT project manager

 

VISUALS:

–       Construction crews installing wildlife fence along I-80

–       Traffic passing on the interstate

–       Completed fence visible on the other side of I-80

 

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

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 also advised to plan for closure of S.R. 201 near Tooele County and event traffic in Utah County

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 24, 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 the I-215 split and Foothill Drive from Friday, Aug. 25, at 9 p.m. to Monday, Aug. 28, at 5 a.m.

During this closure, all traffic will be detoured onto the I-215 east belt. Drivers will then need to exit at 3300 South, get onto northbound I-215, and follow the signs to eastbound I-80. Heavy congestion and delays of 30-40 minutes are expected along the detour route. UDOT recommends planning ahead, allowing plenty of extra time, and using alternate routes if possible. This closure will allow construction crews to complete maintenance work on the eastbound I-80 bridge over I-215.

 

Also this weekend, Tooele County travelers should plan for an overnight closure on S.R. 201 at the I-80 junction (I-80 exit 102). S.R. 201 will be closed from Friday, Aug. 25, at 9 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. for bridge maintenance. Drivers will be detoured to S.R. 202, and should allow extra travel time.

 

In Utah County, two events are scheduled this Saturday, with Brigham Young University’s first home football game scheduled to start at 1 p.m., and the LoveLoud concert at Utah Valley University scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

Drivers should plan to use 800 North and Center Street in Orem as routes to LaVell Edwards Stadium. For the LoveLoud concert, drivers should exit I-15 at Orem Center Street and use 1200 West. UDOT traffic engineers recommend avoiding University Parkway due to construction and expected heavy delays.

 

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

NEWS RELEASE: UDOT Releases US-89 State Environmental Study Draft

UDOT Releases US-89 State Environmental Study Draft

Draft Includes Preferred Alternative for Future US-89 Operations

 

OGDEN– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has released its draft US-89 State Environmental Study.

The draft study, which reflects the preferred alternative for the US-89 corridor from Farmington to I-84 in Uintah, is now available for public viewing on the project website. The preferred alternative was determined after over forty concepts underwent a rigorous screening process to evaluate the most feasible, environmentally responsible, and best addressed concerns raised by the public.

UDOT will also hold a public hearing on Thursday September 7, to obtain public comment on the environmental study draft. The hearing will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Davis Conference Center, 800 Heritage Park Boulevard in Layton. The public is invited to attend this meeting, to learn more about the study and its resulting recommendation.

“The main purpose of the public hearing is to provide clarity on the preferred alternative, as well as to gather public input,” said UDOT Project Manager Michael Romero. “Members of the project team will be available at the hearing to answer any questions.”

If unable to attend the hearing, the public is encouraged to review the US-89 State Environmental Study draft, and to make comments via the study website at “www.udot.utah.gov/us89”, by email to “us89@utah.gov,” or by phone at 888-752- US89 (8789). Comments may also be made by mail to: The US-89 State Environmental Study, c/o FrontLine Public Involvement, P.O. Box 1033, Farmington, UT 84025.

The formal public comment period begins Thursday August 24, and continues through Monday September 25.

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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: DOT Provides Safe Transportation for Oquirrh Elementary Students During Construction

UDOT Provides Safe Transportation for Oquirrh Elementary Students During Construction

Temporary bus service provided to students in neighborhoods affected by pedestrian bridge reconstruction on Bangerter Highway
 
WHAT:
Media briefing regarding Oquirrh Elementary students living west of Bangerter Highway who are being bused to school while a new pedestrian bridge is built near 7000 South and Bangerter Highway. The previous pedestrian bridge — utilized by 320 students every day — was removed earlier this year to make room for a new overpass at 7000 South.
To ensure that these students — many of whom have never been on a school bus before — continue to have safe transportation to school, UDOT and the project contractor are providing temporary bus service until the new pedestrian bridge opens later this fall (a total of four buses). School administrators, UDOT officials, parents and students will be available for interviews. 
WHEN:
Friday, Aug. 25, at 12:30 p.m. Students will board the bus at 1:15 p.m.
WHERE:
Oquirrh Elementary School
7165 S. 3285 West
West Jordan, UT
***Preferred media parking is located at the tennis courts on 3285 West just south of 7000 South. The school is approximately half a block south of the tennis courts.***
VISUALS:
  • Interviews with school administrators, parents and students
  • Students leaving school and boarding buses (please do not show student faces, as all students at the school have not signed waivers)
  • B-roll and time lapse footage of pedestrian bridge construction (and demolition of previous bridge)
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Media Contact:
John Gleason
Public Information Office

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 23, 2017

It’s #WorkForUsWednesday, which means there are THREE new job openings to highlight. One is a spot on our Incident Management Team. They’re UDOT’s first responders, helping stranded motorists and assisting UHP with crashes. Check out this video that shows some of the work they do.

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 #13149 – Incident Management Specialist, TOC – Salt Lake City, Opens 8/17/17, Closes 8/29/17. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13184 – Seasonal Transportation Technician, Region 3 – Lehi, Opens 8/17/17, Closes 8/27/17, Click here to apply.
  • REOPENED – Recruitment #12941 – Seasonal Transportation Technician, Region 3, Saratoga Springs Maintenance Station, Opens 8/22/17, Closes 9/4/17, 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.

Don’t Have an “Eclipse” in Judgement

Solar Eclipse 2017

Today Utah will experience a partial solar eclipse. We want to remind drivers not to  have an “eclipse” in judgement during that brief event. Keep the following in mind if you’re driving this morning:
  • Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.
  • Exit the highway to safe location to view and/or photograph the eclipse.
  • Don’t take photographs while driving!
  • Don’t try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.
  • Watch out for pedestrians along smaller roads. People may be randomly parking and walking alongside the roadside in the hours around the eclipse to get the best view.
  • Prepare for extra congestion on the interstates after the eclipse.
  • Avoid travel during the eclipse if you can.

Additional eclipse travel information can be found at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/eclipse.htm

NEWS RELEASE: New ‘HAWK’ Signal to be Activated in Syracuse This Friday, August 18

For Immediate Release

New ‘HAWK’ Signal to be Activated in Syracuse This Friday, August 18
New crosswalk signal will provide improved safety for pedestrians on 2000 West

Ogden – The Utah Department of Transportation advises motorists that a new crosswalk signal will be
activated on 2000 West (SR-108) at Syracuse Elementary and Syracuse Junior High School’s on Friday, August
18.

Work is completed on the installation of the High-Intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) beacon on 2000 West
in Syracuse. The new pedestrian-activated signal will have the power connected to it by electrical utility and
UDOT personnel during the day on Friday. It is being installed as part of UDOT’s SR-108/2000 West
Reconstruction Project between Antelope Drive and 300 North in Syracuse/West Point.

The new HAWK signal will improve safety for students accessing Syracuse Elementary School and Syracuse
Junior High School, as well as other pedestrians and bikers who frequent this area. One of several
informational videos available on YouTube showing how these signals work, is found at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ5_pgKZ9SI.

For up to date traffic information visit the UDOT Traffic website at http://uddottraffic.utah.gov, or download the
free UDOT Traffic app for iPhones and Android Smartphones at the iPhone App Store or at Google Play.

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 16, 2017

Happy #WorkForUsWednesday! This week there are FIVE new openings to tell you about here at UDOT. We’re starting to hire our seasonal Transportation Technicians. They work as part of our snow plow crew! If you’d like to get behind the wheel of a big plow, 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 #13061 – Seasonal Transportation Technician, Region 2 – Wendover, Opens 8/10/17, Closes 8/20/17.
    Please go to Station 221 at 3031 East Frontage Road Wendover, UT to apply!
  • Recruitment # 13003 – Transportation Technician II – Station 232, Region 2 – Murray, Opens 8/10/17, Closes 8/20/17 Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13115 – Information Specialist II, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 8/10/17, Closes 8/20/17.  Click here to apply.
  • **Extended** Recruitment #13061 –  Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Station 225 – SLC, Opens 8/7/17, Closes 8/28/17. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13134 – Roadway Design Engineer (Engineer III), Region 4 – Richfield, Opens 8/16/17, Closes 8/30/17. 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: Utah Drivers Urged to Prepare for Heavy Solar Eclipse Traffic This Weekend

For Immediate Release

 

Utah Drivers Urged to Prepare for Heavy Solar Eclipse Traffic This Weekend

I-15 expected to be the primary route for tens of thousands of travelers

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 16, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges Utahns to plan ahead for heavy delays throughout the state this weekend as travelers from across the western United States drive to Idaho and Wyoming to view the solar eclipse this Monday, Aug. 21.

As many as 50,000 additional vehicles are expected to travel through Utah this weekend. On an average day, approximately 200,000 vehicles drive on I-15 in Salt Lake County. Northbound traffic will be heavier than normal beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Sunday evening, with heavy congestion expected from Brigham City to the I-84 split in Tremonton.

The heaviest delays are expected on Monday evening when return traffic from the eclipse coincides with the southbound commute. UDOT recommends that drivers rethink their trips and avoid traveling on southbound I-15 during this time if possible.

Across the state, most UDOT projects along I-15 – such as the repaving from Brigham City to Honeyville – will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays. A few projects will have traffic shifts in place, or will have minor work that should not affect drivers. In St. George, between exits 4-5, lanes are shifted and narrowed and the speed limit is reduced for a widening project; and shoulder work is scheduled on I-15 south of Fillmore for bridge maintenance.

UDOT recommends that drivers prepare for conditions and consider the following tips when planning travel this weekend:

  • Keep a full tank of gas. Traffic may make it difficult to access gas stations, and in rural areas fuel may be in short supply due to heavy demand.
  • Bring extra food, water and snacks.
  • Expect spotty or nonexistent cellular coverage.
  • Do not stop on roads or park on shoulders to watch the eclipse. Stopping on highways – even on the shoulder – is unsafe, and can make it difficult for emergency vehicles to respond to incidents.
  • Plan to spend extra time before returning home. While traffic engineers expect travel to Idaho and Wyoming – areas within the eclipse’s path of totality – will be spread out over a few days prior to Monday, the biggest surge in traffic is planned for Monday afternoon and evening. Choosing to stay a few hours, or even a day later, can help reduce delays and create a more enjoyable trip.

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 – August 9, 2017

Today is #WorkForUsWednesday. We have SIX new openings here at UDOT to tell you about. We’re hiring Construction engineers and Transportation Technicians. 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 #13031 – Deputy Construction Engineer (Engineering Manager I), Complex – Central Construction, Opens 8/2/17, Closes 8/14/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Extended: Recruitment #12893 – Design Engineer (Engineer III), Two vacancies, Region 2 Headquarters, Opens 7/21/17, Closes 8/15/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13061 –  Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Station 225 – SLC, Opens 8/7/17, Closes 8/13/17
  • Recruitment #12991 – Environmental Manager, Region 2 – Headquarters, Opens 8/1/17, Closes 8/15/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13033 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Purgatory, Opens 8/7/17, Closes 8/21/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13061 –  Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Station 225 – SLC, Opens 8/7/17, Closes 8/13/17. 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.