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Slow Down for National Work Zone Safety Week

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We are teaming up with the Association of General Contractors to celebrate National Work Zone Safety Week by reminding drivers to slow down and focus on the road, especially in work zones.

In 2015, a total of 2,849 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Utah work zones, resulting in 10 deaths. According to the Federal Highway Administration, speeding was a factor in 29 percent of all fatal work zone crashes in 2014, while distracted driving contributed to 16 percent. Currently there have been zero fatalities in Utah work zones in 2016.

“We are doing everything we can to keep our work zones safe for those who travel through them and those who work in them. But there’s only so much we can do. We need the public’s help,” said UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras. “Slow down, put down the phone, be alert, and obey the laws – especially when driving through a work zone.”

In addition, UDOT release a 30-second PSA to remind drivers of the risks UDOT workers face every day in the work zone. The PSA is told from the perspective of UDOT employees’ children, who want to see their parents come home safe every night.

“Work zones are places where real people do their jobs every day,” said Rich Thorn, president and CEO of the Associated General Contractors. “They have families and other people who care about them and want to see them come home safe. Knowing that should motivate drivers to be alert and slow down in work zones.”

Safety is the number one priority for each of UDOT’s more than 150 projects this year.  For example, the Point project requires every employee to participate in weekly safety training. Also, to further protect it’s 1,500 employees from traffic, crews placed more than 24 miles of concrete barrier, which is 50 percent more than the contract required, as this barrier provides a safer work zone for employees.

Work zones are dynamic places that can change from minute to minute. UDOT urges drivers to be safe and help reach Zero Fatalities by:

  • Driving the posted speed limit.
  • Paying 100 percent attention to the roadway, as lanes are often narrowed and shifted for construction.
  • Eliminating distracting activities, such as changing radio/music, using mobile devices (surfing, tweeting, talking, texting), eating and drinking, putting on makeup, and reaching while driving.
  • Minimizing lane changes within the work zone.
  • Merging into the proper lane well before reaching a lane closure.
  • Watching out for workers and their equipment in the work zone, as they can be especially hard to see at night.

UDOT encourages drivers to check the UDOT Traffic App (available for Android and Apple devices) to view current traffic conditions, locate work zones, or plan the best route before travel. Drivers are also encouraged to TRAVELWise around freeway construction by adjusting schedules to travel during less-congested times of day. Drivers can also take transit or telework to skip congestion and work zones.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration celebrate National Work Zone Safety Week each spring to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones. UDOT continues to participate in this observance in order to raise driver awareness, protect employees and reach Zero Fatalities in work zones.

#workforuswednesday for March 2

Another week, another round of #WorkForUsWednesday. This week, there are NEW positions available at UDOT HQ (the Complex), Northern Utah (Region One), and Southern Utah (Region Four). They include an internship, transportation tech, right of way, and GRAMA coordinator positions.

Of course, there are more positions available from last week that you should check out. You’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

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Recruitment #7869 – Transportation Technician II, R-4 Colton
Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/13/2016
Employees in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.Recruitment #7879 – GIS Intern, R-1 Ogden

Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/08/2016
The intern will work directly with UDOTs GIS team on a variety of GIS related projects throughout the department.Recruitment #7592 – Statewide Permits Officer, Complex – Right of Way

Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/10/2016
The Statewide Permits Officer reports to the Outdoor Advertising Control Program Manager in the Central Right-of-Way Division and is responsible for aiding in the development of statewide policies, processes, and manuals in relation to outdoor advertising control.Recruitment #07915 – Legal Assistant I (Paralegal), Complex – Risk Management

Opens 3/2/16, Closes 3/9/16
The successful applicant will be responsible to respond to all Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA) requests.  This position performs limited legal assistant tasks with constant review and supervision by the Risk Manager.Construction Technician IV (Office), R-4 Price

Opens 2/29/16. Closes 3/9/16

This construction technician is responsible for providing adequate levels of office documentation for multiple construction projects running concurrently. To accomplish this task, the individual will be responsible for:

  • managing the correspondence and paperwork of current projects
  • organizing all the documentation and preparing projects for final review and approval (close-out).

Extensive prior experience on construction projects is required for this position in order to possess the skills necessary to effectively manage projects.

#WorkForUsWednesday for Feb 24

Hello there, job seekers (or friends of job seekers)! On today’s #workforusWednesday, we have exactly one (1!) new job to share. But there are plenty more positions available from last week, that you should check out. Some of those include a Right of Way Engineer, rotational engineers in many locations in the state, and a transportation technician in Sevier County.

Of course, you’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

Happy applying!

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Recruitment #7790 – Transportation Technician II – Station 122, Ogden, UT
Opens 02/19/2016, Closes 03/03/2016

Incumbents in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.

#WorkForUsWednesday for 2/17/2016

We’re a little behind on #WorkForUsWednesday, so here’s two weeks worth of jobs in every region in Utah, and in a variety of fields.

You’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

Remember, some of last week’s jobs might still be open, so it’s best to check to see if there’s still the position right for you. Happy applying!

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Recruitment #07474 – Survey Technician IV (Engineering Technician IV), R-4 Richfield
Opens 02/3/2016, Closes 02/17/2016
The Survey Technician works under the direction of a Registered Land Surveyor. The purpose of this position is to perform various surveying support duties

Recruitment #07560 – Rotational Engineer (Engineer II), Multiple Locations (Ogden, Salt Lake, Orem, & Richfield)
Opens 2/8/16, Closes 3/3/16
This is an entry-level job, which requires close supervision and limited engineering experience while performing engineering related tasks. Incumbents exercise limited judgment and all assignments are screened for difficult or unusual circumstances. Engineering functions may include design, materials, hydraulics, planning, right-of-way, structures, traffic, transportation, field office, location, construction, natural resources and environmental activities.

Recruitment #07260 – ROW Property Manager (Program Manager), Complex – Right of Way
Opens 2/10/16, Closes 2/24/16
This position is responsible for the oversight and development of the Right of Way (ROW) Property Program.  The successful applicant will make recommendations to the Director of Right of Way concerning the accuracy and completion of Right of Way documents relative to the transfer of property to be acquired or disposed of by UDOT.

Recruitment #07720 – Right of Way Accountant (Financial Analyst III), Complex – Comptroller’s Office
Opens 2/11/16, Closes 2/18/16
This is a senior level job which may also be used as a supervisory position. A thorough knowledge of pertinent policies and procedures is required to manage a financial segment of a high volume, complex agency. This job requires advanced skill in utilizing and interfacing computerized financial systems as well as an understanding of system behavior related to unusual or specific circumstances.

Recruitment #07717 – Active Transportation Manager (Program Manager), Complex – Planning
Opens 2/12/16, Closes 2/22/16
Under the guidance of UDOT Planning and the UDOT TravelWise program,  the main focus of this position is to support the UDOT Regions and work closely with our transportation partners, MPO’s, UTA, and local governments.

Recruitment #07731 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Specialist II), Peerless, UT
Opens 2/16/16, Closes 2/23/16
Incumbent will check required credentials including MCS-150 applications, CDL, medical card, and Unified Carrier Registration, check vehicle and load documentation including registrations, Driver Vehicle Examination reports, and required fuel and load permits.

Recruitment #07689 – Transportation Technician II, Sevier County
Opens 2/16/16, Closes 3/01/16
Employees in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.

Employee Advisory Council January 2016 Meeting

The Employee Advisory Council met January 21, 2016. Items that were included in the discussion included:

  • Employee Recognition
  • Tool Allowance
  • Teddy Bears for Incident Management Teams
  • Compensation for Performing Supervisor Duties
  • Interview Process
  • Maternity Leave

Notes from the meeting are available below.

EAC January 2016 Summary

Information from previous meetings has also been posted on the blog.

Employee Advisory Council

#WorkForUsWednesday for 2/3/2016

We’ve got a fresh batch of new openings for #WorkForUsWednesday! They come from just about every region in the state, and are from a variety of fields. We even have an internship this week!

You’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

Remember, some of last week’s jobs might still be open, so it’s best to check to see if there’s still the position right for you. Happy applying!

 

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Recruitment #07593 – Electronic Technical Specialist II, R-1 Ogden
Opens 02/2/2016, Closes 02/15/2016
This is a journey level electronics technical specialist position performing complex electronics tasks. This position develops and implements a routine maintenance of traffic equipment, provides signal system repairs, inspects new signal construction, repairs various types of damaged vehicle and pedestrian detectors.

Recruitment #07626 – Transportation Technician II, R-4 Gunnison
Opens 02/3/2016, Closes 02/10/2016
Employees in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.

Recruitment #07567 – Bridge Management Intern (Engineer Intern) Complex – Structures
Opens 1/28/16, Closes 2/4/16
Incumbent assists UDOT Structures staff in a variety of activities including bridge inspections, running bridge queries, and tracking information. This position will also assist with bridge collisions, providing training, and damage inspections. Incumbent will work with the Bridge Management Engineer, the Hydraulic Design Engineer and the Structures design group on several projects. This position is open to current civil engineering students. A letter from the College of Engineering must be uploaded to your profile no later than the closing date. 

Recruitment #07586 – Senior Leader’s Assistant (Administrative Assistant), Calvin Rampton Complex
Project Development Admin – Opens 1/29/16, Closes 2/5/16
This position reports to, and has a close and confidential relationship to the Project Development Director. Duties are not part of the general agency workload, but are exclusively in support of the director. The successful applicant is required to have senior level knowledge of agency policies, procedures, practices and office skills. Works independently and provides administrative support for a major statewide program.
Recruitment #07564 – Structures Project Engineer – Construction (EM I), Calvin Rampton Complex – Structures
Opens 1/29/16, Closes 2/16/16
The Structures Project Engineer – Construction provides leadership and guidance relating to structures design and construction activities within the Structures Division.   The Structures Construction Engineer works at the central UDOT office, in the Structures Design group and coordinates efforts with the Materials, Maintenance, and Construction groups.  This individual is assigned to work as a structure specialist to provide technical information and support to region customers in the construction and repair of structural elements.

UDOT to start #WorkForUsWednesdays

At the Utah Department of Transportation, we’re always looking for dedicated, skilled employees to Keep Utah Moving. In order to further that goal, we’ve decided that it is appropriate to increase the visibility of our job openings that are currently available.

Every Wednesday, we’ll post on our blog (and on our social media channels) the latest openings throughout the Department. You’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

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These jobs are those that are publicly available in the Department.

This week’s #WorkforusWednesday jobs:

Recruitment #07553 – Structural Steel Quality Assurance Tech (Eng Tech III) Complex – Central Materials,
Opens 1/27/16, Closes 2/3/16
The successful applicant will perform structural steel, welding, and structural coatings inspections and other miscellaneous material inspections, samplings and testings.  They will perform specialized testing of materials and analyze their physical and chemical properties to verify compliance with standards and to ensure that quality products and materials are used in building and maintaining state roadways.

Recruitment #06472 – Transportation Technician I – Seasonal and On-Call Positions, Region 2 (Salt Lake, Tooele, Summit Counties)
Open until filled
There are more than ten seasonal and on-call positions in various locations for applicants to choose from, and this is a fantastic way to “get your foot in the door” to a more permanent UDOT job. The selected applicant assists a highway maintenance crew in the performance of difficult highway maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes. Duties include operating a variety of specialized heavy equipment including but not limited to ten-wheel dump trucks, roadway maintenance equipment, and/or sanders and snowplows, etc. The main purpose of this position is to remove snow from the state’s roadways.

Recruitment #07495 – Transportation Technician II, R-4, Huntington
Opens 1/25/16, Closes 02/08/16
Employees in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.

Recruitment #07527 – Contract Administrator (Purchasing Agent II), Complex, Salt Lake City
Opens 01/25/2016, Closes 02/01/2016
Incumbents in this position follow procedures with minimal instruction in the preparation of consultant pool selection procurements and contracts to assure the flow of services and construction. They’ll follow qualifications-based selection processes regarding the procurement of engineering and engineering related services consultants.

Recruitment #07469 – Archaeologist (Research Consultant I), Region 2 – Salt Lake City
Opens 01/25/16, Close 02/07/16
The incumbent in this position serves as the lead region archeologist and is responsible for ensuring legal compliance on region projects with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, and other federal and state regulations relating to cultural resource management.

UDOT employee remembered as one who bled orange

Scott James Buckalew — affectionately known as “Buck” to his friends and coworkers at UDOT — passed away from a battle with cancer on December 31, 2015. A native of Utah, he was born November 1988, went to Bingham High School, and married his wife, Shantelle, in Draper in 2012.

The 27-year-old transportation tech started his career at UDOT as a seasonal worker in 2012. He was hired on permanently later on, and worked all of his time at Maintenance Station 224 on the west side of West Valley City. He recently worked on the SR-36 (Tooele Main Street Project), and during his chemotherapy, was consistently pushing his bosses to allow him to work when he could. His favorite duty at UDOT was plowing snow, and took great pride in keeping his assigned area as drivable as it could be.

Scott "Buck" Buckalew with his wife, Shantelle.

Scott “Buck” Buckalew with his wife, Shantelle.

 

He bled orange at work and at home, and because of that, Shantelle will be presented with a special Silver Barrel Award in his honor. Just before his passing, he apologized to his boss for not being able to plow the roads for him, and felt like he was letting the department and the residents of Utah down for not being able to complete his job. He also requested that the specific truck that he drove for three years for the department would be present at his funeral.

Funeral services are today at 2:00 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 West 4100 South.   A viewing will be from 12:30-1:45 p.m. prior to services. Interment will be at Valley View Memorial Park.

The entire UDOT family mourns the passing of one of its own, and turns its thoughts to Buck’s family. His memory will remain with us forever as we remember his “Bleed Orange” spirit and the impeccable service rendered on Utah roads.

Those interested in helping the family pay for what has been almost insurmountable medical costs can do so by contributing to the family’s GoFundMe account

Don’t get run over by a GRAMA

During this time of year, when we hear the word “GRAMA,” it is usually followed by the words: “got run over by a reindeer.”

But not for Brandi Trujillo.

Brandi is a member of UDOT’s risk management team. Part of her assignment is to respond to requests for information, documents and materials made through Utah’s Government Records Access and Management Act – otherwise known as GRAMA requests. And those requests come in at a rate of about two requests per working day – even during the holidays.

“The law is designed to give everyone – from the media to business and political interests to everyday citizens – access to public records,” Brandi said. “We do the public’s work with public money, and it’s the public’s right to know how and why we spend it.”

As a state agency, Brandi said, responding to these requests is not just a matter of law. “UDOT has identified transparency as one of our primary emphasis areas,” she said. “We really believe in that. So responding to these requests is important to us as a matter of principle, not just because we are required to do it.”

Grama Coordinator Brandi Trujillo processes GRAMA requests from her office.

Grama Coordinator Brandi Trujillo

Because UDOT intends to respond appropriately to GRAMA requests, UDOT’s attorneys feel it is important that employees understand what kinds of records are subject to GRAMA scrutiny. Renee Spooner, who is an assistant Attorney General for the state of Utah and is assigned specifically to work with UDOT, said those records include:

  • Work product created in the course of employment
  • Email correspondence and written communication
  • Books
  • Letters
  • Documents
  • Papers
  • Maps
  • Plans
  • Photographs
  • Films
  • Cards
  • Tapes
  • Recordings
  • Electronic data

“Generally,” Spooner said, “the only protected documents are attorney work product and attorney/client communication. Everything else is fair game, regardless of its physical form or characteristics. So it is probably a good idea to remind employees to be sure that the language they use in all of these public records is appropriate, accurate and professional. You never know when a document, map or email you create may become part of a GRAMA request, legal case or news story.”

And nobody wants to get run over by a GRAMA.

Grama Coordinator Brandi Trujillo

All UDOT GRAMA requests are handled at Brandi’s office

Employee Advisory Council October 2015 Meeting

The Employee Advisory Council met October 21, 2015. Items that were included in the discussion included:

  • Salary Increases
  • Safety Clothing Committee Discussion
  • CDLs and Health Issues
  • Tool Allowance for Mechanics
  • Overview of UDOT Learning Center
  • Teddy Bears for Incident Management and Department of Public Safety
  • Incentives

Notes from the meeting are available below.

EAC October 2015 Summary

Information from previous meetings has also been posted on the blog.

Employee Advisory Council