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NEWS RELEASE: Westbound I-215 to Close This Weekend Near Parley’s Canyon

For Immediate Release

 

 

Westbound I-215 to Close This Weekend Near Parley’s Canyon

Heavy delays expected along detour route; drivers warned to use alternate routes

 

SALT LAKE CITY (June 22, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for a full closure of westbound I-215 this weekend near Parley’s Canyon. Westbound I-215 will close between Foothill Drive and the westbound I-80 junction near 2300 East from Friday, June 23, at 9 p.m. to Monday, June 26, at 5 a.m.

During this closure, drivers will be detoured onto eastbound I-80 at Exit 2. They will then need to continue east up Parley’s Canyon to Exit 132 (Mount Aire Road), where they can turn around onto westbound I-80.  This detour route is approximately eight miles long, and heavy congestion and delays are expected. Drivers should plan ahead by allowing extra travel time, or using alternate routes and avoiding this section of I-215.

 

This closure will allow crews to break up the existing concrete and pave over it with new asphalt as part of a major pavement maintenance project on I-80 and I-215 in eastern Salt Lake City.

 

In addition, I-80 is reduced to one lane in each direction on weeknights between 1300 East and the I-80/I-215 split as part of this project.

 

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: Major Traffic Changes Coming to I-215 West Belt This Weekend

For Immediate Release

Major Traffic Changes Coming to I-215 West Belt This Weekend

Delays expected starting Friday night due to lane closures, traffic shifts, and long-term ramp closure  

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 27, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) alerts drivers to plan for delays due to lane closures on the I-215 west belt this weekend. I-215 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction from Friday night, April 28, through Monday morning, May 1, to allow crews to shift both southbound and northbound lanes into new configurations.

Lanes on both northbound and southbound I-215 are scheduled to close Friday night as early as 7 p.m. While these closures are in place, crews will shift southbound traffic out of the split and onto the permanent pavement. Then, crews will shift northbound traffic from the existing pavement onto new concrete in the median from approximately 4700 South to S.R. 201. These shifts will allow crews to begin reconstruction of the northbound lanes.

In addition, drivers should plan for a long-term closure of the ramp from eastbound S.R. 201 to northbound I-215. The ramp is scheduled to close Sunday night, April 30, for up to 90 days. This closure will help reduce traffic congestion in the northbound lanes on I-215. Alternate routes for this ramp closure include Bangerter Highway, Redwood Road, and California Avenue.

While these lane closures are in place, drivers should expect delays and heavy traffic congestion. UDOT recommends that Maverik Center event traffic use alternate routes such as I-15 and Redwood Road, and avoid I-215. Motorists should use caution, be alert, and watch for changing traffic conditions while these shifts are being put into place. The west belt is an active construction project, and UDOT reminds drivers to follow the posted 60 mph speed limit.

 

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

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 SR-30 Rehab Project from Riverside to Collinston Begins on May 1

Roadwork will take 60 days to remove and replace the top layer of pavement

 

 

OGDEN – The Utah Department of Transportation advises motorists that a pavement rehabilitation project will get started on state Route 30 on May 1, from I-15 in Riverside to the SR-30/SR-38 junction in Collinston.

The SR-30 Rehabilitation Project will begin on Monday, and crews will be removing and then replacing the pavement on that roadway. The intent of this project is to extend the life of the roadway by removing the top layer of pavement and replacing it with new asphalt. Minor upgrades will also be completed in select areas along the route, such as placing gravel shoulder and repairing guardrails.

During this project, which is expected to take 60 days to complete, work is expected to occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with occasional Saturday work. One lane of traffic will be open in the vicinity of work being accomplished each day, with flaggers directing all traffic movements. Congestion and delays are possible, so motorists should consider alternative routes in advance.

This project is expected to be substantially complete during the month of July 2017.

Stakeholders who would like to be kept abreast of project progress can receive a weekly email updates by sending an email to SR30Renewed@utah.gov and write “updates” in the subject line. Schedules are subject to change due to materials availability or weather.

For questions, concerns or to request email updates contact the project team at 800-278-4282 or by emailing SR30Renewed@utah.gov

  

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Media Contact:

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

New Bangerter Highway interchanges lead UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2017

New Bangerter Highway interchanges lead UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2017

Major state projects include widening, reconstruction, and maintenance for highways along the Wasatch Front and across the state

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced its Top 10 Pr­­­­ojects list for the 2017 construction season today. This year’s top project will build five freeway-like interchanges on Bangerter Highway over the next two years. The $249 million project will be completed in late 2018.

UDOT has 180 highway construction projects scheduled across the state this year, with a combined value of $1.3 billion. These projects are designed to keep Utah moving now and in the future by enhancing safety for drivers and pedestrians, improving traffic flow, and maintaining Utah’s roads and bridges in good condition.

This year’s Top 10 includes three projects in western Salt Lake County, illustrating UDOT’s focus on meeting the transportation needs of this fast-growing area. In addition, four of the Top 10 projects are located far from the Wasatch Front in southern and eastern Utah, where these projects will improve vital transportation links for local communities.

The following are UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2017:

  1. Bangerter Highway Interchanges, $249 million

Construction starts April 2017; scheduled completion late 2018.

UDOT’s No. 1 project in the state this year is the simultaneous construction of five new freeway-style interchanges on Bangerter Highway. New interchanges will be built at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, along with an interchange under construction at 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.

  1. I-215—4700 South to S.R. 201, $105 million

Construction continues from last season; scheduled completion late 2017.

Crews will complete last year’s top project: the reconstruction of the I-215 west belt between S.R. 201 and 4700 South. This includes replacing bridges over S.R. 201, widening the freeway with new exit-only lanes, and upgrading signals and traffic management systems.

  1. Mountain View Corridor, $168 million

Construction continues from last season; scheduled completion late 2018.

UDOT is extending Mountain View Corridor in two counties. In Salt Lake County, construction continues on a new stretch of highway between 5400 South and 4100 South. Starting this fall, Mountain View Corridor in Utah County will be extended from the Redwood Road/2100 North intersection to S.R. 73.

  1. I-15—Brigham Road to Dixie Drive, $28 million

Construction started in January; scheduled completion late 2017.

UDOT is adding auxiliary lanes on I-15 in St. George between exits 4 and 5 (Brigham Road and Dixie Drive) as part of a multi-year plan to upgrade I-15 in the St. George area.

  1. 10600 South Interchange Improvements and Widening, $31 million

Construction starts this spring; scheduled completion spring 2017.

This project will add an underpass at the I-15/10600 South interchange to connect the northbound off-ramp to Monroe Street, just west of South Towne Mall. UDOT is also completing maintenance on the 10600 South bridge over I-15, and widening 10600 South from I-15 to Redwood Road.

  1. Redwood Road, $97 million

Construction starts this spring; scheduled completion late 2018.

Three major projects are being constructed this year on Redwood Road: a new diverging diamond interchange at I-215 in North Salt Lake; widening a section between 12600 South and Bangerter Highway from two lanes to seven lanes; and widening a section between 400 South and Stillwater Parkway to five lanes, and adding a new continuous flow intersection at Pioneer Crossing in Saratoga Springs.

  1. I-80—1300 East to Foothill Drive, $12 million

Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion fall 2017.

UDOT will repave a 2.5 mile section of I-80 in Salt Lake City. More than 93,000 vehicles drive this section of I-80 sees per day, and the project will help extend the useful life of the pavement as well as provide a smoother ride for drivers.

  1. S. 191 Corridor, $43 million

Construction started in March; scheduled completion fall 2017.

UDOT will complete 13 different projects along U.S. 6/U.S. 191 in Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan counties. These include road widenings, intersection improvements, and paving projects, and will reduce congestion and enhance safety for drivers on this important tourism and truck route through southeastern Utah.

  1. S. 40—Myton Bench Widening, $35 Million

Construction started in February; scheduled completion fall 2017.

This project will widen a six-mile section of U.S. 40 to five lanes in Duchesne County. It will include adding new travel lanes, along with 10-foot shoulders, that will help keep traffic moving safely between the Wasatch Front and the Uinta Basin.

  1. I-70— Richfield South to Richfield North, $15 million

Construction starts in May; scheduled completion fall 2017.

UDOT is resurfacing four miles on I-70 in Richfield, from the south interchange to the north interchange, and performing bridge maintenance at several locations in the area.

 

UDOT reminds drivers that 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. 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

MEDIA ADVISORY: UDOT to Announce 2017 Top 10 Construction Projects

UDOT to Announce Top 10 Construction Projects

Department to reveal the largest and most impactful projects for Utah drivers in 2017

 

 

WHAT:  UDOT will announce its Top 10 construction projects for 2017. These include new interchanges, freeway reconstructions, new highways, and widening and repaving projects. A total of 180 projects are scheduled for construction in 2017, with a combined value of $1.3 billion.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 12 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Bangerter Highway 600 West interchange construction zone

Directions: From Bangerter Highway, turn north on 200 West. Turn left at the first stoplight (13490 South), then follow the road to the briefing area near Bangerter Highway.

WHO:
Shane Marshall, UDOT deputy director
Bryan Chamberlain, Bangerter Interchanges project resident engineer

 

VISUALS:
Construction equipment and barrels
Map displaying locations of Top 10 projects
B-roll and aerial footage of Top 10 projects

* Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, as the briefing will be held at an active construction site.

 

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

VIDEO: Crews Place Girders over SR-201


Friday night – before the snow really started to fly – UDOT crews placed beams for the new southbound bridge on I-215 over SR-201. A total of 16 individual beams were placed – each one weighing almost 22 tons, and nearly 115 feet long. UDOT closed the freeway during overnight hours, when fewer cars are on the road, to keep traffic moving and reduce delays for drivers. The freeway closed at 9 p.m.  and reopened before 5 a.m. – more than two hours ahead of schedule.

 

The I-215 bridges over SR-201 are being rebuilt as part of the I-215 west belt reconstruction. The project is moving forward during winter months, with activities such as concrete paving and barrier installation continuing as weather permits. Crews are also working to install sign foundations and traffic management system equipment. Construction on the project is on track for completion this fall.

Utah DOT’s Weather Operations Program Celebrates its 15th Year

Utah DOT’s Weather Operations Program Celebrates its 15th Year

 

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The UDOT Weather Operations Program is celebrating its 15th year of managing weather events throughout the state of Utah. Beginning officially with the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Weather Operations program has reached many milestones over the years. Nearly 20 years ago, UDOT’s first contract meteorologist began with forecasts for a small section of the state. Today, UDOT employs a full time UDOT Weather Operations Manager, 8-12 meteorologists and a UDOT weather research analyst.

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Figure 1A UDOT RWIS deployment.

So, how has the program grown and changed over time?

UDOT meteorologists handle over 5,000 phone calls in a typical winter season. There is a significant amount of coordination with the National Weather Service and UDOT plow crews. Ahead of any major weather events, including winter storms, wind events and rain/floods, UDOT’s Weather Operations group will host a weather briefing, sharing critical and timely information. UDOT signals, traveler information, operations, Ports of Entry, Utah Highway Patrol, communications and other teams are all participants.

The UDOT Citizen Reporter program smartphone apps for iOS and Google Play were launched in October 2013 to allow motorists to report road and weather conditions to UDOT. The UDOT app was the first of its kind in the country! UDOT has received thousands of reports from citizens since the program launched and reminds all drivers to never use apps while driving.

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Figure 2 The UDOT Citizen Reporter app is a free download for iPhone and Droid.

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Figure 3 Sign up to be a UDOT Citizen Reporter.

A new feature to the UDOT Traffic app and website is the Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) of all UDOT plows during storms. A citizen can get, at a glance, an understanding of where all UDOT plows are currently working. This enhancement also allows UDOT to better track plow movements for possible equipment and material savings. Overall, this enhancement has been very well received by the public.

 

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Figure 4UDOT plows at work during a winter storm.

UDOT launched a Winter Road Weather Index (WRWI) project a few years ago to monitor snow and ice removal. The next generation of the WRWI is here… in the form of winter weather performance metrics. UDOT’s Snow and Ice performance metrics dashboard has real-time statistics that are utilized by UDOT maintenance crews to determine how effective they were at maintaining good road conditions during a storm. Several metrics go into creating the measure, including the intensity of the storm, length of time the storm is ongoing, resources allocated to the maintenance shed covering the geographic area and field instrumentation on the RWIS units. The resulting information is utilized to measure storm performance, identify best practices and possibly re-allocate resources to better cover areas in need.

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Figure 5UDOT’s Snow and Ice Performance Measure uses green, yellow and red data points to assess how maintenance crews responded to the storm.

UDOT is fortunate to have an incredible crew of plow drivers who are very dedicated to their jobs and to Keeping Utah Moving. But there’s always room for improvement and sometimes opportunities for efficiency and resource allocation. In order to track performance and possibilities for improvement, the snow and ice performance metric takes into consideration several baseline data points including snow fall rate, time of day and shed resources.

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Figure 6The UDOT Snow and Ice Performance measure graphic is available for each storm, allowing management to view an assessment and determine of additional resources are needed.

The graphic colors represented here show that UDOT’s crews managed the storm well but have some areas for improvement. The green data points show that when all factors are considered, the plow crews are exceeding expectations and are doing a great job keeping up with the storm and keeping the road well maintained. The yellow data points show that crews are performing within current capabilities for equipment and manpower. The red data points are highlighting areas for improvement where crews are not performing up to UDOT’s standards. Because the data comes to UDOT in real-time, a shed foreman has the ability to review the information at the end of the storm, end of the month or end of the season!

Under the red, yellow and green data point graph, the plow icon shows the movement of plows over the course of the storm.

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Figure 7The Snow and Ice Performance metric includes details about the storm, including pavement temperature, storm intensity and precipitation type.

 

The archived snow and ice removal performance metric data includes atmospheric conditions, air temperature, pavement temperature, precipitation type and other meteorological factors that can help to determine the intensity

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Figure 8UDOT Traffic camera screenshots are archived with each storm’s metrics to provide a visual description of the storm.

of the storm. UDOT Traffic camera screenshots are also included to give a data user a visual of the road during the storm. All of this information comes together to give shed crews and UDOT leadership an idea of how resources are being utilized and where there are areas for improvement.

UDOT is ready for the winter season and we hope you are, too. Now would be a good time to check the condition of your tires and ensure you have an emergency kit in your trunk. Please remember: always buckle up and never drive distracted. Check the UDOT Traffic app or website before every trip.

 

 

What’s Next on I-15

What’s Next on I-15

The I-15 Technology Corridor: S.R. 92 to Lehi Main Street

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As the crossroads of the west, I-15 is essential to keeping Utah’s economy moving. That’s why the Utah Department of Transportation consistently looks for ways to enhance I-15.
In 2012, the I-15 CORE project was completed, and 24 miles of I-15 were widened and reconstructed from Lehi to Spanish Fork. Earlier this week, The Point project was completed, and seven more miles of I-15 were widened and reconstructed, this time from Lehi to Draper. Now, many drivers want to know, “What about Lehi Main to S.R. 92?”
Plans are already in the works to improve this section of I-15. The Utah Transportation Commission has allocated $450 million to reconstruct the freeway in this area, known as the I-15 Technology Corridor. Currently, construction on the project is programmed to begin in 2020. The project will reconstruct and widen the freeway, add two lanes in each direction, and reconstruct the interchanges at S.R. 92 and 2100 North.
In addition, new one-way frontage roads will be built on both sides of the freeway between those two interchanges, and a new bridge will be built to carry Triumph Boulevard/2300 West over I-15. Other improvements included in this project are 13 bridge replacements and new bicycle and pedestrian features.
The five-mile stretch of freeway between S.R. 92 and Lehi Main Street is located near the epicenter for the state’s tech sector growth, and the nearby population has expanded at a similar rate. UDOT has already begun work to prepare for construction to begin within the next few years.
To stay up to date on this project, visit the project website here. You can also download a project fact sheet here, or view a map of the project area here.

The Point Project Now Complete

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The barrels are gone, all lanes are open, and The Point project on I-15 is now officially complete.

This two-year, $215 million project widened I-15 to six lanes in each direction between 12300 South in Draper and S.R. 92 in Lehi, a distance of approximately seven miles. The project also replaced the existing pavement with new 40-year concrete, reconstructed the 14600 South interchange as a single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow, and installed new traffic management technology such as cameras, ramp meters, electronic message signs, and fiber optics.

This section of I-15 is the principal transportation link between Salt Lake and Utah counties. More than 160,000 cars travel through this area each day, including nearly 37,000 trucks. Maintaining I-15 in top condition, and expanding the freeway to meet Utah’s transportation needs, will help Utah’s economy continue to grow.

“Keeping traffic moving on this critical economic lifeline running through the heart of our state was a huge undertaking, and our crews stepped up to the challenge,” UDOT Project Director Tim Rose said.

With the completion of The Point project, nearly all of I-15 along the Wasatch Front has been reconstructed within the past two decades. One last section – in Lehi, from S.R. 92 to Main Street – remains, and is programmed to begin construction in 2020.

 

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How GIS Improves Data Quality

Quality Data

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Screenshot of UPlan Map Center

State routes and associated features, like mile markers, structures, and even fiber optic cable, can be represented by geo-located points or lines. The UPlan Map Center  provides a way to put data sets on a map, which makes the location of projects and features easy to find. A map can highlight errors and aid quality control. GIS also helps facilitate feedback from decision makers and the public by connecting data owners with data users to.

While putting data on a map sounds simple, “going from a non-visual data environment to a visual one is a complete transformative game-changer,” explains Rod McDaniels, Outdoor Inventory Control (OAC) Manager. For decades, the Department’s Outdoor Advertising Control Program struggled to consistently and quickly identify which routes in the state required billboard control and to pinpoint the exact location of permitted billboards on those routes. Records for the program were kept in individual online or hard copy files which had written descriptions of billboard locations.

UDOT recently combined all route and billboard data into the Outdoor Advertising Control Map. GIS has vastly improved the OAC program’s data quality. “GIS allows users to gain a visual understanding the geographic distribution of permitted billboards in the state. It quickly tells a story that cannot be told through endless spreadsheet rows.  It has exponentially improved QC/QA activities, and it has revolutionized service delivery to a broad spectrum of stakeholders.”

A bridge too far

Putting GIS data on a map also highlights location errors. “It’s like shining a light on something that can otherwise get buried,” says Sarah Rigard, UDOT GIS Program Manager. When the UDOT Structures Division data was put on a map, some of the bridges showed up in the wrong location – one was in Nevada. “A slight typo in a lat-long coordinate will cause the point to be in the wrong location.” Checking for errors on a map can be easier and more effective than checking a spread sheet line by line.

Making decisions

The purpose of the annual Utah Transportation Commission Workshop is to develop funding strategies and identify upcoming projects for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). UDOT’s GIS team supports the workshop by developing presentation materials such as PDF maps, tables, and storymaps on UPlan. Developing presentations has spurred discussion of what information from the Electronic Program Management (ePM) database is the most useful and helpful to convey, and how that information should be presented to provide a thorough representation of transportation needs.

GIS tools provide another way review data, which improves the quality. As a result, UDOT has better information for making decisions and better tools for presenting information to stakeholders.