Category Archives: Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE: SR-201 to Close in Both Directions Tonight

For Immediate Release 

SR-201 to Close in Both Directions Friday Night

I-80 suggested as alternate route while crews place beams for new bridge

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 20, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges drivers to plan ahead for a full closure of SR-201 this Friday night, Jan. 20. SR-201 is scheduled to close around 9 p.m. in both directions between Bangerter Highway and Redwood Road while crews place beams for a new bridge on I-215.

During this closure, UDOT recommends using I-80 as an alternate route. Westbound traffic on SR-201 will be detoured onto Redwood Road, and eastbound traffic will be detoured onto Bangerter Highway. Drivers should expect minor delays and plan to avoid the area if possible on Friday night. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 7 a.m. Saturday.

The I-215 bridges over SR-201 are being rebuilt as part of UDOT’s I-215 west belt reconstruction from SR-201 to 4700 South. 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 began in May 2016, and is on track for completion in the fall. The following are facts about the project:

  • Crews have placed 87,465 tons of asphalt – greater than the weight of two WWII battleships.
  • Workers have paved 232,304 square yards of concrete – enough to build a new two-lane highway from downtown Salt Lake City to Draper.
  • Crews have installed 222,032 pounds of reinforcing steel – more than the weight of two Boeing 717 jets.

 

UDOT also advises drivers that the traffic split on southbound I-215 will remain in place through April to allow crews to finish paving the new southbound lanes. During this time, the ramp from westbound SR-201 to southbound I-215 will also remain closed to ensure driver safety.

Drivers will notice several major changes to I-215 when the project is complete. UDOT is replacing the original pavement with new concrete; adding new exit-only lanes between interchanges, making it easier for drivers to get on and off the freeway; installing new ramp meters and upgrading traffic signals; and adding lights, overhead message signs, and other traffic management system improvements.

For the latest information on traffic conditions, 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

Media Event: UDOT and DPS to release preliminary 2016 traffic fatality numbers

UDOT and DPS to release preliminary 2016 traffic fatality numbers

Safety advocates ask Utahns to honor lives lost by choosing to drive safely

 

WHAT: On Wednesday, UDOT and DPS will release preliminary traffic fatality numbers for 2016. Leadership from the Departments of Transportation and Public Safety will be available at the State Capitol for one-on-one interviews.

Markers will fill the West staircase in the Capitol, one for each life lost on Utah roads in 2016, in memoriam and as a reminder to always put safety first while driving.

Prior to the media availability, the preliminary 2016 fatalities report will be emailed to media at 8 a.m. Wednesday to allow time for review.

 

WHEN: Media Availability Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 10 a.m.

  • 10 a.m.  Welcome, John Gleason (UDOT PIO) and Marissa Villasenor (DPS PIO)

  • 10:05 a.m.  One-on-one interviews, Carlos Braceras and Commissioner Keith Squires

 

WHO:

  • Director Carlos Braceras, UDOT

  • Commissioner Keith Squires, DPS

 

VISUALS:

  • Memorial markers depicting the number of Utah’s 2016 traffic-related deaths

  • Display of 2016 fatality numbers as infographics. Infographics will be made available to media, digitally and in print

 

WHERE: Utah State Capitol Rotunda, 350 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

 

CONTACTS:

John Gleason, UDOT PIO
801-560-7740
jgleason@utah.gov

Marissa Villasenor, DPS PIO
801.793.8025
mvillasenor@utah.gov

TRAVEL ADVISORY : US-89 in Logan Canyon Closed Due To Avalanche near Beaver Mountain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
US-89 in Logan Canyon Closed Due To Avalanche near Beaver Mountain
 
Ogden- The Utah Department of Transportation advises motorists that US-89 in Logan Canyon is closed just west of the Beaver Mountain turn-off (state Road 243) due to an avalanche that has blocked the highway.
It is not known as this time how long it will take to reopen the roadway.  Cell service is spotty at best in Logan Canyon so all the details about this slide are not known at this time.
Cache Valley-bound, and/or Bear Lake or Wyoming area residents may use  SR-30 to SR-16 to Wyoming 89 to I-84 at Evanston, Wyoming to travel to and from the area east of the avalanche.  Another potential route is US-89 north to ID-36 at Ovid, Idaho, which will direct travelers back into the Cache Valley at Preston, Idaho.
For further information, visit www.udottraffic.utah.gov, or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhones and Android Smartphones at the Apple App Store or Google Play.
— UDOT —

UDOT to Install Signal at Arches National Park

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT to Install Signal at Arches National Park

Pedestrian signal detection to receive upgrades on Moab Main Street.

 

Moab, Utah (January 10, 2016) –  Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is installing a new signal system on U.S. Highway 191 at the entrance to Arches National Park.   The new installation will provide traffic detection and protective turning movements to reduce the potential for serious crashes.

Workers will also construct a raised median at this location to prohibit unsafe movements between the Northbound and Southbound travel lanes, in addition to striping for proper turning and merging for vehicles entering and leaving the highway at this location.

In addition to the intersection improvements near the entrance to Arches National Park a UDOT contractor will also be installing pedestrian signal activation poles and buttons at the following intersections on Moab Main Street.

  • SR-128

  • 100 North

  • Center Street

  • 100 South

  • 300 South

Construction at all intersections is anticipated to be complete by President’s Day.  Actual operation of the systems may take longer dependent upon scheduling availability for power connection work.

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Media Contact:
Kevin Kitchen
435-979-4551
kevin@utah.gov

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: UDOT Crews Prepare for Winter Rain Storms

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

UDOT Crews Prepare for Winter Rain Storms

 

Rain storms following recent snowfall have the potential to melt snowpack and cause flooding in many parts of Northern Utah. Monday crews in Salt Lake City will fill sandbags and continue work to keep roads ice free.

WHAT:
Media availability regarding preparations for a series of winter rain storms. UDOT will showcase how it’s ready and snow off some of the things they’re doing to prepare.

WHO:
UDOT maintenance shed personnel

WHERE:
UDOT Maintenance Station #225

1950 South 500 West
Salt Lake City

WHEN:
Monday January 9, 2017 at 10 a.m.

VISUALS

UDOT crews filling sand bags

UDOT road maintenance equipment

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

PRESS RELEASE – Downtown SLC Traffic Delays Expected for Weekend Events

For Immediate Release

Downtown SLC Traffic Delays Expected

for Weekend Events

UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center will time traffic signals to keep traffic moving during packed holiday weekend

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 8, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for heavy holiday traffic this Saturday, Dec. 10, in downtown Salt Lake City, with several events scheduled that evening. Heaviest delays are expected between 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., so drivers should plan to arrive downtown before 6:15 p.m.

Events scheduled include performances of White Christmas at the Eccles Theater; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert; and a Utah Jazz basketball game, Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular at Abravanel Hall, in addition to downtown Christmas light displays and holiday shopping.

The special events team at the UDOT Traffic Operations Center plans several weeks in advance for events like this. Traffic engineers will also be monitoring signals on several main roads near downtown Salt Lake City, including State Street, 300 West, North Temple, South Temple, 400 South, and others, to assist drivers traveling to and from these events.

UDOT also advises drivers to plan extra time for parking, as some parking garages will be full or nearly full. Suggested alternatives include riding UTA TRAX into downtown, or parking within the downtown free-fare zone and taking TRAX from the parking lot to the event venue.

For the latest information on traffic conditions, 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

HOLIDAY TRAVEL: Heavy Traffic Delays Expected for Thanksgiving Holiday

Heavy Traffic Delays Expected for Thanksgiving Holiday

Drivers reminded to leave early or late, avoid Wednesday rush hour if possible 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 21, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises Wasatch Front drivers planning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday to expect heavy delays on I-15 during the evening commute on Wednesday.

Traffic is expected to be heaviest on Wednesday between noon and 6 p.m., so leave early in the day or late in the evening to help reduce congestion. On Thursday and Friday, engineers expect heavier traffic on surface streets near shopping centers, while the freeways will be less busy.

Work was recently completed on I-15 from Farr West to Brigham City, adding an additional lane to the freeway in both directions, which will help travelers heading to and from Idaho and points north.

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during the Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday through Sunday). However, existing lane restrictions or traffic shifts will remain in place where needed to protect the work zone and ensure safety. Some areas where drivers should expect restrictions include:

  • I-215 from S.R. 201 to 4700 South: all lanes remain open, but traffic is shifted and lanes have been narrowed. On southbound I-215, the lanes are split between S.R. 201 and 4100 South, so drivers needing to exit at 3500 South to access Valley Fair Mall need to merge to the right prior to the lane split. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 miles per hour. Crews are reconstructing the freeway with new concrete, adding auxiliary lanes, and replacing the bridges over S.R. 201.
  • I-215 near 6200 South: the freeway has been reduced to two lanes in each direction, and restrictions remain in place on the on- and off-ramps at 6200 South. Crews are reconstructing the bridge decks on I-215 at 6200 South and several other nearby locations, and work is scheduled to be complete in December.

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

UDOT informs Utah Transportation Commission of intent to raise speed limits in certain areas of I-70 and I-15

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) informed the Utah Transportation Commission of its decision to raise the speed limits on certain areas of rural Utah interstates today during the monthly Utah Transportation Commission Meeting, held in the Eagle Mountain City Council chambers.

Traffic and Safety Director Robert Miles told the commission that the division has completed an analysis on speed, crash and fatal crash data.  The studies were conducted this spring and summer, and determined that raising the speed limits in these areas would be safe and appropriate. Miles said the speed limit increases would also create consistency with similar areas on those freeways.

UDOT will increase the speed limit on intermittent stretches of Interstate 70 from the I-15 junction to the junction with S.R. 24 (MP 7.94 to 139.35)

The major changes will be seen on Interstate 15 through Pine Creek and Baker Canyons where areas previously limited to 65 and 75 MPH will now be 80 MPH. (Trucks will still be limited to 65 MPH). Miles said the addition of a climbing lanes in that area allowed for an increased speed limit for passenger cars.

Updated signs will be placed in those locations within the next few weeks.

The following chart outlines the changes that will be made.

Speed limit increases on I-70 and I-15

Speed limit increases on I-70 and I-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Availability: Teen Survivors & Safety Advocates Urge Utahns—Buckle Up this Thanksgiving and Always

For Immediate Release:

Teen Survivors & Safety Advocates Urge Utahns—Buckle Up this Thanksgiving and Always

Buckled, roll-over crash leaves teens grateful for seat belts and a second chance at life

 

WHAT: Media availability with Utah teen crash survivors* and their families to remind Utahns to always buckle up – especially this holiday season.

The Utah Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety and the Hold on to Dear Life campaign are encouraging increased seat belt use during Thanksgiving holiday travel. Utah law enforcement officers will be working Click It or Ticket overtime shifts to stop and educate unbuckled motorists.

*Six teens rolled their truck along Alpine Loop near Sundance on October 15, 2016. All six survived the crash with minimal injury, and credited seat belts for saving their lives.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 from 11a.m. – 12 p.m.

11 a.m. Welcome and introductions
11:05 a.m. Brief review of teen crash
11:10 a.m. Colonel Rapich remarks
11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.  One-on-one interviews

WHERE: RC Willey, 2301 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT

WHO:

  • Teen crash survivors Lauren Monson (17), Kaylee Dial (16), Dylan Verbanatz (17), Brooklyn Hale (17), Doyoung Park (17) – and family members
  • Representatives from UDOT and UHP, including the UHP trooper first on scene
  • Hold on to Dear Life Representatives

VISUALS:

  • Teens and family members
  • Photo display of the crashed truck, friends and homecoming
  • RC Willey living spaces
  • Hold on to Dear Life PSA highlighting teens

WHY: Nearly 50 percent of traffic fatalities are unbuckled. Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury. This Thanksgiving holiday will be one of the busiest on Utah roads.

Media Contacts:

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

Sgt. Todd Royce
UHP Public Information Officer
troyce@utah.gov
Cell: 801-556-8261

UDOT Urges Drivers to Be Prepared for Winter Weather

UDOT Urges Drivers to Be Prepared for Winter Weather

 


With the first valley snow of the season scheduled to fall this week, UDOT held its annual Snow Show to demonstrate the department’s snow removal preparations and remind drivers to do their part.

This year, UDOT is urging drivers to make sure their vehicles have chains or snow tires when driving up Utah’s canyons. Chains or M/S-rated tires are required if planning travel through many of Utah’s canyons or mountain passes. For more information, visit udot.utah.gov/go/chainup.

“If you’re driving up the canyon and see an overhead sign that says, ‘chains required,’ pay attention,” said Jeff Reynolds, supervisor of UDOT’s Incident Management Team. “It’s not optional. Don’t risk it. Unfortunately, every year we see people take their chances and get in a crash, which often blocks the canyon for hours. Make sure you have the right equipment before you hit the road.”

Other driver safety tips include:

  • Slow down.
  • Do not pass a snow plow, and stay back at least 200 feet.
  • Allow extra distance between your car and the one in front of you.
  • Keep your windshield, windows and lights clear of snow and ice.
  • Check your tires for proper pressure and sufficient tread.
  • Check your lights and windshield wiper blades to make sure they work properly.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that includes blanket(s), a flashlight, a first aid kit, jumper cables, bottled water, and granola/energy bars.

More than 500 full-time snow plow drivers will be working to keep Utah’s 6,000 miles of state highways and 980 miles of interstate clear of snow and ice this winter. “Our team is ready for whatever the winter brings,” said Jake Brown, Roadway Operations Manager for Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon. “We’ve been preparing for this first storm for weeks now and are anxious to get to work. Our goal is to keep the roads clear so you can safely get to where you’re going.”

UDOT Snow Removal, By The Numbers:

  • UDOT’s fleet includes 533 snow plow trucks, 7 self-propelled snowblowers, and 13 TowPlows.
  • 2.5 million gallons of salt brine, enough to cover a football field nearly 8 feet deep, are applied to the roads annually to prevent icing.
  • 220,000 tons of salt are applied every year to melt ice and snow.
  • 20,000 tons of grit and volcanic cinders are applied to provide extra traction for drivers.
  • $24 million is budgeted for snow removal budget every year, which averages to about $1 million per winter storm.