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NEWS RELEASE: UDOT and FHWA Release Record of Decision for West Davis Corridor

UDOT and FHWA Release Record of Decision for West Davis Corridor

FHWA approves UDOT’s preferred alternative for new road in Davis/Weber counties

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 3, 2017) — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released the Record of Decision (ROD) for the West Davis Corridor. The ROD is the final step in the Environmental Impact Statemet (EIS) process.

 

The ROD approves UDOT’s preferred alternative for a new 19-mile highway from Farmington to West Point, connecting with I-15 and Legacy Parkway at Glovers Lane on the south end, and S.R. 37 (1800 North) at approximately 4000 West on the north end. The new highway will improve mobility through 2040 in western Davis and Weber counties.

 

“This decision has been reached carefully and with great respect for the collaborative efforts of thousands of stakeholders over several years,” UDOT Project Manager Randy Jefferies said. “We will continue working closely with cities, agencies, and other stakeholders as we move into the more detailed design for this new corridor.”

 

The ROD includes responses to comments received regarding the Final EIS for the West Davis Corridor. In addition, the document outlines specific requirements for mitigation that must be met during design and construction of the corridor. The ROD is available for review on the project website, http://udot.utah.gov/westdavis.

 

The Utah Transportation Commission recently approved funding for construction of the first phase of the West Davis Corridor – from Farmington to Syracuse. Design and property acquisition for the highway will take place in 2018 and 2019, followed by construction starting in 2020. This first phase of the new corridor is anticipated to be open by 2022.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Foothill Drive Freeway Ramps Reopen Today

For Immediate Release

Foothill Drive Freeway Ramps Reopen Today

Drivers also advised to plan for 10600 S interchange closure and S.R. 201 paving after Labor Day

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 31, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) re-opened several ramps at the I-80/Foothill Drive interchange in time for the first University of Utah home football game, and two weeks ahead of schedule.

The I-80 eastbound exit at Foothill Drive, along with the ramp from Foothill Drive to southbound I-215, has been closed for several months. While these ramps were closed, crews completed maintenance and reconstruction work on several bridges, such as removing and replacing the bridge deck (driving surface), patching potholes, repairing bridge walls, and repainting beams to prevent corrosion. This work extends the useful life of the bridges and makes the pavement smoother for drivers.

In addition, the I-15 on- and off-ramps at 900 South near downtown Salt Lake City, is scheduled to reopen by Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, in time for the morning commute. The exit has been closed since late July so crews could repave the ramp and reconstruct the bridge over 300 West.

After the Labor Day weekend, drivers should plan for new closures on two projects in Sandy and West Valley City.

The I-15 interchange at 10600 South is scheduled to close from Friday, Sept. 8, through Monday, Sept. 25. 10600 South will be closed in both directions over I-15, and nearly all of the on- and off-ramps at the interchange will be closed as well. Drivers will still be able to exit from southbound I-15 onto westbound 10600 South, and will be able to get from eastbound 10600 South onto southbound I-15 – but all other ramps will be closed.

During this closure, crews will be working to slide a new underpass into place that will connect the northbound I-15 off-ramp with Monroe Street, west of the mall.

In addition, on Tuesday night, Sept. 5, work is scheduled to begin on a repaving project on S.R. 201 between Redwood Road and Bangerter Highway. Drivers should expect lane restrictions in both directions during overnight hours and on weekends. This project will continue through fall.

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 and Utah Jazz Bear Encourage Healthy Walking and Biking Habits for New School Year

 

UDOT and Utah Jazz Bear Encourage Healthy Walking and Biking Habits for New School Year

Jazz Bear walks to school with students using Walking School Bus app and helps them pledge to be safe every day 

 


BOUNTIFUL, UTAH (Aug. 29, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) partnered with the Utah Jazz Bear to encourage students to develop the healthy habit of safely walking and biking to school at the beginning of the new school year.

To help kids create this habit, the Jazz Bear joined a group for their morning walk to school at Muir Elementary, where they joined other students in pledging to walk and bike safely every day.

The walking group was selected in a contest from hundreds across the state for using UDOT’s Walking School Bus app, and also won the opportunity to eat breakfast with the Jazz Bear before the group walk. The app allows parents to join or create walking groups to get kids to and from school instead of carpools.

UDOT was the first group to develop and launch a walking school bus app in 2014, and now has more than 350 active walking groups across the state. During the 2016-2017 school year, Utah parents and students using the app across Utah have accomplished the following:

  • Reduced 224,000 car trips
  • Walked 165,000 miles
  • Eliminated 54 million grams of CO2 emissions
  • Burned 16 million calories.

UDOT’s Walking School Bus app also alerts parents when students have arrived at school, allows parents to easily coordinate turns leading group walks and tracks the impact of walks in miles, car trips reduced and air pollution eliminated. This month, a new update to the app was launched, making it easier to use than ever.

The free Walking School Bus app is available for download for iPhone and Android devices. For more information visit www.udot.utah.gov/walkingschoolbus.

About UDOT SNAP

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP)™ is a fun and comprehensive program for walking and biking safely to school that engages and educates students, parents, school administrators, crossing guards and communities. For more information about SNAP’s free resources to educate and encourage students to walk and bike safely to school, visit http://www.udot.utah.gov/snap.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Abby Shaha
UDOT SNAP Program Spokesperson
ashaha@utah.gov
801-809-0313

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 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

NEWS RELEASE: S.R. 201 to Close in Both Directions Friday Night

For Immediate Release

S.R. 201 to Close in Both Directions Friday Night

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

SALT LAKE CITY (July 13, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges drivers to plan ahead for a full closure of S.R. 201 on Friday night, July 14. S.R. 201 will close as early as 9 p.m. in both directions between Bangerter Highway and Redwood Road while crews place beams for a new northbound bridge on I-215.

During this closure, UDOT recommends using I-80 as an alternate route. Westbound traffic on S.R. 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 overnight if possible on Friday night. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. Saturday.

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

UDOT is replacing the original pavement on the I-215 west belt 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 improvements to traffic management systems.

Also this weekend, the ramp from 500 South to southbound I-15 in Salt Lake City will be reduced to one lane. Lane restrictions will begin Friday, July 14, at 9 p.m., and continue through Monday, July 17, at 5 a.m.

Drivers attending Pioneer Day concerts and other events downtown this weekend should plan for delays getting onto southbound I-15 and consider using other on-ramps, such as 1300 South or 600 North, to access the freeway. Crews will be applying a thin weatherproof pavement layer to the ramp as part of a bridge maintenance project.

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