Category Archives: Press Releases

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: Ogden Canyon Highway to Close for Paving Work on Monday, June 19

For Immediate Release

 

Ogden Canyon Highway to Close for Paving Work on Monday, June 19

Local residents will be allowed in and out, while all others motorists must detour

  

Ogden – Utah Department of Transportation advises Ogden Valley and Ogden-area motorists that state Route 39, the Ogden Canyon Highway, will be closed to all through-traffic on Monday, June 19, while crews perform paving work in the canyon.

On Monday, crews will be paving over water line trenches in the canyon that have begun to subside since construction was performed there several years ago. In order to complete this paving work in one day and keep delay and detouring to a minimum, Ogden Canyon (SR-39) will be closed at Valley Drive on the west end, and at SR-158 over Pine View Dam on the east end, from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday June 19.

During this work, all normal through-traffic to and from the Ogden Valley should consider using I-84 in Weber Canyon and SR-167, the Trappers Loop Highway, between Huntsville and Mountain Green, as an alternate route. Ogden Canyon residents will be allowed in and out of the closed area as needed.

For more information, iPhone and Android smartphone users may download the free UDOT Traffic app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play, to stay abreast of traffic movements and construction work 24-hours a day.

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

NEWS RELEASE: UDOT to Host Layton Open House Discussing US-89 Concepts on June 20

For Immediate Release

UDOT to Host Layton Open House Discussing US-89 Concepts on June 20

Public invited to view and comment on conceptual plans for updated US-89

 

Ogden – Utah Department of Transportation will hold an open house on Tuesday, June 20, to present conceptual alternative designs for the State Environmental Study addressing the future expansion of US-89. The open house will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Layton High School, 440 Wasatch Drive in Layton.

 

UDOT Project Manager Michael Romero said these conceptual alternatives have been developed following initial public input, and have been evaluated based on three basic criteria: reasonable access, travel demand, and their compatibility with network roadway classification. He said the open house will be an opportunity for the community to express their opinions on which of these concepts are preferred, and should move forward for more detailed study.

 

“Given that there are so many feasible options, we’re eager to get feedback from those who will be directly impacted by any changes,” said Romero.

 

He said the public is invited to visit the open house at any time during the meeting to participate in discussion about the environmental study and the future expansion of US-89. Members of the study team, including the project manager, traffic engineers and public information coordinators, will be available to discuss ideas and suggestions from those in attendance.

 

The public is encouraged to visit the project website at http://www.udot.utah.gov/us89/ for more detailed information about the project, to sign up for email updates, and to view the study timeline.

For any other questions or concerns, please contact the study hotline at 888-752-US89 (8789)

 

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

Media briefing: Drowsy driving crashes increase in summer

Media briefing: Drowsy driving crashes increase in summer

Safety advocates and mother of crash victim warn travelers & outdoor enthusiasts to never drive drowsy

WHAT:

Zero Fatalities is urging drivers to avoid drowsy driving this summer, as fatigued-related crashes increase every year during the summer months. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Sleep Smart. Drive Smart. will host a media briefing with the mother of a teen who died in a drowsy driving-related crash.

With the first day of summer fast approaching, safety advocates ask drivers to be aware of the symptoms and risks associated with drowsy driving – and to drive safely. In Utah, more than 1,000 drowsy driving related crashes occur each year. Fatigue among drivers and passengers significantly increases the risk for a serious or fatal car crash. Not only does little sleep and physical activity cause fatigue, but so does sun exposure, especially during the hottest hours of the day.

 

 

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Blackridge Reservoir

15000 S Ashland Ridge Dr. in Herriman

WHO:

  • Lucinda Campbell, mother of Tyler Blais, who died while driving home from a summer trip to the Grand Canyon
  • John Gleason, UDOT public information officer
  • Troy Tait, Sleep Smart. Drive Smart. spokesperson

VISUALS:

Summer activities at the reservoir

Photos of Tyler and family

Thumb drive with photos and PSA

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason,
UDOT Public Information Officer
801.560.7740
jgleason@utah.gov

UDOT Leader Meets with President Donald Trump to Discuss National Transportation Issues

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT Leader Meets with President Donald Trump to Discuss National Transportation Issues

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 9, 2017) – Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Carlos Braceras met this morning with President Donald Trump, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and several other transportation officials to discuss issues surrounding the creation and maintenance of transportation infrastructure in the United States.

 

Braceras was one of a handful of state DOT representatives invited to participate in the discussion, and he focused his attention during the meeting on the need to streamline and align federal regulatory processes so that states can more efficiently deliver much-needed infrastructure projects.

 

Braceras will be available for a brief conference call with Utah media Friday at noon.

 

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

NEWS RELEASE: Delays, Traffic Restrictions Scheduled on I-80 in Salt Lake City

For Immediate Release

 

Delays, Traffic Restrictions
Scheduled on I-80 
in Salt Lake City

Night and weekend paving starts tonight, continues through September

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 30, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to expect minor delays starting tonight due to a pavement maintenance project on I-80 in Salt Lake City. I-80 will be reduced to one lane in each direction during overnight hours and on weekends, between 1300 East and the I-80/I-215 split.

Construction is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m, Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The project is expected to wrap in September.

This project includes removing and replacing the asphalt along the shoulders and in the median; installing new concrete barriers; repairing potholes and replacing sections of concrete pavement; and applying an entire new layer of pavement to sections of I-80 and I-215.
As part of this project, a series of four weekend freeway closures is scheduled on both I-80 and I-215 beginning in June. These closures will allow workers to repave the existing lanes with new asphalt, providing a smoother ride and prolonging the life of the road. The first weekend closure, scheduled on westbound I-80 from the I-215 exit to 2300 East, is planned for June 9-12.

UDOT also reminds drivers that the I-80 off-ramps to Foothill Drive are closed for several months for bridge reconstruction. To access Foothill Drive, drivers will need to use the detour via northbound I-215 or an alternate route.

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:
Zach Whitney
UDOT Digital Communications Specialist
zwhitney@utah.gov
Cell: 385-315-4536

HAPPENING TODAY: Mother of teen killed in crosswalk warns drivers to be safe during 100 Deadliest Days

For Immediate Release

 

Mother of teen killed in crosswalk warns drivers to be safe during 100 Deadliest Days

Fatal crashes nearly double from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day in Utah
WHAT:          
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will mark the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days with a media event on Thursday
 
The family of 17-year-old BaiLee DiBernardo, who was hit and killed by two distracted drivers while walking in a crosswalk near her home and school, will be available to speak with reporters.
 
The event marks the beginning of ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for travel on Utah roadways. From Memorial Day to Labor Day fatal crashes nearly double compared to the rest of the year. With 94 percent of all fatal crashes being caused by human error (including distracted driving, speeding, exhaustion, impairment and not buckling up), UDOT and the UHP urge drivers to focus on the road and strive for Zero Fatalities.
 
This year, 88 people have died on Utah roads. In 2016 distracted drivers took 27 lives and caused 147 serious injuries. 
 
WHEN:          
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – Kristina Morris will share her daughter’s crash story
9:35 – 10:30 a.m. – One-on-one interviews
 
WHERE:       
Near pedestrian crosswalk (Fort Lane & Lindsay): 201 N Fort Lane, Layton, UT 84041
 
**** Please avoid parking on Fort Lane. Parking available on Lindsay St. behind the fire station along the fence, or on the South side of the America First Credit Union. ****
 
WHO:
  • Kristina Morris (BaiLee’s mother) and family members
  • Col. Michael Rapich, UHP
  • John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer
MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer

NEWS RELEASE: Monte Cristo Highway Opens For Season On May 25

For Immediate Release

 

Monte Cristo Highway Opens For Season On May 25

Seasonal highway will remain open to all traffic until next fall

 

Ogden– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises motorists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts that state Road 39, the Monte Cristo Highway, will open to all traffic for the spring and summer season at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.

SR-39 will open from milepost 37, the Ant Flat parking lot east of Huntsville, to milepost 56 near Woodruff in Rich County.  Once the gates are opened, the roadway between these two points will remain open until late next fall.  The remainder of this route is open year around.

SR-39 is closed for the winter months between these points each year due to motorist safety concerns and the prohibitive cost of keeping it open to traffic.  The roadway is opened each spring once winter weather conditions have generally subsided.  Motorists are advised, however, that winter storms may still occur at the highest elevations on this highway well into the summer months, so they should be prepared for this when traveling this route.

For information about Utah road conditions 24-hours per day, go to the UDOT Traffic Website at http://udottraffic.utah.gov, or download the free Utah Traffic App, available for download by most mobile devices.

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

Media Event: Utah Pedestrian Fatalities Rise 25 Percent in Five Years, Local Leaders Call for Action to Save Lives

Utah Pedestrian Fatalities Rise 25 Percent in Five Years,

Local Leaders Call for Action to Save Lives

Media invited for passenger’s seat view to experience the real risks plaguing pedestrians and drivers

 

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Unified Police Department invite media to experience a first-hand view from the passenger’s seat of the risks endangering pedestrians. This media availability will give an unprecedented look at the need for pedestrians to be recognizable, especially at dawn, dusk and dark —and for drivers to pay extra attention and watch out for pedestrians on our roadways.

WHERE:
Utah Department of Public Safety Driver License Division (DLD) Test Track , 2780 West 4700 South, West Valley City – enter the parking lot of the DLD office off 4700 South.
Participating media must wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes.

 

WHEN:
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8 p.m.

  • 8 p.m. – media invited to conduct one-on-one interviews
  • 9 p.m.– media invited to experience the driving course after dark
  • Reporters may also schedule interviews earlier Thursday by contacting John Gleason. On Thursday morning, John will email nighttime b-roll footage of the course, which is embargoed until 9 p.m. Thursday.

WHO:

  • Detective Mike Anderson, Crash Analysis Reconstruction Investigator, Unified Police Dept.
  • John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer

 

VISUALS: Media encouraged to bring GoPro cameras to capture additional dashcam footage

  • Pedestrian mannequins stationed throughout driving course in various levels of visibility.
  • Reflective gear display: reflective gear, stickers, lights and other simple solutions for pedestrians of all ages.
  • Thumb drive of recent “Reflect Yourself” social video – as well as b-roll footage of course.

   

           

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
801.560.7740
jgleason@utah.gov

NEWS RELEASE: New Bangerter Highway Interchange Opens Tomorrow

For Immediate Release

 

New Bangerter Highway Interchange Opens Tomorrow

Freeway-style interchange to help traffic flow near I-15

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 12, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) newest freeway-style interchange, located on Bangerter Highway at 600 West in Draper, is scheduled to open by Saturday morning, May 13. This new interchange will reduce delays and improve travel for drivers on Bangerter Highway near I-15.

 

The new interchange means drivers will need to adjust to several new traffic patterns:

  • Eastbound and westbound drivers will be able to exit at 600 West to access 200 West-area businesses via 13490 South and 13775 South.
  • The traffic signal at Bangerter Highway and 200 West will be removed.
  • 200 West will be accessible from Bangerter Highway via “right in, right out” only. This means that drivers on 200 West can turn right onto Bangerter Highway, and Bangerter Highway drivers will be able to turn right onto 200 West.
  • All left turns, as well as through traffic on 200 West, will be prohibited.

UDOT is upgrading the intersections along Bangerter Highway to interchanges to help improve traffic flow and meet the growing transportation need in southern and western Salt Lake County. The 600 West interchange is the third interchange constructed on Bangerter Highway in the past four years. The other two are located at Redwood Road and 7800 South.

 

This year UDOT is building four additional interchanges along Bangerter Highway. Work has already begun at 7000 South, and construction is scheduled to begin later this summer at 5400 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South. The 7000 South interchange is scheduled to open in late 2017, and the other three locations in 2018.

 

UDOT recently recommended the Utah Transportation Commission allocate funding to build an interchange at 6200 South in 2019, and interchanges at 10400 South and 12600 South in 2022. In the future, more intersections along Bangerter Highway will be upgraded to interchanges as funding permits and based on traffic demand.

 

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