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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

NEWS RELEASE: I-80 Exits at Foothill Drive to Close for Up to Four Months

For Immediate Release

 

I-80 Exits at Foothill Drive to Close for Up to Four Months

Closure needed to accommodate bridge reconstruction; drivers advised to use alternate routes

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 5, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) alerts drivers to plan for long-term closures at the I-80 eastbound and westbound exits at Foothill Drive. The exits are scheduled to close Monday morning, May 8, before the morning commute, and will remain closed for up to four months.

These closures are necessary to allow crews to reconstruct several bridges at the I-80/Foothill Drive interchange. The ramp from westbound I-80 to Foothill Drive/Parleys Way is scheduled to remain closed through July, while the loop ramp from eastbound I-80 to Foothill Drive is planned to remain closed through mid September.

While these closures are in place, drivers will be detoured onto the I-215 east belt, where they will turn around at the 3300 South exit, and then take northbound I-215 to the Foothill Drive/Parleys Way exit. UDOT recommends that drivers plan extra travel time to follow the detour, and consider using alternate routes to get to Foothill Drive.

These long-term closures are the first in a series of several closures scheduled at the I-80/Foothill Drive interchange during this construction season. Crews will be reconstructing the Foothill Drive bridges in both directions over Parleys Way, I-80, and I-215. This project will extend the life of the bridges and provide new, smooth pavement for drivers.

In addition to the closures of the I-80 off-ramps at Foothill Drive, UDOT urges drivers to plan for the following traffic restrictions scheduled during the next several days:

  • S.R. 201 will close at I-215 for two nights for bridge demolition. Eastbound S.R. 201 will close Friday night, May 5, at 9 p.m. The following night, westbound S.R. 201 will close beginning at 9 p.m. The freeway will reopen each morning by 6 a.m. Lane closures will be in place on I-215 as well during these closures, and drivers are advised to avoid the S.R. 201/I-215 west belt interchange area. I-15 and I-80 are suggested as alternate routes. Crews will demolish the old northbound I-215 bridge over S.R. 201 as part of the I-215 west belt reconstruction project.
  • Eastbound I-80 will be reduced to one lane at the I-15 interchange near downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastbound drivers traveling into downtown Salt Lake City for the Utah Jazz playoff game should allow extra travel time and plan for minor delays. This is part of a bridge maintenance project that continues through the summer at nearly 40 locations on freeways around the Salt Lake Valley.
  • The collector ramp from westbound I-80 to 2100 South/1300 South/900 South, at the Spaghetti Bowl, will be closed for approximately five nights starting Monday, May 8, at 9 p.m. Westbound drivers should use State Street as an alternate to access those streets while the ramp is closed. This ramp closure is part of the same bridge maintenance project mentioned above on eastbound I-80.
  • Construction has begun on the future Bangerter Highway interchange at 7000 South in West Jordan. Bangerter Highway is reduced to two lanes during daytime, non-commute hours, and to one lane during overnight hours to accommodate construction of new temporary pavement and widening for the future off-ramps. As early as Friday, May 5, crews will begin removing the continuous flow intersection at Bangerter Highway and 7000 South. By Sunday, May 7, left turns will be made from the center lanes at the intersection.
  • I-84 is reduced to one lane in each direction near Taggart (Exit 108) 24 hours a day, through May 13. Crews are completing pavement repairs on the bridges over the Weber River and the Union Pacific railroad. Drivers should plan for narrowed lanes and expect delays.
  • Southbound Legacy Parkway will be reduced to one lane starting Monday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Crews will remove and replace the top layer of pavement. This is the first repaving project to take place on Legacy Parkway since it opened in 2008.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Railroad to Perform More RR X-ing Work at 500 South in Woods Cross Tomorrow

For Immediate Release
 

Railroad to Perform More RR X-ing Work at 500 South in Woods Cross Tomorrow

WB Lane at 500 South will close at the RR X-ing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday
 
 
Ogden — The Utah Department of Transportation advises all motorists and trucking operators that the Union Pacific Railroad will close a westbound lane on 500 South (SR-68) at the railroad crossing at 800 West tomorrow, to perform additional crossing maintenance work.
 
Because of this railroad crossing maintenance, one lane of westbound traffic will be closed at 500 South (SR-68), from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, May 4.  While one lane will remain open, it is expected that some congestion or delay could occur in this area.  Motorists with time-sensitive travel should consider other routes, such as 400 North (SR-106, Exit 317) in Bountiful, or Redwood Road (SR-68, Exit 27) via I-215.  
 
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Media Contact:

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

NEWS RELEASE: Major Traffic Changes Scheduled on I-215 Project

For Immediate Release

 

Major Traffic Changes Scheduled on I-215 Project

Drivers should plan for delays and consider alternate routes due to ramp and freeway closures

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 1, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) alerts drivers to plan for traffic pattern changes and closures on the I-215 west belt. Construction on the freeway is moving into a new phase, with work completed on the southbound side and shifting into the northbound lanes.

Drivers should be aware of the following traffic restrictions and shifts due to construction:

  • The ramp from northbound I-215 to westbound 3500 South is scheduled to close for up to 90 days beginning Wednesday, May 3. Crews will remove and replace the pavement to extend the life of the ramp and provide a smoother driving surface. In addition, this closure will allow crews to reconstruct the northbound I-215 bridge at 3500 South.
  • The ramp from eastbound S.R. 201 to northbound I-215 is closed through the summer for reconstruction. Alternate routes to access northbound I-215 include California Avenue, I-80, Redwood Road, and Bangerter Highway.
  • The northbound lanes on I-215 are split from 4700 South to S.R. 201. Northbound drivers needing to exit at 4700 South, 3500 South, or S.R. 201 will need to merge into the right lanes prior to 4700 South to exit.
  • S.R. 201 is scheduled to close in both directions on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night. Crews will demolish the existing northbound I-215 bridge over S.R. 201. Drivers should avoid S.R. 201 during these closures and use I-80 as an alternate route.

UDOT reminds drivers to be alert and expect changing traffic patterns on the I-215 west belt in West Valley City and Taylorsville. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 miles per hour in the construction zone to protect drivers as well as construction crews.

Crews on the I-215 project recently completed the reconstruction of the southbound lanes. Traffic in the northbound lanes has now been shifted from the old pavement onto new concrete. Work will now focus on the northbound lanes between 4700 South and S.R. 201. This includes building the new northbound I-215 bridge over S.R. 201 and rebuilding ramps at the 3500 South interchange.

“Completing the southbound lanes is a significant milestone on the I-215 west belt project,” UDOT Project Manager Oanh Le-Spradlin said. “Drivers can see just what the new road improvements will feel like when the project is done.”

The I-215 west belt project – ranked no. 2 on UDOT’s list of Top 10 Projects in 2017 – is scheduled for completion in fall. 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.

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

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

For Immediate Release

 

 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

NEWS RELEASE: UDOT announces several projects to improve traffic in southern Salt Lake County

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT announces several projects to improve traffic in southern Salt Lake County

South Valley Improvements projects will increase road capacity and improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 25, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced today a number of projects in Salt Lake County to address the booming growth south of the I-15/I-215 interchange. These eight projects will increase road capacity, reduce traffic delays, and improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

UDOT is partnering with several municipalities including Sandy, South Jordan and Riverton to strategically coordinate these projects through the 2017-18 seasons and minimize impacts to residents, commuters and businesses.

Eight projects are currently scheduled in the southern Salt Lake County region through the next two years. Some projects will begin in 2017 to ensure that alternate routes are available in the southern portion of the valley before larger UDOT projects begin, such as a project to add a new southbound lane on I-15 from 12300 South to S.R. 201. These projects are in addition to freeway-style interchanges on Bangerter Highway in Taylorsville, West Jordan, South Jordan, and Draper.

“These projects will make an immediate and lasting improvement on traffic in southern Salt Lake County,” said UDOT Region 2 Director Bryan Adams. “We know this area is going to continue to grow, and we want to proactively plan for that growth.”

The following are UDOT’s South Valley Improvements for 2017:

  1. Bangerter Highway Interchanges, $249 million
    Construction underway; scheduled completion late 2018.
    UDOT is simultaneously constructing five new freeway-style interchanges on Bangerter Highway. New interchanges will be built at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, and 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.
  2. Redwood Road—12600 South to Bangerter Highway, $37.4 million
    Construction starts late April 2017; scheduled completion fall 2017.
    The last remaining two-lane segment of Redwood Road through Salt Lake County will be expanded to seven lanes to accommodate growth and meet traffic needs along the corridor.
  3. I-15 Northbound, 10600 South Interchange Improvement $23.8 million
    Construction starts May 2017; scheduled completion winter 2018.
    Improvements include the construction of a crossing under 10600 South that connects the I-15 northbound off-ramp to Monroe Street. In addition, the bridge deck over I-15 will be resurfaced to provide a smoother driving surface and preserve the life of the structure.
  4. 10600 South—Redwood Road to Jordan Gateway, $15 million
    Construction starts mid-summer 2017; scheduled completion winter 2018.
    Improvements include an additional lane in each direction by removing the landscaped median, restriping the roadway, and adding turn lanes at specific intersections.
  5. I-15; 9000 South Interchange, $4.67 million
    Construction starts June 2017; scheduled completion August 2017.
    Improvements include adding additional lanesto the ramps and widening 9000 South, east of I-15 to Monroe Street. In addition, new lanes will be added to the on and off ramps and signal modifications will be made near the interchange.
  6. 700 East; 7400 South to 9400 South, $2.8 million
    Construction tentatively scheduled to begin June 2017; scheduled completion fall 2017.
    Improvements include repaving 700 East between 7400 South and 9500 South. Raised medians and bike lanes will be added at specific turn locations designed to increase safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The following are UDOT’s South Valley Improvements currently planned for 2018:

  1. I-15 Southbound—12300 South to SR 201, $175 million
    Construction schedule to be determined.
    UDOT plans to add a lane to southbound I-15 between 12300 South and S.R. 201 in Salt Lake County, as well as widen 7200 South from I-15 to Bingham Junction in Midvale. Modifications to the I-15 interchange at I-215 are also being considered to improve traffic flow in this area.
  2. 9000 South—State Street to 700 East, $13.8 million
    Construction schedule to be determined.
    Lanes will be added to 9000 South between State Street and 700 East.

To find out more about these projects, visit the South Valley Improvements website at udot.utah.gov/southvalleyimprovements. The website includes a map of all projects, a tentative schedule, and links to each project webpage where drivers can view and subscribe to weekly construction updates. Also on the website, UDOT has also created a map with suggested alternate routes to help keep traffic moving during construction.

UDOT has established a centralized email and hotline as a one-stop shop for all questions related to projects in the area. Drivers, residents, or businesses with questions can contact the project team at southvalley@utah.gov or (801) 228-0022.

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