Category Archives: Press Releases

Media Briefing: UDOT to Showcase Nation’s First Operational Deployment of Connected Vehicle Technology to U.S. Transportation Officials 

Media Briefing: UDOT to Showcase Nation’s First Operational Deployment of Connected Vehicle Technology to U.S. Transportation Officials 

 

UDOT hosting workshop on connected/autonomous vehicle technology innovations, providing tours of real-world application on Redwood Road

 

WHAT:
Media briefing in conjunction with UDOT workshop involving state and national transportation officials on connected/autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology. UDOT is recognized as a national leader in CAV technology, and is the first department of transportation in the country to install and use it in a real-world, operational setting. UDOT engineers and other national officials will be available to discuss the department’s CAV innovations, as well as the state of this technology on a national level.

In addition, UDOT will conduct a short tour along a section of Redwood Road to demonstrate how this technology is currently being used to improve on-time performance of Utah Transit Authority buses.

*NOTE: space is limited aboard the bus, and tours will be available only to journalists who RSVP.

WHEN:
Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 1:45 p.m.

WHERE:
Meet at Northwest corner of 5600 South Redwood Road at UDOT signal box

WHO:
Blaine Leonard, UDOT technology and innovation engineer
National transportation officials 

VISUALS:

–       Bus tour and demonstration of CAV technology using UTA bus

–       CAV communication equipment installed and operating along Redwood Road 

  

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

Media Briefing: UDOT Bridge Construction to Close I-15 in Layton for Three Nights 

Media Briefing: UDOT Bridge Construction to Close I-15 in Layton for Three Nights 

Drivers should plan ahead and expect delays; crews to set beams for new overpass

WHAT:
Media briefing regarding a three-night closure of I-15 in Layton. I-15 will be closed between Hill Field Road and Antelope Drive each night from Friday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 28, with all traffic detoured off the freeway and onto surface streets to get around the closure.

*These closures are subject to change due to weather or equipment issues.

These closures will allow crews to place beams over I-15 for a new overpass being constructed at approximately 1300 North in Layton, just north of the Layton Hills Mall. This new east-west crossing over I-15 will reduce congestion at the Hill Field Road and Antelope Drive interchanges and improve access to nearby businesses.

WHEN:
Friday, Jan. 26, at 9:30 a.m.

 WHERE:
New Layton Crossing bridge
Meet in parking lot of Billy B’s Hash House
1508 Woodland Park Drive
Layton, Utah

Personal protective equipment, including hard hats and vests, will be provided and must be worn. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required to enter the construction zone.

WHO:
Brent DeYoung, UDOT district engineer

 VISUALS:
– Active construction zone near I-15
– Freeway traffic
– B-roll of crews assembling crane on-site

PRESS EVENT: UDOT and DPS to release preliminary 2017 traffic fatality numbers

UDOT and DPS to release preliminary 2017 traffic fatality numbers

New safety campaign launched to cut down on distracted driving

WHAT: On Wednesday, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will release preliminary traffic fatality numbers for 2017 and kick off a new safety campaign aimed at reducing distracted driving. UDOT and DPS leaders will be available at 9:30 a.m. for one-on-one interviews.

Prior to the media availability, the preliminary 2017 fatalities report will be emailed to media around 8 a.m. Wednesday to allow time for review.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.

 

WHO:

  • UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
  • DPS Commissioner Keith Squires

VISUALS:

  • Infographics of 2017 fatality numbers (which will be made available digitally and in print).
  • Display of new Zero Fatalities distracted driving campaign materials. Campaign assets will be made available digitally.

WHERE:
Calvin Rampton Complex, Redwood Rooms A&B
4501 South 2700 West, Taylorsville, UT

 

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

Lt. Todd Royce
UHP Public Information Officer
801-556-8261
troyce@utah.gov

NEWS RELEASE: Zero Fatalities installs sidewalk clings to help encourage pedestrian safety

For Immediate Release

Zero Fatalities installs sidewalk clings to help encourage pedestrian safety

Historically, December is the second deadliest month for pedestrian deaths in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (December 13, 2017) – Zero Fatalities has installed outdoor advertisements as part of the “Heads Up” pedestrian safety campaign, reminding people to stay alert when walking this holiday season. Twenty sidewalk clings were placed from Ogden to Provo along with retro-reflective advertisements at 50 bus shelters throughout Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) selected intersections with high pedestrian traffic and crashes.

“Unfortunately, we see far too many pedestrian deaths, especially this time of year” said UDOT Traffic and Safety Director Robert Miles. “We hope these messages will remind Utahns to be more aware and more careful when walking close to traffic.”

There are two different sidewalk clings. One reads, “The driver didn’t see the pedestrian. The pedestrian didn’t see the driver. Watch for cars, they might not see you.” The second cling reads, “Your life is in danger. Watch for cars, they might not see you.”

“Pedestrian deaths are 100-percent preventable,” Miles said. “But to prevent pedestrian fatalities, drivers and pedestrians must work together.”

Pedestrian fatalities are increasing at an alarming rate in Utah and across the Nation. This year, 40 pedestrians have been killed on Utah roads, already surpassing the total number of pedestrian deaths in 2016. In Utah, historical crash data shows pedestrian fatalities increase during the fall and winter months. December is the second deadliest month, second to October, for pedestrian fatalities.

Zero Fatalities offers these simple tips to preventing an auto-pedestrian crash:

Drivers, remember to

●     Always be on the lookout for pedestrians.

●     Always yield right of way to pedestrians.

●     Never speed, drive distracted, drowsy or impaired.

Pedestrians, remember to:

●     Never assume the right of way and stay alert

●     Cross at designated crosswalks and adhere to traffic signs and signals

●     Be visible, by wearing reflective materials when possible

●     When doing everything right, still assume drivers can’t see you.

 

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

 

Sidewalk locations

 

City

Main Road Name

Cross Street/Address

Cling Creative

Clearfield

State St.

700 South (Hwy 193)

6-panel

Cottonwood Heights

3000 E

Cottonwood Pkwy,

Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd

Body Outline

Draper

1300 E

S of Pioneer Rd (12400 S) roundabout

Body Outline

Kaysville

200 North

D&RG Rail Trail crossing (West of Flint St.)

Body Outline

Layton

Hillfield Road

Antelope

Body Outline

Lehi

I-15

SR 92

Body Outline

Midvale

7200 S

Bingham Jct Blvd

6-panel

Midvale

7720 S

Main St (700 W)

Body Outline

Ogden

Washington Blvd

12th Street

6-panel

Ogden

Harrison BLVD

30th Street

Body Outline

Orem

1600 N

400 E

Body Outline

Provo

University Ave (US-189)

University Pkwy (SR-265)

Body Outline

Provo

US 189

4800 N

6-panel

Salt Lake City

400 South (US-89)

Main Street

6-panel

Salt Lake City

300 West (US-89)

South Temple

6-panel

Salt Lake City

South Campus Drive (SR-282)

Mario Capecchi

6-panel

Salt Lake City

1300 S

700 East

Body Outline

Salt Lake City

Redwood Road

North Temple

Body Outline

South Jordan

River Front Pkwy

Between 10600 S and River Stone Way (Rdbt)

Body Outline

West Valley

2700 W

3590 South

6-panel

 

 

Bus Shelter Locations:

#

CITY

LOCATION DESCRIPTION

COPY

1

West Valley

Redwood E/S   N/O 3500 S  S/F

The Driver

2

West Valley

Redwood E/S   N/O 3500 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

3

West Valley

Redwood E/S   N/O 3500 S  S/F

Pedistrian and Driver

4

West Valley

3100 S N/S   E/O Decker Lake Dr  S/F

The Pedestrian

5

West Valley

4000 W W/S   S/O 3500 S  N/F

The Driver

6

West Valley

4000 W W/S   S/O 3500 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

7

West Valley

4000 W W/S   S/O 3500 S  N/F

Pedistrian and Driver

8

West Valley

3500 S N/S   W/O 4150 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

9

West Valley

4800 W W/S   N/O 3500 S  N/F

The Driver

10

West Valley

4100 S N/S   W/O 1500 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

11

Taylorsville

2200 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

The Driver

12

Taylorsville

4700 S S/S   W/O 1200 W  W/F

The Driver

13

West Valley

2700 W W/S   S/O 3650 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

14

Salt Lake City

2700 W E/S   S/O 4100 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

15

Taylorsville

2700 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

The Driver

16

Taylorsville

2700 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

17

Taylorsville

2700 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

Pedistrian and Driver

18

West Valley

4000 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

The Driver

19

Taylorsville

4700 S S/S   W/O US Hwy Bangerter  W/F

The Pedestrian

20

Taylorsville

4015 W E/S   N/O 5400 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

21

South Salt Lake

3300 S N/S   E/O 1100 W  E/F

The Driver

22

South Salt Lake

State St W/S   S/O 2950 S  N/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

23

South Salt Lake

West Temple E/S   N/O 3300 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

24

Salt Lake County

3300 S N/S   E/O 700 E  E/F

The Driver

25

Salt Lake County

3900 S N/S   W/O 900 E  E/F

The Driver

26

South Salt Lake

500 W E/S   N/O 3900 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

27

Murray

4500 S N/S   W/O 500 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

28

Salt Lake County

900 E E/S   N/O Van Winkle Expy  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

29

Murray

5400 S S/S   E/O 1300 W  W/F

The Pedestrian

30

Murray

5400 S N/S   W/O 700 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

31

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 4800 S  N/F

The Driver

32

Murray

State St W/S   S/O 5300 S  N/F

The Driver

33

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 5900 S  N/F

The Driver

34

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 5900 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

35

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 5900 S  N/F

Pedistrian and Driver

36

Murray

State St E/S   N/O 6400 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

37

Murray

900 E E/S   N/O 5900 S  S/F

The Driver

38

Midvale

Fort Union Blvd S/S   E/O S 700 E  W/F

The Driver

39

Midvale

Fort Union Blvd S/S   E/O S 700 E  E/F

The Pedestrian

40

Midvale

Fort Union Blvd S/S   E/O S 700 E  W/F

Pedistrian and Driver

41

Midvale

Union Park Ave W/S   N/O 7180 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

42

Provo

550 W W/S   S/O University Pkwy  N/F

The Driver

43

Provo

State St E/S   N/O 1230 N  S/F

The Driver

44

Provo

500 W E/S   S/O 1230 N  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

45

Provo

University Ave W/S   N/O Canyon Rd  N/F

The Driver

46

Provo

University Ave E/S   N/O 100 N  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

47

Sunset

Main St W/S   S/O 1300 N  N/F

The Pedestrian

48

Roy

1900 W E/S   S/O 4400 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

49

Roy

1900 W W/S   S/O 5600 S  N/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

50

South Ogden

Washington Blvd E/S   S/O 37th St  S/F

The Pedestrian

view images for each install here and time lapse video of an install here.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND – Electronic Sign Installation Project

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND – Electronic Sign Installation Project

UDOT will begin installing new overhead electronic signs at three different locations this weekend.  Work will take place during nighttime hours.  Road closures will go into effect while the signs are hung into place.  Each sign is 110 feet long and approximately 26,000 pounds.

 

Westbound SR-201 @ 900 West

  • Starting Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., double lane closures will go into effect on westbound 201 and eastbound SR-201 at 900 West.
  • Starting at 1 a.m. that night, the 900 West, 2100 West, and I-80 West to westbound SR-201 ramps will be closed.
  • Starting at 3 a.m. that night, the I-15 to westbound SR-201 ramp will be closed.
  • Westbound SR-201 will be fully closed from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Motorists will be directed to 2100 South and I-80 West as detour routes.

 

Eastbound I-215 @2300 East

  • Starting Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., a double left lane closure will go into effect on westbound I-215 at 2300 East.  A single right lane closure will also be in effect on eastbound I-215 at 2300 East.
  • From 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. that night, rolling closures will be in effect on eastbound I-215. Traffic will be stopped for up to 20 minutes at a time, however motorists may exit at 2000 East (Highland Drive) if needed.
  • Motorists will be directed to 2000 East (Highland Drive) to Fort Union to 3000 East as a detour route.

 

Northbound I-15 @ 11400 South

  • Starting Sunday Dec. 3 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., a left lane closure will go into effect on southbound I-15 at 11400 South.  A right lane closure will also be in effect on northbound I-15 at 11400 South.
  • Northbound I-15 at 11400 South will be fully closed from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Motorists will be directed to State Street and 10600 South as a detour route.

All closures are weather dependent. Check the udottraffic.utah.gov or the UDOT Traffic app for current road conditions.

MEDIA BRIEFING: UDOT Canyon Patroller Injured in Head-on Crash Urges Utah Drivers to Prepare for Winter

Media Briefing: UDOT Canyon Patroller Injured in Head-on Crash Urges Utah Drivers to Prepare for Winter

UDOT to offer safety tips as winter recreation season begins  

WHAT:

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will host a media briefing to urge drivers to be prepared for snowy weather, and to take extra precautions when driving through Utah’s canyon areas.

A UDOT canyon patrol driver recently injured in a head-on collision will share her story and provide tips on how to stay safe on the road this winter.

WHEN:
Friday, Dec. 1, at 9:30 a.m.

 WHERE:
Cardiff Fork Trailhead (Donut Falls) Parking Lot
Big Cottonwood Canyon

 Directions: Take the I-215 east belt to 6200 South. Follow 6200 South to S.R. 190/Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. Turn left on Big Cottonwood Canyon Road and travel approximately 9 miles up the canyon; the parking lot will be on the right.

 

WHO:

Brittany Kidd, Big & Little Cottonwood Canyon patrol driver

Jake Brown, UDOT roadway operations manager

 

VISUALS:

–       Photos of crashed canyon patrol vehicle

–       Vehicles traveling in Big Cottonwood Canyon

 

– UDOT –

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

NEWS RELEASE: I-15 to Close for Two Nights in Box Elder County

For Immediate Release

I-15 to Close for Two Nights in Box Elder County

Interstate closure will allow crews to demolish bridge over I-15 in Honeyville

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 13, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises northern Utah drivers to plan ahead for two overnight closures on I-15 in Box Elder County this week. I-15 will close in both directions at Exit 372 in Honeyville on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. each night for bridge demolition.

While the bridge over I-15 is being demolished, UDOT will divert all I-15 traffic onto the off- and on-ramps at exit 372 in Honeyville. Drivers will still be able to continue on I-15, but will need to plan for moderate delays and allow extra time to travel through the detour. Motorists with time-sensitive travel should consider using alternate routes, such as parallel SR-13, at either Elwood or Corinne, or via SR-38, at either Collinston or Brigham City. Intermittent lane closures on I-15 may take place through the remainder of the week.

In addition to the overnight I-15 closures, the S.R. 240 bridge over I-15 at exit 372 (the Honeyville interchange) is now closed until April 2018. During this closure, the interstate ramps will remain open and vehicles wishing to cross east-west over I-15 will be detoured to the interchanges to the north (Exit 376, Tremonton/Garland) and south (Exit 365, 900 North). Crews will demolish the existing bridge and construct a new bridge over the interstate.

For further information about the I-15 Honeyville Interchange project, drivers can call the project hotline at 801-901-4064, email the project team at honeyvillebridge@utah.gov, or visit the project website at www.udot.utah.gov/go/honeyvillebridge.

-UDOT-

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

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: UDOT warns: the scariest part of Halloween is pedestrian crashes

For Immediate Release:

UDOT warns: the scariest part of Halloween is pedestrian crashes

Crash survivors emphasize the need for trick-or-treaters to be seen and safe this Halloween

WHAT:

In 2015, four Utahns, including three children under the age of four, were hit in a crosswalk while trick-or-treating. Two years later, the family will gather at the crash site with the Utah Department of Transportation to share their story in hopes of encouraging everyone to stay safe this Halloween and always.

October is the deadliest month in Utah for pedestrian crashes. Dusk, dawn and dark hours increase the risk for an auto-pedestrian crash. Nearly half of all Utah pedestrian fatalities happen between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight.

WHERE:

400 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City (location of the 2015 crash)

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

WHO:

  • Parent hit by the truck: Keith Simmon

  • Children hit by the truck: Eleanor Simmon, Frederick Simmon and Tovah Davis

  • Witnesses of the crash: Anna Simmon, Brett and Amy Davis

VISUALS:

  • Children in their Halloween costumes

  • The same intersection where the crash occurred in 2015

  • Reflective gear and lights display: reflective gear, stickers, lights and other simple solutions for trick-or-treaters of all ages

 

-UDOT-

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

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.

-UDOT-

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.

-UDOT-

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