Media Briefing: UDOT Announces Top 10 Projects for 2018
Transportation officials to release list of most significant projects for Utah drivers
WHAT: UDOT will announce its Top 10 construction projects for 2018. These include freeway and highway reconstructions, new bridges and interchanges, and widening and repaving projects. A total of 188 projects are scheduled for construction in 2018, with a combined value of $1.46 billion.
Springing forward can cause drowsiness and poor visibility during morning commute
SALT LAKE CITY (March 9, 2018) –The Utah Department of Transportation’s Zero Fatalities program is reminding drivers to be extra alert after daylight savings on Sunday. Springing forward an hour can cause poor visibility during the morning commute, and a change in sleep cycle can result in drowsy driving.
Both of these factors require drivers to be alert and put away the distractions.
Driving during dark, dawn or dusk increases the risk of a fatal crash, especially auto-pedestrian crashes. UDOT recommends the following safe driving tips:
Recognize that pedestrians will be more difficult to see and be on the lookout. Slow down if needed, especially in neighborhoods, near schools and around intersections.
Eliminate distractions so you can focus on the task of driving. You may be a great driver, but remember, daylight savings will affect everyone on the road. Drive defensively.
Utahns need to recognize that their body will take time to adjust when losing an hour on Sunday. According to a study in the journal “Sleep Medicine Reviews,” a seemingly small one-hour shift in the sleep cycle can affect sleep for up to a week or longer. Here are some additional tips to stay safe:
Reduce your risk for daylight savings-induced drowsiness by resetting your internal body clock slowly. For the next two nights set your alarm clock for another 15 minutes earlier and go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier than usual.
Enjoy the weekend, be active to tire yourself out so it will be easier to fall asleep earlier.
Make sure you are awake before getting in your vehicle to drive. If you experience the symptoms of sleepiness while driving, pull over to a safe place and take a power nap.
To learn more about avoiding drowsy driving or improving pedestrian safety, visit ZeroFatalities.com.
Bangerter Highway/9000 South Intersection to Close Overnight for Bridge Beam Installation
Crews to place beams for new Bangerter Highway interchange at 9000 South in West Jordan Wednesday night
SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 27, 2018) – The UtahDepartment of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers in western Salt Lake County to plan ahead for an overnight closure on Bangerter Highway at 9000 South tomorrow night. Northbound Bangerter Highway will close, along with both directions of 9000 South, starting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. and lasting until Thursday, March 1, at 6 a.m. while crews place beams for a new overpass.
During this closure, southbound Bangerter Highway will remain open, but all northbound traffic will be detoured onto 9000 South, then back onto Bangerter Highway via Redwood Road and 7800 South. East-west traffic on 9000 South will be detoured to Old Bingham Highway and 4000 West. Drivers should plan for delays, allow extra time for detours, and use alternate routes to avoid the area if possible. UDOT also reminds travelers to use caution in work zones and to obey all signs and signals.
The new Bangerter Highway overpass at 9000 South is being built as part of UDOT’s Bangerter Highway interchanges project, which is converting four intersections into freeway-style interchanges. These new interchanges – located at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, are all scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
Drivers with questions or concerns about the Bangerter Highway interchanges project can call the project hotline at 888-766-7623 or email the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on UDOT construction projects and traffic conditions statewide, 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.
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
– Bus tour and demonstration of CAV technology using UTA bus
– CAV communication equipment installed and operating along Redwood Road
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.
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
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.
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.
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
DPS Commissioner Keith Squires
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
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.
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
UDOT to offer safety tips as winter recreation season begins
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.
Brittany Kidd, Big & Little Cottonwood Canyon patrol driver
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.