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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

UDOT Releases West Davis Corridor Final Environmental Impact Statement

For Immediate Release 

UDOT Releases West Davis Corridor Final Environmental Impact Statement 

UDOT and the Federal Highway Administration recommend a preferred alternative 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 6, 2017) — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a potential transportation corridor in western Davis and Weber counties. The Final EIS proposes 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.

Representing the final outcome of a seven-year process, the Final EIS details the West Davis Corridor (WDC) Study Team’s analysis of the western Davis and Weber community and environment. A total of 51 alternatives were developed and evaluated by the study team. This effort incorporated input from residents, farmers, community and environmental groups, cities, counties, state and federal resource agencies and other interested groups, which helped to refine the preferred alternative that is now being proposed.

“After years of detailed analysis, collaboration, and extensive public outreach, together we’ve identified a transportation solution that will benefit western Davis and Weber counties for many years to come,” said UDOT Project Manager Randy Jefferies. “The preferred alternative addresses current and future transportation needs while minimizing impacts to the community and environment.”

The number of households in western Weber and Davis counties is expected to increase by more than 65 percent by 2040, and Davis County is currently the second most densely populated county in the state. This one project will reduce traffic congestion west of I-15 by 35 percent in this area.

With the release of the Final EIS, an official comment period will take place through August 31 to allow the public time to review the document and submit their comments to UDOT and FHWA. The Final EIS is available on the WDC website (udot.utah.gov/westdavis), as well as in hard copy form at city hall buildings and libraries throughout the study area. Comments can be submitted the following ways:

All comments will be provided to FHWA for review and consideration. As the decision-making agency, FHWA, in coordination with UDOT, will respond to all  comments received on the Final EIS and include those responses in the Record of Decision document.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Section of I-215 East Belt to Close This Weekend

For Immediate Release

Section of I-215 East Belt to Close This Weekend

Weekend freeway closure scheduled as part of I-80 paving project 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 6, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for a weekend closure on the I-215 east belt. I-215 will be closed between the I-80 split and Foothill Drive from Friday, July 7, at 9 p.m. to Monday, July 10, at 5 a.m..

While the freeway is closed, drivers will need to plan ahead and use alternate routes to access the I-215 east belt from I-80. Detour signs will direct drivers to exit I-80 at 700 East, then head south to 3300 South, where they will travel east until they reach 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. Also as part of this project, 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: Foothill Drive Ramp to I-215 to Close through September

For Immediate Release

Foothill Drive Ramp to I-215 to Close through September

Crews move to next phase of Foothill bridge reconstruction; drivers advised to use alternate routes

 

SALT LAKE CITY (June 30, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) alerts drivers to plan for a long-term closure of the ramp from Foothill Drive to the I-215 east belt. The ramp is scheduled to close Wednesday morning, July 5, before the morning commute, and will remain closed through September.

This closure will allow construction crews to move forward with reconstruction of the southbound Foothill Drive bridges over Parleys Way and I-215. The loop ramp from eastbound I-80 to Foothill Drive will remain closed through September to allow crews to complete this work.

UDOT recommends that drivers rethink their trips: plan extra travel time and use alternate routes to get to the I-215 east belt from Foothill Drive.

The ramp from westbound I-80 to Foothill Drive and both lanes on northbound Foothill Drive are now open. During that closure, crews reconstructed the northbound Foothill Drive bridge over Parleys Way.

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: Minor delays expected on Utah roads July Fourth weekend

For Immediate Release


Minor delays expected on Utah roads July Fourth weekend

Drivers urged to plan ahead for construction if attending Stadium of Fire

 

SALT LAKE CITY (June 28, 2017) – This Independence Day holiday, traffic is expected to be lighter than many holidays due to July 4 falling in the middle of the week.
Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during the Independence Day holiday (Friday through Tuesday). However, in some areas, existing lane restrictions or traffic shifts will remain in place to ensure safety for drivers. Some areas where traffic restrictions will remain in place include:

 

I-215 from S.R. 201 to 4700 South in Salt Lake County: The northbound lane split on I-215 will remain in place for the next several months. The speed limit has been lowered to 60 miles an hour in the work zone. Crews are reconstructing the I-215 west belt from S.R. 201 to 4700 South with new concrete, adding new exit-only lanes, and installing new lighting, signals, and traffic management systems.

 

I-15 from Exit 4 to Exit 5 in St. George: All lanes are open on I-15, but lanes are narrowed, traffic is shifted, and the speed limit is reduced in the work zone between exits 4 and 5 (Brigham Road and Dixie Drive). Work continues to widen the freeway and construct two new bridges over the Virgin River.

 

I-70 from Exit 37 to Exit 40 in Richfield: I-70 is reduced to one lane in each direction, and the speed limit is reduced to 65 miles per hour. Starting June 29, all traffic is scheduled to shift into the westbound lanes while construction begins on the eastbound lanes. Loads over 12 feet wide are prohibited. Crews are reconstructing the interstate and completing bridge maintenance work.

 

Travelers planning to attend Stadium of Fire at LaVell Edwards Stadium this weekend are reminded that University Parkway is under construction from Orem to Provo. Lanes are narrow and shift frequently through the work zone from UVU to University Avenue. Drivers should plan to use 800 North or Center Street in Orem as alternate routes, as well as University Avenue in Provo. UDOT engineers will be coordinating signal timing along those routes to help traffic flow to and from the event.

 

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.

 

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

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