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NEWS RELEASE: Eastbound I-80 to Close this Weekend in Salt Lake City

For Immediate Release

 

Eastbound I-80 to Close this Weekend in Salt Lake City

Drivers should plan for half-hour delays and use alternate routes
SALT LAKE CITY (June 15, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for a full closure of eastbound I-80 this weekend in Salt Lake City. Eastbound I-80 will close between 2300 East and Foothill Drive from Friday, June 16, at 9 p.m. to Monday, June 19, at 5 a.m.
During this closure, all traffic will be detoured onto the I-215 west belt. Drivers will then need to exit at 3300 South, get onto northbound I-215, and then follow the signs to eastbound I-80. Heavy congestion and delays of 30 minutes are expected along the detour route, so drivers should plan ahead, leave early, and allow plenty of extra time.
Workers will break up the existing concrete and pave over it with new asphalt as part of a major pavement maintenance project on I-80 in Salt Lake City. Crews did similar work on westbound I-80 last weekend.
Drivers should keep in mind that I-80 is reduced to one lane in each direction during overnight hours and on weekends, between 1300 East and the I-80/I-215 split, also 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

Ellertson Withdraws From Consideration for Utah Transportation Commission

For Immediate Release 

Ellertson Withdraws From Consideration for Utah Transportation Commission

 

SALT LAKE CITY (June 9, 2017) – Larry A. Ellertson, who was recently nominated by Gov. Gary R. Herbert to the Utah Transportation Commission, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Commission.

Ellertson, a former Utah County Commissioner and mayor of Linden, said retirement plans with his wife will make it difficult for him to fulfill the six-year Commission term.

Gov. Herbert has asked that citizens interested in representing UDOT’s Region 3 (Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett counties) on the Utah Transportation Commission can find application materials at boards.utah.gov.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Major Closures Scheduled This Weekend on I-80 and Bangerter Highway

For Immediate Release

Major Closures Scheduled This Weekend on I-80 and Bangerter Highway

Drivers advised to use alternate routes and avoid construction zones

SALT LAKE CITY (June 8, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for closures scheduled on I-80, Bangerter Highway, and I-215 this weekend. While these closures are in place, UDOT recommends planning travel to avoid these construction zones and using alternate routes where possible.

Details on these closures are provided below:

  • Westbound I-80 from I-215 (Exit 130) to 2300 East: Westbound I-80 will be closed between the I-215 ramp (Exit 130) near the mouth of Parleys Canyon and 2300 East from Friday, June 9, at 9 p.m. through Monday, June 12, at 5 a.m. All traffic on westbound I-80 will be detoured onto the ramp to I-215, then back onto I-80. Heavy traffic and delays of 30-40 minutes are expected along the detour route, so drivers with time-sensitive travel should plan ahead and allow extra time. Summit County drivers should especially plan accordingly if traveling to the airport or downtown Salt Lake City.

This closure will allow workers to break up the existing concrete and pave over it with new asphalt as part of a major pavement maintenance project on I-80 in Salt Lake City. In addition, drivers should keep in mind that I-80 is reduced to one lane in each direction during overnight hours and on weekends, between 1300 East and the I-80/I-215 split.

UDOT also reminds drivers 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.

  • Bangerter Highway between 7000 South and 7800 South: Bangerter Highway is scheduled to close in both directions between 7000 South and 7800 South in West Jordan from Saturday, June 10, at 11 p.m. to Sunday, June 11, at 8 a.m.. In addition, 7000 South will be closed between Redwood Road and Bangerter Highway. Drivers should use alternate routes such as Redwood Road or Mountain View Corridor.While the highway is closed, crews will remove the pedestrian bridge near 7000 South. The bridge will then be hauled away for future use by Salt Lake County. Removal of the pedestrian bridge will allow work to move forward to construct a new freeway-style interchange at 7000 South – one of four such interchanges to be constructed on Bangerter Highway by late 2018.
  • Westbound 3500 South ramp to northbound I-215: The ramp from westbound 3500 South to northbound I-215 in West Valley City is scheduled to close Friday night, June 9, at 11 p.m. for up to 30 days. Drivers should use 4700 South or S.R. 201 to access northbound I-215. The ramp is being rebuilt as part of the I-215 west belt reconstruction project that is underway between S.R. 201 and 4700 South. Construction on the project is scheduled for completion this 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.

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Media Contact:

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

NEWS RELEASE: Delays Expected on Wasatch Front Roads for Memorial Day Weekend

For Immediate Release

 

Delays Expected on Wasatch Front Roads for Memorial Day Weekend

Plan extra travel time, leave early or late to reduce congestion

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 24, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges Wasatch Front drivers to expect delays of up to an hour on I-15 during the afternoon and evening this Thursday and Friday for Memorial Day weekend. Traffic is expected to begin building as early as noon on both days, so holiday travelers are advised to rethink their trip by leaving early in the day or later in the evening.

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during Memorial Day weekend (Friday through Monday). However, existing lane restrictions or traffic shifts will remain in place where needed to protect the work zone and ensure safety. Some areas where drivers should expect restrictions include:

  • I-80 off-ramps at Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City: The eastbound and westbound I-80 off-ramps at Foothill Drive remain closed for the next few months. Crews are reconstructing several Foothill Drive bridges over I-80, I-215, and Parleys Way this summer.
  • 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.
  • S.R. 248 from U.S. 40 to Kamas in Summit County: All traffic has been shifted into the eastbound lanes while crews remove and replace the pavement in the westbound lanes. Delays are expected, as one lane in each direction is closed, and the speed limit has been reduced to 55 miles per hour.
  • 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.

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: New Bangerter Highway Interchange Opens Tomorrow

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 later years, 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

#WorkForUsWednesday – April 19, 2017

You’ve made it to Wednesday! Today for #WorkForUsWednesday, we have THREE new job openings to tell you about. Two of them are for Transportation Technicians. These are the guys we rely on to keep our roads well maintained. Many of the our top engineers started their UDOT careers at Transportation Technicians. Check out the job postings and send in your application.

Come join a workforce of over 1,600 people, whose mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #11982 – Electronic Technical Specialist II, Region 3 – Orem, Opens 04/14/2017, Closes 04/25/2017
  • Recruitment #12028 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Logan, Opens 04/18/2017, Closes 04/27/2017
  • Recruitment #12015 – Transportation Technician II – Region 4 – Bluff, Opens 4/19/17, Closes 5/3/17

Visit the Utah State Jobs website to get more information about each position and to apply. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

New Traffic Shift, Lane Split Start on I-215 This Weekend

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for an upcoming traffic shift and lane split on the I-215 west belt, and for nightly road closures on 7200 South near I-15, starting this weekend.

Southbound I-215 is scheduled to shift onto new concrete pavement from S.R. 201 to 4700 South as early as Sunday night, Oct. 30. The southbound lanes will also be split from S.R. 201 to 4100 South, so southbound drivers will need to stay right at the split to exit at 3500 South.

In connection with this traffic shift, the freeway ramp from westbound S.R. 201 to southbound I-215 will be closed starting tonight for up to two months. Drivers will need to use an alternate route to access southbound I-215.

The I-215 west belt reconstruction project is removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new concrete from S.R. 201 to 4700 South; rebuilding interchange ramps at 4700 South and S.R. 201; reconstructing bridges over S.R. 201; and adding new exit-only lanes to the freeway. The project is scheduled for completion next year.

Also starting Sunday night, 7200 South is scheduled to close nightly for up to a month between I-15 and 700 West. The off-ramps from I-15 to westbound 7200 South will also be closed. Crews are repairing the UTA TRAX bridge over 7200 South.

For the latest information regarding this and other UDOT construction projects, drivers can visit the UDOT Traffic website (www.udottraffic.utah.gov) or download the free UDOT Traffic app, available for smartphones and tablets. Drivers can also follow @udottraffic and @utahdot on Twitter.

 

MEDIA EVENT: Bangerter Highway to Close this Weekend to Relocate Major Aqueduct

Bangerter Highway to Close this Weekend to Relocate Major Aqueduct

 

Briefing to provide media up-close look at 66-inch pipe inside trench. The Jordan Valley Aqueduct provides water to most of the Salt Lake Valley

 

WHAT:
Media briefing to provide reporters an up-close look at the Jordan Valley Aqueduct relocation in Taylorsville.

UDOT will close Bangerter Highway from 5400 South to 4700 South, Friday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m. through Monday, Oct. 31, at 5 a.m. This closure will allow crews to relocate the Jordan Valley Aqueduct across Bangerter Highway in preparation for the construction of a freeway-style interchange at 5400 South.

Expect heavy traffic congestion and delays during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Southbound drivers will detour west on 3500 South to 5600 West. Northbound drivers will detour east on 5400 South to Redwood Road. Through traffic traveling east and west on 5400 South and 4700 South will flow as normal.

 

WHEN:
Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:
Meet at the Chevron parking lot at 3822 W 5400 S (please do not block the gas pumps)
* To enter the work zone participants must wear long pants and close toed shoes. Personal protection equipment will be provided and must be worn in the work zone.

WHO:
UDOT Project Manager John Montoya
UDOT Public Information Officer John Gleason

VISUALS:

* First-hand view of the trench and the chance to shoot video/take pictures inside the new pipe
* Map of detour routes
* B-roll of construction provided

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – October 19, 2016

It’s #WorkForUsWednesday! We have several new positions open. Check them out!

UDOT’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life. Come join a workforce of over 1,600 employees who all work hard to keep Utah moving.

  • Recruitment #09582 – Performance Audit Manager, Complex – Internal Audit, Opens 10/12/16, Closes 10/26/16
  • Recruitment #10253 – Region Right of Way Control Coordinator, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 10/13/16, Closes 10/26/16
  • Recruitment #10209 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Thompson, Opens 10/13/16, Closes 10/26/16
  • Recruitment #10289  – Seasonal Transportation Technician I – Hooper, Region 1 – Hooper, Opens 10/14/2016, Closes 10/30/2016
  • Recruitment #10249- Transportation Technician II – Riverside, Region 1 – Riverside, Opens 10/17/2016, Closes 10/27/2016
  • Recruitment #10326 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Moab, Opens 10/18/16, Closes 11/01/16

Visit the Utah State Jobs website for more information on the specific job roles and to actually apply for these position. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

UDOT Statement: Project Fatality

This morning we were devastated by the news that a UDOT contractor was killed while installing avalanche control equipment in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Our contractors are part of the UDOT family and it’s heartbreaking any time something like this happens. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this worker’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

At UDOT, safety is our top priority. Work on the project is shut down pending an investigation.