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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: UDOT to Open Tunnel at 10600 South Interchange in Time for Holiday Shopping Season

UDOT to Open Tunnel at 10600 South Interchange in Time for Holiday Shopping Season

New underpass will improve access to the Shops at South Towne and other nearby businesses, and improve traffic flow in the area

WHAT:

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is hosting a media briefing to discuss the opening of a new underpass at the 10600 South interchange that will connect the northbound I-15 off-ramp to the heart of downtown Sandy. The new underpass is scheduled to open Wednesday morning, nearly six months early.

Members of the media are invited to tour the future underpass up close prior to its opening to traffic on Wednesday.

 

 WHEN:

Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 9:30 a.m.

 WHERE:

Southwest corner of the Shops at South Town parking lot

200 W. 10600 South, Sandy

(West of Texas Roadhouse)

 

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.

 

Directions: Exit at 10600 South and turn toward the mall. Turn left on Auto Mall Drive into the mall parking lot, then turn left again and continue past Texas Roadhouse to the southwest corner of the parking lot).

WHO:

John Gleason, UDOT public information officer

Heather Nash, Shops at South Town

 

VISUALS:

–       Construction crews completing finishing touches on the underpass

–       Traffic passing on the interstate

 

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

NEWS RELEASE: Heavy Traffic Delays Expected for Thanksgiving Holiday

For Immediate Release

 

Heavy Traffic Delays Expected for Thanksgiving Holiday

Drivers reminded to leave early or late, avoid Wednesday afternoon if possible

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 20, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises Wasatch Front drivers to plan ahead for Thanksgiving holiday travel, and expect heavy delays of up to 45 minutes on I-15 during the evening commute this Wednesday.

UDOT engineers anticipate a 25 percent increase in cars on the road this Tuesday and Wednesday evening, compared to a typical weekday commute of about 200,000 cars per day. Traffic is expected to be heavier than normal Tuesday from 12-9 p.m.; and Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. UDOT recommends leaving early in the day or late in the evening to help reduce congestion.

Several of UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2017 have recently opened, or are scheduled to open in time for Thanksgiving travel and the holiday shopping season. The new Bangerter Highway interchange at 7000 South; the I-215 west belt reconstruction from S.R. 201 to 4700 South; and the Mountain View Corridor extension from 5400 South to 4100 South all opened during the past few days. Two more projects – I-15 from Brigham Road to Dixie Drive in St. George, and the I-15/10600 South interchange in Sandy, are scheduled to open by Wednesday, Nov. 22.

UDOT also advises drivers to plan ahead for heavy traffic near retail centers on Black Friday. Many larger malls and shopping centers are located near freeway interchanges, and congestion may extend from local streets onto the freeway. Motorists should use caution and expect delays if planning travel near shopping centers this weekend.

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to improve traffic flow during the Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday through Sunday). However, existing 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-70 near Richfield: I-70 is reduced to one lane in each direction between exit 37 and milepost 43 near Richfield, and the speed limit has been lowered to 60 miles per hour in the work zone. Crews are reconstructing a four-mile section of the interstate with new pavement. Work on the project will be suspended in early December, then resume next spring when the weather warms up. Construction is scheduled to be complete in spring 2018.
  • S.R. 9 in Springdale: a one-mile section of S.R. 9 in Springdale will remain reduced to one lane, with flaggers controlling traffic. Drivers should expect heavy delays due to increased holiday traffic and plan accordingly. UDOT is reconstructing S.R. 9 from Springdale to Zion National Park, adding new pavement, wider sidewalks, and bicycle lanes. Construction on this project is scheduled for completion in April 2018.

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

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Several of UDOT’s 2017 Top Projects to Open in Western Salt Lake County

Several of UDOT’s 2017 Top Projects to Open in Western Salt Lake County

New Bangerter Highway interchange to open at 7000 South this weekend; all lanes open on I-215 west belt Monday morning

 

 

WHAT:

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will open several major construction projects this weekend in western Salt Lake County. At a media briefing Thursday, UDOT officials will report back on several 2017 top projects, including:

  • The Bangerter Highway Interchanges project: Weather permitting, the new interchange at 7000 South will open Saturday afternoon, leaving one less stoplight for drivers on this busy road. Reporters will have access to the bridge before it opens to the public.
  • The I-215 west belt project: On Monday morning, all lanes will open on the I-215 west belt. This $105 million freeway reconstruction project added exit-only lanes in both directions from S.R. 201 to 4700 South and replaced the original pavement with new concrete. 

WHEN:
Thursday, Nov. 16, at 9:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:
Bangerter Highway at 7000 South on the new bridge

 Directions: Travel south on Bangerter Highway to just north of 7000 South. Turn left into the project work zone, and follow the instructions from construction personnel to access the parking area.

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:

  • Bryan Chamberlain, UDOT Bangerter Interchanges resident engineer
  • Oanh Le-Spradlin, UDOT I-215 project manager

 

VISUALS:

  • Timelapse of interchange construction
  • B-roll of major construction projects, including “before and after” footage

 

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

NEWS RELEASE: Honeyville I-15 Bridge Demolition Work to begin Monday, November 13

For Immediate Release

 

Honeyville I-15 Bridge Demolition Work to begin Monday, November 13

  

Ogden– The Utah Department of Transportation advises motorists that the bridge over I-15, at the Honeyville (SR-240) Interchange in Box Elder County, will close Monday, November 13, and east/west traffic on SR-240 will be embargoed until next spring.

SR-240 over I-15, between the on- and off-ramps, will close on Monday, November 13 at 8 a.m. and will remain closed until April 2018, while crews begin work to demolish the existing bridge and rebuild a new one in its place. This closure will block east-west access over I-15 through the duration of the project. During this demolition work, 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).

In order to safely demolish the bridge, UDOT will temporarily close all lanes on I-15 and divert the interstate traffic around the demolition area via the Honeyville Interchange off- and on-ramps.  The demolition will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, November 14 and 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. Intermittent lane closures on I-15 may take place through the remainder of the week.

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.

For further general information about the I-15 Honeyville Interchange project, 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 –

 

UDOT Region One
Contact: Vic Saunders

Office: (801) 620-1641
Mobile: (801) 726-4120
E-mail: vsaunders@utah.gov
Twitter: @UDOTRegionOne

Media Briefing: UDOT to Close 10600 South Interchange for Underpass Construction

Media Briefing: UDOT to Close 10600 South Interchange for Underpass Construction

Interchange to close through late September; Media invited to view the future underpass up close

 

WHAT:

Media briefing regarding the closure of the 10600 South interchange for the construction of a new underpass. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is constructing a new underpass at the 10600 South interchange that will connect the northbound I-15 off-ramp to the heart of downtown Sandy. During construction, the 10600 South interchange is scheduled to close from Friday night, Sept. 8, through Monday morning, Sept. 25.

Members of the media are invited to tour the construction zone and view the future underpass up close prior to the closure.

 Closed-toe shoes and long pants are REQUIRED to enter the construction zone. Media not wearing proper attire WILL NOT be allowed in the work zone.

 

WHEN:

Thursday, Sept. 7, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Texas Roadhouse parking lot  — 200 W 10600 South, Sandy

(West of the Shops at South Town)

Directions: Exit at 10600 South and turn toward the mall. Turn left on Auto Mall Drive into the mall parking lot, then turn left again and continue to Texas Roadhouse.

 

WHO:

Lisa Zundel, UDOT project manager

 

VISUALS:

–       Construction crews and heavy equipment working

–       Underpass structure

–       Traffic passing on the interstate

 

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

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Report on Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days to Be Released

Report on Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days to Be Released

UDOT and DPS urge drivers to be safe on Utah’s roads

 

WHAT: The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) will release traffic fatality numbers for the 100 Deadliest Days in 2017 during a media availability. The 100 Deadliest Days is the time period between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, where traffic fatalities typically almost double on Utah roads.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at 10 a.m.

VISUALS: Markers will be placed in the lawn near the Calvin Rampton Building indicating how many lives were lost during the 100 Deadliest Days in 2017.

 

WHO:

  • Todd Royce, DPS
  • John Gleason, UDOT

 

WHERE: Calvin Rampton Building: 4501 S 2700 W, Taylorsville, UT 84119

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
UDOT PIO
801-560-7740
jgleason@utah.gov

US-89 State Environmental Study Public Hearing This Thursday

For Immediate Release

US-89 State Environmental Study Public Hearing This Thursday

Meeting will provide information on UDOT’s preferred Alternative for US-89

 

OGDEN– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will hold a public hearing on its preferred alternative for the US-89 corridor, from Farmington to Interstate 84, this Thursday night September7.

According to UDOT Project Manager Michael Romero, the public hearing will be held from 4:30 to 7p.m. at the Davis Conference Center, 800 Heritage Park Boulevard in Layton. The public is invited to attend this meeting, to learn more about the study and how the study team arrived at this recommendation, and to comment on it.

“The main purpose of the public hearing is to provide clarity on the preferred alternative, as well as to gather public input on it,” Romero said. “The team spent a lot of time, and looked at many different ideas and concepts to arrive at this point of our study.”

“Now we would like the public to tell us what it thinks about the alternative that has surfaced as the most feasible, environmentally responsible and best addressed the concerns that have been expressed,” he continued. “Members of the project team will be available at the hearing to answer any questions,” he said.

The formal public comment period began on August 24, and continues through Monday, September 25. If unable to attend the hearing, the public is encouraged to review the US-89 State Environmental Study draft, and to make comments via the study website at “www.udot.utah.gov/us89”, by email to “us89@utah.gov,” or by phone at 888-752- US89 (8789). Comments may also be made by mail to: The US-89 State Environmental Study, c/o FrontLine Public Involvement, P.O. Box 1033, Farmington, UT 84025.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Vic Saunders
UDOT Region One Communications Manager
801.620.1641
vsaunders@utah.gov

NEWS RELEASE: New ‘HAWK’ Signal to be Activated in Syracuse This Friday, August 18

For Immediate Release

New ‘HAWK’ Signal to be Activated in Syracuse This Friday, August 18
New crosswalk signal will provide improved safety for pedestrians on 2000 West

Ogden – The Utah Department of Transportation advises motorists that a new crosswalk signal will be
activated on 2000 West (SR-108) at Syracuse Elementary and Syracuse Junior High School’s on Friday, August
18.

Work is completed on the installation of the High-Intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) beacon on 2000 West
in Syracuse. The new pedestrian-activated signal will have the power connected to it by electrical utility and
UDOT personnel during the day on Friday. It is being installed as part of UDOT’s SR-108/2000 West
Reconstruction Project between Antelope Drive and 300 North in Syracuse/West Point.

The new HAWK signal will improve safety for students accessing Syracuse Elementary School and Syracuse
Junior High School, as well as other pedestrians and bikers who frequent this area. One of several
informational videos available on YouTube showing how these signals work, is found at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ5_pgKZ9SI.

For up to date traffic information visit the UDOT Traffic website at http://uddottraffic.utah.gov, or download the
free UDOT Traffic app for iPhones and Android Smartphones at the iPhone App Store or at Google Play.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Vic Saunders
UDOT Region One Communications Manager
801.620.1641
vsaunders@utah.gov

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 9, 2017

Today is #WorkForUsWednesday. We have SIX new openings here at UDOT to tell you about. We’re hiring Construction engineers and Transportation Technicians. Check them out.

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 #13031 – Deputy Construction Engineer (Engineering Manager I), Complex – Central Construction, Opens 8/2/17, Closes 8/14/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Extended: Recruitment #12893 – Design Engineer (Engineer III), Two vacancies, Region 2 Headquarters, Opens 7/21/17, Closes 8/15/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13061 –  Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Station 225 – SLC, Opens 8/7/17, Closes 8/13/17
  • Recruitment #12991 – Environmental Manager, Region 2 – Headquarters, Opens 8/1/17, Closes 8/15/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13033 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Purgatory, Opens 8/7/17, Closes 8/21/17.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #13061 –  Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Station 225 – SLC, Opens 8/7/17, Closes 8/13/17. Click here to apply.

Click the link next to each posting, or visit the Utah State Jobs website to get more information about each position. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation.
We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

NEWS RELEASE: Freeway Ramps to Close This Weekend

For Immediate Release
 
Freeway Ramps to Close This Weekend
 
500 South ramps to I-15 and I-80 to close for bridge maintenance; new traffic restrictions start Monday in West Valley City and South Jordan  
SALT LAKE CITY (August 3, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for a weekend closure of the 500 South freeway on-ramps near downtown Salt Lake City starting Friday night. In addition, on Monday, Aug. 7, an on-ramp to I-215 in West Valley City will close for 45 days.
The ramp from 500 South to I-80 is scheduled to close from Friday, Aug. 4, at 9 p.m. through Saturday night, Aug. 5. Once this ramp reopens, work will shift to the ramp from 500 South to I-15, which will close from Saturday night, Aug. 5, to Sunday night, Aug. 6. All lanes on both ramps will reopen by Monday, Aug. 7, at 6 a.m.
During these ramp closures, detour routes will be in place. Drivers should plan to use alternate routes such as 1300 South and 600 North to get onto I-15, where they can continue to I-80 if needed.
The work on the 500 South ramp is the final phase of a bridge maintenance project that began in March. Crews have removed and replaced the top layer of pavement – a special “weatherproofing” layer designed to prevent corrosion due to water and road salt – on nearly 40 freeway ramps and bridges around the Salt Lake Valley.
Starting Monday, Aug. 7, two other projects will affect drivers in Salt Lake County:
  • In West Valley City, the ramp from eastbound 3500 South to northbound I-215 will close prior to the morning commute. This ramp will remain closed through September for pavement reconstruction. Suggested alternate routes include 4700 South and Redwood Road.
  • In South Jordan, work will begin to widen 10600 South from South Jordan Gateway to Redwood Road. For the first few weeks, construction will be concentrated primarily in the median, and drivers should plan ahead for delays and traffic shifts. This project will add one travel lane in each direction, as well as repaving the road and adding turn lanes at two intersections. Construction will be complete in fall 2018.
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