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UDOT Showcases Groundbreaking Connected Vehicle Technology to U.S. Transportation Officials

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT Showcases Groundbreaking Connected Vehicle Technology to U.S. Transportation Officials


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

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 14, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) showcased the nation’s first operational deployment of a new radio-based connected vehicle technology (CAV) today to state and national transportation officials.

The demonstration was part of a three-day workshop with several transportation leaders to share best practices and highlight the department’s nationally recognized Redwood Road CAV project.

“We are innovating the future now right here in Utah,” said Blaine Leonard, UDOT technology and innovation engineer. “This workshop is a great opportunity for us to share how we are using technology to keep traffic moving. As CAV technology continues to develop, we will look for additional ways it can help us reduce delays and improve safety on Utah’s roads.”

UDOT’s first-in-the-nation deployment of CAV technology uses Designated Short Range Communications (DSRC) radios, designed specifically for CAV applications. This system is helping Utah Transit Authority buses arrive on time at bus stops along Redwood Road between 3500 South and 8020 South.

UDOT has installed DSRC radios at most signalized intersections on Redwood Road in this area, as well as on UTA buses. Using these radios, UTA buses and the traffic signals at each intersection can “talk” to each other.

A computer onboard each bus checks its schedule status as it drives. If the bus is behind schedule, the computer sends a request to the nearest traffic signal to extend the green time. A computer within the traffic signal control cabinet at the intersection reviews the information from the bus and adjusts the green signal time, allowing the bus to proceed through.

This process is completely automated, and takes place without any actions by the driver. The signals are connected to UDOT’s fiber optic network, so engineers in the UDOT Traffic Operations Center can monitor the system’s performance.

Currently, four UTA buses are equipped with radios and computers to utilize this system. Another four will be equipped in the coming weeks, with plans to add more buses in the future. Additional DSRC radios have also been installed for future use at most of the signalized intersections on Redwood Road between 400 South and 3500 South. Another major deployment of this system is scheduled for later this year in Utah County, when the Provo-Orem BRT system will begin operations.

 

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

Zion National Park President’s Day Weekend Expectations

Zion National Park President’s Day Weekend Expectations

High Park Visitation Expected, Shift Travel Dates if Possible

SPRINGDALE, UT (February 9, 2018) – Thousands of Zion National Park visitors are expected over the President’s Day Weekend beginning February 16, 2018. The Town of Springdale, Zion National Park and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are asking those with flexible plans to consider visiting the park at a less crowded time. “Limited parking and roadway congestion are always issues in Zion Canyon during holiday weekends, and President’s Day weekend is no exception” said Springdale Mayor Stanley J. Smith.  If visitors are coming to Zion for the holiday, we want them to understand the situation before they arrive” Smith added.

Exacerbating the already narrow State Route 9 through Zion Canyon is UDOT’s reconstruction project which includes one-way traffic, flagging and traffic stoppages leading into and out of the South Entrance of Zion National Park. Although the project is being done over the lowest park visitation time period, to accomplish the extensive reconstruction of SR-9 work will be ongoing through mid-April.  Recent high-visitation weekends during the construction project have generated traffic stoppages of 90 minutes or longer as a mass of automobiles enter Springdale enroute to the park.

Springdale, Zion National Park and UDOT are working together to manage conditions and set expectations for park visitors this President’s Day weekend. UDOT Project Manager Chris Hall said “If you can’t shift your travel to lower volume dates, plan ahead and know that traffic is expected to back up at several locations in the town and when entering and exiting the park.” Parking is extremely limited. Visitors choosing to walk from Springdale may need to walk up to three miles to reach the pedestrian entrance to Zion National Park located in Zion Canyon Village.

To facilitate visitor access, Zion National Park will resume weekend only, in-park shuttle service on Saturday, February 17 and has opened additional parking for early arrivals. Some additional overflow parking is available in Springdale. “We are incorporating additional traffic and vehicle parking options to maintain a safe and enjoyable visitor experience at Zion Park, said Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh, “with the delays and scarcity of parking we ask for everyone’s patience and attention to safety whether a driver, passenger or pedestrian.”

Shuttle buses will depart the park’s Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 7:00 a.m. heading up-canyon to designated trail head stops with the last bus of the evening returning from the Temple of Sinawava (Stop 9) at 6:45 p.m. back to the Visitor Center. This same schedule will operate on Sunday, February 18, and then again on the weekends of February 24 and 25 and March 3 and 4.

The town shuttle will not be running those weekends. Full season daily shuttle services in the park and in Springdale, pending road construction, will begin March 10, 2018 and run through late fall.

UDOT is fully reconstructing State Route 9 through the Town of Springdale, improving utilities and drainage, and adding wider sidewalks and bicycle lanes. The project is being constructed during the lowest park visitation timeframe to reduce impacts to traffic and businesses, and is on schedule to be completed in mid-April, 2018.

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#WorkForUsWednesday – January 24, 2018

Here we are, halfway through the work week and time for another #WorkForUsWednesday.  Check out these FOUR positions at UDOT that cover diverse areas of transportation. Our Port of Entry Supervisors manage operations at the ports and make sure interstate commerce is running smoothly. Meanwhile, Financial Analysts crunch the numbers and make sure we’re being good stewards of the taxpayer money.

Click on the links below to apply and 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 #14795 – Financial Analyst I, Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 1/23/18, Closes 1/30/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14657 – Port of Entry Supervisor (Motor Carrier Spec IV), Kanab Port of Entry, Opens 1/23/18, Closes 1/30/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14729  Research Assistant I – TL no benefits, Complex – Central Maintenance, Opens 1/19/18, Closes 1/29/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14808 – Central Construction & Materials Executive Secretary, Complex – Central Construction & Materials, Opens 1/24/18, Closes 1/31/18.  Click here to apply.

Visit the Utah State Jobs website at any time to see all open positions with the department. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation. We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

Utah Department of Transportation FTA Program Public Notice

Utah Department of Transportation FTA Program Public Notice:


The UDOT is currently developing their Federal fiscal year 2017 Transit Asset Management (TAM) plan for its FTA Program. The draft TAM plan can be found on the UDOT website at www.udot.utah.gov/publictransit under the Hot Topics and Quick Links section. It is titled “UDOT FTA Transit Asset Management Plan.

A hard copy is available for review at UDOT Program Development, 4501 S 2700 W, 3 rd Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84114.

Comments may be provided to the UDOT via email at publictransit@utah.gov or via mail addressed to UDOT Program Development, Attn: Public Transit Plans and Programs Director, 4501 S 2700 W, P.O. Box 143600, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-3600.

Please include the page number, section number, and a detailed comment with your submission. The document will be available for review from January 9, 2018 through and including February 8th, 2018 (30 days) and comments will be accepted through February 23rd, 2018 (45 days). Only comments related specifically to the development of the TAM plan will be accepted. All other UDOT or TAM-program related comments should be directed to the appropriate contact provided on the main UDOT website.

NEWS RELEASE: New Revisions to the US-89 Draft State Environmental Study Released

For Immediate Release

New Revisions to the US-89 Draft State Environmental Study Released

Updates information and input received since first draft was released in October 2017

 

OGDEN – The Utah Department of Transportation has released revisions to its draft State Environmental Study for the US-89 corridor in Davis County.

Since the initial draft of the US-89, Farmington to I-84 State Environmental Study (SES) was released in October of last year, the UDOT study team has continued to review all public input, and has now revised and made other refinements to the draft document.  The revised draft is now available for public review on the project website at “www.udot.utah.gov/us89.”

A public hearing is scheduled for January 16, and will be held at Davis High School, 325 Main Street, Kaysville, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  The public is invited to the hearing to participate in the discussion about the environmental study, the future expansion of US-89, and to make comments regarding these revisions.  Comments can also be made on the project website, via email at “us89@utah.gov” or through the mail at P.O. Box 1033, Farmington, UT 84025.  The public comment period begins January 2, and will extend through February 3.

UDOT has prepared an informative video explaining the study process followed during the present state environmental study.  The video can also be found on the study website at “www.udot.utah.gov/us89.”

The public is encouraged to visit the project website for more detailed information about the project, to sign up for email updates, and to view the refined study document.  Questions or concerns should directed to the Study Hotline at 888-752-8789.

 

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UDOT Region One
Contact: Vic Saunders
Office: (801) 620-1641
Mobile: (801) 726-4120
E-mail: vsaunders@utah.gov
Twitter: @UDOTRegionOne

 

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

For Immediate Release

 

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

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

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 2, 2018) – 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 Wednesday, Jan. 3, and Thursday, Jan. 4, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. each night for bridge construction.

While crews install new steel beams for the new bridge, 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 reduced speeds and 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.

Then, on the nights of Monday, Jan. 8 and Tuesday, Jan. 9, northbound I-15 will be closed in this area for bridge work. All lanes on southbound I-15 will remain open during this time. Construction on this project is scheduled for completion this spring.

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.

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

WorkForUsWednesday – December 27, 2017

This is the last #WorkForUsWednesday of 2017. What a year it’s been. Today we have FOUR positions to highlight, including an Archaeologist! We employ Archaeologists to help us in the process of constructing roadways, making sure historical and cultural areas remain intact. 

Click on the links below to apply and 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 #14420 – Traffic Studies Engineer – Part Time (EM I), Complex – Traffic & Safety, Opens 12/21/17, Closes 1/3/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14421 – Active Transportation Safety Manager (Transportation Project Manager), Complex – Traffic & Safety, Opens 12/21/17, Closes 1/3/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14492 – Region Archaeologist (Research Consultant I), Region 4 – Richfield or Cedar City, Opens 12/22/17, Closes 1/11/18.  Click here to apply.
  • EXTENDED: Recruitment #14314 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4, Beaver, Opens 12/07/17, Closes 12/19/17 Extended to 01/09/18 Click here to apply.


Visit the Utah State Jobs website at any time to see all open positions with the department. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation. We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

#WorkForUsWednesday – December 20, 2017

Today is a snowy #WorkForUsWednesday. We have SIX different positions for you today, including Transportation Technicians, who are our snow plow drivers. Check them out below.

Click on the links below to apply and 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 #14317 – Accounting Technician III, Complex – Central Shops, Opens 12/15/17, Closes 12/26/17. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14392 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Emery, Opens 12/18/17, Closes 1/03/18. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14445 – Transportation Technician II, Region 3 – Saratoga Springs, Opens 12/20/17, Closes 01/02/18. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14460 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 12/20/17, Closes 01/02/18. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14465 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Riverside, Opens 12/20/17, Closes 01/01/18. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #14468 – Financial Analyst II, Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 12/20/17, Closes 01/04/18. Click here to apply.

Visit the Utah State Jobs website at any time to see all open positions with the department. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation. We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

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