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#WorkForUsWednesday – September, 7, 2016

For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday, we have three openings. 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 #09805 – Temporary Office Specialist I, Complex – Construction, Opens 8/31/16, Closes 9/13/16
  • Recruitment #09751 – Transportation Technician I Seasonal, Region 3 – Lehi – Opens 08/25/2016, Closes 09/12/2016
  • Recruitment #09767 – Field Engineer (Engineer III) – Region 4, Hurricane, St. George – Opens 08/25/2016, Closes 09/07/2016

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.

Happy Birthday Lester Wire

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Lester Farnsworth Wire (Photo Courtesy The Utah Historical Society)

 

As drivers hit the road for their holiday travel, it’s easy to take for granted the innovations of modern driving. One of those, the traffic light, has history to the beehive state.

Lester Farnsworth Wire is one of the first to develop a working traffic signal. Lester was born September 3, 1887 in Utah and worked as a Salt Lake City police detective. In 1912 he invented an electric traffic light based on the European semaphore system. According to an article by the Utah Historical Society, while he was assigned to the traffic squad, Lester became very concerned

Lester Wire, a Salt Lake City Police Officer, invented the first traffic signal. (Utah State History photo, used with permission)

Lester Wire, a Salt Lake City Police Officer, invented the first traffic signal. (Utah State History photo, used with permission)

about the patrolmen who would stand in the middle of the intersection to direct traffic. He invented a device that could be operated from the side of the road.

The simple “flashing bird house” used a two-way switch to control red and green lights and was powered by the lines for the trolley cars.

At first the signal was perceived as a joke by the local community. No one wanted to stop, and often officers would find the light had been knocked over or destroyed during the night. Lester became very discouraged, but people from larger cities were impressed by the innovation.

Following his service in World War I, Lester made several improvements to the design, and over several years the traffic signal we know today came from it.

Today Utah has over 2,000 traffic signals owned by the city, county and state governments. Sophisticated and complex networking allows them to detect cars, adjust delays and sync intersections.

Effective signal coordination improves safety, saves fuel, reduces emissions, and enhances traffic flow, and to think it all had a start here in Utah. So this weekend we give a nod to one of the traffic pioneers who started it all. Happy Birthday, Lester Wire.

Lester Wire Library

To honor Lester Wire, there’s a section of the Calvin Rampton Complex named after him.

This replica of Lester Wire's first traffic light greets visitors to the UDOT Traffic Operations Center.

This replica of Lester Wire’s first traffic light greets visitors to the UDOT Traffic Operations Center.

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 24, 2016

For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday, we have three different positions that cover a number of different UDOT departments.

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 #09668 – Construction Transportation Technician III – Region 4, Price – Opens 08/18/16, Closes 8/28/16 
  • Recruitment #09677 – Field Engineer (Engineer III) – Region 2, SLC, Opens 8/18/16, Closes 8/28/16
  • Recruitment #09583 – Bridge Program Manager (EM I) – Complex – Structures, Opens 8/18/16, Closes 8/29/16 
  • Recruitment #09580 – Transportation Technician II – Region 2 (Multiple vacancies throughout Salt Lake County), Opens 8/23/16, Closes 8/28/16 
  • Recruitment #09745 – Transportation Technician II-Station 221, Region 2 – Wendover, Opens 8/23/16, Closes 8/28/16

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.

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 10, 2016

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT. We have seven new positions open.

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 #09577 – Financial Analyst III, Region 2 / SLC, Opens 8/9/16, Closes 8/14/16
  • Recruitment #09374 – Program Coordinator, Complex – Program Finance, Opens 8/9/16, Closes 8/16/16
  • Recruitment #09418 – Transportation Technician II – Brigham City, Region 1 – Brigham City, Opens 08/01/2016, Closes 08/14/2016
  • RE-OPENED: Recruitment #08859 – Bridge Management Intern (Engineer Intern), Complex – Structures, Opens 8/2/16, Closes 8/16/16

     

  • Recruitment #09494 – Transportation Technician II – Centerville, Region 1 – Centerville, Opens 08/03/2016, Closes 08/16/2016

     

  • Recruitment #09498 – Financial Analyst I, Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 8/4/16, Closes 8/11/16

     

  • Recruitment #09521 – Safety Training Manager (Training Manager I), Opens 8/4/16, Closes 8/11/16

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.

PRESS RELEASE – Bangerter Highway Night and Weekend Lane Closures Scheduled to Begin Tonight

Bangerter Highway Night and Weekend Lane Closures Scheduled to Begin Tonight

Concrete pavement maintenance scheduled
from 9000 South to I-15

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 1, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for overnight and weekend lane restrictions on Bangerter Highway from 9000 South to the I-15 interchange beginning Monday, August 1.

Bangerter Highway will be reduced to one lane in each direction during nighttime hours, starting as early as 7 p.m., with all lanes open by 5 a.m. while crews complete concrete pavement maintenance along an 11-mile section of the highway.

Drivers should also be aware that each weekend in August, Bangerter Highway will be reduced to one lane in the direction crews are working for the entire weekend (Friday night to Monday morning) to allow concrete to cure. The following schedule outlines which restrictions are planned for each weekend:

  • Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7:  westbound/northbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.
  • Friday, August 12 – Sunday, August 14: eastbound/southbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.
  • Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21:  westbound/northbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.
  • Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28: eastbound/southbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.

 

Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather or equipment issues. To reduce delays, UDOT suggests drivers use alternate routes and avoid Bangerter Highway if possible during nights and weekends in August.

This is the last in a series of pavement maintenance projects that have been completed on Bangerter Highway during the last few years. These projects extend the useful life of the road and provide a smoother, quieter ride for drivers.

Members of the public can contact the project team with any questions or concerns by calling the project hotline at 888-427-8585 or emailing bangerterresurface@utah.gov. Updated information regarding this and other UDOT construction projects is available through the UDOT Traffic website (udottraffic.utah.gov). Motorists can also follow @udottraffic on Twitter or download the free UDOT Traffic App, available for smartphones and tablets.

 

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Media Contact:

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

I-215, I-15 Freeway Closures Scheduled Sunday and Monday

Drivers on I-215 and i-15 through Salt Lake City be warned, several closures over the weekend may impact travel. The closures will primarily be at night, but drivers should still be aware and plan for alternate routes if they’ll be going through those areas.

I-215 is scheduled to be closed in both directions near 600 South on Sunday, June 26, at 7 a.m.

The freeway will be closed for approximately 20 minutes while Rocky Mountain Power crews hang new power lines across the road. Drivers heading to the Salt Lake City International Airport should allow extra time or consider using I-15 to I-80 as an alternate route.

I-15 in Springville will be closed on Monday night, June 27. Crews are scheduled to close all northbound lanes on I-15 at the 1400 North interchange (Exit 261) around midnight to install the crossbar for a new overhead message sign. All northbound lanes are expected to reopen by Tuesday, June 28, at 2 a.m. During this closure, all traffic will be detoured onto S.R. 75. Detour signs will direct drivers back to northbound I-15 via U.S. 89 and 1860 South in Provo.

In addition, UDOT advises drivers to plan ahead for the following projects:

I-80, Salt Lake City: Eastbound I-80 will be reduced to one lane, and westbound I-80 will be reduced to three lanes, between 1300 East and State Street for pavement repairs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during the following times:

Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. to Saturday, June 25, at 9 a.m.
Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. to Sunday, June 26, at 10 a.m.
Sunday, June 26, at 7 p.m. to Monday, June 27, at 5 a.m.

I-215 West Belt, Salt Lake City: The ramp from southbound I-215 to eastbound S.R. 201 is scheduled to close for up to 30 days beginning on Monday, June 27, as early as 1 a.m. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and use alternate routes, such as I-80.

During the closure, crews will reconstruct the ramp, completely removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new concrete. This work is being completed as part of the I-215 reconstruction project, which will repave the freeway between S.R. 201 and 4700 South with new concrete and add new exit-only lanes in both directions.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For additional 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.

#WorkForUs Wednesday for April 20, 2016

We’ve got three new job openings for today’s #WorkForUsWednesday. All three of these seasonal general maintenance worker positions  have multiple vacancies and will be open until all positions are filled.

  • Recruitment #08376 – Seasonal General Maintenance Worker 1 (General Maintenance Worker 1), Region 2 – Salt Lake County
  • Recruitment #08377 – Seasonal General Maintenance Worker 1 (General Maintenance Worker 1), Region 2 – Summit County
  • Recruitment #08378 – Seasonal General Maintenance Worker 1 (General Maintenance Worker 1), Region 2 – Tooele County

Visit the Utah State Jobs website 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.

Slow Down for National Work Zone Safety Week

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We are teaming up with the Association of General Contractors to celebrate National Work Zone Safety Week by reminding drivers to slow down and focus on the road, especially in work zones.

In 2015, a total of 2,849 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Utah work zones, resulting in 10 deaths. According to the Federal Highway Administration, speeding was a factor in 29 percent of all fatal work zone crashes in 2014, while distracted driving contributed to 16 percent. Currently there have been zero fatalities in Utah work zones in 2016.

“We are doing everything we can to keep our work zones safe for those who travel through them and those who work in them. But there’s only so much we can do. We need the public’s help,” said UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras. “Slow down, put down the phone, be alert, and obey the laws – especially when driving through a work zone.”

In addition, UDOT release a 30-second PSA to remind drivers of the risks UDOT workers face every day in the work zone. The PSA is told from the perspective of UDOT employees’ children, who want to see their parents come home safe every night.

“Work zones are places where real people do their jobs every day,” said Rich Thorn, president and CEO of the Associated General Contractors. “They have families and other people who care about them and want to see them come home safe. Knowing that should motivate drivers to be alert and slow down in work zones.”

Safety is the number one priority for each of UDOT’s more than 150 projects this year.  For example, the Point project requires every employee to participate in weekly safety training. Also, to further protect it’s 1,500 employees from traffic, crews placed more than 24 miles of concrete barrier, which is 50 percent more than the contract required, as this barrier provides a safer work zone for employees.

Work zones are dynamic places that can change from minute to minute. UDOT urges drivers to be safe and help reach Zero Fatalities by:

  • Driving the posted speed limit.
  • Paying 100 percent attention to the roadway, as lanes are often narrowed and shifted for construction.
  • Eliminating distracting activities, such as changing radio/music, using mobile devices (surfing, tweeting, talking, texting), eating and drinking, putting on makeup, and reaching while driving.
  • Minimizing lane changes within the work zone.
  • Merging into the proper lane well before reaching a lane closure.
  • Watching out for workers and their equipment in the work zone, as they can be especially hard to see at night.

UDOT encourages drivers to check the UDOT Traffic App (available for Android and Apple devices) to view current traffic conditions, locate work zones, or plan the best route before travel. Drivers are also encouraged to TRAVELWise around freeway construction by adjusting schedules to travel during less-congested times of day. Drivers can also take transit or telework to skip congestion and work zones.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration celebrate National Work Zone Safety Week each spring to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones. UDOT continues to participate in this observance in order to raise driver awareness, protect employees and reach Zero Fatalities in work zones.

I-215 Reconstruction Ranks No. 1 on UDOT’s 2016 Top 10 Projects list

Major projects will widen freeways, maintain highways and build new roads to keep Utah moving

Today we announced our Top 10 Projects list for the 2016 construction season. At the top of the list is the $105 million reconstruction of I-215 in western Salt Lake County, which is scheduled to begin in May and to be completed late next year.

More than 150 projects are scheduled this season statewide to improve mobility now and in the future. These construction projects are designed to enhance safety for drivers and pedestrians, improve the flow of traffic and keep Utah’s roads in good condition.

Three projects in this year’s Top 10 are in western Salt Lake County, an area that has seen tremendous population growth. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, three western Salt Lake County cities are among the fastest growing municipalities in the state (South Jordan, West Jordan and Herriman).

The following are UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2016:

#1 I-215—300 East to S.R. 201, $105 million (Construction starts May 2016; scheduled completion fall 2017) 

UDOT’s top project this season will reconstruct the I-215 west belt with new concrete pavement from S.R. 201 to 4700 South. Crews will repave the westbound lanes with new asphalt from 300 East to Redwood Road. In addition, this project will widen the freeway to add auxiliary lanes from S.R. 201 to 4700 South, and will reconstruct the two bridges over S.R. 201. All four lanes will remain open in the peak travel direction during commute hours, but motorists should plan for delays and consider alternate routes such as Bangerter Highway and I-15.


#2 I-15—The Point Project, $252 million (Construction continues from last season; scheduled completion this fall)

Crews continue widening the freeway and placing new concrete pavement on I-15 from 12300 South to S.R. 92. Major construction this season will happen primarily between 12300 South and Bangerter Highway, with finish work taking place at the southern end of the project area from Bangerter Highway to S.R. 92.


#3 Mountain View Corridor—5400 South to 4100 South, $180 million (Construction started in March; scheduled completion fall 2017)

UDOT is extending Mountain View Corridor farther north to 4100 South. This new construction will include two lanes in each direction, separated by a wide median (similar to the current open segment of Mountain View Corridor).

#4 I-15—Farr West to Brigham City, $52 million (Construction started in March; scheduled completion this fall)

Crews are widening a 13-mile section of I-15 to add a lane in each direction from 2700 North in Farr West to U.S. 91 in Brigham City. Most work is taking place in the freeway median, and traffic delays are expected to be minimal. This widening will improve traffic flow in the area.

#5 Bangerter Highway—600 West Interchange, $48 million (Construction starts this month; scheduled completion spring 2017)

UDOT is constructing a new freeway-style interchange on Bangerter Highway at approximately 600 West. This new interchange will enhance safety and reduce traffic congestion in the area near Bangerter Highway and I-15. UDOT is in the middle of a multi-year process to upgrade Bangerter Highway by replacing many of its existing intersections with interchanges, which will improve traffic flow.

#6 I-15—Hill Field Road Interchange and TTI, $28 million (Construction continues from last year; scheduled completion summer 2016)

UDOT is reconstructing the I-15 interchange at Hill Field Road, converting it to a single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow and reduce delays in Layton. Last season, UDOT constructed new ThrU Turn Intersections on Hill Field Road on each side of I-15.


#7 I-15—St. George Blvd. to Green Springs Drive, $24 million (Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion late 2016)

Crews are adding two lanes in each direction to I-15 in St. George and building new underpasses to connect Red Cliffs Drive with Red Hills Parkway near Mall Drive. These new lanes will help meet the needs of the growing population in the St. George area, and make it easier for drivers to enter and exit I-15.


#8 I-15—Riverdale to Farr West, $14 million (Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion fall 2017)

UDOT is repaving I-15 in Weber County from the I-84 junction to 2700 North in Farr West. This new pavement will prolong the life of the freeway and provide a smoother ride for drivers.


#9 U.S. 189—Deer Creek Widening, $13 million (Construction starts this month; scheduled completion summer 2016)

Crews are widening a six-mile segment of U.S. 189 near Deer Creek Reservoir to two lanes in each direction, plus a center turn lane. Currently, U.S. 189 consists of one travel lane in each direction in this area. Adding these lanes will reduce congestion and enhance safety, specifically for recreational travelers.


#10 U.S. 6—Repaving near I-70, $6 million (Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion this fall)

UDOT is repaving a 10-mile section of U.S. 6 near the I-70 junction to improve the road condition for drivers and extend the life of the road surface.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic restrictions during construction, visit 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.

 

UDOT to announce Top 15 construction projects for 2015

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

February 26, 2015
For Immediate Release

WHAT: Media availability regarding the release of UDOT’s top 15 road construction projects statewide for the 2015 construction season.

WHO: The following will be available for interviews:

  • Carlos Braceras, UDOT executive director
  • Tim Rose, Point project director
  • John Gleason, UDOT public information officer

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 27 at 11:00 a.m.

VISUALS: Construction equipment and barrels.
Broll opportunity on I-15 on the Point project
(please wear appropriate shoes and clothing to enter work site if interested).

WHERE: UDOT’s South Valley Maintenance Shed — 244 West 13800 South in Draper