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#WorkForUsWednesday – August 22, 2018

Welcome to another Wednesday, or #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT. Today we have SEVEN new positions  open across the department.

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 #16918  Accounting Technician III, Region 2 Mechanics Shop – Salt Lake City, Opens 8/15/18, Closes 8/29/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16953 – Property Inventory Program Manager, Complex – Right of Way, Opens 8/15/18, Closes 8/27/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16918  Accounting Technician III, Region 2 Mechanics Shop – Salt Lake City, Opens 8/15/18, Closes 8/29/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16960 – Property Manager (Right of Way Agent III), Complex – Right of Way, Opens 8/16/18, Closes 8/27/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16969 – Transportation Technician II – Paint and Sign Crew, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 8/16/18, Closes 8/26/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16958 – Consultant Services Contract Administrator (Purchasing Agent III), Complex – Consultant Services, Opens 8/17/18, Closes 8/27/18.  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.

Back to School: UDOT Reminds Drivers to Stay Alert and Slow Down in School Zones

Back to School: UDOT Reminds Drivers to Stay Alert and Slow Down in School Zones

 Drop off and pick up most dangerous time for Utah students

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 22, 2018— The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is reminding drivers, passengers, bikers and pedestrians to be alert and aware of all school zones now that most Utah schools are back in session.

“School zones are not a place for speeding or distractions,” said Robert Miles, UDOT director of traffic and safety.  “It’s up to all of us to improve our traffic behaviors in order to ensure our children are safe in school zones.”

Data from UDOT’s Traffic & Safety Division shows that between 2013-2017, the hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. (going to/from school) were the most dangerous times of day for school-aged pedestrians and cyclists. 

While driving in a school zone, along school pedestrian paths or near school buses, Utah drivers and passengers need to be aware of the following:

  • Slow down in all school zones and drop off areas.
  • Remove all distractions in the vehicle – no eating, texting, putting on makeup, shaving, etc.
  • Both sides of traffic must stop when red school bus lights flashing.
  • Pay extra attention to crosswalks, yield to pedestrians and obey crossing guards.
  • Never pass, change lanes, or make U-turns in a school zone.
  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put pedestrians in the path of moving traffic.

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

Utah Department of Transportation’s Public Transit Team Request for Public Comment

Utah Department of Transportation’s Public Transit Team

Request for Public Comment

The State of Utah, Department of Transportation (UDOT) is asking for your comments on the Draft State Management Plan for Federal Transit Programs. UDOT’s Public Transit Team (PTT), as a direct recipient of Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) grant funding, is required to create and maintain a State Management Plan (SMP). The SMP describes the State’s policies and procedures for administering the following FTA programs:

  • 49 USC § 5304 State and Metropolitan Planning
  • 49 USC § 5310 Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program
  • 49 USC § 5311 Non-urbanized Area Formula Program
  • 49 USC § 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program
  • 49 USC § 5317 New Freedom Program
  • 49 USC § 5329 Transit Safety and Oversight
  • 49 USC § 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities

The updated SMP is a consolidated document that reflects the most recent program and MAP-21 and FAST Act changes for the before mentioned programs. The SMP Draft is available for your review at: www.udot.utah.gov/publictransit, or a hard copy can be requested by calling Tim Boschert at 801-964-4508.

All comments must be submitted by September 15th, 2018 in order to be considered. Comments may be submitted via email at publictransit@utah.gov or hard copy at the address below. The comments must be provided in the following format:

  1. List the page number you are referring to
  2. List the section you are referring to
  3. List the paragraph number in the section
  4. List the comment
  5. Provide the revised wording or recommended change

Address for hard copies
UDOT Public Transit Team
C/O Tim Boschert, Public Transit Plans and Programs Director
4501 South 2700 West
P.O. Box 143600
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-3600

The final SMP will be posted on the UDOT PTT website (link above) following PTT consideration of all comments, final edits and approval by FTA. If document assistance is required, please let us know via the email address above.

PRESS RELEASE: UDOT to Increase Maximum Toll in Express Lanes

For Immediate Release 

 UDOT to Increase Maximum Toll in Express Lanes

Maximum charge to travel on the country’s longest continuous high occupancy lanes to increase to $2 per segment

SALT LAKE CITY (July 12, 2018) – Beginning July 14, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will increase the maximum toll to travel in the Express Lanes in Utah.

The price in each Express Lane segment will now range from 25 cents to two dollars, depending on freeway congestion. All toll revenues will continue to be used to maintain the Express Lanes, and to improve technology and law enforcement associated with their operation.

The increased fee is intended to curb crowding in the country’s longest continuous Express Lanes, stretching 72 miles from Layton to Spanish Fork. Federal regulation requires speeds in those lanes not dip below 45 mph. Currently, speeds drop as low as 31 mph during peak drive times in Salt Lake County.

During the 2018 Legislative session, lawmakers approved a maximum toll increase to as high as $4 to encourage more carpooling. UDOT opted to only increase the maximum to $2 per segment. The department will study the effectiveness of the increased fee before considering higher tolls in the future.

Express Pass holders with questions or concerns can contact customer service at (815) 813-9127.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Governor Appoints New Transportation Commission Chair

Governor Appoints New Transportation Commission Chair

Naghi Zeenati of St. George Will Lead Effort to Prioritize Utah Transportation Projects 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (21 June 2018) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed St. George realtor Naghi Zeenati as chairman of the Utah State Transportation Commission. A member of the Commission since 2013, Zeenati replaces J. Kent Millington, whose term of service as Commission Chair has expired.

The Utah State Transportation Commission is an independent advisory body that prioritizes state-wide transportation projects and decides how funds allocated for transportation by the state legislature are spent. As a member of the Commission, Zeenati specifically represents the interests of Beaver, Carbon, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Kane, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Washington and Wayne counties.

In addition to his work as a realtor and developer, Zeenati has been involved in a wide variety of community activities in southern Utah, including president of the local Kiwanis Club, captain of the Community Action Team for the St. George Police Department, volunteers chair for the Huntsman World Senior Games and a board member of the Children’s Justice Center.

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

UDOT and Layton City to Open New Midtown Crossing bridge over I-15 

UDOT and Layton City to Open New Midtown Crossing bridge over I-15 

State and local leaders to celebrate grand opening; New bridge to improve east-west traffic flow in Layton

WHAT:

Grand opening celebration for the new Midtown Crossing bridge over I-15, a new east-west connection in the heart of Layton. The bridge extends 1300 N/1425 North to connect Main Street and Hill Field Road.

 

Midtown Crossing is one of a series of recently completed construction projects designed to address Layton’s specific traffic needs (including new ThrU-Turn intersections and a new interchange at Hill Field Road). The bridge is almost as long as a football field at 293 feet long; 53 feet wide, including a new 6-foot sidewalk; and has nearly 17 feet of clearance over I-15.

UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras, will be joined by several legislators and local leaders to open the bridge. A group of classic cars, a vintage UTA bus, and police and fire vehicles from Layton will cross the bridge to officially open it to traffic.

 

WHEN:

Monday, June 25, at 10:15 a.m.

 

WHERE:

New Midtown Crossing bridge

Cinemark Tinseltown west parking lot

720 West 1500 North (northwest corner of Layton Hills Mall)

Layton, Utah

 

WHO:

Sen. Stuart Adams

Sen. Jerry Stevenson

Rep. Steven Handy

Layton Mayor Bob Stevenson

UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras

 

VISUALS:

–       Newly completed bridge over I-15

–       Classic cars, vintage UTA bus, and police and fire vehicles

–       State and local elected officials and transportation leaders

 

 

Media Contact:

John Gleason

UDOT Public Information Officer

jgleason@utah.gov

Cell: 801-560-7740

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Draft Report

UDOT is currently developing the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for the next three Federal fiscal years.  The draft DBE Goal and Methodology Report can be found on the UDOT website at https://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:0:::1:T,V:2250,71534.  Comments may be provided to UDOT by following the directions on the website.   The document will be available for review and comment from June 6, 2018 to July 21, 2018.  Only comments related specifically to the DBE goal and the development of the goal will be accepted.  All other UDOT or DBE-program related comments should be directed to the appropriate contact provided on the main UDOT website.

A public meeting / webinar will be held on Thursday June 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at UDOT’s central headquarters, 4501 S 2700 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84114. The meeting will be held on the third floor in the Traffic and Safety Large Conference Room.   At this meeting the DBE Goal and Methodology will be reviewed and staff will be available for questions/discussion on this and other DBE topics including:

  • DBE certification / application
  • Project explorer / project advertising
  • Project bidding
  • Subcontracting
  • Certified Payroll

The webinar part of this meeting can be accessed at the following link:
meet.google.com/gdy-kfcx-nya
Conference Call # – 1 720-449-3343
Participant:  406068#

Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Fatal crashes nearly double from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day in Utah

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will mark the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days with a media event on Thursday.

The family of 18-year-old Maria Fernanda Herrera, who died on impact when she came upon stopped traffic going too fast on I-15, will be available to speak with reporters. May 24 marks what would have been Maria’s 24th birthday. As balloons were one of her favorite things, there will be a balloon for each life lost last year during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days (89) at the event.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day fatal crashes nearly double compared to the rest of the year. With 94 percent of all crashes being caused by human error (including distracted driving, speeding, exhaustion, impairment and not buckling up), UDOT and the UHP urge drivers to obey the speed limit, focus on the road and strive for Zero Fatalities.

Over the past five years in Utah there were 111 deaths caused by speeding. On average, 40 percent of all crashes involve speeding. UDOT and DPS hopes this event reminds Utahns to obey the speed limit and make Zero Fatalities the goal.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

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

WHO:
Martin Herrera (Maria’s Father), Eva Maria (Maria’s mother) and Maria’s siblings, Andrea, Carolina, Martin and Alex

VISUALS:

  • Balloons representing each life lost during last year’s 100 Deadliest Days
  • Thumb drive with photos of Maria Herrera, a PSA video with the Herrera family, and crash photos

 

Media Contacts:

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

Lt. Todd Royce
UHP Public Information Officer
801-556-8261
troyce@utah.gov

PRESS RELEASE:  State and city leaders to officially launch construction of I-15 Technology Corridor

For Immediate Release

 State and city leaders to officially launch construction of I-15 Technology Corridor

Gov. Herbert will conduct a site tour via drone before unveiling official project rendering and augmented reality simulation

 

WHAT: Gov. Gary R. Herbert will officially launch construction of the Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) I-15 Tech Corridor project in Lehi by piloting a drone for a pre-construction site tour.

The project will widen I-15 in the heart of Silicon Slopes with two new lanes in each direction from Lehi Main Street to S.R. 92. It will also alleviate east-west congestion in this busy area by building a bridge at Triumph Boulevard, adding a one-way frontage road system from 2100 North to S.R. 92 and reconstructing those two interchanges. In addition, the project will construct 17 bridges and include several bike and pedestrian improvements.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 9 a.m.
9 a.m. Welcome remarks by UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
9:05 a.m. Remarks by Gov. Gary Herbert
9:10 a.m. Remarks by Sen. Stuart Adams
9:15 a.m. Virtual video tour of project via drone, piloted by Gov. Herbert
9:35 a.m. Unveiling of project rendering
9:40 a.m. Augmented reality simulation of Triumph Boulevard Bridge and media one-on-ones

WHERE: UCCU Building, 7th Floor, 3333 N Digital Dr, Lehi, UT 84043

WHO:
Gov. Gary Herbert
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
Sen. Stuart Adams
Lehi Mayor Mark Johnson
Members of the House and Senate Transportation Committees
Members of the Utah Legislature
Utah Transportation Commissioners

VISUALS:

  • Augmented reality simulation of project
  • Drone flight and footage of I-15 in Lehi
  • Project rendering

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

Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP and Local Contractors Partner to Encourage Safer Driving in Work Zones

Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP and Local Contractors Partner to Encourage Safer Driving in Work Zones

Agencies and contractors showcase safety practices and offer reminders to drivers as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week 

 

WHAT:
With construction season under way, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and Associated General Contractors of Utah (AGC) are reminding drivers to be safe and put away distractions, especially in work zones.

Last year, there were 2,400 crashes in work zones in Utah. UDOT, the UHP and the AGC are asking drivers to do their part to help construction workers get home safely to their families every night.

At the event, the media can watch the daily contractor safety briefing and tour a live construction site, in addition to interviews with representatives from UDOT, UHP and the AGC.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 10, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Riverton City Offices
12830 South Redwood Road
(Media parking is available in the lot south of the city building)

WHO:
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
UHP Col. Michael Rapich
Associated General Contractors of Utah President & CEO Richard Thorn
W.W. Clyde Project Manager Tyler Clyde, Redwood Road project 

VISUALS:
–       Construction equipment and workers widening Redwood Road
–       Contractors participating in daily safety briefing
–       Photos of work zone crashes
–       B-roll provided of the work zone

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