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MEDIA ADVISORY: Crash victim and trauma surgeon urge motorcycle riders to gear up for safety

Crash victim and trauma surgeon urge motorcycle riders to gear up for safety

WHAT: 
Zero Fatalities, Intermountain Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Program and Harrison Eurosports are encouraging motorcycle riders to increase safety by wearing proper safety gear. An Intermountain Medical Center Trauma surgeon will show X-ray images of motorcycle crash victims’ injuries to demonstrate the lifesaving difference safety gear can make in preventing fatal injuries. A motorcyle crash survivor will also share his experience.
To date in Utah, there have been 18 motorcyclist deaths this year. In 2016, motorcyclist deaths accounted for 15 percent of the total state’s traffic fatalities, despite the fact that motorcycles represent only three percent of all registered vehicles (42 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes that year).
WHEN: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.
WHO:
Dr. Dave Morris, Intermountain Medical Center trauma surgeon
Nathan Christensen, motorcyclist hit when driver made a U-turn in front of him at 45 mph
Marques Varela, motorcycle safety program manager at the Utah Department of Public Safety
WHERE: 
Intermountain Medical Center Helipad
5121 Cottonwood Street in Murray
***Parking directions: Take State Street and turn west on Intermountain Drive. Park in lot directly parallel to State Street to the east of the helipad.***
VISUALS:
X-ray images provided by IMC of motorcycle crash patients
Christensen’s crashed helmet and gear, as well as photos
Safety gear including helmets, jackets, boots, gloves
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Allyse Christensen
Zero Fatalities
Jess Gomez
IMC, Director of Media Relations

NEWS RELEASE: Westbound Riverdale Road to Close Tonight

For Immediate Release

Westbound Riverdale Road to Close Tonight 

UDOT will also close 900 South ramp for one month starting tonight

SALT LAKE CITY (July 25, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for multiple ramp and road closures along the Wasatch Front this week.

Starting tonight at 10 p.m., westbound Riverdale Road (S.R. 26) will be closed to all traffic at the Weber River Bridge for two days. UDOT is closing the bridge to repair uneven and rough bridge deck joints.

In order to complete the repair, a single westbound lane will remain closed from 10 p.m. Thursday night, until 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

All motorists who normally use westbound Riverdale Road (S.R. 26), should use 30th Street (S.R. 79) to access I-15 or I-84, or the Riverdale Road commercial area west of the Weber River Bridge. Motorists needing to travel eastbound on I-84 can also use southbound Washington Boulevard/U.S. 89 to access the interstate highway in Uintah.

In Salt Lake County, drivers are advised to plan ahead for a month-long closure of the 900 South freeway exit near downtown Salt Lake City. Starting tonight, the I-15 on- and off-ramps at 900 South will close through early September for bridge reconstruction.

While this ramp is closed, drivers will need to use different exits, such as 1300 South or 2100 South, to get on or off the freeway. This closure will allow construction crews to rebuild the bridge over 300 West.

Also during this time, lane restrictions are scheduled on the ramp from 500 South to I-15 and I-80. Up to two lanes at a time will be closed on the ramp during overnight hours and on weekends through early September. Access to both freeways will remain open while work is taking place.

The work on the 500 South ramp is part of a bigger bridge maintenance project that began in March and will be complete in early fall. Crews have been removing and replacing 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.

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

Construction Update – July 20, 2017

 

 

Work continues on the ramp from 500 South to I-15 and I-80, near downtown Salt Lake City.

Lane restrictions are planned each weeknight and during the day on weekends. This is something to keep in mind if you head downtown for events.

When you leave for home, expect some delays getting onto the freeway, and think about using an alternate like 1300 South or 600 North.

This bridge maintenance project started in March, and will be done in early fall.

Another bridge project close to downtown starts Tuesday night on the 900 South on- and off-ramps.

The ramps to and from I-15 at 900 South will close for a little over a month so workers can rebuild the bridges over 300 West.

During this closure, you’ll need to avoid 900 South, and use nearby exits – including 1300 South or 2100 South.

And in Utah County, construction has started to widen Redwood Road in Saratoga Springs.

From 400 South to Lakeview Terrace Road, traffic is being shifted and lanes are narrowed – but no lane closures are expected during this work.

This project is expected to finish this fall. There’s a lot happening on Redwood Road this summer, with projects planned or under construction in three different counties.

For more information about these and all other UDOT construction projects, visit our website at UDOTTraffic.utah.gov, or you can download our free UDOT Traffic app.

MEDIA ADVISORY: UDOT to Release Final Environmental Impact Statement for West Davis Corridor

UDOT to Release Final Environmental Impact Statement for West Davis Corridor

Environmental study proposes a new highway in western Davis and Weber counties 

WHAT:

UDOT is releasing the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the West Davis Corridor in western Davis and Weber counties. This document includes UDOT’s proposed alternative: a new 19-mile highway that will meet the transportation need to 2040 while minimizing impacts on the community and the environment. The release of the Final EIS is the culmination of a seven-year study process, involving more than 90 community and environmental groups, organizations, and government agencies.

The West Davis Corridor project manager will be available for interviews to explain the study and UDOT’s preferred transportation alternative.

WHEN:

Thursday, July 6, at 2:15 p.m.

WHERE:

West Davis Corridor Project Office, 466 North 900 West, Kaysville

WHO:

Randy Jefferies, UDOT West Davis Corridor project manager

VISUALS:

  • B-roll of the study area and locations near the proposed highway
  • Map of the UDOT preferred alternative – a new 19-mile highway in Davis and Weber counties
  • Hard copies of the West Davis Corridor Final EIS

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

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.