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S.R. 201 to close two nights at I-215 for bridge demolition

For Immediate Release

S.R. 201 to close two nights at I-215 for bridge demolition

Eastbound S.R. 201 scheduled to close Friday night; westbound S.R. 201 to close Saturday night

Salt Lake City (Oct. 7, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for two overnight freeway closures on S.R. 201 in West Valley City. Eastbound S.R. 201 is scheduled to close on Friday night, Oct. 7, under I-215, and westbound S.R. 201 is scheduled to close in the same area on Saturday night, Oct. 8, while crews demolish the southbound I-215 bridge.

These freeway closures are scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. each night, with all lanes reopening by 6 a.m. the following day. Drivers should plan extra travel time due to traffic delays and detours, and consider using alternate routes such as I-80.

This bridge demolition is being completed as part of the I-215 west belt reconstruction project. Crews are removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new concrete from S.R. 201 to 4700 South. The project is scheduled for completion next year.

Also this weekend, crews are scheduled to shift traffic on the I-215 east belt into the southbound lanes near 6200 South. The new traffic pattern will be in place by Monday morning, Oct. 10. No additional lane closures are expected during this time – the freeway will remain with two lanes open in both directions.

For the latest information regarding this and other UDOT construction projects, drivers can visit the UDOT Traffic website (www.udottraffic.utah.gov) or download the free UDOT Traffic app, available for smartphones and tablets. Drivers can also follow @udottraffic and @utahdot on Twitter.

**Time lapse video of the bridge demolition will be available Sunday night in time for 9/10 p.m. newscasts.***

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

UDOT and UHP launch Express Lane education and enforcement blitz

With the completion of the Point project, Utah’s Express Lanes —
the longest continuous in the country — are now fully operational.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) are partnering to launch an enforcement blitz to educate drivers how to correctly use Express Lanes.

With the completion of the Point project, Utah’s Express Lanes — the longest continuous in the country stretching 72 miles from Layton to Spanish Fork — are now fully operational. Express Lanes move twice as many people as general purpose lanes (about 3,600 people per hour compared to 1,900), and are much more effective and provide greater benefits to all drivers when they are being used appropriately.

One in five drivers violate the rules regarding the Express Lanes every day, and UHP troopers pull over 300 drivers a month for those same violations.

“The lanes are getting clogged with people who don’t belong there,” said John Gleason, UDOT’s public information office. “Our goal is to keep traffic moving, and Express Lanes — when used correctly — have proven to do that.”

Vehicles with more than one passenger, C Decal vehicles, and motorcycles can use the Express Lanes for free. Solo drivers can purchase an Express Pass and pay a nominal fee to use Express Lanes. UDOT manages use of the Express Lanes by charging pass users a variable rate based on the current congestion levels and travel speed on I-15.

Drivers should keep the following in mind when driving in Utah’s Express Lanes:

  • Crossing the double white lines is unsafe and illegal.
  • Express Lanes are not passing lanes.
  • Only carpoolers, motorcycles, buses, C Decal vehicles, emergency vehicles and solo drivers with an Express Pass are eligible to use the Express Lanes.
  • Violators of the Express Lanes can be issued a citation with a fine of up to $175.

“Weaving in and out of the Express Lanes by crossing the double white lines is dangerous,” said UHP Sgt. Todd Royce. “We see it every day. It can cause drivers to brake suddenly, swerve and cause a crash. It’s extremely unsafe.”

This enforcement blitz is scheduled to continue through the weekend. For more information on Utah’s Express Lanes, visit http://www.udot.utah.gov/expresslanes.

Take a drive through all 72 miles of the country’s longest continuous Express Lanes in one minute in this video:

#WorkForUsWednesday – October 5, 2016

We’re halfway through the week, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday. We have several new positions open. 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 #10156 – Seasonal Transportation Tech I, Region 2 – Wendover, Opens 9/29/16, Closes 10/09/16
  • Recruitment #10177- Transportation Technician II – Paint Crew – Ogden, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 10/03/2016, Closes 10/09/2016
  • EXTENDED: Recruitment #10063- Office Specialist II (Part time with benefits), Complex – Administration, Opens 09/27/2016, Closes 10/12/16
  • Recruitment #10212- Traffic Data Technician (Research Assistant II), Complex – Program Development, Opens 10/5/16, Closes 10/19/16
  • Recruitment #10213 – Seasonal Transportation Technician I – Clearfield, Region 1 – Clearfield, Opens 10/05/2016, Closes 10/16/2016

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.

The Point Project Now Complete

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The barrels are gone, all lanes are open, and The Point project on I-15 is now officially complete.

This two-year, $215 million project widened I-15 to six lanes in each direction between 12300 South in Draper and S.R. 92 in Lehi, a distance of approximately seven miles. The project also replaced the existing pavement with new 40-year concrete, reconstructed the 14600 South interchange as a single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow, and installed new traffic management technology such as cameras, ramp meters, electronic message signs, and fiber optics.

This section of I-15 is the principal transportation link between Salt Lake and Utah counties. More than 160,000 cars travel through this area each day, including nearly 37,000 trucks. Maintaining I-15 in top condition, and expanding the freeway to meet Utah’s transportation needs, will help Utah’s economy continue to grow.

“Keeping traffic moving on this critical economic lifeline running through the heart of our state was a huge undertaking, and our crews stepped up to the challenge,” UDOT Project Director Tim Rose said.

With the completion of The Point project, nearly all of I-15 along the Wasatch Front has been reconstructed within the past two decades. One last section – in Lehi, from S.R. 92 to Main Street – remains, and is programmed to begin construction in 2020.

 

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#WorkForUsWednesday – September 28, 2016

It’s #WorkForUsWednesday! Check out these nine job openings with UDOT that stretch the entire state. We have a big need for Transportation Technicians. This position is a great way to get into UDOT and be part of a team that performs roadway maintenance and construction.

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 #09974 – Environmental Performance Manager (Environmental Manager), Complex – Environmental, Opens 9/14/16, Closes 10/3/16
  • Recruitment #10018 – Land Surveyor, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 09/26/2016, Closes 10/09/2016
  • Recruitment #10063- Office Specialist II (Part time with benefits), Complex – Administration, Opens 09/27/2016, Closes10/04/2016
  • Recruitment #10035 – Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Stations 225 & 230, Opens 9/23/16, Closes 10/9/16
  • Recruitment #10034 – Transportation Technician II, Region 2 – Station 227 (2 vacancies), Opens 9/23/16, Closes 10/9/16
  • Recruitment #10084 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Garrison, Milford, Opens 9/22/16, Closes 10/02/16
  • Recruitment #10026 – Transportation Technician II (2 positions), Region 4 – Salina, Opens 9/21/16, Closes 10/02/16
  • Recruitment #10113- Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Centerville, Opens 09/27/2016, Closes 10/03/2016
  • Recruitment #10084 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Garrison, Milford, Opens 9/22/16, Closes 10/02/16 

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 – 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