MEDIA ADVISORY: UDOT to Host ‘Snow Show’ in Preparation for First Valley Winter Storm


UDOT to HostSnow Showin Preparation for First Valley Winter Storm

 Department urges drivers to be ready for canyon driving with either chains or the right snow tires

Media availability regarding the start of the winter driving season. UDOT will showcase how it’s ready for the snow, and give drivers tips on being prepared for all that winter will bring.

Representatives from UDOT snow removal operations, and the Incident Management Team.

UDOT’s Cottonwood Maintenance Station
6601 South 3000 East
Cottonwood Heights
* Directions from downtown SLC: take the I-215 east belt to 6200 South; turn right on 3000 East

Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.


  • UDOT snow removal equipment including blowers, plows and a TowPlow
  • Vehicle with M/S rated snow tires


Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
Cell: 801-560-7740

UHP and UDOT Urge Motorists to Drive off Freeway after a Minor Crash

UHP and UDOT Urge Motorists to Drive off Freeway after a Minor Crash

Pulling into the shoulder causes major delays — the equivalent of blocking a lane of freeway traffic


SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 15, 2016) — The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are urging drivers to drive off the freeway after minor fender benders. These types of crashes can cause major delays on the freeway and create safety issues.

After a typical crash on a six-lane freeway where the involved vehicles pull onto the shoulder, traffic will still back up as if two lanes of the freeway were blocked, according to UDOT traffic operations engineers. If the vehicles don’t pull onto the shoulder and instead block a full lane of traffic, that causes delays equal to blocking three lanes.

“Even the most minor crashes can cause major delays,” UDOT Public Information Officer John Gleason said. “Ideally if you can drive your car, please pull off at the next exit.”

Of the 13,706 crashes investigated by the UHP this year, just 38 percent have moved off the freeway, according to UHP Col. Michael Rapich.

The UHP is doing everything it can to clear crashes and get them off the roadway so traffic can flow smoothly, but they need the public’s help.

“Do everyone a favor, and move your car,” Rapich said. “Call 9-1-1, and listen to what the dispatcher tells you. They’ll help keep you safe and make sure to send help your way.”

By calling 9-1-1, that starts the office reporting process, so drivers need not worry about leaving the scene of an accident.

Keeping your car on the freeway after a crash can be dangerous as well. It’s even more dangerous if drivers exit their vehicles and stand on the interstate. Rapich and Gleason said if a vehicle is disabled and unable to move to the next exit, drivers and passengers should stay in the vehicle with their seatbelts fastened.

“With winter approaching, the chance for a secondary crash is extremely high,” Gleason said. “You’re basically a sitting duck if you get out of your vehicle. Stay safe, buckled up in your car, and call 9-1-1 for help.”

UDOT and UHP both have tools to remove disabled vehicles from the road. UDOT’s Incident Management Team has five trucks equipped with stingers to pull disabled vehicles off the interstate, and UHP troopers utilize push bumpers to remove disabled vehicles off the roadway.



Media Contacts:

Sgt. Todd Royce
Public Information Officer, Utah Highway Patrol

John Gleason
Public Information Officer, UDOT
Cell: 801-560-7740

Zero Fatalities Seeking Utah’s Top Teen Talent for 2017 Super Bowl Spot

 For Immediate Release:


Zero Fatalities Seeking Utah’s Top Teen Talent for 2017 Super Bowl Spot

Teens can submit videos about traffic safety for the chance to win coveted airtime during the Big Game


SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 10, 2016) – UDOT’s Zero Fatalities program is calling on Utah teens to submit their best safety video for a chance to have it air during the 2017 Super Bowl. Teens throughout the state are encouraged to submit a 25-second video from now until January 6, 2017, on the Zero Fatalities website.

All entrants will receive five movie ticket vouchers for entering. Entrants submitting before December 10, 2016 will receive five movie tickets to a private, opening-weekend showing of Star Wars: Rogue One, at Jordan Commons, while tickets last.

The winning video will air during the Super Bowl telecast in February.

“When it comes to traffic safety, the most influential spokesperson for teens are their peers,” said Kristen Hoschouer, manager of the Zero Fatalities program for the Utah Department of Transportation. “The aim of this contest is to get teens to pay attention to the very important and serious issue of increasing teen driving safety, while also building a network of teen traffic-safety advocates who understand that zero teen fatalities is the only acceptable goal.”

To be considered, a submitted video must be:

  • Teen directed and produced
  • 25 seconds in length
  • Focused on Zero Fatalities and the five deadly driving behaviors. (Note: the video doesn’t have to include all five behaviors [distracted, drowsy, aggressive, impaired driving and not buckling up], but must address at least one behavior.)
  • Submitted no later than Jan. 6, 2017. Submissions must be made on the Zero Fatalities website, at

Last year, 25 teens died in crashes on Utah roads. As of the end of October, there have already been 26 teen deaths in 2016. More than 60 percent of teen traffic fatalities were unbuckled in 2015. Statistics suggest drivers under the age of 20 are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash.

“When it comes to combating the behaviors killing teens on Utah roads, teen-to-teen communication is incredibly powerful,” Hoschouer said. “Not only will this contest get teens thinking about how they can improve their driving, but it will help further the family and community discussion needed to save lives.”

To learn more about the contest, visit

Media Contact:

John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
Cell: 801-560-7740

Also available for interview:
Chad Lythgoe
Drivers Education Teacher – Wood Cross High School
Cell: 801-725-1048

#WorkForUsWednesday – November 9, 2016

From the front lines, to program management, there are several career opportunities available at UDOT. For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday, check out theses seven job openings.

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 #10470 – Transportation Technician II – Ogden, Region 1 Ogden, Opens 11/04/2016, Closes 11/10/2016
  • Recruitment #010434 – Electronic Technical Specialist II, Region 2 – Salt Lake City, Opens 11/7/16, Closes 11/27/16
  • Extended Recruitment #10156 – Seasonal Transportation Tech I, Region 2 – Wendover, Opens 9/29/16, Closes 11/13/16
  • Recruitment #10512 – Department Data Coordinator (Business Analyst Supervisor), Complex – Central Preconstruction, Opens 11/8/16, Closes 11/15/1
  • Recruitment #10503 – Right if Way Title and Closing Program Manager (Program Manager), Complex – Right of Way, Opens 11/8/16, Closes 11/15/16
  • Recruitment #10486 – Avalanche Forecaster (Roadway Safety Specialist II), Region 2 – Provo & American Fork Canyons, Opens 11/8/16, Closes 11/13/16
  • Recruitment #10497 – Office Specialist I (Temporary), Region 2 – SLC, Opens 11/8/16, Closes 11/15/16

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.

New Traffic Shift, Lane Split Start on I-215 This Weekend

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for an upcoming traffic shift and lane split on the I-215 west belt, and for nightly road closures on 7200 South near I-15, starting this weekend.

Southbound I-215 is scheduled to shift onto new concrete pavement from S.R. 201 to 4700 South as early as Sunday night, Oct. 30. The southbound lanes will also be split from S.R. 201 to 4100 South, so southbound drivers will need to stay right at the split to exit at 3500 South.

In connection with this traffic shift, the freeway ramp from westbound S.R. 201 to southbound I-215 will be closed starting tonight for up to two months. Drivers will need to use an alternate route to access southbound I-215.

The I-215 west belt reconstruction project is removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new concrete from S.R. 201 to 4700 South; rebuilding interchange ramps at 4700 South and S.R. 201; reconstructing bridges over S.R. 201; and adding new exit-only lanes to the freeway. The project is scheduled for completion next year.

Also starting Sunday night, 7200 South is scheduled to close nightly for up to a month between I-15 and 700 West. The off-ramps from I-15 to westbound 7200 South will also be closed. Crews are repairing the UTA TRAX bridge over 7200 South.

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


MEDIA EVENT: Bangerter Highway to Close this Weekend to Relocate Major Aqueduct

Bangerter Highway to Close this Weekend to Relocate Major Aqueduct


Briefing to provide media up-close look at 66-inch pipe inside trench. The Jordan Valley Aqueduct provides water to most of the Salt Lake Valley


Media briefing to provide reporters an up-close look at the Jordan Valley Aqueduct relocation in Taylorsville.

UDOT will close Bangerter Highway from 5400 South to 4700 South, Friday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m. through Monday, Oct. 31, at 5 a.m. This closure will allow crews to relocate the Jordan Valley Aqueduct across Bangerter Highway in preparation for the construction of a freeway-style interchange at 5400 South.

Expect heavy traffic congestion and delays during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Southbound drivers will detour west on 3500 South to 5600 West. Northbound drivers will detour east on 5400 South to Redwood Road. Through traffic traveling east and west on 5400 South and 4700 South will flow as normal.


Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.

Meet at the Chevron parking lot at 3822 W 5400 S (please do not block the gas pumps)
* To enter the work zone participants must wear long pants and close toed shoes. Personal protection equipment will be provided and must be worn in the work zone.

UDOT Project Manager John Montoya
UDOT Public Information Officer John Gleason


* First-hand view of the trench and the chance to shoot video/take pictures inside the new pipe
* Map of detour routes
* B-roll of construction provided


Media Contact:
John Gleason
Public Information Officer
Cell: 801-560-7740

UDOT Installs Signs Extending National Bike Route

For Immediate Release

UDOT Installs Signs Extending National Bike Route

Active Transportation Provides New Economic Opportunity for Rural Utah

Cedar City, Utah (October 25, 2016) –  The description of Utah as the “Crossroads of the West” takes on new meaning with a project recently contracted through the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT).   But rather than the gold associated with the meeting of the rails, adventure seekers are now looking for green to be found along a national system of designated bike routes intended to connect the Atlantic to the Pacific.

U.S. Bicycle Routes 70 & 79 now officially span Southern Utah winding through seven counties from Colorado to Nevada as a UDOT contractor finishes new sign installations.  The two routes designated with the new green signs converge in Iron County while rural communities along the stretch are hoping their local economies can pick up some steam from the movement.

Bicycle Route 70 enters Utah on the eastern border west of Monticello on U.S. Highway 491, moves south to Blanding and then veers northwest passing near Natural Bridges National monument, over the Colorado River at Hite’s Crossing, eastward through Capitol Reef National Park, then bending south and west along All-American Road  and Scenic Byway  12.  The route passes Bryce Canyon National Park before moving to Scenic Byway 14 and descending below Cedar Breaks National Monument.  Bicycle Route 79 enters from Nevada near the town of Garrison on State Route 21 extending southeast through Milford toward Cedar City.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) established the United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS) in 1978 and approved a national-level corridor designation plan in 2008.  The system has gained input from the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) and the Adventure Cycling Association among others.  The majority of national corridor signs have been installed within only the past couple of years.

UDOT representatives along with cycling enthusiasts and other interested parties will meet in Cedar City Wednesday morning to view the new signs, highlight respectful use of roads and consider what the new designated routes may mean for local communities and tourists.


#WorkForUsWednesday – October 19, 2016

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 #09582 – Performance Audit Manager, Complex – Internal Audit, Opens 10/12/16, Closes 10/26/16
  • Recruitment #10253 – Region Right of Way Control Coordinator, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 10/13/16, Closes 10/26/16
  • Recruitment #10209 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Thompson, Opens 10/13/16, Closes 10/26/16
  • Recruitment #10289  – Seasonal Transportation Technician I – Hooper, Region 1 – Hooper, Opens 10/14/2016, Closes 10/30/2016
  • Recruitment #10249- Transportation Technician II – Riverside, Region 1 – Riverside, Opens 10/17/2016, Closes 10/27/2016
  • Recruitment #10326 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Moab, Opens 10/18/16, Closes 11/01/16

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.

UDOT Statement: Project Fatality

This morning we were devastated by the news that a UDOT contractor was killed while installing avalanche control equipment in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Our contractors are part of the UDOT family and it’s heartbreaking any time something like this happens. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this worker’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

At UDOT, safety is our top priority. Work on the project is shut down pending an investigation.

Utah DOT’s Weather Operations Program Celebrates its 15th Year

Utah DOT’s Weather Operations Program Celebrates its 15th Year


October 2016

The UDOT Weather Operations Program is celebrating its 15th year of managing weather events throughout the state of Utah. Beginning officially with the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Weather Operations program has reached many milestones over the years. Nearly 20 years ago, UDOT’s first contract meteorologist began with forecasts for a small section of the state. Today, UDOT employs a full time UDOT Weather Operations Manager, 8-12 meteorologists and a UDOT weather research analyst.


Figure 1A UDOT RWIS deployment.

So, how has the program grown and changed over time?

UDOT meteorologists handle over 5,000 phone calls in a typical winter season. There is a significant amount of coordination with the National Weather Service and UDOT plow crews. Ahead of any major weather events, including winter storms, wind events and rain/floods, UDOT’s Weather Operations group will host a weather briefing, sharing critical and timely information. UDOT signals, traveler information, operations, Ports of Entry, Utah Highway Patrol, communications and other teams are all participants.

The UDOT Citizen Reporter program smartphone apps for iOS and Google Play were launched in October 2013 to allow motorists to report road and weather conditions to UDOT. The UDOT app was the first of its kind in the country! UDOT has received thousands of reports from citizens since the program launched and reminds all drivers to never use apps while driving.


Figure 2 The UDOT Citizen Reporter app is a free download for iPhone and Droid.


Figure 3 Sign up to be a UDOT Citizen Reporter.

A new feature to the UDOT Traffic app and website is the Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) of all UDOT plows during storms. A citizen can get, at a glance, an understanding of where all UDOT plows are currently working. This enhancement also allows UDOT to better track plow movements for possible equipment and material savings. Overall, this enhancement has been very well received by the public.



Figure 4UDOT plows at work during a winter storm.

UDOT launched a Winter Road Weather Index (WRWI) project a few years ago to monitor snow and ice removal. The next generation of the WRWI is here… in the form of winter weather performance metrics. UDOT’s Snow and Ice performance metrics dashboard has real-time statistics that are utilized by UDOT maintenance crews to determine how effective they were at maintaining good road conditions during a storm. Several metrics go into creating the measure, including the intensity of the storm, length of time the storm is ongoing, resources allocated to the maintenance shed covering the geographic area and field instrumentation on the RWIS units. The resulting information is utilized to measure storm performance, identify best practices and possibly re-allocate resources to better cover areas in need.


Figure 5UDOT’s Snow and Ice Performance Measure uses green, yellow and red data points to assess how maintenance crews responded to the storm.

UDOT is fortunate to have an incredible crew of plow drivers who are very dedicated to their jobs and to Keeping Utah Moving. But there’s always room for improvement and sometimes opportunities for efficiency and resource allocation. In order to track performance and possibilities for improvement, the snow and ice performance metric takes into consideration several baseline data points including snow fall rate, time of day and shed resources.


Figure 6The UDOT Snow and Ice Performance measure graphic is available for each storm, allowing management to view an assessment and determine of additional resources are needed.

The graphic colors represented here show that UDOT’s crews managed the storm well but have some areas for improvement. The green data points show that when all factors are considered, the plow crews are exceeding expectations and are doing a great job keeping up with the storm and keeping the road well maintained. The yellow data points show that crews are performing within current capabilities for equipment and manpower. The red data points are highlighting areas for improvement where crews are not performing up to UDOT’s standards. Because the data comes to UDOT in real-time, a shed foreman has the ability to review the information at the end of the storm, end of the month or end of the season!

Under the red, yellow and green data point graph, the plow icon shows the movement of plows over the course of the storm.


Figure 7The Snow and Ice Performance metric includes details about the storm, including pavement temperature, storm intensity and precipitation type.


The archived snow and ice removal performance metric data includes atmospheric conditions, air temperature, pavement temperature, precipitation type and other meteorological factors that can help to determine the intensity


Figure 8UDOT Traffic camera screenshots are archived with each storm’s metrics to provide a visual description of the storm.

of the storm. UDOT Traffic camera screenshots are also included to give a data user a visual of the road during the storm. All of this information comes together to give shed crews and UDOT leadership an idea of how resources are being utilized and where there are areas for improvement.

UDOT is ready for the winter season and we hope you are, too. Now would be a good time to check the condition of your tires and ensure you have an emergency kit in your trunk. Please remember: always buckle up and never drive distracted. Check the UDOT Traffic app or website before every trip.