MEDIA ADVISORY: UDOT to Announce 2017 Top 10 Construction Projects

UDOT to Announce Top 10 Construction Projects

Department to reveal the largest and most impactful projects for Utah drivers in 2017

 

 

WHAT:  UDOT will announce its Top 10 construction projects for 2017. These include new interchanges, freeway reconstructions, new highways, and widening and repaving projects. A total of 180 projects are scheduled for construction in 2017, with a combined value of $1.3 billion.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 12 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Bangerter Highway 600 West interchange construction zone

Directions: From Bangerter Highway, turn north on 200 West. Turn left at the first stoplight (13490 South), then follow the road to the briefing area near Bangerter Highway.

WHO:
Shane Marshall, UDOT deputy director
Bryan Chamberlain, Bangerter Interchanges project resident engineer

 

VISUALS:
Construction equipment and barrels
Map displaying locations of Top 10 projects
B-roll and aerial footage of Top 10 projects

* Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, as the briefing will be held at an active construction site.

 

-UDOT-

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – April 5, 2017

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Many of our employees put themselves in harms way to keep Utah moving. We’re proud of them and the hard work they do. This week for #WorkForUsWednesday, we have SEVEN new job openings. Take a look and see if one fits you. There are a variety of jobs at UDOT, but we have a particular need for auto mechanics.

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 #11848 – Field Engineer (Engineer III) – Region 4 – Moab, Opens 03/29/17, Closes 05/03/17
  • Recruitment #11850 – Electronics Maintenance & Repair Technician (Electronic Technical Spec II) – Traffic Operations Center, Opens 03/30/17, Closes 04/06/17
  • Recruitment #11890 – Instructional Designer, Complex – Training/Central Maintenance, Opens 03/31/17, Closes 04/10/17
  • Recruitment #11904 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Hooper, Opens 04/03/2017, Closes 04/17/2017
  • Recruitment #11891 – Automotive Service Worker (time limited), Complex – Central Shops, Opens 04/04/2017, Closes 04/11/2017
  • Recruitment #11851 – Journey Auto Worker/Equipment Painter, Complex – Central Shops, Opens 04/04/2017, Closes 04/11/2017
  • Recruitment #11896 – Heavy Truck Mechanic/Roving Mechanic (Journey Auto Worker) – Region 2 – SLC, Opens 04/5/17, Closes 04/16/17

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.

NEWS RELEASE – UDOT Urges Drivers: “We Don’t Speed Through Your Office – Please Don’t Speed Through Ours”

 For Immediate Release


UDOT Urges Drivers: “We Don’t Speed Through Your Office –

Please Don’t Speed Through Ours”

 

Department reminds Utahns to be careful in construction zones as part of

National Work Zone Awareness Week 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 5, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) on Wednesday issued a plea to drivers during National Work Zone Awareness Week: use caution when traveling through work zones.

To stress the importance of work zone safety, UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras moved his office to a temporary location this morning inside the lane split on the I-215 west belt to demonstrate what conditions are like for construction workers in the middle of a busy freeway.

“We do everything we can to make Utah’s roads safe, both for the traveling public, as well as our construction workers,” Braceras said. “In order for all of us to go home safe to our families each night, we need everyone to do their part.”

Last year in Utah, there were 3,024 crashes in work zones that caused 1,229 injuries and 11 deaths. Many construction workers have experienced close calls or personally witnessed work zone crashes.

“A few months ago, a group of our workers on I-215 had closed a ramp to do some maintenance,” said Corey Bekkemellom, I-215 senior inspector. “A car drove through the barrels into the closure and headed up the ramp. I had to pull my truck in front of the driver to get him to stop, before he hit our crew.”

April 3-7 is National Work Zone Awareness Week, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Transportation agencies and construction companies nationwide participate in events and media outreach to encourage safe practices by drivers and workers.

UDOT offers the following tips for drivers when traveling in work zones:

  • Stay alert and minimize distractions. In work zones, drivers need to keep their eyes on the road and watch for changing conditions such as shifting lanes, slowed or stopped traffic, etc.
  • Obey posted signs and signals. These signs and signals are posted to ensure safety and to keep traffic flowing during construction.
  • Follow the posted speed limit. Speeds are frequently reduced in work zones due to narrow lanes, changes to on- or off-ramp locations, and the proximity of construction workers to traffic. In Utah, fines are doubled for traffic violations in work zones, so be sure to slow down.

“Our goal is zero crashes, injuries, and fatalities,” Braceras said. “Accomplishing this requires a partnership with the driving public. As a department, we are committed to do everything in our power to work toward that goal, and we will need everyone’s help to make it a reality.”

 

 

-UDOT-

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

MEDIA EVENT – UDOT Leader to Move His Office to Active Work Zone

UDOT Leader to Move His Office to Active Work Zone

 Briefing to be held at temporary office in I-215 construction zone as part of National Work Zone Safety Week

WHAT:
A briefing will be conducted in the I-215 construction area to provide media with a first-hand experience of working conditions in the middle of a busy freeway. UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras will speak from his new desk in his temporary “office” in the middle of the work zone to encourage drivers to use caution so they, as well as construction crews, can return home safely at the end of each day.

Media members will also be able to speak with UDOT and construction workers who have experienced work zone safety incidents or near misses to illustrate the importance of slowing down, paying attention, and obeying posted signs.

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 5, at 9 a.m.

* Journalists must be present for a safety orientation, which will begin promptly at 9:15. Shuttle vehicles will leave at 9:25 a.m., as attendees will be escorted to the work zone for on-site interviews and filming, then returned to UDOT’s Region Two.

WHERE:
UDOT Region 2
2010 South 2760 West
(The building north of the Traffic Operations Center)

* To enter the construction zone, participants must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. In addition, personal protective equipment will be provided and must be worn. Any individuals not in proper attire will not be allowed in the work zone.

WHO:
Carlos Braceras, UDOT executive director
Construction workers

VISUALS:
–  UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras seated at his desk in the middle of a construction zone
–  Up-close view of construction crews and machinery, including concrete pavers, dump trucks, and other construction equipment
–  View of the construction zone and live traffic passing on I-215

 

-UDOT-

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – March 22, 2017

We’re halfway through the work week, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday! Today we have just ONE new job opening to tell you about. Transportation Technicians are really the lifeblood of the department. They’re the ones out on the roads doing maintenance and making sure they’re safe. This one will be stationed in Sardine Canyon, a road that sees an average of 15,000 vehicles a day.

We employ over 1,600 people, come join a workforce whose mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #11764 – Transportation Technician II – Sardine/Laydown Crew, Region 1, Opens 03/21/2017, Closes 04/04/2017

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.

#WorkForUsWednesday – March 16, 2017

It’s #WorkForUsWednesday, on Thursday! Our blog administrator was traveling yesterday and this didn’t get posted, so here are FOUR new job openings in our department.

We employ over 1,600 people, come join a workforce who’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #11576 – Bridge Design Intern (Engineer Intern), Complex – Structures, Opens 3/14/17, Closes 3/21/17
  • Recruitment #11668 – Transportation Technician II – Region 4 – Delta, Opens 3/14/17, Closes 3/26/17
  • Recruitment #11693 – Environmental Compliance Manager (Environmental Program Manager I), Complex – Central Maintenance, Opens 3/14/17, Closes 3/21/17
  • Recruitment #11712 – Office Specialist I / TL, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 3/15/17, Closes 3/22/17

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.

#WorkForUsWednesday – March 8, 2017

It’s #WorkForUsWednesday! We have THREE new positions to announce. UDOT prides itself on being innovative and love to have employees that look for ways to improve and create a name for themselves. Take a look at the open positions and see where you can learn and grow while keeping Utah moving.

We employ over 1,600 people, come join a workforce who’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Administration Recruitment #11589 – Receptionist – Part Time (Office Spec II), Complex – Opens 3/2/17, Closes 3/9/17
  • **Re-open** Recruitment #11257 – Field Engineer (Engineer III), R-4, Closes 3/12/17
  • Recruitment #11577 – Construction Implementation Engineer (Eng IV), Complex – Construction, Opens 3/7/17, Closes 3/14/17

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.

#WorkForUsWednesday – March 1, 2017

It’s a new month, and a new #WorkForUsWednesday. This week there are  we have FIVE positions open.  Transportation Technicians are our front line employees. The ones out there keeping our roads clean and in good condition. We employ over 1,600 people, come join a workforce who’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #11479 – Materials Lab Office Specialist (Office Specialist II), Region 1, Opens 02/21/2017, Closes 03/05/2017
  • Recruitment #11525, Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Snowville, Opens 02/22/2017, Closes 03/07/2017
  • Recruitment #11484 – Transportation Technician II – Region 4 – Garrison, Opens 2/28/17, Closes 3/12/17
  • Recruitment #11382 – Rotational Engineer, Region 1 & Region 3, Opens 2/14/17, Closes 3/8/17
  • Recruitment #11383 – Rotational Engineer, Region 4, Opens 2/14/17, Closes 3/8/17

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.

#WorkForUsWednesday – February 15, 2017

For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday we have NINE positions open.  The biggest need right now is for engineers. Our engineers work in various departments ranging from design, to functional, and even traffic engineers. We employ over 1,600 people and jobs range from engineers to transportation technicians who work on the paint crew. They’re all vital to our vision of Keeping Utah Moving.

Come join a workforce who’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #11405 – Field Engineer (Engineer III) – Region 3 – Orem, Opens 02/13/2017, Closes 02/27/2017
  • Recruitment #11399 – Region Traffic Engineer (Engineer Manager I), Opens 2/14/17, Closes 2/22/17
  • Extended: Recruitment #11347 – Transportation Technician – Station 227, Region 2 – Draper, Opens 2/6/17, Closes: 02/19/17
  • Recruitment #11382 – Rotational Engineer, Region 1 & Region 3, Opens 2/14/17, Closes 2/28/17
  • Recruitment #11383 – Rotational Engineer, Region 4, Opens 2/14/17, Closes 2/28/17
  • Recruitment #11335– Roadway Design Engineer (Engineer III) – 3 vacancies, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 02/02/2017, Closes 02/24/2017
  • Recruitment #11380 – Transportation Technician II – Region 4 – Mt. Pleasant, Opens 2/8/17, Closes 2/20/17

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.

Snow Plow Driver Legislative Recognition – Passing of SCR5

Friday the Utah State Senate passed SRC5, a concurrent resolution recognizing the state’s snow plow drivers and the hard work they do. the resolution points out that work done by maintenance crews to plow snow and apply road salt saves lives. This is because those efforts reduce crashes by 88%, thereby reducing both injuries and accident costs by 85%. Several drivers were on the Senate floor as the resolution received it’s reading and received a standing ovation by the state senators for the hard work they’ve already done this winter, and the work they’ll continue to do going forward.

Read the resolution here.