Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP to Report on Highway Fatalities for 100 Deadliest Days

Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP to Report on Highway Fatalities for 100 Deadliest Days

Transportation and law enforcement leaders to highlight lifesaving behavior changes for drivers, passengers and motorcyclists  

WHAT: The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will report on what has been a disappointing summer for driver, passenger and pedestrian fatalities on Utah roads from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, known as the 100 Deadliest Days. The 100 Deadliest Days typically averages twice as many fatal crashes compared to the rest of the year.  This year Utah saw dramatic increases in motorcycle, unbuckled and aggressive driving fatalities.

With 94 percent of all crashes caused by human error, UDOT and UHP will challenge Utahns to do a better job with zero texting, zero distractions, zero driving under the influence, zero speeding and zero unbuckled passengers. University of Utah student Mariana Sablan will share how using her seat belt kept her from becoming a fatality this summer.

WHEN:           Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 10 – 11 a.m.

WHERE:         South Bountiful Auto 2166 W 2425 S, Woods Cross

WHO:              Mariana Sablan – Rollover survivor and seatbelt user

Col. Michael Rapich – Utah Highway Patrol

John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer

VISUALS:

·         2018 100 Deadliest Days statistics

·         Crashed vehicles at South Bountiful Auto

·         Mariana Sablan crash photos ( Dropbox Link)

 

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

Plan Ahead for I-15 Delays over Labor DayWeekend

For Immediate Release 

 

Plan Ahead for I-15 Delays over Labor DayWeekend

Trips through Salt Lake and Utah counties may take up to an hour longer this Friday 

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 29, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recommends Wasatch Front drivers plan ahead for I-15 delays this Thursday and Friday due to holiday traffic for the Labor Day weekend. Trips through Salt Lake and Utah counties on I-15 could take 30 minutes longer on Thursday, and up to an hour longer on Friday.

UDOT engineers expect increased traffic on Thursday between 2:30 and 7 p.m., and on Friday between 2 and 8:30 p.m., with heaviest delays around 5 p.m. each day. Due to return trips on Monday, northbound I-15 will see heavier traffic south of Payson from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m.

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during Labor 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-15 Technology Corridor: On I-15 in Lehi, the northbound lanes are split from 2100 North to S.R. 92, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour through the construction zone from S.R. 92 to Main Street. Drivers should be alert when driving through the work zone and anticipate areas of rough or uneven pavement.

I-70 Bridge Maintenance, Sevier County: I-70 is reduced to one lane in each direction in sections between the Sevier/Millard county line and the U.S. 89 junction. All traffic has been shifted to the westbound lanes, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour through the work zone.

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

#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

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 15, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a #WorkForUsWednesday. Today we have SEVENTEEN new positions to post about. There are so many because the department is expanding it’s Incident Management Team. They’re the ones who help motorists who break down on the freeway. They’re an amazing team. Learn more about them here: https://youtu.be/GiqlVNtXlMg

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 #16320 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1, Logan Summit, Opens 6/21/18, Closes 7/9/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15853 – Structures Design Lead (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 6/18/18, Closes 7/16/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16409 – Region Planning Manager (Engineering Manager II), Complex – Planning, Opens 6/26/18, Closes 7/9/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16386 – Region Planning Manager  (Urban Planning Manager), Complex – Planning, Opens 6/28/18, Closes 7/9/18.  Click here to apply.
    Note: Four positions are open for a Region Planning Manager (one in each region) and it is available to both engineers and nonengineers. There has been some confusion in the past about job opportunities available to both engineers and nonengineers, which advertise separately. As a clarification, we wanted to let you know that while you see two postings above with slightly different DHRM classifications for each position, the working titles will be the same.
  • Recruitment #16258 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Spec III), Echo Port of Entry, Opens 6/26/18, Closes 7/9/18.  Click here to apply. (1 position)
  • Recruitment #15930 – Incident Management Specialist I (Roadway Safety Specialist I), 7 Positions between Regions 1, 2 & 3 Opens 6/26/18, Closes 7/9/18.  Click here to apply. (7 positions)
  • Recruitment #16369 – Transportation Technician II – Station 225, Region 2 – Salt Lake City, Opens 6/26/18, Closes 7/4/18.  Click here to apply.  (1 position)
  • Recruitment #16406 – Transportation Technician II – Station 232, Region 2 –  Murray, Opens 6/26/18, Closes 17/8/18 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.

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 27, 2018

It’s the hottest day of the year so far along the Wasatch Front. It’s also #WorkForUsWednesday. While you’re trying to stay cool,  check out these SIXTEEN new positions open throughout the department. WHAT?! There are so many because the department is expanding it’s Incident Management Team. They’re the ones who help motorists who break down on the freeway. They’re an amazing team. Learn more about them here: https://youtu.be/GiqlVNtXlMg

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 #16320 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1, Logan Summit, Opens 6/21/18, Closes 7/9/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15853 – Structures Design Lead (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 6/18/18, Closes 7/16/18.  Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #16409 – Region Planning Manager (Engineering Manager II), Complex – Planning, Opens 6/26/18, Closes 7/9/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16386 – Region Planning Manager  (Urban Planning Manager), Complex – Planning, Opens 6/28/18, Closes 7/9/18.  Click here to apply.
    Note: Four positions are open for a Region Planning Manager (one in each region) and it is available to both engineers and nonengineers. There has been some confusion in the past about job opportunities available to both engineers and nonengineers, which advertise separately. As a clarification, we wanted to let you know that while you see two postings above with slightly different DHRM classifications for each position, the working titles will be the same.
  • Recruitment #16258 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Spec III), Echo Port of Entry, Opens 6/26/18, Closes 7/9/18.  Click here to apply. (1 position)
  • Recruitment #15930 – Incident Management Specialist I (Roadway Safety Specialist I), 7 Positions between Regions 1, 2 & 3 Opens 6/26/18, Closes 7/9/18.  Click here to apply. (7 positions)
  • Recruitment #16369 – Transportation Technician II – Station 225, Region 2 – Salt Lake City, Opens 6/26/18, Closes 7/4/18.  Click here to apply.  (1 position)
  • Recruitment #16406 – Transportation Technician II – Station 232, Region 2 –  Murray, Opens 6/26/18, Closes 17/8/18 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.

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