#WorkForUsWednesday – November 7, 2016

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT. Check out these three new job openings for Transportation Techs and a Journey Auto Worker. Did you know UDOT has a workforce of about 75 in it’s auto mechanic shops. They fix everything from big dump trucks to lawn mowers. Get a peek at the work they do here: https://youtu.be/pjs3IuKyiWk.

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

  • Recruitment #10769 – Transportation Technician II – Duchesne, Region 3 – Duchesne, Opens 12/06/2016, Closes 12/18/2016
  • Recruitment #10729 – Journey Auto Worker, Complex – Equipment Operations, Opens 12/6/16, Closes 12/13/16
  • Recruitment #10769 – Transportation Technician II – Duchesne, Region 3 – Duchesne, Opens 12/06/2016, Closes 12/18/2016

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.

Striping Utah’s Roads

The task of striping Utah’s roads is one that UDOT is continually looking to improve and presents several unique challenges. We are leading the way in many aspects compared to like states around us, but there is ground to be made.

In order to make our striping reflective we use round glass beads embedded in paint and other binders as shown below. The light is reflected back to the driver’s eyes.

The visibility of the reflectivity is reduced, in the winter, by the accumulation of salt and dirt on the road. We rely on the spring rains to wash off the salt and dirt. It is also reduced, of course, by rain and snow.

The durability of our striping is impacted by plowing and traffic. We need to have a product that will withstand the winter plowing, and last throughout the rest of the year. In the past few years we have started recessing more of our striping below the road surface to help it last longer, however even this solution can be problematic during plowing, as dirt, snow and ice can fill recessed areas making the paint hard to see.

Striping is weather dependent.  It can only be applied when the temperature is 50 deg. F minimum and when the road surface is dry.  In the urban areas, it is also traffic dependent.  It is done during off-peak hours, usually at night, when traffic volumes are at a minimum.

Utah is divided into 6 striping districts.  Each district has a full-time crew that stripes continuously during the warm months.  Each district’s goal is to paint every road, every year.  They also have the ability to hire a contractor to help out with their work when they can’t get to all roads because of weather or equipment malfunctions.

Striping is also installed by contractors on our road reconstruction projects.

We are continually working on a better solution to improving the visibility of our lines in wet weather.  We have tried several approaches including a different mix of beads and paint, recessed reflective material and wider stripes.

#WorkForUsWednesday – November 30, 2016

Two job openings to highlight on this #WorkForUsWednesday. One working in our structures department. Did you know Utah has over 3,000 bridges? Our engineers inspect them and design new ones for road projects. Come join a workforce who’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #10577 – 3D Bridge Engineer (Engineer III), Complex – Structures, Opens 11/25/16, Closes 12/12/16
  • Recruitment #10642 – Seasonal Transportation Technician – Centerville, Region 1 – Centerville, Opens 11/21/2016, Extended to 12/04/2016

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 – November 23, 2016

With Thanksgiving this week, we’re thankful for our over 1,600 employees that work hard to keep Utah moving.  Check out theses six job openings and come join a workforce who’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #10612 – Accounting Tech III, Region 2 – Headquarters, Opens 11/18/16, Closes 11/27/16
  • Recruitment #10621 – Business Analyst – EPM/Future Systems, Complex – Central Preconstruction, Opens 11/18/16, Closes 11/28/16
  • Recruitment #10610 – Transportation Technician II – Nephi, Region 3 – Nephi, Opens 11/21/2016, Closes 12/01/2016
  • Recruitment #10642 – Seasonal Transportation Technician – Centerville, Region 1 – Centerville, Opens 11/21/2016, Closes 11/28/2016
  • Extended Recruitment #10156 – Seasonal Transportation Tech I, Region 2 – Wendover, Opens 9/29/16, Closes 11/27/16
  • Recruitment #10633 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Bluff, Opens 11/21/2016, Closes 12/05/2016

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.

Employee Advisory Council October 2016 Meeting

The Employee Advisory Council met October 17, 2016. Items that were included in the discussion included:

  • Employee Appreciation and Recognition Programs
  • Trans Tech Training
  • Van Share
  • Employee Safety
  • Employee Website
  • Water for Maintenance Stations
  • Consultant Evaluations
  • UDOT Branding
  • Giving Tree

Notes from the meeting are available below.

EAC October 2016 Summary

Information from previous meetings has also been posted on the blog.

Employee Advisory Council

HOLIDAY TRAVEL: Heavy Traffic Delays Expected for Thanksgiving Holiday

Heavy Traffic Delays Expected for Thanksgiving Holiday

Drivers reminded to leave early or late, avoid Wednesday rush hour if possible 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 21, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises Wasatch Front drivers planning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday to expect heavy delays on I-15 during the evening commute on Wednesday.

Traffic is expected to be heaviest on Wednesday between noon and 6 p.m., so leave early in the day or late in the evening to help reduce congestion. On Thursday and Friday, engineers expect heavier traffic on surface streets near shopping centers, while the freeways will be less busy.

Work was recently completed on I-15 from Farr West to Brigham City, adding an additional lane to the freeway in both directions, which will help travelers heading to and from Idaho and points north.

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during the Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday through Sunday). 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-215 from S.R. 201 to 4700 South: all lanes remain open, but traffic is shifted and lanes have been narrowed. On southbound I-215, the lanes are split between S.R. 201 and 4100 South, so drivers needing to exit at 3500 South to access Valley Fair Mall need to merge to the right prior to the lane split. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 miles per hour. Crews are reconstructing the freeway with new concrete, adding auxiliary lanes, and replacing the bridges over S.R. 201.
  • I-215 near 6200 South: the freeway has been reduced to two lanes in each direction, and restrictions remain in place on the on- and off-ramps at 6200 South. Crews are reconstructing the bridge decks on I-215 at 6200 South and several other nearby locations, and work is scheduled to be complete in December.

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

UDOT informs Utah Transportation Commission of intent to raise speed limits in certain areas of I-70 and I-15

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) informed the Utah Transportation Commission of its decision to raise the speed limits on certain areas of rural Utah interstates today during the monthly Utah Transportation Commission Meeting, held in the Eagle Mountain City Council chambers.

Traffic and Safety Director Robert Miles told the commission that the division has completed an analysis on speed, crash and fatal crash data.  The studies were conducted this spring and summer, and determined that raising the speed limits in these areas would be safe and appropriate. Miles said the speed limit increases would also create consistency with similar areas on those freeways.

UDOT will increase the speed limit on intermittent stretches of Interstate 70 from the I-15 junction to the junction with S.R. 24 (MP 7.94 to 139.35)

The major changes will be seen on Interstate 15 through Pine Creek and Baker Canyons where areas previously limited to 65 and 75 MPH will now be 80 MPH. (Trucks will still be limited to 65 MPH). Miles said the addition of a climbing lanes in that area allowed for an increased speed limit for passenger cars.

Updated signs will be placed in those locations within the next few weeks.

The following chart outlines the changes that will be made.

Speed limit increases on I-70 and I-15

Speed limit increases on I-70 and I-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#WorkForUsWednesday – November, 16, 2016

There’s a winter storm coming tonight, so curl up with a warm blanket and check out these four job openings for #WorkforusWednesday. We’ve got openings in Region 2, and at our central office.

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.

  • EXTENDED: Recruitment #10512 – Department Data Coordinator (Business Analyst Supervisor), Complex – Central Preconstruction, Opens 11/8/16, Closes 11/21/16
  • Recruitment #10531 – Transportation Technician – Station 227, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 11/9/16, Closes 11/20/16
  • Recruitment #10576 – Senior Business Analyst, Complex – Central Preconstruction, Opens 11/15/16, Closes 11/23/16
  • Recruitment #10483 – Transportation Technician II – Sign & Guardrail Crew, R2 – Murray (Station 244), Opens 11/15/16, Closes 11/27/16

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.

Media Availability: Teen Survivors & Safety Advocates Urge Utahns—Buckle Up this Thanksgiving and Always

For Immediate Release:

Teen Survivors & Safety Advocates Urge Utahns—Buckle Up this Thanksgiving and Always

Buckled, roll-over crash leaves teens grateful for seat belts and a second chance at life

 

WHAT: Media availability with Utah teen crash survivors* and their families to remind Utahns to always buckle up – especially this holiday season.

The Utah Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety and the Hold on to Dear Life campaign are encouraging increased seat belt use during Thanksgiving holiday travel. Utah law enforcement officers will be working Click It or Ticket overtime shifts to stop and educate unbuckled motorists.

*Six teens rolled their truck along Alpine Loop near Sundance on October 15, 2016. All six survived the crash with minimal injury, and credited seat belts for saving their lives.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 from 11a.m. – 12 p.m.

11 a.m. Welcome and introductions
11:05 a.m. Brief review of teen crash
11:10 a.m. Colonel Rapich remarks
11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.  One-on-one interviews

WHERE: RC Willey, 2301 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT

WHO:

  • Teen crash survivors Lauren Monson (17), Kaylee Dial (16), Dylan Verbanatz (17), Brooklyn Hale (17), Doyoung Park (17) – and family members
  • Representatives from UDOT and UHP, including the UHP trooper first on scene
  • Hold on to Dear Life Representatives

VISUALS:

  • Teens and family members
  • Photo display of the crashed truck, friends and homecoming
  • RC Willey living spaces
  • Hold on to Dear Life PSA highlighting teens

WHY: Nearly 50 percent of traffic fatalities are unbuckled. Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury. This Thanksgiving holiday will be one of the busiest on Utah roads.

Media Contacts:

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

Sgt. Todd Royce
UHP Public Information Officer
troyce@utah.gov
Cell: 801-556-8261

UDOT Urges Drivers to Be Prepared for Winter Weather

UDOT Urges Drivers to Be Prepared for Winter Weather

 


With the first valley snow of the season scheduled to fall this week, UDOT held its annual Snow Show to demonstrate the department’s snow removal preparations and remind drivers to do their part.

This year, UDOT is urging drivers to make sure their vehicles have chains or snow tires when driving up Utah’s canyons. Chains or M/S-rated tires are required if planning travel through many of Utah’s canyons or mountain passes. For more information, visit udot.utah.gov/go/chainup.

“If you’re driving up the canyon and see an overhead sign that says, ‘chains required,’ pay attention,” said Jeff Reynolds, supervisor of UDOT’s Incident Management Team. “It’s not optional. Don’t risk it. Unfortunately, every year we see people take their chances and get in a crash, which often blocks the canyon for hours. Make sure you have the right equipment before you hit the road.”

Other driver safety tips include:

  • Slow down.
  • Do not pass a snow plow, and stay back at least 200 feet.
  • Allow extra distance between your car and the one in front of you.
  • Keep your windshield, windows and lights clear of snow and ice.
  • Check your tires for proper pressure and sufficient tread.
  • Check your lights and windshield wiper blades to make sure they work properly.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that includes blanket(s), a flashlight, a first aid kit, jumper cables, bottled water, and granola/energy bars.

More than 500 full-time snow plow drivers will be working to keep Utah’s 6,000 miles of state highways and 980 miles of interstate clear of snow and ice this winter. “Our team is ready for whatever the winter brings,” said Jake Brown, Roadway Operations Manager for Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon. “We’ve been preparing for this first storm for weeks now and are anxious to get to work. Our goal is to keep the roads clear so you can safely get to where you’re going.”

UDOT Snow Removal, By The Numbers:

  • UDOT’s fleet includes 533 snow plow trucks, 7 self-propelled snowblowers, and 13 TowPlows.
  • 2.5 million gallons of salt brine, enough to cover a football field nearly 8 feet deep, are applied to the roads annually to prevent icing.
  • 220,000 tons of salt are applied every year to melt ice and snow.
  • 20,000 tons of grit and volcanic cinders are applied to provide extra traction for drivers.
  • $24 million is budgeted for snow removal budget every year, which averages to about $1 million per winter storm.