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 Begins Construction on New Wildlife Fencing in Parleys Canyon

UDOT Begins Construction on New Wildlife Fencing in Parleys Canyon

 

JEREMY RANCH (Oct. 6, 2016) —The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will start building one mile of wildlife fencing on westbound I-80 near Jeremy Ranch on Friday. The new wildlife fencing is the first phase in a long-term plan to reduce wildlife and vehicle collisions in Parleys Canyon.

UDOT partnered with Save People Save Wildlife to expedite the process to raise funding and install the fence before winter.

“This demonstrates the power of a public-private partnership where groups come together to make the community better,” UDOT Region Two Director Bryan Adams said. “We want to thankSave People Save Wildlife for playing a tremendous role in making this happen.”

This one-mile stretch of fencing is funded by $50,000 in UDOT contingency funds combined with a $50,000 donation from Save People Save Wildlife.

UDOT recently completed a study with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to determine solutions to ensure that wildlife collisions are reduced not only now, but long into the future.

The department is now designing the long-term solution, which includes building a new wildlife crossing and installing enough wildlife fencing to stretch three miles in both directions on I-80from Jeremy Ranch to Parleys Summit. These projects are scheduled to start after funding becomes available in fall 2017.

UDOT requested and the Utah Transportation Commission approved $5 million to reduce wildlife and vehicle collisions in Parleys Canyon.

 

 

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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.

Media Briefing: UDOT and UHP announce Express Lane education and enforcement blitz

Media Briefing: UDOT and UHP announce Express Lane education and enforcement blitz

WHAT:
Ride alongs and media availability regarding education and increased Express Lane enforcement efforts by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will be available.

UDOT and UHP are partnering to educate drivers about how to correctly use Express Lanes to reduce congestion and improve traffic.

With the completion of the Point project, Utah now has the longest continuous Express Lanes in the country.

WHO:  

John Gleason, UDOT public information officer

Todd Royce, UHP public information officer

WHEN:   

Thursday, Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

VISUALS:

Ride along with UHP troopers as they educate drivers regarding Express Lane laws.

***Media interested in a ride along should call Sgt. Todd Royce today to make arrangements***

WHERE:

UHP Salt Lake County Office – 5681 South Commerce Drive, Murray. Exit I-15 at 5300 South, turn south on Commerce Drive, continue to UHP office.

 

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Media Contact:
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

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 21, 2016

We’re halfway through the week, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday. There are three new positions here at UDOT. 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 #09974 – Environmental Performance Manager (Environmental Manager), Complex – Environmental, Opens 9/14/16, Closes 10/3/16
  • Recruitment #10026 – Transportation Technician II (2 positions), Region 4 – Salina, Opens 9/21/16, 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.

UDOT Launches New Technology Making Crosswalks Safer for Students, Crossing Guards

UDOT Launches New Technology Making Crosswalks Safer for Students, Crossing Guards
UDOT first in the nation to arm local school crossing guards with tool to enable longer “walk” time during peak hours

WEST JORDAN (Sept. 14, 2016) — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) unveiled a new technology Wednesday that allows school crossing guards to add extra “walk” time on a crosswalk signal during peak periods. This increases safety by allowing students more time to get across the busy street.

By using a newly engineered key on signal boxes, crossing guards can now add 10-15 seconds of extra “walk” time during morning and afternoon hours when students walk and bike to school. This increases safety and allows traffic to continue moving smoothly and efficiently throughout the day.

UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center is the first in the nation to develop this technology. Installing the key costs about $20 per crosswalk, plus 30 minutes of installation time for an electrician.

“This is a low cost, easy solution that will pay off with increased safety and better traffic flow for the area, which is UDOT’s ultimate goal,” said UDOT School and Pedestrian Safety Program Manager Cherissa Olson. “We want to make sure students are getting to and from school every day safe and sound.”

Crossing guards who help students cross the busy 9000 South near 2200 West to Hawthorn Academy and Westvale Elementary in West Jordan every day welcome the new technology.

“With all of the traffic in this area, something had to be done to help our students get to and from school safely,” said Cindy Jacobsen, crossing guard supervisor for West Jordan. “This new tool from UDOT gives us an easy solution that will make our jobs easier.”

Schools interested in using this new technology at their crosswalks can email askudottraffic@utah.gov.

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – September 14, 2016

For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday, there are two new openings. Transportation Technicians are the imperative to the work we do.

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 #09895 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Escalante, Opens 9/08/16, Closes 9/18/16
  • Recruitment #09908 – Transportation Technician II – Ogden, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 09/12/2016, Closes 09/20/2016

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.