Media Briefing: UDOT to reduce lanes on Bangerter Highway at 90th South through July  

Media Briefing: UDOT to reduce lanes on Bangerter Highway at 90th South through July  

Drivers should plan ahead and expect delays during the morning and evening commute through July

WHAT:
Media briefing regarding new lane closures on Bangerter Highway in West Jordan starting Tuesday, May 29 and continuing through July. Bangerter Highway will be reduced to two lanes in both directions, 24 hours a day, between 7800 South and 9000 South.

Lane closures on Bangerter Highway in this area have been in place during non-commute hours for several months. However, with these new restrictions, UDOT expects heavy delays for drivers, especially during the morning and evening commute.

These lane closures will allow crews to continue construction of a new freeway-style interchange on Bangerter Highway at 9000 South. Construction on the new interchange is scheduled for completion this fall.

WHEN:
Friday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Bangerter Highway/9000 South construction zone

Directions:

From Salt Lake City, travel south on Bangerter Highway. As you approach the new overpass just before 9000 South, enter the work zone in the middle of the highway (through the opening in the barrels). UDOT representatives will be on-site to direct media to the parking area.

Personal protective equipment, including hard hats and vests, will be provided and must be worn. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required to enter the construction zone.

WHO:
UDOT representatives

 

VISUALS:
–       Active construction zone on Bangerter Highway

–       B-roll of construction activities at 9000 South interchange

 

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

Major Delays Expected on Utah Highways for Memorial Day Weekend

For Immediate Release

Major Delays Expected on Utah Highways for Memorial Day Weekend

Rethink your trip by planning extra time, leaving early or staying late

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 23, 2018– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges Wasatch Front drivers to plan ahead for delays of up to 90 minutes on I-15 during the afternoon and evening this Thursday and Friday for Memorial Day weekend. Traffic is expected to begin building as early as noon on both days, so holiday travelers are advised to rethink their trip by leaving early in the day or later in the evening.

UDOT engineers expect increased holiday traffic from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with heaviest delays during the evening commute. On Monday, returning travelers are expected to create heavy traffic from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. along I-15 south of the Wasatch Front.

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during Memorial 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: In Lehi, lanes are shifted on I-15, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour in 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 from the I-15 junction to U.S. 89 in Sevier County: I-70 is reduced to one lane in several locations between the I-15 interchange and U.S. 89. Due to slow-moving trucks and recreational vehicles, drivers should plan for 30-minute delays through the construction zone.

Following the holiday weekend, two additional projects will affect Wasatch Front drivers:

  • Starting Tuesday, May 29, Bangerter Highway will be reduced to two lanes in each direction, 24 hours a day, from 9000 South to 7800 South in West Jordan. These lane closures continue through July, as crews work to construct a new freeway-style interchange at Bangerter Highway and 9000 South.
  • On Wednesday, May 30, I-80 will be reduced to one lane in each direction near the S.R. 201 junction in Tooele County for one week. Drivers should expect delays during the morning and evening commute, and use S.R. 201 as an alternate route. Crews are completing pavement repairs as part of a project to replace several bridges on I-80 and S.R. 36.

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

Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Fatal crashes nearly double from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day in Utah

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will mark the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days with a media event on Thursday.

The family of 18-year-old Maria Fernanda Herrera, who died on impact when she came upon stopped traffic going too fast on I-15, will be available to speak with reporters. May 24 marks what would have been Maria’s 24th birthday. As balloons were one of her favorite things, there will be a balloon for each life lost last year during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days (89) at the event.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day fatal crashes nearly double compared to the rest of the year. With 94 percent of all crashes being caused by human error (including distracted driving, speeding, exhaustion, impairment and not buckling up), UDOT and the UHP urge drivers to obey the speed limit, focus on the road and strive for Zero Fatalities.

Over the past five years in Utah there were 111 deaths caused by speeding. On average, 40 percent of all crashes involve speeding. UDOT and DPS hopes this event reminds Utahns to obey the speed limit and make Zero Fatalities the goal.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Calvin Rampton Building: 4501 S 2700 W, Taylorsville, UT 84119

WHO:
Martin Herrera (Maria’s Father), Eva Maria (Maria’s mother) and Maria’s siblings, Andrea, Carolina, Martin and Alex

VISUALS:

  • Balloons representing each life lost during last year’s 100 Deadliest Days
  • Thumb drive with photos of Maria Herrera, a PSA video with the Herrera family, and crash photos

 

Media Contacts:

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

Lt. Todd Royce
UHP Public Information Officer
801-556-8261
troyce@utah.gov

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 9, 2018

Happy Wednesday, it’s #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT.  Today we have TWO new positions open at the department. Check out the descriptions by following the links below.

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 #15846 – Senior Business Analyst, Complex – Project Development, Opens 5/8/18, Closes 5/21/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15846 – Structures Design Lead (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 5/8/18, Closes 5/15/18.  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.

Governor Appoints Former Orem Mayor to Transportation Commission

Governor Appoints Former Orem Mayor to Transportation Commission

New Commissioner Will Represent Central Utah in Prioritizing Transportation Projects 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 26, 2018) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed former Orem City Mayor James T. Evans as a new member of the Utah State Transportation Commission. He replaces J. Kent Millington, whose term of service on the Commission has expired.

The governor’s action now awaits state senate confirmation.

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, Evans will specifically represent the interests of Daggett, Duchesne, Juab, Uintah, Utah and Wasatch counties.

Evans brings considerable background and experience to his new role with the Commission. In addition to his service as Orem City Mayor, he served as a member of the Orem City Council, on the Alpine School District Board of Education and State Board of Regents.  He currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees for the Utah System of Technical Colleges.  Professionally, he is Chief Operating Officer for Xactware Solutions Inc.  He previously was a regional director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

He and his wife, Tana, are parents of three children and eight grandchildren.

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PRESS RELEASE:  State and city leaders to officially launch construction of I-15 Technology Corridor

For Immediate Release

 State and city leaders to officially launch construction of I-15 Technology Corridor

Gov. Herbert will conduct a site tour via drone before unveiling official project rendering and augmented reality simulation

 

WHAT: Gov. Gary R. Herbert will officially launch construction of the Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) I-15 Tech Corridor project in Lehi by piloting a drone for a pre-construction site tour.

The project will widen I-15 in the heart of Silicon Slopes with two new lanes in each direction from Lehi Main Street to S.R. 92. It will also alleviate east-west congestion in this busy area by building a bridge at Triumph Boulevard, adding a one-way frontage road system from 2100 North to S.R. 92 and reconstructing those two interchanges. In addition, the project will construct 17 bridges and include several bike and pedestrian improvements.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 9 a.m.
9 a.m. Welcome remarks by UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
9:05 a.m. Remarks by Gov. Gary Herbert
9:10 a.m. Remarks by Sen. Stuart Adams
9:15 a.m. Virtual video tour of project via drone, piloted by Gov. Herbert
9:35 a.m. Unveiling of project rendering
9:40 a.m. Augmented reality simulation of Triumph Boulevard Bridge and media one-on-ones

WHERE: UCCU Building, 7th Floor, 3333 N Digital Dr, Lehi, UT 84043

WHO:
Gov. Gary Herbert
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
Sen. Stuart Adams
Lehi Mayor Mark Johnson
Members of the House and Senate Transportation Committees
Members of the Utah Legislature
Utah Transportation Commissioners

VISUALS:

  • Augmented reality simulation of project
  • Drone flight and footage of I-15 in Lehi
  • Project rendering

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

UDOT Names New Region Three Director

For Immediate Release

UDOT Names New Region Three Director

Rob Clayton to oversee construction and maintenance of state roads in Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties.

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 18, 2018) – Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Carlos Braceras announced today that Rob Clayton is the new Region Three director.

In this role, Clayton will be responsible for the construction and maintenance of state roads in Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties. Clayton replaces Teri Newell, who was recently appointed as an additional deputy director for UDOT.

Since 2011, Clayton has served as the director of UDOT’s traffic management division. The division is charged with operating a smart transportation network, as using technology to help manage traffic is an excellent way to optimize mobility, reduce delay and increase roadway capacity.

As director of the traffic management division, Clayton helped shepherd the department into the future by overseeing the traffic signal network, advanced traffic management system, and intelligent transportation systems. He also managed the state’s incident management teams, and traveler information on the UDOT Traffic website.

Clayton started working at UDOT in 1997, serving in several roles including maintenance of traffic oversight engineer for the I-15 CORE project, and operations engineer for the traffic management division.

Clayton will begin his new role on April 23. He will continue to lead the Traffic Management Division until a new director is announced.

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

PRESS RELEASE: UDOT Announces Public Open House for Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement

For Immediate Release

UDOT Announces Public Open House for Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement

New study to address traffic congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon

SALT LAKE CITY (April 9, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and the USDA Forest Service (USDA FS) will host a public open house to address traffic congestion and safety in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Scheduled April 10 from 4 to 8 p.m., the public open house will allow the public to provide comments on the Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The open house will be held at Cottonwood Heights City Hall, 2277 E Bengal Blvd.

UDOT, UTA and USDA FS are conducting the Little Cottonwood Canyon EIS to address traffic congestion, safety, and public transportation options for residents, visitors, and commuters on SR 210 from Fort Union Boulevard to the Town of Alta, which includes Little Cottonwood Canyon Road.

In consideration of numerous previous studies and public involvement efforts carried out by a range of agencies and stakeholders regarding potential transportation improvements in the project study area, the EIS team will develop and evaluate a range of alternatives that reduce congestion and improve recreation and tourism experiences in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The official public scoping period for the Little Cottonwood Canyon EIS runs through May 4, 2018. Official public comments on transportation challenges and issues in the canyon will be collected via email at littlecottonwoodeis@utah.gov and the study website at www.udot.utah.gov/littlecottonwoodeis.

The public can also get updates and notifications on the following channels:

  • Twitter: @UDOTlcceis
  • Facebook group: @UtahDOT under the page’s Groups: UDOT Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement (LCC EIS)
  • Instagram: @utahtransportation

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by UDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated January 17, 2017, and executed by FHWA and UDOT.

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

Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP and Local Contractors Partner to Encourage Safer Driving in Work Zones

Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP and Local Contractors Partner to Encourage Safer Driving in Work Zones

Agencies and contractors showcase safety practices and offer reminders to drivers as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week 

 

WHAT:
With construction season under way, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and Associated General Contractors of Utah (AGC) are reminding drivers to be safe and put away distractions, especially in work zones.

Last year, there were 2,400 crashes in work zones in Utah. UDOT, the UHP and the AGC are asking drivers to do their part to help construction workers get home safely to their families every night.

At the event, the media can watch the daily contractor safety briefing and tour a live construction site, in addition to interviews with representatives from UDOT, UHP and the AGC.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 10, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Riverton City Offices
12830 South Redwood Road
(Media parking is available in the lot south of the city building)

WHO:
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
UHP Col. Michael Rapich
Associated General Contractors of Utah President & CEO Richard Thorn
W.W. Clyde Project Manager Tyler Clyde, Redwood Road project 

VISUALS:
–       Construction equipment and workers widening Redwood Road
–       Contractors participating in daily safety briefing
–       Photos of work zone crashes
–       B-roll provided of the work zone

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

UDOT Names Additional Deputy Director

For Immediate Release

UDOT Names Additional Deputy Director

Newly-created role will help lead the Department into the transportation future

SALT LAKE CITY (April 5, 2018) – UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras announced today he has named Teri Newell as an additional deputy director for the department.

The additional deputy director will help guide the department as it moves to address issues relating to Utah’s growing population, advances in technology and the evolution of the transportation industry. The newly-created position comes after the passing of SB 136, which addressed the governance of transportation in Utah.

Newell joins Braceras and Deputy Director Shane Marshall in leading the department’s more than 1,600 employees. The executive team also oversees the design, construction and maintenance of Utah’s 6,000 miles of state roads and highways.

“Teri has proven herself as an innovative leader,” Braceras said. “Her work as Region Three Director and as the project manager for the Mountain View Corridor has helped to prepare her to take an active role shaping this new position and in helping to lead UDOT into its exciting transportation future.”

Newell begins her new role immediately. For the past five years, she has served as UDOT’s Region Three director, and was responsible for the construction and maintenance of state roads in Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties. Prior to her role as UDOT’s first female region director, Newell spent 10 years taking the Mountain View Corridor from a concept, through the environmental process, to completion of the initial phases. Before joining UDOT, Newell was the operations director for Salt Lake County, and held other positions in the private sector. She is a native of Iowa, and she received her civil engineering degree from Iowa State University.

Newell will continue to lead Region Three activies until a new region director is announced.

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