#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.

MEDIA ADVISORY: UDOT to Host ‘Snow Show’ in Preparation for First Valley Winter Storm

MEDIA ADVISORY

UDOT to HostSnow Showin Preparation for First Valley Winter Storm

 Department urges drivers to be ready for canyon driving with either chains or the right snow tires

WHAT:
Media availability regarding the start of the winter driving season. UDOT will showcase how it’s ready for the snow, and give drivers tips on being prepared for all that winter will bring.

WHO:
Representatives from UDOT snow removal operations, and the Incident Management Team.

WHERE:
UDOT’s Cottonwood Maintenance Station
6601 South 3000 East
Cottonwood Heights
* Directions from downtown SLC: take the I-215 east belt to 6200 South; turn right on 3000 East

WHEN:
Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

VISUALS

  • UDOT snow removal equipment including blowers, plows and a TowPlow
  • Vehicle with M/S rated snow tires

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

UHP and UDOT Urge Motorists to Drive off Freeway after a Minor Crash

UHP and UDOT Urge Motorists to Drive off Freeway after a Minor Crash

Pulling into the shoulder causes major delays — the equivalent of blocking a lane of freeway traffic

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 15, 2016) — The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are urging drivers to drive off the freeway after minor fender benders. These types of crashes can cause major delays on the freeway and create safety issues.

After a typical crash on a six-lane freeway where the involved vehicles pull onto the shoulder, traffic will still back up as if two lanes of the freeway were blocked, according to UDOT traffic operations engineers. If the vehicles don’t pull onto the shoulder and instead block a full lane of traffic, that causes delays equal to blocking three lanes.

“Even the most minor crashes can cause major delays,” UDOT Public Information Officer John Gleason said. “Ideally if you can drive your car, please pull off at the next exit.”

Of the 13,706 crashes investigated by the UHP this year, just 38 percent have moved off the freeway, according to UHP Col. Michael Rapich.

The UHP is doing everything it can to clear crashes and get them off the roadway so traffic can flow smoothly, but they need the public’s help.

“Do everyone a favor, and move your car,” Rapich said. “Call 9-1-1, and listen to what the dispatcher tells you. They’ll help keep you safe and make sure to send help your way.”

By calling 9-1-1, that starts the office reporting process, so drivers need not worry about leaving the scene of an accident.

Keeping your car on the freeway after a crash can be dangerous as well. It’s even more dangerous if drivers exit their vehicles and stand on the interstate. Rapich and Gleason said if a vehicle is disabled and unable to move to the next exit, drivers and passengers should stay in the vehicle with their seatbelts fastened.

“With winter approaching, the chance for a secondary crash is extremely high,” Gleason said. “You’re basically a sitting duck if you get out of your vehicle. Stay safe, buckled up in your car, and call 9-1-1 for help.”

UDOT and UHP both have tools to remove disabled vehicles from the road. UDOT’s Incident Management Team has five trucks equipped with stingers to pull disabled vehicles off the interstate, and UHP troopers utilize push bumpers to remove disabled vehicles off the roadway.

 

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Media Contacts:

Sgt. Todd Royce
Public Information Officer, Utah Highway Patrol
troyce@utah.gov
801-554-5659

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

Zero Fatalities Seeking Utah’s Top Teen Talent for 2017 Super Bowl Spot

 For Immediate Release:

 

Zero Fatalities Seeking Utah’s Top Teen Talent for 2017 Super Bowl Spot

Teens can submit videos about traffic safety for the chance to win coveted airtime during the Big Game

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 10, 2016) – UDOT’s Zero Fatalities program is calling on Utah teens to submit their best safety video for a chance to have it air during the 2017 Super Bowl. Teens throughout the state are encouraged to submit a 25-second video from now until January 6, 2017, on the Zero Fatalities website.

All entrants will receive five movie ticket vouchers for entering. Entrants submitting before December 10, 2016 will receive five movie tickets to a private, opening-weekend showing of Star Wars: Rogue One, at Jordan Commons, while tickets last.

The winning video will air during the Super Bowl telecast in February.

“When it comes to traffic safety, the most influential spokesperson for teens are their peers,” said Kristen Hoschouer, manager of the Zero Fatalities program for the Utah Department of Transportation. “The aim of this contest is to get teens to pay attention to the very important and serious issue of increasing teen driving safety, while also building a network of teen traffic-safety advocates who understand that zero teen fatalities is the only acceptable goal.”

To be considered, a submitted video must be:

  • Teen directed and produced
  • 25 seconds in length
  • Focused on Zero Fatalities and the five deadly driving behaviors. (Note: the video doesn’t have to include all five behaviors [distracted, drowsy, aggressive, impaired driving and not buckling up], but must address at least one behavior.)
  • Submitted no later than Jan. 6, 2017. Submissions must be made on the Zero Fatalities website, at ZeroFatalities.com/contest/.

Last year, 25 teens died in crashes on Utah roads. As of the end of October, there have already been 26 teen deaths in 2016. More than 60 percent of teen traffic fatalities were unbuckled in 2015. Statistics suggest drivers under the age of 20 are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash.

“When it comes to combating the behaviors killing teens on Utah roads, teen-to-teen communication is incredibly powerful,” Hoschouer said. “Not only will this contest get teens thinking about how they can improve their driving, but it will help further the family and community discussion needed to save lives.”

To learn more about the contest, visit ZeroFatalities.com/contest/.

Media Contact:

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

Also available for interview:
Chad Lythgoe
Drivers Education Teacher – Wood Cross High School
clythgoe@dsdmail.net
Cell: 801-725-1048