Ellertson Withdraws From Consideration for Utah Transportation Commission

For Immediate Release 

Ellertson Withdraws From Consideration for Utah Transportation Commission

 

SALT LAKE CITY (June 9, 2017) – Larry A. Ellertson, who was recently nominated by Gov. Gary R. Herbert to the Utah Transportation Commission, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Commission.

Ellertson, a former Utah County Commissioner and mayor of Linden, said retirement plans with his wife will make it difficult for him to fulfill the six-year Commission term.

Gov. Herbert has asked that citizens interested in representing UDOT’s Region 3 (Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett counties) on the Utah Transportation Commission can find application materials at boards.utah.gov.

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 8, 2017

Welcome to Wednesday! It’s been a while since we’ve had a #WorkForUsWednesday, but that doesn’t mean we’re not hiring! We have FOUR new job openings to tell you about today. The big need is for engineers in Monticello. Southeast Utah has some of our most scenic roads, and we need engineers to help us keep them going.

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 #12120 – Transportation Technician II – Region 4 – Price, Castle Gate or Colton, Opens 05/01/17, Closes 06/11/17
  • Recruitment #12462 – Resident Engineer (Engineering Manager I), Region 4 – Monticello, Opens 6/06/17, Closes 7/04/17
  • Recruitment #12472 -Field Engineer (Engineer III), Region 4 – Monticello, Opens 6/07/17, Closes 7/04/17
  • Recruitment #12426 – Pavement Design Engineer/Project Manager (Engineer III), Region 2 – SLC, Opens 6/7/17, Closes 6/14/17

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.

NEWS RELEASE: Major Closures Scheduled This Weekend on I-80 and Bangerter Highway

For Immediate Release

Major Closures Scheduled This Weekend on I-80 and Bangerter Highway

Drivers advised to use alternate routes and avoid construction zones

SALT LAKE CITY (June 8, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for closures scheduled on I-80, Bangerter Highway, and I-215 this weekend. While these closures are in place, UDOT recommends planning travel to avoid these construction zones and using alternate routes where possible.

Details on these closures are provided below:

  • Westbound I-80 from I-215 (Exit 130) to 2300 East: Westbound I-80 will be closed between the I-215 ramp (Exit 130) near the mouth of Parleys Canyon and 2300 East from Friday, June 9, at 9 p.m. through Monday, June 12, at 5 a.m. All traffic on westbound I-80 will be detoured onto the ramp to I-215, then back onto I-80. Heavy traffic and delays of 30-40 minutes are expected along the detour route, so drivers with time-sensitive travel should plan ahead and allow extra time. Summit County drivers should especially plan accordingly if traveling to the airport or downtown Salt Lake City.

This closure will allow workers to break up the existing concrete and pave over it with new asphalt as part of a major pavement maintenance project on I-80 in Salt Lake City. In addition, drivers should keep in mind that I-80 is reduced to one lane in each direction during overnight hours and on weekends, between 1300 East and the I-80/I-215 split.

UDOT also reminds drivers the I-80 off-ramps to Foothill Drive are closed for several months for bridge reconstruction. To access Foothill Drive, drivers will need to use the detour via northbound I-215 or an alternate route.

  • Bangerter Highway between 7000 South and 7800 South: Bangerter Highway is scheduled to close in both directions between 7000 South and 7800 South in West Jordan from Saturday, June 10, at 11 p.m. to Sunday, June 11, at 8 a.m.. In addition, 7000 South will be closed between Redwood Road and Bangerter Highway. Drivers should use alternate routes such as Redwood Road or Mountain View Corridor.While the highway is closed, crews will remove the pedestrian bridge near 7000 South. The bridge will then be hauled away for future use by Salt Lake County. Removal of the pedestrian bridge will allow work to move forward to construct a new freeway-style interchange at 7000 South – one of four such interchanges to be constructed on Bangerter Highway by late 2018.
  • Westbound 3500 South ramp to northbound I-215: The ramp from westbound 3500 South to northbound I-215 in West Valley City is scheduled to close Friday night, June 9, at 11 p.m. for up to 30 days. Drivers should use 4700 South or S.R. 201 to access northbound I-215. The ramp is being rebuilt as part of the I-215 west belt reconstruction project that is underway between S.R. 201 and 4700 South. Construction on the project is scheduled for completion this fall.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Delays, Traffic Restrictions Scheduled on I-80 in Salt Lake City

For Immediate Release

 

Delays, Traffic Restrictions
Scheduled on I-80 
in Salt Lake City

Night and weekend paving starts tonight, continues through September

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 30, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to expect minor delays starting tonight due to a pavement maintenance project on I-80 in Salt Lake City. I-80 will be reduced to one lane in each direction during overnight hours and on weekends, between 1300 East and the I-80/I-215 split.

Construction is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m, Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The project is expected to wrap in September.

This project includes removing and replacing the asphalt along the shoulders and in the median; installing new concrete barriers; repairing potholes and replacing sections of concrete pavement; and applying an entire new layer of pavement to sections of I-80 and I-215.
As part of this project, a series of four weekend freeway closures is scheduled on both I-80 and I-215 beginning in June. These closures will allow workers to repave the existing lanes with new asphalt, providing a smoother ride and prolonging the life of the road. The first weekend closure, scheduled on westbound I-80 from the I-215 exit to 2300 East, is planned for June 9-12.

UDOT also reminds drivers that the I-80 off-ramps to Foothill Drive are closed for several months for bridge reconstruction. To access Foothill Drive, drivers will need to use the detour via northbound I-215 or an alternate route.

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:
Zach Whitney
UDOT Digital Communications Specialist
zwhitney@utah.gov
Cell: 385-315-4536

HAPPENING TODAY: Mother of teen killed in crosswalk warns drivers to be safe during 100 Deadliest Days

For Immediate Release

 

Mother of teen killed in crosswalk warns drivers to be safe during 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 17-year-old BaiLee DiBernardo, who was hit and killed by two distracted drivers while walking in a crosswalk near her home and school, will be available to speak with reporters.
 
The event marks the beginning of ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for travel on Utah roadways. From Memorial Day to Labor Day fatal crashes nearly double compared to the rest of the year. With 94 percent of all fatal crashes being caused by human error (including distracted driving, speeding, exhaustion, impairment and not buckling up), UDOT and the UHP urge drivers to focus on the road and strive for Zero Fatalities.
 
This year, 88 people have died on Utah roads. In 2016 distracted drivers took 27 lives and caused 147 serious injuries. 
 
WHEN:          
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – Kristina Morris will share her daughter’s crash story
9:35 – 10:30 a.m. – One-on-one interviews
 
WHERE:       
Near pedestrian crosswalk (Fort Lane & Lindsay): 201 N Fort Lane, Layton, UT 84041
 
**** Please avoid parking on Fort Lane. Parking available on Lindsay St. behind the fire station along the fence, or on the South side of the America First Credit Union. ****
 
WHO:
  • Kristina Morris (BaiLee’s mother) and family members
  • Col. Michael Rapich, UHP
  • John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer
MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer

NEWS RELEASE: Delays Expected on Wasatch Front Roads for Memorial Day Weekend

For Immediate Release

 

Delays Expected on Wasatch Front Roads for Memorial Day Weekend

Plan extra travel time, leave early or late to reduce congestion

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 24, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges Wasatch Front drivers to expect delays of up to an hour 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.

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-80 off-ramps at Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City: The eastbound and westbound I-80 off-ramps at Foothill Drive remain closed for the next few months. Crews are reconstructing several Foothill Drive bridges over I-80, I-215, and Parleys Way this summer.
  • I-215 from S.R. 201 to 4700 South in Salt Lake County: The northbound lane split on I-215 will remain in place for the next several months. The speed limit has been lowered to 60 miles an hour in the work zone. Crews are reconstructing the I-215 west belt from S.R. 201 to 4700 South with new concrete, adding new exit-only lanes, and installing new lighting, signals, and traffic management systems.
  • S.R. 248 from U.S. 40 to Kamas in Summit County: All traffic has been shifted into the eastbound lanes while crews remove and replace the pavement in the westbound lanes. Delays are expected, as one lane in each direction is closed, and the speed limit has been reduced to 55 miles per hour.
  • I-15 from Exit 4 to Exit 5 in St. George: All lanes are open on I-15, but lanes are narrowed, traffic is shifted, and the speed limit is reduced in the work zone between exits 4 and 5 (Brigham Road and Dixie Drive). Work continues to widen the freeway and construct two new bridges over the Virgin River.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Monte Cristo Highway Opens For Season On May 25

For Immediate Release

 

Monte Cristo Highway Opens For Season On May 25

Seasonal highway will remain open to all traffic until next fall

 

Ogden– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises motorists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts that state Road 39, the Monte Cristo Highway, will open to all traffic for the spring and summer season at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.

SR-39 will open from milepost 37, the Ant Flat parking lot east of Huntsville, to milepost 56 near Woodruff in Rich County.  Once the gates are opened, the roadway between these two points will remain open until late next fall.  The remainder of this route is open year around.

SR-39 is closed for the winter months between these points each year due to motorist safety concerns and the prohibitive cost of keeping it open to traffic.  The roadway is opened each spring once winter weather conditions have generally subsided.  Motorists are advised, however, that winter storms may still occur at the highest elevations on this highway well into the summer months, so they should be prepared for this when traveling this route.

For information about Utah road conditions 24-hours per day, go to the UDOT Traffic Website at http://udottraffic.utah.gov, or download the free Utah Traffic App, available for download by most mobile devices.

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Media Contact:
Vic Saunders
UDOT Region 1 Communications Manager
vsaunders@utah.gov
Cell:  801-726-4120

Media Event: Utah Pedestrian Fatalities Rise 25 Percent in Five Years, Local Leaders Call for Action to Save Lives

Utah Pedestrian Fatalities Rise 25 Percent in Five Years,

Local Leaders Call for Action to Save Lives

Media invited for passenger’s seat view to experience the real risks plaguing pedestrians and drivers

 

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Unified Police Department invite media to experience a first-hand view from the passenger’s seat of the risks endangering pedestrians. This media availability will give an unprecedented look at the need for pedestrians to be recognizable, especially at dawn, dusk and dark —and for drivers to pay extra attention and watch out for pedestrians on our roadways.

WHERE:
Utah Department of Public Safety Driver License Division (DLD) Test Track , 2780 West 4700 South, West Valley City – enter the parking lot of the DLD office off 4700 South.
Participating media must wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes.

 

WHEN:
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8 p.m.

  • 8 p.m. – media invited to conduct one-on-one interviews
  • 9 p.m.– media invited to experience the driving course after dark
  • Reporters may also schedule interviews earlier Thursday by contacting John Gleason. On Thursday morning, John will email nighttime b-roll footage of the course, which is embargoed until 9 p.m. Thursday.

WHO:

  • Detective Mike Anderson, Crash Analysis Reconstruction Investigator, Unified Police Dept.
  • John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer

 

VISUALS: Media encouraged to bring GoPro cameras to capture additional dashcam footage

  • Pedestrian mannequins stationed throughout driving course in various levels of visibility.
  • Reflective gear display: reflective gear, stickers, lights and other simple solutions for pedestrians of all ages.
  • Thumb drive of recent “Reflect Yourself” social video – as well as b-roll footage of course.

   

           

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
801.560.7740
jgleason@utah.gov

NEWS RELEASE: New Bangerter Highway Interchange Opens Tomorrow

For Immediate Release

 

New Bangerter Highway Interchange Opens Tomorrow

Freeway-style interchange to help traffic flow near I-15

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 12, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) newest freeway-style interchange, located on Bangerter Highway at 600 West in Draper, is scheduled to open by Saturday morning, May 13. This new interchange will reduce delays and improve travel for drivers on Bangerter Highway near I-15.

 

The new interchange means drivers will need to adjust to several new traffic patterns:

  • Eastbound and westbound drivers will be able to exit at 600 West to access 200 West-area businesses via 13490 South and 13775 South.
  • The traffic signal at Bangerter Highway and 200 West will be removed.
  • 200 West will be accessible from Bangerter Highway via “right in, right out” only. This means that drivers on 200 West can turn right onto Bangerter Highway, and Bangerter Highway drivers will be able to turn right onto 200 West.
  • All left turns, as well as through traffic on 200 West, will be prohibited.

UDOT is upgrading the intersections along Bangerter Highway to interchanges to help improve traffic flow and meet the growing transportation need in southern and western Salt Lake County. The 600 West interchange is the third interchange constructed on Bangerter Highway in the past four years. The other two are located at Redwood Road and 7800 South.

 

This year UDOT is building four additional interchanges along Bangerter Highway. Work has already begun at 7000 South, and construction is scheduled to begin later this summer at 5400 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South. The 7000 South interchange is scheduled to open in late 2017, and the other three locations in 2018.

 

UDOT recently recommended the Utah Transportation Commission allocate funding to build an interchange at 6200 South in 2019, and interchanges at 10400 South and 12600 South in 2022. In the future, more intersections along Bangerter Highway will be upgraded to interchanges as funding permits and based on traffic demand.

 

Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic conditions, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android.

 

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

Governor Appoints Two New State Transportation Commissioners

For Immediate Release

Governor Appoints Two New State Transportation Commissioners

New commissioners will represent central, southern Utah in prioritizing UDOT projects and deciding how funds are spent  

Donna Law (Photo courtesy SUU)

Larry Ellertson (Photo courtesy Utah Local Governments Trust)

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 12, 2017) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed former Utah County Commissioner Larry Ellertson and Southern Utah University administrator Donna Law as new members of the Utah State Transportation Commission, replacing J. Kent Millington and Gayle McKeachnie, whose terms of service on the Commission have expired.

Gov. Herbert also designated Ellertson as Commission Chair, a position held by Millington since early 2016.

The governor’s action now awaits state senate confirmation.

Once confirmed, Ellertson and Law will serve as part of an independent advisory Transportation Commission that prioritizes UDOT’s state-wide projects and decides how funds allocated for transportation by the state legislature are spent.

Both new commissioners bring considerable background and experience to the Commission. In addition to work on the Utah County Commission, Ellertson has served as mayor of Lindon, Utah; president of the Utah League of Cities & Towns; chairman of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce; and chairman of the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees. Law is executive director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service at Southern Utah University. She has served as the university’s director of Government Relations and in several capacities associated with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She has also been a member of the Utah Arts and Museums board and chair of the Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism and Convention Bureau.

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