#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.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: UDOT to Launch New Technology Making Crosswalks Safer for Students, Crossing Guards

UDOT to Launch 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

 

WHAT:

Media availability where the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will unveil a new technology 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.

Crossing guards can add an extra 10-15 seconds of “walk time” by using a newly engineered key on signal boxes that not only increases safety but also 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.

 

WHEN:
Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:45 a.m.

 

WHERE:
Crosswalk at 2200 West 9000 South in West Jordan near Hawthorn Academy and West Vale Elementary

 

WHO:
UDOT School and Pedestrian Safety Program Manager Cherissa Olson

Crossing guards

 

VISUALS:

– Crossing guards activating signal boxes to add extra walk time

– Crossing guards guiding children safely through crosswalk to school

 

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – September, 7, 2016

For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday, we have three openings. 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 #09805 – Temporary Office Specialist I, Complex – Construction, Opens 8/31/16, Closes 9/13/16
  • Recruitment #09751 – Transportation Technician I Seasonal, Region 3 – Lehi – Opens 08/25/2016, Closes 09/12/2016
  • Recruitment #09767 – Field Engineer (Engineer III) – Region 4, Hurricane, St. George – Opens 08/25/2016, Closes 09/07/2016

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.

Happy Birthday Lester Wire

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Lester Farnsworth Wire (Photo Courtesy The Utah Historical Society)

 

As drivers hit the road for their holiday travel, it’s easy to take for granted the innovations of modern driving. One of those, the traffic light, has history to the beehive state.

Lester Farnsworth Wire is one of the first to develop a working traffic signal. Lester was born September 3, 1887 in Utah and worked as a Salt Lake City police detective. In 1912 he invented an electric traffic light based on the European semaphore system. According to an article by the Utah Historical Society, while he was assigned to the traffic squad, Lester became very concerned

Lester Wire, a Salt Lake City Police Officer, invented the first traffic signal. (Utah State History photo, used with permission)

Lester Wire, a Salt Lake City Police Officer, invented the first traffic signal. (Utah State History photo, used with permission)

about the patrolmen who would stand in the middle of the intersection to direct traffic. He invented a device that could be operated from the side of the road.

The simple “flashing bird house” used a two-way switch to control red and green lights and was powered by the lines for the trolley cars.

At first the signal was perceived as a joke by the local community. No one wanted to stop, and often officers would find the light had been knocked over or destroyed during the night. Lester became very discouraged, but people from larger cities were impressed by the innovation.

Following his service in World War I, Lester made several improvements to the design, and over several years the traffic signal we know today came from it.

Today Utah has over 2,000 traffic signals owned by the city, county and state governments. Sophisticated and complex networking allows them to detect cars, adjust delays and sync intersections.

Effective signal coordination improves safety, saves fuel, reduces emissions, and enhances traffic flow, and to think it all had a start here in Utah. So this weekend we give a nod to one of the traffic pioneers who started it all. Happy Birthday, Lester Wire.

Lester Wire Library

To honor Lester Wire, there’s a section of the Calvin Rampton Complex named after him.

This replica of Lester Wire's first traffic light greets visitors to the UDOT Traffic Operations Center.

This replica of Lester Wire’s first traffic light greets visitors to the UDOT Traffic Operations Center.

PRESS RELEASE – Heavy Labor Day Traffic Delays Expected Thursday and Friday


 

For Immediate Release

Heavy Labor Day Traffic Delays Expected Thursday and Friday

Drivers urged to plan ahead, allow extra travel time this weekend

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 1, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises Wasatch Front drivers to expect heavy delays of up 30 minutes to an hour on I-15 during the evening commute this Labor Day weekend. Delays are expected on Thursday between 2 and 8 p.m., and on Friday between 2 and 9 p.m.
On Monday afternoon, drivers should plan for heavy traffic on I-15 between St. George and Provo between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Congestion and heavy delays are also possible Monday on U.S. 6 from the U.S. 89 junction to the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon.

Most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays. 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 between Bangerter Highway and 12300 South: lanes are shifted and speeds are reduced to 55 miles per hour in the active construction zone. Where safety permits, the speed limit has been restored to 70 miles per hour. Crews are widening the freeway to six lanes in each direction and placing new concrete pavement from Lehi to Draper.
I-15 from Farr West to Brigham City: all lanes remain open, but lanes are narrowed and the speed limit has been reduced to 65 miles per hour. Crews are widening I-15 to three lanes in each direction from 2700 North in Farr West to 1100 South in Brigham City.
I-215 from S.R. 201 to 4700 South: all lanes remain open, but traffic is shifted and lanes have been narrowed. 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, with all traffic shifted into the northbound lanes. Crews are reconstructing the bridge decks on I-215 at 6200 South and several other nearby locations.

In addition, the southbound I-15 Express Lane is closed daily between Layton Parkway and 200 North. The Express Lane will be open this weekend, and is scheduled to reopen each morning from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. for the morning commute, but remains closed all other times through October. Crews are adding an auxiliary lane to make it easier for drivers to get on and off the freeway.

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

Region Two Sign Crew Members Get a Silver Barrel Award for Quick Installation

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Silver Barrel Award recipients (From left): Jayson Kesler, Amber Mortenson and Brandon Butters with UDOT executive director Carlos Braceras.

Sign Crew members Jayson Kesler and Brandon Butters and Traffic and Safety Coordinator Amber Mortenson received the Silver Barrel award Wednesday for their quick work getting a crosswalk up and ready for kids walking to school.
Earlier this month, region two was given the approval to install a school crosswalk across 3500 South and 6180 West due to some recent school boundary changes.
After a site visit Amber Mortenson contacted Jayson Kesler, lead at the sign crew, and explained to him that we needed signs up before school started that coming Wednesday. Jayson and crew went out and installed the foundations and posts later that day. The sign installation was delayed until the pavement markings could be installed.
Just a few days later, the city requested they be allowed to stripe the crosswalk since they had a crew available and it was needed the very next morning. So late in the day Amber again called on Jayson and his crew with a emergency request, asking them to in stall the signs before 6:45 the next morning.
Jayson did not hesitate and told Amber he would make it happen. Jayson’s entire crew is working on SR-150, most of them are even staying locally to make the job more efficient, so they were not close. Jayson Kesler and Brandon Buttars made the drive at 3:30 am to get the signs from the station and have them installed before the kids started crossing at 6:45 am.
The kids had a safe passage and the local police thanked them for helping make that possible on such short notice.
The sign crew always does what is asked of them with a smile and without complaining.

 

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The Silver Barrel Recipients with the entire Region Two leadership team.

Newly completed project to reduce traffic delays in Layton

For Immediate Release

 

Newly completed project to reduce traffic delays in Layton

UDOT and Layton City project includes innovative ThrU Turns, single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow

LAYTON, Utah (Aug. 31, 2016) – Leaders from Layton City and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) on Wednesday marked the completion of the Layton Improved project, a two-year construction effort designed to meet the city’s unique traffic challenges.

UDOT engineers estimate traffic delays in the area will generally be reduced by about five minute

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Lawmakers and business leaders buried a time capsule with items representing the different elements that came together to get the Layton Hill Field Road Interchange project completed.

s. In the past, it could take motorists as long as 10 minutes to go a half-mile from Main Street to Layton Hills Mall, with cars frequently backing up on the freeway.

UDOT and Layton leaders worked together to tailor solutions to improve traffic flow, driver safety and access to local businesses. The $28 million project includes four ThrU Turns, a single-point urban interchange, two wider bridges on I-15 and additional lanes in each direction on Hill Field Road.

“Now that construction is done, drivers will really notice the difference in their everyday commute, with fewer delays and less congestion in this area,” said UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras. “Layton has some unique traffic challenges, and this project would not be possible without the great partnerships with Layton City and the local businesses.”

Representatives from UDOT, Layton City and the Utah State Legislature participated in a commemorative time-capsule event to celebrate the collaboration and to mark the completion of the project. In addition, many area businesses are offering promotions now through the end of the month.

For more project information, visit udot.utah.gov/LaytonImproved. To download a video showing what it was like to drive the area before and after construction, and for general project b-roll, visit https://app.box.com/s/inf9f2718jn7eugcso6dlp4pux0ugrtt

 

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

 

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 31, 2016

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday at UDOT. We have openings across the state. 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 #09682 – Transportation Technician II – Region 4, Beaver – Opens 8/25/16, Closes 8/31/16
  • Recruitment #09751 – Transportation Technician I Seasonal, Region 3 – Lehi – Opens 08/25/2016, Closes 09/30/2016
  • Recruitment #09767 – Field Engineer (Engineer III) – Region 4, Hurricane, St. George – Opens 08/25/2016, Closes 09/07/2016
  • Recruitment #09787- Instructional Designer (E-Learning Instructional Designer), Complex – Training, Opens 08/26/2016, Closes 09/05/2016

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 Event – Newly completed project to reduce traffic delays in Layton

For Immediate Release

 

Newly completed project to reduce traffic delays in Layton
UDOT and Layton City project includes innovative ThrU Turns, single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow

WHAT:          

UDOT and Layton City will mark the completion of the Layton Improved project. This includes innovative ThrU Turns on Hill Field Road, a single-point urban interchange, and additional lanes in each direction on Hill Field Road under the I-15.

Representatives from UDOT, Layton City and the Utah State Legislature will speak at the event, followed by a time capsule ceremony. The time capsule will be filled with items symbolizing the partnership between the city, state and business community.

To celebrate the opening of the interchange, many area businesses are offering promotions. Representatives will be on hand to discuss details.

 

WHO:            

  • UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
  • Layton City Mayor Bob Stevenson
  • Utah legislators (Sen. Stuart Adams, Sen. Jerry Stevenson, Rep. Brad Wilson, Rep. Steven Handy, Rep. Stewart Barlow)
  • UDOT project team and business community representatives

 

WHEN:          Wednesday, August 31, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:        991 N 400 W, Layton, UT 84041 (Denny’s parking lot)

 

VISUALS:      

  • Before and after b-roll of Hill Field Road and I-15 interchange
  • Time capsule ceremony

#UDOT#

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

Employee Advisory Council August 2016 Meeting

The Employee Advisory Council met August 9, 2016. Items that were included in the discussion included:

  • Compensation for Performing Supervisor Duties
  • Interview Process
  • Student fees and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Trans Tech III Positions
  • Employee Appreciation Program
  • Region HR Representatives
  • UTA Van Share
  • UDOT Audit
  • Seat Belt Use and Policy
  • Comp Time Accrual and Expiration Deadline
  • Silver Barrel Awards

Notes from the meeting are available below.

EAC August 2016 Summary

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

Employee Advisory Council