#WorkForUsWednesday – April 19, 2017

You’ve made it to Wednesday! Today for #WorkForUsWednesday, we have THREE new job openings to tell you about. Two of them are for Transportation Technicians. These are the guys we rely on to keep our roads well maintained. Many of the our top engineers started their UDOT careers at Transportation Technicians. Check out the job postings and send in your application.

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 #11982 – Electronic Technical Specialist II, Region 3 – Orem, Opens 04/14/2017, Closes 04/25/2017
  • Recruitment #12028 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Logan, Opens 04/18/2017, Closes 04/27/2017
  • Recruitment #12015 – Transportation Technician II – Region 4 – Bluff, Opens 4/19/17, Closes 5/3/17

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: SLC Freeway Ramps to Close Nightly for Maintenance

For Immediate Release

SLC Freeway Ramps to Close Nightly for Maintenance

Drivers should plan ahead for potential delays to the Salt Lake International Airport

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 19, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for nighttime freeway ramp closures near downtown Salt Lake City. Northern Utah and Davis County drivers will need to use I-215 to access westbound I-80 and the Salt Lake City International Airport for the next several nights.

Near downtown Salt Lake City, the ramp from southbound I-15 to westbound I-80 will be closed for up to four nights starting Thursday night, April 20.  In addition the ramp from eastbound I-80 to northbound I-15 will also be closed for four nights starting Friday, April 21. These ramps will be closed weeknights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and open for the morning commute. On weekends, the ramps will close at 8 p.m. and reopen by 8 a.m. the next morning.

These closures will allow crews to perform bridge maintenance. This project will continue on nearly 40 bridges and freeway ramps throughout the Salt Lake Valley this spring and summer.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Utah Transportation Commission Advances List of Recommended Projects for Early Construction

For Immediate Release 

Utah Transportation Commission Advances List of Recommended Projects for Early Construction  

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 13, 2017) – The Utah Transportation Commission today approved a draft list of projects to be funded and/or accelerated as a result of the 2017 Utah State Legislature’s $1 billion bonding bill. That list is now available for public comment.

Three of the recommended projects will focus on improving traffic flow and alleviating congestion on I-15 along the Wasatch Front. Pending final approval, the schedule for these projects will be accelerated to begin construction next year, during the 2018 construction season.

To see a complete list of the proposed projects and to offer comments, go to the UDOT website (udot.utah.gov) and click on the Transportation Commission hyperlink.

After considering public input, the Utah Transportation Commission will make its final decision on the project recommendations next month at its May commission meeting in Heber City.

 

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

NEWS RELEASE: Traffic Restrictions Scheduled on SLC Freeway Ramps

For Immediate Release

 

Traffic Restrictions Scheduled on SLC Freeway Ramps

Delays expected on freeway ramps at 500 South, I-15 to I-80, and Beck Street for bridge maintenance  

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 13, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for freeway lane closures near downtown Salt Lake City and North Salt Lake this weekend.

Near downtown Salt Lake City, the ramp from northbound I-15 to westbound I-80 will be reduced to one lane starting tonight. In addition the ramp from 500 South to westbound I-80 will also be reduced to one lane. These lanes closures will be in place weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m, and on the weekend from Friday night at 7 p.m. to Monday morning at 6 a.m. through April 21.

Drivers traveling to westbound I-80 should plan ahead for possible delays. Salt Lake City International Airport passengers especially should plan extra travel time and consider alternate routes, such as I-215, to get to the airport for night or weekend flights.

These lane closures are part of a bridge maintenance project scheduled throughout this spring and summer. Crews will be removing and replacing the top layer of pavement – a special “weatherproofing” layer designed to prevent corrosion due to water and road salt – on nearly 40 freeway ramps and bridges around the Salt Lake Valley.

In North Salt Lake, the Beck Street ramp to northbound I-15 is closed for approximately three weeks while crews repave the bridge and complete other maintenance work. Drivers traveling from downtown Salt Lake City or the state capitol to Davis County should use 600 North as an alternate to access northbound I-15.

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

#WorkforusWednesday – April 12, 2017

Welcome to the middle of the work week! Today for #WorkForUsWednesday, we have ONE new job openings. The Aeronautics Director is in charge of all UDOT transportation issues involving aviation. The Aeronautics Division licenses all public-use airports in the state and works closely with airport sponsors and managers to ensure that each functions as an integral part of the statewide system of airports.

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 #11854 – Aeronautics Director, Aeronautics Division – SLC, Opens 4/11/17, Closes 4/25/17

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.

New Bangerter Highway interchanges lead UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2017

New Bangerter Highway interchanges lead UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2017

Major state projects include widening, reconstruction, and maintenance for highways along the Wasatch Front and across the state

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced its Top 10 Pr­­­­ojects list for the 2017 construction season today. This year’s top project will build five freeway-like interchanges on Bangerter Highway over the next two years. The $249 million project will be completed in late 2018.

UDOT has 180 highway construction projects scheduled across the state this year, with a combined value of $1.3 billion. These projects are designed to keep Utah moving now and in the future by enhancing safety for drivers and pedestrians, improving traffic flow, and maintaining Utah’s roads and bridges in good condition.

This year’s Top 10 includes three projects in western Salt Lake County, illustrating UDOT’s focus on meeting the transportation needs of this fast-growing area. In addition, four of the Top 10 projects are located far from the Wasatch Front in southern and eastern Utah, where these projects will improve vital transportation links for local communities.

The following are UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2017:

  1. Bangerter Highway Interchanges, $249 million

Construction starts April 2017; scheduled completion late 2018.

UDOT’s No. 1 project in the state this year is the simultaneous construction of five new freeway-style interchanges on Bangerter Highway. New interchanges will be built at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, along with an interchange under construction at 600 West, to meet the growing transportation need in the southwest Salt Lake Valley. The interchanges at 600 West and 7000 South will be completed this year.

  1. I-215—4700 South to S.R. 201, $105 million

Construction continues from last season; scheduled completion late 2017.

Crews will complete last year’s top project: the reconstruction of the I-215 west belt between S.R. 201 and 4700 South. This includes replacing bridges over S.R. 201, widening the freeway with new exit-only lanes, and upgrading signals and traffic management systems.

  1. Mountain View Corridor, $168 million

Construction continues from last season; scheduled completion late 2018.

UDOT is extending Mountain View Corridor in two counties. In Salt Lake County, construction continues on a new stretch of highway between 5400 South and 4100 South. Starting this fall, Mountain View Corridor in Utah County will be extended from the Redwood Road/2100 North intersection to S.R. 73.

  1. I-15—Brigham Road to Dixie Drive, $28 million

Construction started in January; scheduled completion late 2017.

UDOT is adding auxiliary lanes on I-15 in St. George between exits 4 and 5 (Brigham Road and Dixie Drive) as part of a multi-year plan to upgrade I-15 in the St. George area.

  1. 10600 South Interchange Improvements and Widening, $31 million

Construction starts this spring; scheduled completion spring 2017.

This project will add an underpass at the I-15/10600 South interchange to connect the northbound off-ramp to Monroe Street, just west of South Towne Mall. UDOT is also completing maintenance on the 10600 South bridge over I-15, and widening 10600 South from I-15 to Redwood Road.

  1. Redwood Road, $97 million

Construction starts this spring; scheduled completion late 2018.

Three major projects are being constructed this year on Redwood Road: a new diverging diamond interchange at I-215 in North Salt Lake; widening a section between 12600 South and Bangerter Highway from two lanes to seven lanes; and widening a section between 400 South and Stillwater Parkway to five lanes, and adding a new continuous flow intersection at Pioneer Crossing in Saratoga Springs.

  1. I-80—1300 East to Foothill Drive, $12 million

Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion fall 2017.

UDOT will repave a 2.5 mile section of I-80 in Salt Lake City. More than 93,000 vehicles drive this section of I-80 sees per day, and the project will help extend the useful life of the pavement as well as provide a smoother ride for drivers.

  1. S. 191 Corridor, $43 million

Construction started in March; scheduled completion fall 2017.

UDOT will complete 13 different projects along U.S. 6/U.S. 191 in Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan counties. These include road widenings, intersection improvements, and paving projects, and will reduce congestion and enhance safety for drivers on this important tourism and truck route through southeastern Utah.

  1. S. 40—Myton Bench Widening, $35 Million

Construction started in February; scheduled completion fall 2017.

This project will widen a six-mile section of U.S. 40 to five lanes in Duchesne County. It will include adding new travel lanes, along with 10-foot shoulders, that will help keep traffic moving safely between the Wasatch Front and the Uinta Basin.

  1. I-70— Richfield South to Richfield North, $15 million

Construction starts in May; scheduled completion fall 2017.

UDOT is resurfacing four miles on I-70 in Richfield, from the south interchange to the north interchange, and performing bridge maintenance at several locations in the area.

 

UDOT reminds drivers that 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. 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

MEDIA ADVISORY: UDOT to Announce 2017 Top 10 Construction Projects

UDOT to Announce Top 10 Construction Projects

Department to reveal the largest and most impactful projects for Utah drivers in 2017

 

 

WHAT:  UDOT will announce its Top 10 construction projects for 2017. These include new interchanges, freeway reconstructions, new highways, and widening and repaving projects. A total of 180 projects are scheduled for construction in 2017, with a combined value of $1.3 billion.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 12 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Bangerter Highway 600 West interchange construction zone

Directions: From Bangerter Highway, turn north on 200 West. Turn left at the first stoplight (13490 South), then follow the road to the briefing area near Bangerter Highway.

WHO:
Shane Marshall, UDOT deputy director
Bryan Chamberlain, Bangerter Interchanges project resident engineer

 

VISUALS:
Construction equipment and barrels
Map displaying locations of Top 10 projects
B-roll and aerial footage of Top 10 projects

* Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, as the briefing will be held at an active construction site.

 

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – April 5, 2017

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Many of our employees put themselves in harms way to keep Utah moving. We’re proud of them and the hard work they do. This week for #WorkForUsWednesday, we have SEVEN new job openings. Take a look and see if one fits you. There are a variety of jobs at UDOT, but we have a particular need for auto mechanics.

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 #11848 – Field Engineer (Engineer III) – Region 4 – Moab, Opens 03/29/17, Closes 05/03/17
  • Recruitment #11850 – Electronics Maintenance & Repair Technician (Electronic Technical Spec II) – Traffic Operations Center, Opens 03/30/17, Closes 04/06/17
  • Recruitment #11890 – Instructional Designer, Complex – Training/Central Maintenance, Opens 03/31/17, Closes 04/10/17
  • Recruitment #11904 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Hooper, Opens 04/03/2017, Closes 04/17/2017
  • Recruitment #11891 – Automotive Service Worker (time limited), Complex – Central Shops, Opens 04/04/2017, Closes 04/11/2017
  • Recruitment #11851 – Journey Auto Worker/Equipment Painter, Complex – Central Shops, Opens 04/04/2017, Closes 04/11/2017
  • Recruitment #11896 – Heavy Truck Mechanic/Roving Mechanic (Journey Auto Worker) – Region 2 – SLC, Opens 04/5/17, Closes 04/16/17

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 – UDOT Urges Drivers: “We Don’t Speed Through Your Office – Please Don’t Speed Through Ours”

 For Immediate Release


UDOT Urges Drivers: “We Don’t Speed Through Your Office –

Please Don’t Speed Through Ours”

 

Department reminds Utahns to be careful in construction zones as part of

National Work Zone Awareness Week 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 5, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) on Wednesday issued a plea to drivers during National Work Zone Awareness Week: use caution when traveling through work zones.

To stress the importance of work zone safety, UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras moved his office to a temporary location this morning inside the lane split on the I-215 west belt to demonstrate what conditions are like for construction workers in the middle of a busy freeway.

“We do everything we can to make Utah’s roads safe, both for the traveling public, as well as our construction workers,” Braceras said. “In order for all of us to go home safe to our families each night, we need everyone to do their part.”

Last year in Utah, there were 3,024 crashes in work zones that caused 1,229 injuries and 11 deaths. Many construction workers have experienced close calls or personally witnessed work zone crashes.

“A few months ago, a group of our workers on I-215 had closed a ramp to do some maintenance,” said Corey Bekkemellom, I-215 senior inspector. “A car drove through the barrels into the closure and headed up the ramp. I had to pull my truck in front of the driver to get him to stop, before he hit our crew.”

April 3-7 is National Work Zone Awareness Week, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Transportation agencies and construction companies nationwide participate in events and media outreach to encourage safe practices by drivers and workers.

UDOT offers the following tips for drivers when traveling in work zones:

  • Stay alert and minimize distractions. In work zones, drivers need to keep their eyes on the road and watch for changing conditions such as shifting lanes, slowed or stopped traffic, etc.
  • Obey posted signs and signals. These signs and signals are posted to ensure safety and to keep traffic flowing during construction.
  • Follow the posted speed limit. Speeds are frequently reduced in work zones due to narrow lanes, changes to on- or off-ramp locations, and the proximity of construction workers to traffic. In Utah, fines are doubled for traffic violations in work zones, so be sure to slow down.

“Our goal is zero crashes, injuries, and fatalities,” Braceras said. “Accomplishing this requires a partnership with the driving public. As a department, we are committed to do everything in our power to work toward that goal, and we will need everyone’s help to make it a reality.”

 

 

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

MEDIA EVENT – UDOT Leader to Move His Office to Active Work Zone

UDOT Leader to Move His Office to Active Work Zone

 Briefing to be held at temporary office in I-215 construction zone as part of National Work Zone Safety Week

WHAT:
A briefing will be conducted in the I-215 construction area to provide media with a first-hand experience of working conditions in the middle of a busy freeway. UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras will speak from his new desk in his temporary “office” in the middle of the work zone to encourage drivers to use caution so they, as well as construction crews, can return home safely at the end of each day.

Media members will also be able to speak with UDOT and construction workers who have experienced work zone safety incidents or near misses to illustrate the importance of slowing down, paying attention, and obeying posted signs.

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 5, at 9 a.m.

* Journalists must be present for a safety orientation, which will begin promptly at 9:15. Shuttle vehicles will leave at 9:25 a.m., as attendees will be escorted to the work zone for on-site interviews and filming, then returned to UDOT’s Region Two.

WHERE:
UDOT Region 2
2010 South 2760 West
(The building north of the Traffic Operations Center)

* To enter the construction zone, participants must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. In addition, personal protective equipment will be provided and must be worn. Any individuals not in proper attire will not be allowed in the work zone.

WHO:
Carlos Braceras, UDOT executive director
Construction workers

VISUALS:
–  UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras seated at his desk in the middle of a construction zone
–  Up-close view of construction crews and machinery, including concrete pavers, dump trucks, and other construction equipment
–  View of the construction zone and live traffic passing on I-215

 

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