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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: UDOT Crews Prepare for Winter Rain Storms

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

UDOT Crews Prepare for Winter Rain Storms

 

Rain storms following recent snowfall have the potential to melt snowpack and cause flooding in many parts of Northern Utah. Monday crews in Salt Lake City will fill sandbags and continue work to keep roads ice free.

WHAT:
Media availability regarding preparations for a series of winter rain storms. UDOT will showcase how it’s ready and snow off some of the things they’re doing to prepare.

WHO:
UDOT maintenance shed personnel

WHERE:
UDOT Maintenance Station #225

1950 South 500 West
Salt Lake City

WHEN:
Monday January 9, 2017 at 10 a.m.

VISUALS

UDOT crews filling sand bags

UDOT road maintenance equipment

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

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.

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

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

PRESS RELEASE – Bangerter Highway Night and Weekend Lane Closures Scheduled to Begin Tonight

Bangerter Highway Night and Weekend Lane Closures Scheduled to Begin Tonight

Concrete pavement maintenance scheduled
from 9000 South to I-15

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 1, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for overnight and weekend lane restrictions on Bangerter Highway from 9000 South to the I-15 interchange beginning Monday, August 1.

Bangerter Highway will be reduced to one lane in each direction during nighttime hours, starting as early as 7 p.m., with all lanes open by 5 a.m. while crews complete concrete pavement maintenance along an 11-mile section of the highway.

Drivers should also be aware that each weekend in August, Bangerter Highway will be reduced to one lane in the direction crews are working for the entire weekend (Friday night to Monday morning) to allow concrete to cure. The following schedule outlines which restrictions are planned for each weekend:

  • Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7:  westbound/northbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.
  • Friday, August 12 – Sunday, August 14: eastbound/southbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.
  • Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21:  westbound/northbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.
  • Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28: eastbound/southbound Bangerter Highway reduced to one lane.

 

Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather or equipment issues. To reduce delays, UDOT suggests drivers use alternate routes and avoid Bangerter Highway if possible during nights and weekends in August.

This is the last in a series of pavement maintenance projects that have been completed on Bangerter Highway during the last few years. These projects extend the useful life of the road and provide a smoother, quieter ride for drivers.

Members of the public can contact the project team with any questions or concerns by calling the project hotline at 888-427-8585 or emailing bangerterresurface@utah.gov. Updated information regarding this and other UDOT construction projects is available through the UDOT Traffic website (udottraffic.utah.gov). Motorists can also follow @udottraffic on Twitter or download the free UDOT Traffic App, available for smartphones and tablets.

 

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Media Contact:

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

I-215 Ramp to S.R. 201 to Close for 30 Days Beginning Friday

For Immediate Release
 

I-215 Ramp to S.R. 201 to Close for 30 Days Beginning Friday

Other road construction restrictions scheduled in Salt Lake and Davis counties

 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 28, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is scheduled to close the freeway ramp from northbound I-215 to westbound S.R. 201 Friday morning, July 29, beginning at 1 a.m. The ramp will remain closed for up to 30 days for reconstruction, so drivers should plan ahead and use I-15 or Bangerter Highway as alternate routes to access westbound S.R. 201.

This work is being completed as part of the I-215 reconstruction project, which will repave the freeway between S.R. 201 and 4700 South with new concrete, rebuild the bridges at the I-215/S.R. 201 interchange, and add new exit-only lanes in both directions.

Also as part of the I-215 project, the on-ramp from eastbound 4700 South to northbound I-215 is now closed until late August. Crews are reconstructing this ramp as well with new pavement. Drivers in the area should use Redwood Road or 3500 South to access northbound I-215.

Other projects that drivers should plan for this week include:

The Point Project – Southbound I-15 is scheduled to be reduced to one lane near 14600 South in Bluffdale for three nights –Friday, July 29Saturday, July 30; and Sunday, July 31. Lane closures will start as early as 8 p.m. each night, with southbound I-15 reduced to one lane by midnight. All lanes will reopen by 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday in time for the morning commute on Monday. Crews will be continuing bridge work as part of the I-15 widening project near the Point of the Mountain.

Drivers should also expect intermittent lane restrictions in both directions between Bangerter and S.R. 92 for pavement work on weekends through mid-August. 

I-15 in Davis County – Daytime lane closures are scheduled Monday through Friday for the next three months on I-15 in Davis County between the U.S. 89/Park Lane interchange in Farmington and the Layton Parkway exit. Crews will be adding a northbound auxiliary lane from Shepard Lane to Layton Parkway, and a southbound auxiliary lane from Layton Parkway to 200 North in Kaysville. In addition, new ramp meters will be installed at 200 North in Kaysville. Drivers should plan extra time and expect delays. If possible, consider alternate routes or use UTA FrontRunner.

Bangerter Highway at I-15 – The on-ramp from eastbound Bangerter Highway to southbound I-15 is scheduled to close from Friday, July 29, at 11 p.m., to Monday, Aug. 1, at 6 a.m. Crews will be repairing the concrete pavement on the ramp. Drivers should get on northbound I-15 and then use the 12300 South interchange to turn around and access southbound I-15.

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

Plan ahead for delays in Davis County

Lane restrictions, freeway closure scheduled for new bridge construction and concrete maintenance

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for delays on I-15 in Davis County this weekend. Crews are scheduled to set beams on the new 400 North bridge in Bountiful and complete concrete maintenance on the bridge over the railroad tracks on I-215 in North Salt Lake. Both projects will require significant lane restrictions.

The following is a brief description of road construction projects that drivers should be aware of this weekend (all schedules subject to change due to weather or equipment issues):

I-15 in Davis County

I-15 will be closed in both directions overnight Saturday, June 6, while crews build a new bridge at 400 North in Bountiful.

Southbound I-15 is scheduled to close at 500 West as early as 11 p.m. During this time northbound I-15 will remain open, but will be reduced to one lane. Once the new beams are set over the southbound lanes, crews will reopen one southbound lane and I-15 will be closed at 400 North. All lanes are schedule to reopen by 11 a.m. Sunday.

UDOT recommends Legacy Parkway as an alternate route. 400 North will remain closed at I-15 until project completion later this summer. The new bridge will feature improved sidewalks, wider shoulders and a higher barrier between traffic and pedestrians.

I-215 in North Salt Lake

Drivers should plan ahead for heavy delays near the I-215 ramps on I-15 in North Salt Lake. I-215 has been reduced to one lane in each direction while crews complete concrete maintenance on the bridge over the railroad tracks. This restriction will remain in place 24 hours per day for up to two months. UDOT recommends drivers use Legacy Parkway as an alternate.

Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For more information about these and other UDOT projects, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app, available for iOS or Android devices.

 

UDOT seeks public comment for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal

UDOT is currently developing the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for the next three Federal fiscal years.  The draft DBE Goal and Methodology Report can be found on the UDOT website at https://www.udot.utah.gov/go/dbegoal.

Comments may be provided to UDOT by following the directions on the website.  The document will be available for review and comment from May 11 to June 10, 2015.  Only comments related specifically to the DBE goal and the development of the goal will be accepted.  All other UDOT or DBE-program related comments should be directed to the appropriate contact provided on the main UDOT website.

A public meeting / webinar will be held on June 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM at UDOT’s central headquarters, 4501 S 2700 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84114.  At this meeting the DBE Goal and Methodology will be reviewed and staff will be available for questions/discussion on this and other DBE topics including:

  • DBE certification / application
  • Project explorer / project advertising
  • Project bidding
  • Subcontracting
  • Certified Payroll

The following is a timeline for the public meeting:
12:00  Meet and greet
12:10  Overview of DBE Program
12:30  Presentation of Goal Methodology
12:45  Q&A Open House

The webinar part of this meeting can be accessed at the following link:

http://connect.udot.utah.gov/dbe/

Conference Call # – 1-877-820-7831

Participant:  237093

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UDOT Central Civil Rights Office staff:

Stacy Frandsen:  DBE Goal and Methodology, project explorer, advertising and bidding

Tori Berry:  DBE Goal and Methodology, DBE certification / application, subcontracting, certified payroll

Judy Romrell:  DBE certification / application

Sheri Uffens:  Certified payroll

Aaron Watson:  DBE Goal and Methodology, project explorer, advertising, subcontracting

Michael Butler:  DBE Goal and Methodology