Major projects will widen freeways, maintain highways and build new roads to keep Utah moving
Today we announced our Top 10 Projects list for the 2016 construction season. At the top of the list is the $105 million reconstruction of I-215 in western Salt Lake County, which is scheduled to begin in May and to be completed late next year.
More than 150 projects are scheduled this season statewide to improve mobility now and in the future. These construction projects are designed to enhance safety for drivers and pedestrians, improve the flow of traffic and keep Utah’s roads in good condition.
Three projects in this year’s Top 10 are in western Salt Lake County, an area that has seen tremendous population growth. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, three western Salt Lake County cities are among the fastest growing municipalities in the state (South Jordan, West Jordan and Herriman).
The following are UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2016:
#1 I-215—300 East to S.R. 201, $105 million(Construction starts May 2016; scheduled completion fall 2017)
UDOT’s top project this season will reconstruct the I-215 west belt with new concrete pavement from S.R. 201 to 4700 South. Crews will repave the westbound lanes with new asphalt from 300 East to Redwood Road. In addition, this project will widen the freeway to add auxiliary lanes from S.R. 201 to 4700 South, and will reconstruct the two bridges over S.R. 201. All four lanes will remain open in the peak travel direction during commute hours, but motorists should plan for delays and consider alternate routes such as Bangerter Highway and I-15.
#2 I-15—The Point Project, $252 million(Construction continues from last season; scheduled completion this fall)
Crews continue widening the freeway and placing new concrete pavement on I-15 from 12300 South to S.R. 92. Major construction this season will happen primarily between 12300 South and Bangerter Highway, with finish work taking place at the southern end of the project area from Bangerter Highway to S.R. 92.
#3 Mountain View Corridor—5400 South to 4100 South, $180 million (Construction started in March; scheduled completion fall 2017)
UDOT is extending Mountain View Corridor farther north to 4100 South. This new construction will include two lanes in each direction, separated by a wide median (similar to the current open segment of Mountain View Corridor).
#4 I-15—Farr West to Brigham City, $52 million (Construction started in March; scheduled completion this fall)
Crews are widening a 13-mile section of I-15 to add a lane in each direction from 2700 North in Farr West to U.S. 91 in Brigham City. Most work is taking place in the freeway median, and traffic delays are expected to be minimal. This widening will improve traffic flow in the area.
#5 Bangerter Highway—600 West Interchange, $48 million(Construction starts this month; scheduled completion spring 2017)
UDOT is constructing a new freeway-style interchange on Bangerter Highway at approximately 600 West. This new interchange will enhance safety and reduce traffic congestion in the area near Bangerter Highway and I-15. UDOT is in the middle of a multi-year process to upgrade Bangerter Highway by replacing many of its existing intersections with interchanges, which will improve traffic flow.
#6 I-15—Hill Field Road Interchange and TTI, $28 million(Construction continues from last year; scheduled completion summer 2016)
UDOT is reconstructing the I-15 interchange at Hill Field Road, converting it to a single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow and reduce delays in Layton. Last season, UDOT constructed new ThrU Turn Intersections on Hill Field Road on each side of I-15.
#7 I-15—St. George Blvd. to Green Springs Drive, $24 million(Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion late 2016)
Crews are adding two lanes in each direction to I-15 in St. George and building new underpasses to connect Red Cliffs Drive with Red Hills Parkway near Mall Drive. These new lanes will help meet the needs of the growing population in the St. George area, and make it easier for drivers to enter and exit I-15.
#8 I-15—Riverdale to Farr West, $14 million(Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion fall 2017)
UDOT is repaving I-15 in Weber County from the I-84 junction to 2700 North in Farr West. This new pavement will prolong the life of the freeway and provide a smoother ride for drivers.
#9 U.S. 189—Deer Creek Widening, $13 million(Construction starts this month; scheduled completion summer 2016)
Crews are widening a six-mile segment of U.S. 189 near Deer Creek Reservoir to two lanes in each direction, plus a center turn lane. Currently, U.S. 189 consists of one travel lane in each direction in this area. Adding these lanes will reduce congestion and enhance safety, specifically for recreational travelers.
#10 U.S. 6—Repaving near I-70, $6 million(Construction starts this summer; scheduled completion this fall)
UDOT is repaving a 10-mile section of U.S. 6 near the I-70 junction to improve the road condition for drivers and extend the life of the road surface.
Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on traffic restrictions during construction, visit 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.
Recruitment #07474 – Survey Technician IV (Engineering Technician IV), R-4 Richfield
Opens 02/3/2016, Closes 02/17/2016
The Survey Technician works under the direction of a Registered Land Surveyor. The purpose of this position is to perform various surveying support duties
Recruitment #07560 – Rotational Engineer (Engineer II), Multiple Locations (Ogden, Salt Lake, Orem, & Richfield) Opens 2/8/16, Closes 3/3/16
This is an entry-level job, which requires close supervision and limited engineering experience while performing engineering related tasks. Incumbents exercise limited judgment and all assignments are screened for difficult or unusual circumstances. Engineering functions may include design, materials, hydraulics, planning, right-of-way, structures, traffic, transportation, field office, location, construction, natural resources and environmental activities.
Recruitment #07260 – ROW Property Manager (Program Manager), Complex – Right of Way Opens 2/10/16, Closes 2/24/16
This position is responsible for the oversight and development of the Right of Way (ROW) Property Program. The successful applicant will make recommendations to the Director of Right of Way concerning the accuracy and completion of Right of Way documents relative to the transfer of property to be acquired or disposed of by UDOT.
Recruitment #07720 – Right of Way Accountant (Financial Analyst III), Complex – Comptroller’s Office Opens 2/11/16, Closes 2/18/16
This is a senior level job which may also be used as a supervisory position. A thorough knowledge of pertinent policies and procedures is required to manage a financial segment of a high volume, complex agency. This job requires advanced skill in utilizing and interfacing computerized financial systems as well as an understanding of system behavior related to unusual or specific circumstances.
Recruitment #07717 – Active Transportation Manager (Program Manager), Complex – Planning Opens 2/12/16, Closes 2/22/16
Under the guidance of UDOT Planning and the UDOT TravelWise program, the main focus of this position is to support the UDOT Regions and work closely with our transportation partners, MPO’s, UTA, and local governments.
Recruitment #07731 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Specialist II), Peerless, UT
Opens 2/16/16, Closes 2/23/16
Incumbent will check required credentials including MCS-150 applications, CDL, medical card, and Unified Carrier Registration, check vehicle and load documentation including registrations, Driver Vehicle Examination reports, and required fuel and load permits.
Recruitment #07689 – Transportation Technician II, Sevier County Opens 2/16/16, Closes 3/01/16
Employees in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.
At the Utah Department of Transportation, we’re always looking for dedicated, skilled employees to Keep Utah Moving. In order to further that goal, we’ve decided that it is appropriate to increase the visibility of our job openings that are currently available.
Every Wednesday, we’ll post on our blog (and on our social media channels) the latest openings throughout the Department. You’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.
These jobs are those that are publicly available in the Department.
This week’s #WorkforusWednesday jobs:
Recruitment #07553 – Structural Steel Quality Assurance Tech (Eng Tech III) Complex – Central Materials, Opens 1/27/16, Closes 2/3/16
The successful applicant will perform structural steel, welding, and structural coatings inspections and other miscellaneous material inspections, samplings and testings. They will perform specialized testing of materials and analyze their physical and chemical properties to verify compliance with standards and to ensure that quality products and materials are used in building and maintaining state roadways.
Recruitment #06472 – Transportation Technician I – Seasonal and On-Call Positions, Region 2 (Salt Lake, Tooele, Summit Counties)
Open until filled
There are more than ten seasonal and on-call positions in various locations for applicants to choose from, and this is a fantastic way to “get your foot in the door” to a more permanent UDOT job. The selected applicant assists a highway maintenance crew in the performance of difficult highway maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes. Duties include operating a variety of specialized heavy equipment including but not limited to ten-wheel dump trucks, roadway maintenance equipment, and/or sanders and snowplows, etc. The main purpose of this position is to remove snow from the state’s roadways.
Recruitment #07495 – Transportation Technician II, R-4, Huntington Opens 1/25/16, Closes 02/08/16
Employees in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.
Recruitment #07527 – Contract Administrator (Purchasing Agent II), Complex, Salt Lake City Opens 01/25/2016, Closes 02/01/2016
Incumbents in this position follow procedures with minimal instruction in the preparation of consultant pool selection procurements and contracts to assure the flow of services and construction. They’ll follow qualifications-based selection processes regarding the procurement of engineering and engineering related services consultants.
Recruitment #07469 – Archaeologist (Research Consultant I), Region 2 – Salt Lake City Opens 01/25/16, Close 02/07/16
The incumbent in this position serves as the lead region archeologist and is responsible for ensuring legal compliance on region projects with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, and other federal and state regulations relating to cultural resource management.
Scott James Buckalew — affectionately known as “Buck” to his friends and coworkers at UDOT — passed away from a battle with cancer on December 31, 2015. A native of Utah, he was born November 1988, went to Bingham High School, and married his wife, Shantelle, in Draper in 2012.
The 27-year-old transportation tech started his career at UDOT as a seasonal worker in 2012. He was hired on permanently later on, and worked all of his time at Maintenance Station 224 on the west side of West Valley City. He recently worked on the SR-36 (Tooele Main Street Project), and during his chemotherapy, was consistently pushing his bosses to allow him to work when he could. His favorite duty at UDOT was plowing snow, and took great pride in keeping his assigned area as drivable as it could be.
Scott “Buck” Buckalew with his wife, Shantelle.
He bled orange at work and at home, and because of that, Shantelle will be presented with a special Silver Barrel Award in his honor. Just before his passing, he apologized to his boss for not being able to plow the roads for him, and felt like he was letting the department and the residents of Utah down for not being able to complete his job. He also requested that the specific truck that he drove for three years for the department would be present at his funeral.
Funeral services are today at 2:00 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 West 4100 South. A viewing will be from 12:30-1:45 p.m. prior to services. Interment will be at Valley View Memorial Park.
The entire UDOT family mourns the passing of one of its own, and turns its thoughts to Buck’s family. His memory will remain with us forever as we remember his “Bleed Orange” spirit and the impeccable service rendered on Utah roads.
Those interested in helping the family pay for what has been almost insurmountable medical costs can do so by contributing to the family’s GoFundMe account
Brandi is a member of UDOT’s risk management team. Part of her assignment is to respond to requests for information, documents and materials made through Utah’s Government Records Access and Management Act – otherwise known as GRAMA requests. And those requests come in at a rate of about two requests per working day – even during the holidays.
“The law is designed to give everyone – from the media to business and political interests to everyday citizens – access to public records,” Brandi said. “We do the public’s work with public money, and it’s the public’s right to know how and why we spend it.”
As a state agency, Brandi said, responding to these requests is not just a matter of law. “UDOT has identified transparency as one of our primary emphasis areas,” she said. “We really believe in that. So responding to these requests is important to us as a matter of principle, not just because we are required to do it.”
Grama Coordinator Brandi Trujillo
Because UDOT intends to respond appropriately to GRAMA requests, UDOT’s attorneys feel it is important that employees understand what kinds of records are subject to GRAMA scrutiny. Renee Spooner, who is an assistant Attorney General for the state of Utah and is assigned specifically to work with UDOT, said those records include:
Work product created in the course of employment
Email correspondence and written communication
“Generally,” Spooner said, “the only protected documents are attorney work product and attorney/client communication. Everything else is fair game, regardless of its physical form or characteristics. So it is probably a good idea to remind employees to be sure that the language they use in all of these public records is appropriate, accurate and professional. You never know when a document, map or email you create may become part of a GRAMA request, legal case or news story.”
And nobody wants to get run over by a GRAMA.
All UDOT GRAMA requests are handled at Brandi’s office
Crews from the Cottonwood Maintenance Shed 2433 and members from the South Valley Maintenance Shed 2427 are being awarded a Silver Barrel for going above and beyond the call of duty to save homes and and roadways after a landslide in Little Cottonwood Canyon in May.
After finding out that an embankment was starting to slide toward homes near Alta, the crew surveyed the problem and came back quickly to address it. Working in driving rain and extreme weather conditions, the crew took three days to remove mud, rock and debris to keep it from sliding into homes and onto the road. The crew also spoke with concerned homeowners and caretakers about what they were doing to save the homes, and helped everyone feel comfortable, even during the trying circumstances.
“[The crew] worked hard in extreme conditions, and they never complained once,” said Jake Brown, the Cottonwood Station supervisor. “They really made it happen with a good attitude even with longer shifts.”
Ultimately, they were able to stabilize the hill and install a barrier so no further damage would occur.
“The crew made a quick response and resolution to a possibly serious situation. UDOT was very approachable and willing to communicate with all parties involved,” said Frank Perkins of Canyon Services, a property management company in Alta. “It’s a real treat to have the open communication with UDOT in dealing with problems in Little Cottonwood Canyon.”
Executive Director Carlos Braceras was present to give the Silver Barrels to crew members.
“These men are the face of UDOT for the public. No one knows what I do, or what your region director does. But they know what you do. And you carry a fine balance between keeping the canyon clean and safe while also maintaining the area’s other major roadways.” Braceras said.
The Silver Barrel Award started in 2012 by then-Executive Director John Njord. It is meant to recognize those who go above and beyond the call of duty to give exemplary service to the citizens and infrastructure of Utah. Much like college football players, who receive stickers to put on their helmets for a job well done on the field, UDOT employees who receive this award get Silver Barrel sticker for their hard hats, a pin, and a certificate.
The members receiving the Silver Barrel award are:
Jake Brown, Cottonwood Station Supervisor
Shawn Wright, Cottonwood Station
Keith Trott, Cottonwood Station
Michael Johnson, Cottonwood Station
Semi Tuiatua, Cottonwood Station
Tyler Connor, Cottonwood Station
Whitikei Lutui, Cottonwood Station
Sean Lewis, Cottonwood Station
Kirby Peacock, South Valley Station
Jared Thomas, South Valley Station
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras and other Region Two leaders with the crews.
On Thursday morning, August 13, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert put on his sneakers and joined UDOT’s Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP) to walk to school with a group of Sugarhouse families. The short stroll was part of UDOT SNAP’s kick-off to celebrate the new-and-improved Walking School Bus mobile app.
While accompanying the students to school, Gov. Herbert praised UDOT SNAP for creating the free, forward-thinking app, which empowers parents to allow their children to walk and bike to school.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert walks with school children in Sugarhouse to celebrate the new “Walking School Bus” app
“Walking and biking to school makes our neighborhoods safer, our air cleaner and our children healthier. It also helps to build a greater sense of community,” Gov. Herbert said. “I encourage all parents who live within walking distance of school to download the free UDOT Walking School Bus App, join or organize a walking group and start the school year off right by making walking and biking to and from school a habit.”
During the walk, Gov. Herbert also encouraged the young students to continue their studies.
Parents were interested to learn that the updated Walking School Bus app now included easy tutorials, a way to invite their friends via text and social media, and that the app appears to be more navigable. They also remarked on how important the safety features on the app are to them.
Kids like the app, too.
“I feel safe, and I like walking with my friends,” nine-year-old Alex Beasley said. “And it also saves gas because you’re not using your cars.
UDOT developed and launched the free app in August 2014 to help make walking and biking to school safer and easier. With the app, parents can create and join walking groups, send messages within the app to coordinate walks, and even notify other parents when students have arrived at school. In its first year, more than 500 walking school bus groups were created across the state, and parents and students using the app reduced 91,000 car trips and 37 million grams of CO2 emissions, walked 88,000 miles and burned 8.8 million calories.
Projects planned over next 25 years will enhance Utah’s economy, quality of life
RICHFIELD — The Utah Department of Transportation today released its long-range plan forecasting transportation needs in rural Utah over the next 25 years.
The department updates its long-range transportation plan every four years with an eye toward keeping traffic moving now and into the future. The plan focuses primarily on rural areas of the state and identifies a list of projects that will strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance the state’s quality of life.
Transportation needs for Utah’s urban areas are developed in cooperation with metropolitan planning organizations like the Wasatch Front Regional Council and the Mountainland Association of Governments. These long-range plans, along with UDOT’s Long-Range Plan, are combined to create Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan, which will be published this fall.
“UDOT follows a fiscally responsible approach to maximize the value of Utah’s infrastructure investment,” said Jeff Harris, UDOT planning director. “The department leverages limited resources in a way that will provide the greatest benefit.”
Harris said the Long-Range Plan considers the unique needs and strengths of rural Utah, including tourism, the energy sector, interstate freight movement, access to recreation opportunities, and the need for enhanced connections between communities. It employs sophisticated travel demand modeling software to anticipate future transportation needs, taking into account projected population growth as well as employment data forecasts.
The plan also reflects the predicted quantity and timing of future funding, as well as public input accumulated during a series of public meetings focused on the draft project list last spring.
Projects listed in this plan include projects to widen roads, add new passing or climbing lanes, modify interchanges and make other needed improvements throughout the state. You can view the Long-Range Plan here http://www.udot.utah.gov/go/lrp.
Editors Note: #messageMonday is part of a relatively new, ongoing Zero Fatalities campaign aimed at improving safety behaviors on Utah roads. It is a partnership between UDOT and the Utah Department of Public Safety. More information about the campaign can be found here.
According to The National Safety Council, it’s estimated that 1.4 million crashes each year involve drivers using phones (e.g. making calls, choosing music, reading e-mails and texting), and a minimum of 200,000 additional crashes each year involve drivers who are texting. Distracted driving involving some form of phone use accounted for almost 100 fatalities on Utah roads in 2014 ALONE. Whether you’re making a call, looking at a text, or even having Siri send the message for you, there’s too much multitasking for your brain to focus on driving safely, and all too often, it leads to a car crash.
And no matter what caused the crash, your chances of survival increase significantly if you’re wearing a seat belt. Since 2005, unrestrained or improperly restrained victims account for just about half of all car-related deaths on Utah roads. Wearing your seat belt isn’t just a personal choice: it affects everyone around you. In fact, statistics show that unbuckled passengers can increase probability of death for other people in the car by 40 percent. Of course, since May 2015, it’s also the law for everyone to buckle up any time you’re on the road.
So there are the facts.
At UDOT and Zero Fatalities, we’re not trying to scare you into practicing safe driving techniques; it’s about more than that. It’s about each and every life that could have been saved had a different choice been made. It’s about that brother, sister, mother, father, friend, or other loved one who isn’t here, but should be. Car crashes may be inevitable, even with safely designed roads and careful drivers. But each time we get into a vehicle, we can control the choices we make to help keep our roads safer — for our families, our neighbors, and ourselves.
So please wear your seat belt. Wait until your trip is done to make that call or send that text. Your family and friends will be grateful for that choice when you make it to them safely.