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PRESS RELEASE – Downtown SLC Traffic Delays Expected for Weekend Events

For Immediate Release

Downtown SLC Traffic Delays Expected

for Weekend Events

UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center will time traffic signals to keep traffic moving during packed holiday weekend

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 8, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for heavy holiday traffic this Saturday, Dec. 10, in downtown Salt Lake City, with several events scheduled that evening. Heaviest delays are expected between 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., so drivers should plan to arrive downtown before 6:15 p.m.

Events scheduled include performances of White Christmas at the Eccles Theater; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert; and a Utah Jazz basketball game, Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular at Abravanel Hall, in addition to downtown Christmas light displays and holiday shopping.

The special events team at the UDOT Traffic Operations Center plans several weeks in advance for events like this. Traffic engineers will also be monitoring signals on several main roads near downtown Salt Lake City, including State Street, 300 West, North Temple, South Temple, 400 South, and others, to assist drivers traveling to and from these events.

UDOT also advises drivers to plan extra time for parking, as some parking garages will be full or nearly full. Suggested alternatives include riding UTA TRAX into downtown, or parking within the downtown free-fare zone and taking TRAX from the parking lot to the event venue.

For the latest information on traffic conditions, 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

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

UDOT Advises Bowl Game Travelers to Plan Ahead for Out-of-State Delays

Heavy traffic, construction projects expected this weekend on I-15 and I-84 

SALT LAKE CITY  – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises travelers driving to the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl or the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl this weekend to allow extra time due to heavy traffic and road construction in Arizona, Nevada and Idaho.

Las Vegas Bowl

Drivers traveling south on I-15 to Las Vegas should be aware of expected delays from 30 minutes to an hour on Friday evening, Dec. 18, and Saturday morning, Dec. 19, in the Virgin River Gorge between St. George and Mesquite, Nev. Drivers returning from the bowl game should plan for similar delays on Saturday night, and up to two-hour delays on Sunday morning, as I-15 is reduced to one lane in each direction for bridge construction in the Virgin River Gorge.

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In addition, construction delays are expected along a 30-mile stretch of northbound I-15 between Las Vegas and Mesquite. The freeway is reduced to one northbound lane in various locations throughout this construction zone.

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Fans planning travel on I-15 and I-84 to Boise should also plan ahead for construction in southern Idaho. I-84 is reduced to one lane in each direction for approximately 11 miles between the I-86 junction and Burley. Crews are replacing two bridges over the Snake River.

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More information about these projects is available online at the following websites:

The Departments can also be contacted on social media:

For information on UDOT projects, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app, available for iOS or Android devices. For real-time traffic and road information outside of the state, there are several smart phone applications available for download, including the Waze navigation app.

UDOT app wins award for digital pioneering

SALT LAKE CITY — The pioneering sprit has always been in Utah’s blood. From the Winchester rifle, Word Perfect and wider Pioneer Streets, to the Roadometer and Television, Utah has always tried to be at the forefront of technology.

In the digital age, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has continued as a technological pioneer, especially in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). It was recently awarded a “Best of ITS” award by the ITS World Congress this fall for its Citizen Reporter app, which was piloted during the 2012-2013 winter season.

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A screenshot of the Citizen Report app

The app, which is the first of its kind in the United States, is aimed at Keeping Utah Moving, specifically during winter months. It allows citizen volunteers to report on road weather conditions along specific roadways across the Beehive State, after a short training session. These reports give enhanced road weather information to travelers when the stakes are the highest — during inclement weather. 

In large, sparsely populated states like Utah, state DOTs have trouble providing up-to-the-minute accuracy on road conditions to travelers. It’s especially tough in Utah, where nearly 1,000 cameras statewide still can’t see every inch of roadway. But that’s where crowd sourcing from citizen reporters comes in, providing more accurate and timely information to the traveling public on conditions around the state.

Lisa Miller, UDOT’s Traveler Information Manager, said the program was extremely successful, with over 1100 reports last year from approximately 500 reporters. She predicts four times the usage of the app this coming year.

“Our early concern was that the data might not be reliable,” Miller said. “But what we’ve found is that the incoming data is 99% accurate.”

Other states, such as Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska and North Dakota have requested information from UDOT to create similar programs in those states. The success of the program has spurred the department to produce another app, called Click N Fix, which allows the public to report potholes, burnt out highway lights, and other safety issues. The app will be more widely available to the public in early 2015.

The 2014 ITS World Congress

UDOT was awarded a “Best of ITS” award for “Best New Innovative Practice” in September.

“Crowd-sourcing is emerging as an effective means to both engage and serve the public, Miller said. “The public can now make more informed travel decisions, which impacts everything: safety, mobility, and the economy.”

To become a Citizen Reporter:

In order to become a UDOT Citizen Reporter, you will need to complete a brief training (either online or in person), take a short quiz and complete a sign-up form. The training takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Once a volunteer has completed these steps, they will be provided with a login and PIN, and can begin submitting reports. Reports are submitted through the UDOT Citizen Reporting app, downloadable for Android and Apple devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

If you would like to become a Citizen Reporter, please follow this link to take the online training: www.udottraffic.utah.gov/training/citizenreporter. For more information or to schedule an in person training, email UDOTCitizenReporter@utah.gov.

You can download the Citizen Reports app for your iPhone or Android device.

 

UDOT Launches a new Citizen Reporter Program

Diagram showing all of the different data sources for weather operationsCurrent and forecast weather conditions are a critical part of traveler information in Utah.  Utah has many high mountain passes and rural routes that frequently experience hazardous winter weather, and accurate road condition information for these routes is vital for traveler safety and route planning.

The UDOT Citizen Reporting Program enlists volunteers to report on current road conditions along specific roadway segments across Utah.  The volunteers can be UDOT employees, law enforcement, truck drivers, plow drivers, experienced commuters, or other volunteers.  The long term goal of adding Citizen Reporters to UDOT’s weather operations road reporting is to supplement current condition reporting on segments where drivers are already traveling.

All of the incoming data is compiled with carefully crafted logic to determine the condition of the road surface. Reports from plow drivers, law enforcement and other experienced reporters may be utilized in a different way than volunteer citizen data, however all data is immensely valuable and helpful in determining the condition of the road surface.

How do I become a UDOT Citizen Reporter?

In order to become a UDOT Citizen Reporter, you will need to complete a brief training (either online or in person), take a short quiz and complete a sign-up form. The training takes approximately 30 minutes. Once a volunteer has completed these steps, they will be provided with a login and PIN, and can begin submitting reports. Reports are submitted through the UDOT Citizen Reporting app, downloadable for Android and Apple devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

If you would like to become a Citizen Reporter, please follow this link to take the online training: www.udottraffic.utah.gov/training/citizenreporter. For more information or to schedule an in person training, email UDOTCitizenReporter@utah.gov.

Optimizing Mobility – UDOT’s Traffic Management Division

TOC Control RoomThe UDOT Traffic Management Division (TMD) houses UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center (TOC), the traffic signal management division, traveler information program and deployment and maintenance for Utah’s robust Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network. UDOT utilizes the resources from within the TMD to plan for and react to any type of event that reduces capacity on Utah interstate and highway routes.

The UDOT TOC is operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! TOC operators actively monitor traffic, looking for road debris, crashes or lane closures due to construction. This sophisticated ITS network includes traffic cameras, overhead message signs, vehicle detectors and much more. The fiber optic network that connects the ITS devices to the TOC provides an excellent, fast connection that allows TOC operators to react at a moment’s notice. “Our TOC operators monitor traffic throughout the state from our facility in Salt Lake City. If a crash occurs in St. George, our operators are able to use traffic cameras to locate the incident and post a message warning motorists on an overhead message sign within a matter of seconds,” said Mike Evans, Control Room Manager.

In addition to day-to-day traffic problems, the UDOT TMD also provides traffic signal support for large-scale special events. A signal management operator can remotely control nearly 80% of UDOT’s traffic signals from the TOC.

UDOT’s Traffic Management Division is charged with operating a smart transportation network. Using technology to help manage traffic is an excellent way to optimize mobility, reduce delay and increase roadway capacity. To schedule a tour of the UDOT Traffic Operations Center, please call(801) 887-3710.