Monthly Archives: October 2016

New Traffic Shift, Lane Split Start on I-215 This Weekend

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for an upcoming traffic shift and lane split on the I-215 west belt, and for nightly road closures on 7200 South near I-15, starting this weekend.

Southbound I-215 is scheduled to shift onto new concrete pavement from S.R. 201 to 4700 South as early as Sunday night, Oct. 30. The southbound lanes will also be split from S.R. 201 to 4100 South, so southbound drivers will need to stay right at the split to exit at 3500 South.

In connection with this traffic shift, the freeway ramp from westbound S.R. 201 to southbound I-215 will be closed starting tonight for up to two months. Drivers will need to use an alternate route to access southbound I-215.

The I-215 west belt reconstruction project is removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new concrete from S.R. 201 to 4700 South; rebuilding interchange ramps at 4700 South and S.R. 201; reconstructing bridges over S.R. 201; and adding new exit-only lanes to the freeway. The project is scheduled for completion next year.

Also starting Sunday night, 7200 South is scheduled to close nightly for up to a month between I-15 and 700 West. The off-ramps from I-15 to westbound 7200 South will also be closed. Crews are repairing the UTA TRAX bridge over 7200 South.

For the latest information regarding this and other UDOT construction projects, drivers can visit the UDOT Traffic website ( or download the free UDOT Traffic app, available for smartphones and tablets. Drivers can also follow @udottraffic and @utahdot on Twitter.


MEDIA EVENT: Bangerter Highway to Close this Weekend to Relocate Major Aqueduct

Bangerter Highway to Close this Weekend to Relocate Major Aqueduct


Briefing to provide media up-close look at 66-inch pipe inside trench. The Jordan Valley Aqueduct provides water to most of the Salt Lake Valley


Media briefing to provide reporters an up-close look at the Jordan Valley Aqueduct relocation in Taylorsville.

UDOT will close Bangerter Highway from 5400 South to 4700 South, Friday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m. through Monday, Oct. 31, at 5 a.m. This closure will allow crews to relocate the Jordan Valley Aqueduct across Bangerter Highway in preparation for the construction of a freeway-style interchange at 5400 South.

Expect heavy traffic congestion and delays during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Southbound drivers will detour west on 3500 South to 5600 West. Northbound drivers will detour east on 5400 South to Redwood Road. Through traffic traveling east and west on 5400 South and 4700 South will flow as normal.


Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.

Meet at the Chevron parking lot at 3822 W 5400 S (please do not block the gas pumps)
* To enter the work zone participants must wear long pants and close toed shoes. Personal protection equipment will be provided and must be worn in the work zone.

UDOT Project Manager John Montoya
UDOT Public Information Officer John Gleason


* First-hand view of the trench and the chance to shoot video/take pictures inside the new pipe
* Map of detour routes
* B-roll of construction provided


Media Contact:
John Gleason
Public Information Officer
Cell: 801-560-7740

UDOT Installs Signs Extending National Bike Route

For Immediate Release

UDOT Installs Signs Extending National Bike Route

Active Transportation Provides New Economic Opportunity for Rural Utah

Cedar City, Utah (October 25, 2016) –  The description of Utah as the “Crossroads of the West” takes on new meaning with a project recently contracted through the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT).   But rather than the gold associated with the meeting of the rails, adventure seekers are now looking for green to be found along a national system of designated bike routes intended to connect the Atlantic to the Pacific.

U.S. Bicycle Routes 70 & 79 now officially span Southern Utah winding through seven counties from Colorado to Nevada as a UDOT contractor finishes new sign installations.  The two routes designated with the new green signs converge in Iron County while rural communities along the stretch are hoping their local economies can pick up some steam from the movement.

Bicycle Route 70 enters Utah on the eastern border west of Monticello on U.S. Highway 491, moves south to Blanding and then veers northwest passing near Natural Bridges National monument, over the Colorado River at Hite’s Crossing, eastward through Capitol Reef National Park, then bending south and west along All-American Road  and Scenic Byway  12.  The route passes Bryce Canyon National Park before moving to Scenic Byway 14 and descending below Cedar Breaks National Monument.  Bicycle Route 79 enters from Nevada near the town of Garrison on State Route 21 extending southeast through Milford toward Cedar City.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) established the United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS) in 1978 and approved a national-level corridor designation plan in 2008.  The system has gained input from the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) and the Adventure Cycling Association among others.  The majority of national corridor signs have been installed within only the past couple of years.

UDOT representatives along with cycling enthusiasts and other interested parties will meet in Cedar City Wednesday morning to view the new signs, highlight respectful use of roads and consider what the new designated routes may mean for local communities and tourists.


#WorkForUsWednesday – October 19, 2016

It’s #WorkForUsWednesday! We have several new positions open. 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 #09582 – Performance Audit Manager, Complex – Internal Audit, Opens 10/12/16, Closes 10/26/16
  • Recruitment #10253 – Region Right of Way Control Coordinator, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 10/13/16, Closes 10/26/16
  • Recruitment #10209 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Thompson, Opens 10/13/16, Closes 10/26/16
  • Recruitment #10289  – Seasonal Transportation Technician I – Hooper, Region 1 – Hooper, Opens 10/14/2016, Closes 10/30/2016
  • Recruitment #10249- Transportation Technician II – Riverside, Region 1 – Riverside, Opens 10/17/2016, Closes 10/27/2016
  • Recruitment #10326 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Moab, Opens 10/18/16, Closes 11/01/16

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.

UDOT Statement: Project Fatality

This morning we were devastated by the news that a UDOT contractor was killed while installing avalanche control equipment in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Our contractors are part of the UDOT family and it’s heartbreaking any time something like this happens. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this worker’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

At UDOT, safety is our top priority. Work on the project is shut down pending an investigation.

Utah DOT’s Weather Operations Program Celebrates its 15th Year

Utah DOT’s Weather Operations Program Celebrates its 15th Year


October 2016

The UDOT Weather Operations Program is celebrating its 15th year of managing weather events throughout the state of Utah. Beginning officially with the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Weather Operations program has reached many milestones over the years. Nearly 20 years ago, UDOT’s first contract meteorologist began with forecasts for a small section of the state. Today, UDOT employs a full time UDOT Weather Operations Manager, 8-12 meteorologists and a UDOT weather research analyst.


Figure 1A UDOT RWIS deployment.

So, how has the program grown and changed over time?

UDOT meteorologists handle over 5,000 phone calls in a typical winter season. There is a significant amount of coordination with the National Weather Service and UDOT plow crews. Ahead of any major weather events, including winter storms, wind events and rain/floods, UDOT’s Weather Operations group will host a weather briefing, sharing critical and timely information. UDOT signals, traveler information, operations, Ports of Entry, Utah Highway Patrol, communications and other teams are all participants.

The UDOT Citizen Reporter program smartphone apps for iOS and Google Play were launched in October 2013 to allow motorists to report road and weather conditions to UDOT. The UDOT app was the first of its kind in the country! UDOT has received thousands of reports from citizens since the program launched and reminds all drivers to never use apps while driving.


Figure 2 The UDOT Citizen Reporter app is a free download for iPhone and Droid.


Figure 3 Sign up to be a UDOT Citizen Reporter.

A new feature to the UDOT Traffic app and website is the Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) of all UDOT plows during storms. A citizen can get, at a glance, an understanding of where all UDOT plows are currently working. This enhancement also allows UDOT to better track plow movements for possible equipment and material savings. Overall, this enhancement has been very well received by the public.



Figure 4UDOT plows at work during a winter storm.

UDOT launched a Winter Road Weather Index (WRWI) project a few years ago to monitor snow and ice removal. The next generation of the WRWI is here… in the form of winter weather performance metrics. UDOT’s Snow and Ice performance metrics dashboard has real-time statistics that are utilized by UDOT maintenance crews to determine how effective they were at maintaining good road conditions during a storm. Several metrics go into creating the measure, including the intensity of the storm, length of time the storm is ongoing, resources allocated to the maintenance shed covering the geographic area and field instrumentation on the RWIS units. The resulting information is utilized to measure storm performance, identify best practices and possibly re-allocate resources to better cover areas in need.


Figure 5UDOT’s Snow and Ice Performance Measure uses green, yellow and red data points to assess how maintenance crews responded to the storm.

UDOT is fortunate to have an incredible crew of plow drivers who are very dedicated to their jobs and to Keeping Utah Moving. But there’s always room for improvement and sometimes opportunities for efficiency and resource allocation. In order to track performance and possibilities for improvement, the snow and ice performance metric takes into consideration several baseline data points including snow fall rate, time of day and shed resources.


Figure 6The UDOT Snow and Ice Performance measure graphic is available for each storm, allowing management to view an assessment and determine of additional resources are needed.

The graphic colors represented here show that UDOT’s crews managed the storm well but have some areas for improvement. The green data points show that when all factors are considered, the plow crews are exceeding expectations and are doing a great job keeping up with the storm and keeping the road well maintained. The yellow data points show that crews are performing within current capabilities for equipment and manpower. The red data points are highlighting areas for improvement where crews are not performing up to UDOT’s standards. Because the data comes to UDOT in real-time, a shed foreman has the ability to review the information at the end of the storm, end of the month or end of the season!

Under the red, yellow and green data point graph, the plow icon shows the movement of plows over the course of the storm.


Figure 7The Snow and Ice Performance metric includes details about the storm, including pavement temperature, storm intensity and precipitation type.


The archived snow and ice removal performance metric data includes atmospheric conditions, air temperature, pavement temperature, precipitation type and other meteorological factors that can help to determine the intensity


Figure 8UDOT Traffic camera screenshots are archived with each storm’s metrics to provide a visual description of the storm.

of the storm. UDOT Traffic camera screenshots are also included to give a data user a visual of the road during the storm. All of this information comes together to give shed crews and UDOT leadership an idea of how resources are being utilized and where there are areas for improvement.

UDOT is ready for the winter season and we hope you are, too. Now would be a good time to check the condition of your tires and ensure you have an emergency kit in your trunk. Please remember: always buckle up and never drive distracted. Check the UDOT Traffic app or website before every trip.



What’s Next on I-15

What’s Next on I-15

The I-15 Technology Corridor: S.R. 92 to Lehi Main Street


As the crossroads of the west, I-15 is essential to keeping Utah’s economy moving. That’s why the Utah Department of Transportation consistently looks for ways to enhance I-15.
In 2012, the I-15 CORE project was completed, and 24 miles of I-15 were widened and reconstructed from Lehi to Spanish Fork. Earlier this week, The Point project was completed, and seven more miles of I-15 were widened and reconstructed, this time from Lehi to Draper. Now, many drivers want to know, “What about Lehi Main to S.R. 92?”
Plans are already in the works to improve this section of I-15. The Utah Transportation Commission has allocated $450 million to reconstruct the freeway in this area, known as the I-15 Technology Corridor. Currently, construction on the project is programmed to begin in 2020. The project will reconstruct and widen the freeway, add two lanes in each direction, and reconstruct the interchanges at S.R. 92 and 2100 North.
In addition, new one-way frontage roads will be built on both sides of the freeway between those two interchanges, and a new bridge will be built to carry Triumph Boulevard/2300 West over I-15. Other improvements included in this project are 13 bridge replacements and new bicycle and pedestrian features.
The five-mile stretch of freeway between S.R. 92 and Lehi Main Street is located near the epicenter for the state’s tech sector growth, and the nearby population has expanded at a similar rate. UDOT has already begun work to prepare for construction to begin within the next few years.
To stay up to date on this project, visit the project website here. You can also download a project fact sheet here, or view a map of the project area here.

S.R. 201 to close two nights at I-215 for bridge demolition

For Immediate Release

S.R. 201 to close two nights at I-215 for bridge demolition

Eastbound S.R. 201 scheduled to close Friday night; westbound S.R. 201 to close Saturday night

Salt Lake City (Oct. 7, 2016) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for two overnight freeway closures on S.R. 201 in West Valley City. Eastbound S.R. 201 is scheduled to close on Friday night, Oct. 7, under I-215, and westbound S.R. 201 is scheduled to close in the same area on Saturday night, Oct. 8, while crews demolish the southbound I-215 bridge.

These freeway closures are scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. each night, with all lanes reopening by 6 a.m. the following day. Drivers should plan extra travel time due to traffic delays and detours, and consider using alternate routes such as I-80.

This bridge demolition is being completed as part of the I-215 west belt reconstruction project. Crews are removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new concrete from S.R. 201 to 4700 South. The project is scheduled for completion next year.

Also this weekend, crews are scheduled to shift traffic on the I-215 east belt into the southbound lanes near 6200 South. The new traffic pattern will be in place by Monday morning, Oct. 10. No additional lane closures are expected during this time – the freeway will remain with two lanes open in both directions.

For the latest information regarding this and other UDOT construction projects, drivers can visit the UDOT Traffic website ( or download the free UDOT Traffic app, available for smartphones and tablets. Drivers can also follow @udottraffic and @utahdot on Twitter.

**Time lapse video of the bridge demolition will be available Sunday night in time for 9/10 p.m. newscasts.***


Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
Cell: 801-560-7740

UDOT Begins Construction on New Wildlife Fencing in Parleys Canyon

UDOT Begins Construction on New Wildlife Fencing in Parleys Canyon


JEREMY RANCH (Oct. 6, 2016) —The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will start building one mile of wildlife fencing on westbound I-80 near Jeremy Ranch on Friday. The new wildlife fencing is the first phase in a long-term plan to reduce wildlife and vehicle collisions in Parleys Canyon.

UDOT partnered with Save People Save Wildlife to expedite the process to raise funding and install the fence before winter.

“This demonstrates the power of a public-private partnership where groups come together to make the community better,” UDOT Region Two Director Bryan Adams said. “We want to thankSave People Save Wildlife for playing a tremendous role in making this happen.”

This one-mile stretch of fencing is funded by $50,000 in UDOT contingency funds combined with a $50,000 donation from Save People Save Wildlife.

UDOT recently completed a study with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to determine solutions to ensure that wildlife collisions are reduced not only now, but long into the future.

The department is now designing the long-term solution, which includes building a new wildlife crossing and installing enough wildlife fencing to stretch three miles in both directions on I-80from Jeremy Ranch to Parleys Summit. These projects are scheduled to start after funding becomes available in fall 2017.

UDOT requested and the Utah Transportation Commission approved $5 million to reduce wildlife and vehicle collisions in Parleys Canyon.




Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
Cell: 801-560-7740


UDOT and UHP launch Express Lane education and enforcement blitz

With the completion of the Point project, Utah’s Express Lanes —
the longest continuous in the country — are now fully operational.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) are partnering to launch an enforcement blitz to educate drivers how to correctly use Express Lanes.

With the completion of the Point project, Utah’s Express Lanes — the longest continuous in the country stretching 72 miles from Layton to Spanish Fork — are now fully operational. Express Lanes move twice as many people as general purpose lanes (about 3,600 people per hour compared to 1,900), and are much more effective and provide greater benefits to all drivers when they are being used appropriately.

One in five drivers violate the rules regarding the Express Lanes every day, and UHP troopers pull over 300 drivers a month for those same violations.

“The lanes are getting clogged with people who don’t belong there,” said John Gleason, UDOT’s public information office. “Our goal is to keep traffic moving, and Express Lanes — when used correctly — have proven to do that.”

Vehicles with more than one passenger, C Decal vehicles, and motorcycles can use the Express Lanes for free. Solo drivers can purchase an Express Pass and pay a nominal fee to use Express Lanes. UDOT manages use of the Express Lanes by charging pass users a variable rate based on the current congestion levels and travel speed on I-15.

Drivers should keep the following in mind when driving in Utah’s Express Lanes:

  • Crossing the double white lines is unsafe and illegal.
  • Express Lanes are not passing lanes.
  • Only carpoolers, motorcycles, buses, C Decal vehicles, emergency vehicles and solo drivers with an Express Pass are eligible to use the Express Lanes.
  • Violators of the Express Lanes can be issued a citation with a fine of up to $175.

“Weaving in and out of the Express Lanes by crossing the double white lines is dangerous,” said UHP Sgt. Todd Royce. “We see it every day. It can cause drivers to brake suddenly, swerve and cause a crash. It’s extremely unsafe.”

This enforcement blitz is scheduled to continue through the weekend. For more information on Utah’s Express Lanes, visit

Take a drive through all 72 miles of the country’s longest continuous Express Lanes in one minute in this video: