Monthly Archives: April 2018

Governor Appoints Former Orem Mayor to Transportation Commission

Governor Appoints Former Orem Mayor to Transportation Commission

New Commissioner Will Represent Central Utah in Prioritizing Transportation Projects 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 26, 2018) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed former Orem City Mayor James T. Evans as a new member of the Utah State Transportation Commission. He replaces J. Kent Millington, whose term of service on the Commission has expired.

The governor’s action now awaits state senate confirmation.

The Utah State Transportation Commission is an independent advisory body that prioritizes state-wide transportation projects and decides how funds allocated for transportation by the state legislature are spent. As a member of the Commission, Evans will specifically represent the interests of Daggett, Duchesne, Juab, Uintah, Utah and Wasatch counties.

Evans brings considerable background and experience to his new role with the Commission. In addition to his service as Orem City Mayor, he served as a member of the Orem City Council, on the Alpine School District Board of Education and State Board of Regents.  He currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees for the Utah System of Technical Colleges.  Professionally, he is Chief Operating Officer for Xactware Solutions Inc.  He previously was a regional director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

He and his wife, Tana, are parents of three children and eight grandchildren.

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PRESS RELEASE:  State and city leaders to officially launch construction of I-15 Technology Corridor

For Immediate Release

 State and city leaders to officially launch construction of I-15 Technology Corridor

Gov. Herbert will conduct a site tour via drone before unveiling official project rendering and augmented reality simulation

 

WHAT: Gov. Gary R. Herbert will officially launch construction of the Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) I-15 Tech Corridor project in Lehi by piloting a drone for a pre-construction site tour.

The project will widen I-15 in the heart of Silicon Slopes with two new lanes in each direction from Lehi Main Street to S.R. 92. It will also alleviate east-west congestion in this busy area by building a bridge at Triumph Boulevard, adding a one-way frontage road system from 2100 North to S.R. 92 and reconstructing those two interchanges. In addition, the project will construct 17 bridges and include several bike and pedestrian improvements.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 9 a.m.
9 a.m. Welcome remarks by UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
9:05 a.m. Remarks by Gov. Gary Herbert
9:10 a.m. Remarks by Sen. Stuart Adams
9:15 a.m. Virtual video tour of project via drone, piloted by Gov. Herbert
9:35 a.m. Unveiling of project rendering
9:40 a.m. Augmented reality simulation of Triumph Boulevard Bridge and media one-on-ones

WHERE: UCCU Building, 7th Floor, 3333 N Digital Dr, Lehi, UT 84043

WHO:
Gov. Gary Herbert
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
Sen. Stuart Adams
Lehi Mayor Mark Johnson
Members of the House and Senate Transportation Committees
Members of the Utah Legislature
Utah Transportation Commissioners

VISUALS:

  • Augmented reality simulation of project
  • Drone flight and footage of I-15 in Lehi
  • Project rendering

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

UDOT Names New Region Three Director

For Immediate Release

UDOT Names New Region Three Director

Rob Clayton to oversee construction and maintenance of state roads in Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties.

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 18, 2018) – Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Carlos Braceras announced today that Rob Clayton is the new Region Three director.

In this role, Clayton will be responsible for the construction and maintenance of state roads in Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties. Clayton replaces Teri Newell, who was recently appointed as an additional deputy director for UDOT.

Since 2011, Clayton has served as the director of UDOT’s traffic management division. The division is charged with operating a smart transportation network, as using technology to help manage traffic is an excellent way to optimize mobility, reduce delay and increase roadway capacity.

As director of the traffic management division, Clayton helped shepherd the department into the future by overseeing the traffic signal network, advanced traffic management system, and intelligent transportation systems. He also managed the state’s incident management teams, and traveler information on the UDOT Traffic website.

Clayton started working at UDOT in 1997, serving in several roles including maintenance of traffic oversight engineer for the I-15 CORE project, and operations engineer for the traffic management division.

Clayton will begin his new role on April 23. He will continue to lead the Traffic Management Division until a new director is announced.

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

PRESS RELEASE: UDOT Announces Public Open House for Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement

For Immediate Release

UDOT Announces Public Open House for Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement

New study to address traffic congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon

SALT LAKE CITY (April 9, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and the USDA Forest Service (USDA FS) will host a public open house to address traffic congestion and safety in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Scheduled April 10 from 4 to 8 p.m., the public open house will allow the public to provide comments on the Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The open house will be held at Cottonwood Heights City Hall, 2277 E Bengal Blvd.

UDOT, UTA and USDA FS are conducting the Little Cottonwood Canyon EIS to address traffic congestion, safety, and public transportation options for residents, visitors, and commuters on SR 210 from Fort Union Boulevard to the Town of Alta, which includes Little Cottonwood Canyon Road.

In consideration of numerous previous studies and public involvement efforts carried out by a range of agencies and stakeholders regarding potential transportation improvements in the project study area, the EIS team will develop and evaluate a range of alternatives that reduce congestion and improve recreation and tourism experiences in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The official public scoping period for the Little Cottonwood Canyon EIS runs through May 4, 2018. Official public comments on transportation challenges and issues in the canyon will be collected via email at littlecottonwoodeis@utah.gov and the study website at www.udot.utah.gov/littlecottonwoodeis.

The public can also get updates and notifications on the following channels:

  • Twitter: @UDOTlcceis
  • Facebook group: @UtahDOT under the page’s Groups: UDOT Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement (LCC EIS)
  • Instagram: @utahtransportation

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by UDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated January 17, 2017, and executed by FHWA and UDOT.

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

Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP and Local Contractors Partner to Encourage Safer Driving in Work Zones

Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP and Local Contractors Partner to Encourage Safer Driving in Work Zones

Agencies and contractors showcase safety practices and offer reminders to drivers as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week 

 

WHAT:
With construction season under way, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and Associated General Contractors of Utah (AGC) are reminding drivers to be safe and put away distractions, especially in work zones.

Last year, there were 2,400 crashes in work zones in Utah. UDOT, the UHP and the AGC are asking drivers to do their part to help construction workers get home safely to their families every night.

At the event, the media can watch the daily contractor safety briefing and tour a live construction site, in addition to interviews with representatives from UDOT, UHP and the AGC.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 10, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Riverton City Offices
12830 South Redwood Road
(Media parking is available in the lot south of the city building)

WHO:
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
UHP Col. Michael Rapich
Associated General Contractors of Utah President & CEO Richard Thorn
W.W. Clyde Project Manager Tyler Clyde, Redwood Road project 

VISUALS:
–       Construction equipment and workers widening Redwood Road
–       Contractors participating in daily safety briefing
–       Photos of work zone crashes
–       B-roll provided of the work zone

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

UDOT Names Additional Deputy Director

For Immediate Release

UDOT Names Additional Deputy Director

Newly-created role will help lead the Department into the transportation future

SALT LAKE CITY (April 5, 2018) – UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras announced today he has named Teri Newell as an additional deputy director for the department.

The additional deputy director will help guide the department as it moves to address issues relating to Utah’s growing population, advances in technology and the evolution of the transportation industry. The newly-created position comes after the passing of SB 136, which addressed the governance of transportation in Utah.

Newell joins Braceras and Deputy Director Shane Marshall in leading the department’s more than 1,600 employees. The executive team also oversees the design, construction and maintenance of Utah’s 6,000 miles of state roads and highways.

“Teri has proven herself as an innovative leader,” Braceras said. “Her work as Region Three Director and as the project manager for the Mountain View Corridor has helped to prepare her to take an active role shaping this new position and in helping to lead UDOT into its exciting transportation future.”

Newell begins her new role immediately. For the past five years, she has served as UDOT’s Region Three director, and was responsible for the construction and maintenance of state roads in Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties. Prior to her role as UDOT’s first female region director, Newell spent 10 years taking the Mountain View Corridor from a concept, through the environmental process, to completion of the initial phases. Before joining UDOT, Newell was the operations director for Salt Lake County, and held other positions in the private sector. She is a native of Iowa, and she received her civil engineering degree from Iowa State University.

Newell will continue to lead Region Three activies until a new region director is announced.

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – April 4, 2018

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT.  Today we have TWO new positions open at the department. One is for a Materials Lab Tech. Our Materials Lab tests road samples to make sure they hold up to federal and state standards. Building road is literally an exact science. Check out the descriptions by following the links below.

Click on the links below to apply and 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 #15440 – Materials Lab Tech IV(Eng Tech IV), Region 2 – Materials Lab, Opens 3/28/18, Closes 4/10/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15451 – Transportation Technician III – Materials, Region 2 – Materials Lab, Opens 3/28/18, Closes 4/10/18.  Click here to apply.

Visit the Utah State Jobs website at any time to see all open positions with the department. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation. We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

I-15 Technology Corridor Leads UDOT’s Top 10 Projects in 2018

For Immediate Release

I-15 Technology Corridor Leads UDOT’s Top 10 Projects in 2018

Major highway projects will build bridges, add lanes, and keep pavement
in good condition throughout the state

SALT LAKE CITY (April 2, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced its list of Top 10 construction projects for 2018 today.

UDOT crews will work on 188 highway construction projects scheduled across the state this
year, with a combined value of $1.46 billion. Planned improvements range from small sidewalk and street light installations, to the rebuilding of a 12-lane section of urban freeway. Within the Top 10, projects include widening and rebuilding freeways, constructing new interchanges or redesigning existing ones, and repaving and upgrading other local/regional highways.
Here are UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2018:

1. I-15 Technology Corridor — Utah County, S.R. 92 to Lehi Main Street, $450 million:
This $450 million project starts construction in the spring to widen I-15 to six lanes in both directions between S.R. 92 (Timpanogos Highway) and Main Street in Lehi. This is the last remaining section of I-15 between Salt Lake City and Spanish Fork where the freeway is still only four lanes wide. Other project improvements include a new overpass to extend Triumph Boulevard over I-15, and upgrades to the S.R. 92 and 2100 North interchanges. This project will finish in late 2020.

2. I-15 Southbound — Salt Lake County, 2100 South to 12300 South, $180 million:
Another major project will widen I-15 in Salt Lake County by adding a new southbound lane from 2100 South to 12300 South. This project will also redesign some of the southbound ramps at the I-15/I-215 south interchange to improve traffic flow, and will
widen 7200 South to three lanes from I-15 to Bingham Junction Boulevard in Midvale. Work will begin this spring and is expected to be complete in late 2019.

3. I-215/Redwood Road Diverging Diamond Interchange — North Salt Lake, $40 million:
In Davis County, crews will reconstruct I-215 from the I-15 interchange in North Salt Lake to 2100 North. This project will also construct a new Diverging Diamond interchange at Redwood Road and I-215. Construction started in February, and continues through the end of the year.

4. I-80/S.R. 36 Bridge Replacements —Tooele County, $30 million:
UDOT will replace three bridges on I-80 near the S.R. 36 interchange: eastbound and westbound I-80 over the Union Pacific railroad tracks, and the S.R. 36 ramp bridge. Construction on these bridges will start in late spring, and is expected to be complete in summer 2019.

5. Bluff Street — St. George, $51 million:
UDOT is widening Bluff Street in St. George from 100 South to Sunset Boulevard. Crews will add a lane in each direction, and add turn lanes at several intersections. This project started in January and will continue for about 12 months.

6. I-80 — Parleys Canyon, $30 million:
I-80 will be widened to add a new westbound lane for trucks from Jeremy Ranch to Parleys Summit, and a new wildlife crossing will also be constructed at the summit. In addition, crews will repave the interstate from Lambs Canyon to Kimball Junction. Construction starts today, and is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

7. Mountain View Corridor — Utah County, $41 million:
Mountain View Corridor in Utah County will be extended from the Redwood Road/2100 North intersection to S.R. 73. Work will begin this spring, and will finish up in 2019.

8. Bangerter Highway — Four Interchanges, $201 million:
Work continues to convert four intersections on Bangerter Highway into freeway-style interchanges. New interchanges are under construction at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, and are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

9. S.R. 9 — Springdale, $19 million:
Crews are reconstructing S.R. 9, the gateway to Zion National Park, through the town of Springdale. Workers are removing the old pavement and replacing it with new asphalt, and adding new pedestrian and bike improvements. This project is scheduled to finish before the peak visitor season later this month.

10. S.R. 108 — Syracuse, $52 million:
UDOT is entering the second year of construction to widen and reconstruct S.R. 108 from Antelope Drive to 300 North in Davis County. Work on this project will be completed this fall.

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 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