Monthly Archives: May 2018

NEWS RELEASE: I-15 To Close For Eight Hours This Weekend in Lehi

For Immediate Release

I-15 To Close For Eight Hours This Weekend in Lehi

Additional restrictions scheduled on I-215 and S.R. 108; drivers advised to use alternate routes

 SALT LAKE CITY (May 31, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for a full closure of I-15 this weekend in Lehi.

I-15 is scheduled to close Sunday, June 3, from midnight to 8 a.m. (an eight hour total closure) between 2100 North and Lehi Main Street. Drivers should plan ahead and avoid the area if possible or allow extra time to travel the detour route.

During this closure, construction crews will demolish the 600 East bridge over the freeway as part of the I-15 Technology Corridor project. This project is widening I-15 to six lanes in both directions and rebuilding the interstate with all-new pavement from S.R. 92 to Lehi Main Street. Construction will continue through late 2020.

UDOT also advises drivers to be aware of other restrictions scheduled to begin in the next few days:

 

  • Westbound I-215 ramp to Redwood Road: The ramp from westbound I-215 to Redwood Road in Taylorsville will close Friday, June 1, at 10 p.m. to Monday, June 4, at 6 a.m. All other ramps at the interchange will remain open, but westbound drivers will need to use another exit. Crews are widening the off-ramp to add another left-turn lane onto southbound Redwood Road.
  • S.R. 108 from Antelope Drive to 1275 South: S.R. 108 will close in both directions between Antelope Drive and 1275 South in Syracuse Friday night, June 1, at 8 p.m. The road will remain closed through August 21, and drivers will need to use alternate routes. This full closure will allow crews to complete widening work on this section of the highway while school is out for the summer.

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:
Zach Whitney
UDOT Digital Communications Specialist
zwhitney@utah.gov
Cell: 385-315-4536

#WorkForUsWednesday – May 30, 2018

It feels like Tuesday, but it’s actually Wednesday…  #WorkForUsWednesday that is.  Today we have a total of SIX new positions open at the department. Five of them are for Transportation Technicians. Transportation Technicians are the front lines of our UDOT crew. They’re out there making sure Utah’s roads are safe and secure. 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.

  • EXTENDED Recruitment #15929 – Region 2 Traffic Signal Engineer (Engineering Manager I), Region 2 – Salt Lake City, Opens 5/14/18, Closes 6/3/18.  Click here to apply. (Recruitment Change: Open from Internal to Public)
  • EXTENDED Recruitment #15964 – Transportation Technician II – Station 223, Region 2 – Tooele, Opens 5/15/18, Closes 6/10/18.  Click here to apply.  
  • EXTENDED Recruitment #15963 – Transportation Technician II – Station 231, Region 2 – West Jordan, Opens 5/15/18,Closes 6/3/18.  Click here to apply. (3 positions)
  • Recruitment #16044 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Moab, Opens 5/30/18, Closes 6/10/18.  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.

Media Briefing: UDOT to reduce lanes on Bangerter Highway at 90th South through July  

Media Briefing: UDOT to reduce lanes on Bangerter Highway at 90th South through July  

Drivers should plan ahead and expect delays during the morning and evening commute through July

WHAT:
Media briefing regarding new lane closures on Bangerter Highway in West Jordan starting Tuesday, May 29 and continuing through July. Bangerter Highway will be reduced to two lanes in both directions, 24 hours a day, between 7800 South and 9000 South.

Lane closures on Bangerter Highway in this area have been in place during non-commute hours for several months. However, with these new restrictions, UDOT expects heavy delays for drivers, especially during the morning and evening commute.

These lane closures will allow crews to continue construction of a new freeway-style interchange on Bangerter Highway at 9000 South. Construction on the new interchange is scheduled for completion this fall.

WHEN:
Friday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Bangerter Highway/9000 South construction zone

Directions:

From Salt Lake City, travel south on Bangerter Highway. As you approach the new overpass just before 9000 South, enter the work zone in the middle of the highway (through the opening in the barrels). UDOT representatives will be on-site to direct media to the parking area.

Personal protective equipment, including hard hats and vests, will be provided and must be worn. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required to enter the construction zone.

WHO:
UDOT representatives

 

VISUALS:
–       Active construction zone on Bangerter Highway

–       B-roll of construction activities at 9000 South interchange

 

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

Major Delays Expected on Utah Highways for Memorial Day Weekend

For Immediate Release

Major Delays Expected on Utah Highways for Memorial Day Weekend

Rethink your trip by planning extra time, leaving early or staying late

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 23, 2018– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges Wasatch Front drivers to plan ahead for delays of up to 90 minutes on I-15 during the afternoon and evening this Thursday and Friday for Memorial Day weekend. Traffic is expected to begin building as early as noon on both days, so holiday travelers are advised to rethink their trip by leaving early in the day or later in the evening.

UDOT engineers expect increased holiday traffic from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with heaviest delays during the evening commute. On Monday, returning travelers are expected to create heavy traffic from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. along I-15 south of the Wasatch Front.

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during Memorial Day weekend (Friday through Monday). 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 Technology Corridor: In Lehi, lanes are shifted on I-15, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour in the construction zone from S.R. 92 to Main Street. Drivers should be alert when driving through the work zone and anticipate areas of rough or uneven pavement.
  • I-70 from the I-15 junction to U.S. 89 in Sevier County: I-70 is reduced to one lane in several locations between the I-15 interchange and U.S. 89. Due to slow-moving trucks and recreational vehicles, drivers should plan for 30-minute delays through the construction zone.

Following the holiday weekend, two additional projects will affect Wasatch Front drivers:

  • Starting Tuesday, May 29, Bangerter Highway will be reduced to two lanes in each direction, 24 hours a day, from 9000 South to 7800 South in West Jordan. These lane closures continue through July, as crews work to construct a new freeway-style interchange at Bangerter Highway and 9000 South.
  • On Wednesday, May 30, I-80 will be reduced to one lane in each direction near the S.R. 201 junction in Tooele County for one week. Drivers should expect delays during the morning and evening commute, and use S.R. 201 as an alternate route. Crews are completing pavement repairs as part of a project to replace several bridges on I-80 and S.R. 36.

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

Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Fatal crashes nearly double from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day in Utah

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will mark the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days with a media event on Thursday.

The family of 18-year-old Maria Fernanda Herrera, who died on impact when she came upon stopped traffic going too fast on I-15, will be available to speak with reporters. May 24 marks what would have been Maria’s 24th birthday. As balloons were one of her favorite things, there will be a balloon for each life lost last year during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days (89) at the event.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day fatal crashes nearly double compared to the rest of the year. With 94 percent of all crashes being caused by human error (including distracted driving, speeding, exhaustion, impairment and not buckling up), UDOT and the UHP urge drivers to obey the speed limit, focus on the road and strive for Zero Fatalities.

Over the past five years in Utah there were 111 deaths caused by speeding. On average, 40 percent of all crashes involve speeding. UDOT and DPS hopes this event reminds Utahns to obey the speed limit and make Zero Fatalities the goal.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Calvin Rampton Building: 4501 S 2700 W, Taylorsville, UT 84119

WHO:
Martin Herrera (Maria’s Father), Eva Maria (Maria’s mother) and Maria’s siblings, Andrea, Carolina, Martin and Alex

VISUALS:

  • Balloons representing each life lost during last year’s 100 Deadliest Days
  • Thumb drive with photos of Maria Herrera, a PSA video with the Herrera family, and crash photos

 

Media Contacts:

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

Lt. Todd Royce
UHP Public Information Officer
801-556-8261
troyce@utah.gov

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 9, 2018

Happy Wednesday, it’s #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT.  Today we have TWO new positions open at the department. 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 #15846 – Senior Business Analyst, Complex – Project Development, Opens 5/8/18, Closes 5/21/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15846 – Structures Design Lead (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 5/8/18, Closes 5/15/18.  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.