Monthly Archives: November 2018

UDOT Offers Thanksgiving Travel Tips to Drivers

UDOT Offers Thanksgiving Travel Tips to Drivers

Plan for 20-minute delays on I-15; avoid drowsy or aggressive driving

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 19, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recommends Wasatch Front drivers plan ahead for I-15 delays due to holiday traffic for Thanksgiving weekend. Trips through Salt Lake and Utah counties on I-15 could take 20 minutes longer on Wednesday, and 25 minutes longer on Monday afternoon.

UDOT engineers expect increased southbound traffic on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., while northbound traffic should be heavier between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Monday, due to return trips, northbound I-15 will see heavier traffic from 2 p.m. through 7 p.m., while southbound traffic will be heavier during the typical commute times from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Higher traffic is expected on local streets due to Black Friday shopping. Streets near malls or large shopping centers are likely to see heavier than normal delays on Friday.

Across the state, most UDOT projects have been completed or are pausing for the winter. However, construction continues year-round on the I-15 Technology Corridor project in Lehi. The northbound I-15 lanes are split from 2100 North to S.R. 92, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour through the construction zone from S.R. 92 to Main Street. Drivers should be alert when traveling through the work zone and anticipate areas of rough or uneven pavement.

UDOT encourages drivers to make Zero Fatalities their goal this Thanksgiving and avoid unsafe driving behaviors. There is a higher rate of fatal crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday than during the other winter months, despite overall crash totals being lower. This weekend, avoid drowsy, distracted, or aggressive driving.

For the latest information on traffic restrictions and road weather, 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 Completes Major Construction on Four Bangerter Highway Interchanges

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT Completes Major Construction on Four Bangerter Highway Interchanges

Construction schedules announced for additional interchanges at 6200 South, 10400 South, and 12600 South

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 19, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced today that major construction is now complete on four new interchanges along Bangerter Highway, and a project to build the next three interchanges at 6200 South, 10400 South, and 12600 South, will begin in 2020.

 

All lanes and ramps have now opened at the interchanges on Bangerter Highway at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South. Occasional short-term lane closures are expected during non-commute hours for the next several weeks as crews work to complete landscaping, striping, and other small details at the new interchanges.

 

The project to build these four interchanges is part of an ongoing effort to improve traffic on Bangerter Highway and meet the growing transportation needs of western Salt Lake County. UDOT has now replaced stoplights on Bangerter Highway with freeway-style interchanges, including on- and off-ramps, at seven locations (interchanges at 600 West, Redwood Road, and 7800 South were completed prior to this project).

 

To continue this effort, UDOT today announced that work to build new interchanges at 6200 South, 10400 South, and 12600 South will start in 2020. Previously, the interchanges at 10400 South and 12600 South were scheduled for construction beginning in 2022, but funds were transferred from other projects to complete these interchanges sooner.

 

In 2019, crews will relocate a section of the Jordan Aqueduct near 6200 South from under Bangerter Highway to west of the highway, prior to the start of major construction on the interchange itself. A similar relocation was completed near 5400 South in 2016.

 

During construction of the four interchanges, UDOT crews:

  • Worked nearly 290,000 man-hours
  • Placed 16 miles of concrete safety barrier and 10 miles of drainage pipe
  • Excavated or placed 2.2 million tons of dirt
  • Built seven new bridges and a new pedestrian overpass
  • Reduced planned full closures of Bangerter Highway by 75 percent (the project had planned to use up to 24 full closures, but only needed six)

Drivers with questions or concerns about the Bangerter Highway interchanges project can call the project hotline at 888-766-7623 or email the project team at bangerter@utah.gov.

 

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on UDOT construction projects and traffic conditions statewide, 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

 

MEDIA EVENT: UDOT to Mark Completion of Four Interchanges and Announce Future Projects for Bangerter Highway 

UDOT to Mark Completion of Four Interchanges and Announce Future Projects for Bangerter Highway 


News regarding upcoming construction to be released at event to celebrate project completion

 

WHAT:
UDOT will announce new plans for future construction on Bangerter Highway on Monday, Nov. 19. The announcement will be made at an event to celebrate completion of the four newest Bangerter Highway interchanges.

Construction on the two-year project, which replaced intersections with freeway-style interchanges at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, will be substantially complete on Monday, and all lanes and on/off-ramps will be open at that time.  Occasional night and weekend lane closures are expected through the end of the year to finish up minor items such as landscaping, striping, etc.

UDOT and local officials will offer remarks, and then several construction vehicles will exit the work zone to mark the end of major construction for the current project.

WHEN:
Monday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m.

WHERE:
Bangerter Highway/9000 South interchange – northwest corner

Directions: travel south on Bangerter Highway and exit at 9000 South. Turn into the dirt parking lot on the right side of the off-ramp. NOTE: the event location is only accessible from the Bangerter Highway southbound off-ramp at 9000 South.

WHO:
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
Sen. Wayne Harper
South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey
Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson
West Jordan Mayor Jim Riding

 VISUALS:

  • Heavy equipment exiting the work zone to mark the end of construction
  • Time lapses of construction
  • Newly constructed Bangerter Highway interchange at 9000 South

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

Media Briefing: UDOT and UHP Remind Drivers — Crossing the Double White Lines is STILL Illegal

Media Briefing: UDOT and UHP Remind Drivers —

Crossing the Double White Lines is STILL Illegal

Despite construction suspending Express Lanes, UDOT and UHP partner for education and enforcement blitz to remind drivers about the law

WHAT: 

Ride-alongs and media availability regarding education and increased Express Lane enforcement efforts by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will be available.

UDOT and UHP are partnering to educate drivers about how to correctly use Express Lanes to reduce congestion and improve traffic.

Despite the fact Express Lane restrictions are suspended between Salt Lake and Lehi, it’s still illegal to cross the double white lines.

WHO:

UDOT PIO John Gleason
UHP Sgt. Mercadez BarrettWHEN:   

Friday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m.

VISUALS:   

Ride-along with UHP troopers as they educate drivers regarding Express Lane laws. Seating is limited, and we will likely stagger ride-along times for reporters/photographers. Please call ahead if you are interested in scheduling a time.

WHERE:   

UHP Davis County Office – 631 North Lagoon Drive, Farmington.
Exit I-15 at U.S. 89 (Exit 324), then stay right to exit at Park Lane/Farmington (Exit 395). Turn east on Park Lane, then south on Lagoon Drive and follow the signs to the UHP office.

 

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