Monthly Archives: October 2019

#WorkForUsWednesday – October 23, 2019

Today we’re posting five announcements for four open positions. One of the positions can be filled by either a licensed or non-licensed engineer, so there is a separate announcement for each. Come join UDOT’s workforce and help keep Utah moving.

Recruitment #21398 – Transportation Technician II – Region 2, Salt Lake. Opened 10/21/2019. Closes 11/04/2019. Click here to apply.

Amusement Ride Safety Director Openings – There is only one position available, but there are two announcements to allow both licensed engineers and non-licensed engineers to apply.  You do not need to apply for both, but please make sure you apply for the correct one, based on if you are a licensed engineer or not, as we can’t transfer applications from one recruitment to another.

Recruitment #21689 – Amusement Ride Safety Director: Licensed Eng (EM II) – Traffic & Safety, Complex. Opened 10/18/19. Closes 10/28/19.  Click here to apply.

Recruitment #21690 – Amusement Ride Safety Director: Non-Licensed Eng (Engineering Associate Manager II) – Traffic & Safety, Complex. Opened 10/18/19. Closes 10/28/19.  Click here to apply.  

Recruitment #21704 – Project Manager (Engineering Manager I) – Region 3, Orem. Opened 10/17/19. Closes 10/27/19.  Click here to apply. 

Recruitment #21687-  Seasonal Transportation Technician I – Region 3, Nephi. Opened 10/16/19. Closes when filled. If you know someone that may be interested, tell them to visit the Nephi Maintenance Station to apply. Click here to view the job bulletin.    

Legacy Parkway Speed Limit Goes to 65 MPH on Jan. 1

Trucks Will Also be Allowed With the Expiration of Negotiated Agreement

BRIGHAM CITY (Oct. 18, 2019) — UDOT officials announced Friday that with the expiration of the negotiated Legacy Parkway agreement on Jan. 1, the speed limit on the 14-mile, four-lane Parkway will be raised to 65 miles per hour. Large semi-trucks, banned since the Parkway opened in 2008, will also be allowed to use Legacy.

The changes were announced during the monthly meeting of the Utah Transportation Commission.

The Legacy Parkway Agreement was signed in 2005, ending litigation that brought construction of the roadway located primarily in southern Davis County to a stop. It featured several different elements, most notably the 55 mile per hour speed limit and a restriction prohibiting semi-trucks with five or more axles (or 80,000 pounds or greater gross vehicle weight).

“The Agreement was a great thing because it allowed us to complete a roadway that has made a real difference in mobility in south Davis County,” UDOT Director of Traffic and Safety Robert Miles told Transportation Commissioners. “But the Agreement had a sunset date: Jan. 1, 2020. The only way that sunset could be extended is through legislative action, and the legislature has chosen not to extend it. So the Agreement expires Jan. 1.”

With the expiration of the Agreement, UDOT has no authority to keep large semi-trucks off the roadway, Miles said, “so that change just automatically happens.” 

The decision to raise the speed limit to 65 miles per hour is based on UDOT speed studies indicating that drivers are already averaging between 65 and 70 miles per hour on the roadway despite the 55 mile per hour speed limit.

“Legacy Parkway was designed to accommodate speeds higher than 55 miles per hour, so it is safe and comfortable to drive at 65,” Miles said. “We decided to raise the speed limit to a speed that is closer to what drivers are actually driving. In doing so, we hope to eliminate the safety risk of speed discrepancy, which can happen when you have a significant difference between the speed most drivers are actually traveling and those who are driving the posted speed limit.” 

The new speed limit and changes regarding big semi-trucks will both go into effect beginning Jan. 1.

-UDOT-

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – October 16, 2019

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This week, we’re posting three new job openings for #WorkForUsWednesday.

Recruitment #21631 – Transportation Technician II – Region 2, Murray. Opened 10/09/2019. Closes 10/23/2019. Click here to apply.

Recruitment #21629 – Utilities and Railroad Coordinator – Region 1, Ogden. Opened 10/09/2019. Closes 10/21/2019. Click here to apply.

Recruitment #21679 – Transportation Technician II – Region 1, Clearfield. Opened 10/15/19. Closes 10/27/19.  Click here to apply.   

Zero Fatalities and University of Utah Kick Off ‘You Drive. I’ll Text’ Campaign with Giant iPhone

Students share safety messages with students through 8-foot-tall phone

WHAT: Zero FatalitiesandUniversity of Utah’s AdThing—a student-led advertising agency—will kick off “You drive. I’ll text,” a new campaign targeting distracted driving. To launch the campaign, University President Ruth Watkins and Student Body President Anna Barnes will address why safety is a priority and explain measures the University is taking to ensure student safety. The campaign encourages students to be active and attentive passengers by speaking up whenever they notice their drivers are distracted. The “You drive. I’ll text” initiative targets all kinds of phone-related distractions (e. g. texting, changing songs, checking social media, etc.).

WHEN:  Thursday, Oct. 17,10 a.m. 

WHERE: South walkway of the Union Plaza, University of Utah Student Union Building, 200 Central Campus Drive.  For parking, go to the paid lot east of the Student Union Building and use code: 75FORT.

WHO:             
Carlos Braceras – director, Utah Department of Transportation
Ruth Watkins – president, University of Utah
Kyra Ott – creative director, AdThing at the University of Utah

VISUALS:        
Giant, 8-foot-tall iPhone with animated visuals on the screen
A-frames with University AdThing students’ work

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

Utah Department of Transportation’s Public Transit Team Request for Public Comment

The State of Utah, Department of Transportation (UDOT) is asking for your comments on the Draft State Management Plan for Federal Transit Programs. UDOT’s Public Transit Team (PTT), as a direct recipient of Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) grant funding, is required to create and maintain a State Management Plan (SMP). The SMP describes the State’s policies and procedures for administering the following FTA programs:

  • 49 USC § 5304 State and Metropolitan Planning
  • 49 USC § 5310 Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program
  • 49 USC § 5311 Non-urbanized Area Formula Program
  • 49 USC § 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program
  • 49 USC § 5317 New Freedom Program
  • 49 USC § 5329 Transit Safety and Oversight
  • 49 USC § 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities

The updated SMP is a consolidated document that reflects the most recent program and MAP-21 and FAST Act changes for the before mentioned programs. The SMP Draft is available for your review at: www.udot.utah.gov/publictransit, or a hard copy can be requested by calling Tim Boschert at 801-964-4508.

All comments must be submitted by November 15, 2019, in order to be considered. Comments may be submitted via email at publictransit@utah.gov or hard copy at the address below. The comments must be provided in the following format:

  1. List the page number you are referring to
  2. List the section you are referring to
  3. List the paragraph number in the section
  4. List the comment
  5. Provide the revised wording or recommended change

Address for hard copies
UDOT Public Transit Team
C/O Tim Boschert, Public Transit Plans and Programs Director
4501 South 2700 West
P.O. Box 143600
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-3600

The final SMP will be posted on the UDOT PTT website (link above) following PTT consideration of all comments, final edits and approval by FTA. If document assistance is required, please let us know via the email address above.

#WorkForUsWednesday – October 9, 2019

This week, we’re posting five new job openings for #WorkForUsWednesday.

Recruitment #21590 – Financial Analyst I – Complex, Comptroller’s Office. Opened 10/08/19. Closes 10/15/19.  Click here to apply.

Recruitment #21622 – Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanic (Journey Auto Worker) – Region 3, Physical location will be housed at the Vernal Maintenance Station but reporting to the Equipment Shop in Orem. Opened 10/08/19. Closes 10/20/19.  Click here to apply.

Recruitment #21632 – Station Supervisor (Roadway Operations Manager I) – Region 4, Colton. Opened 10/09/19. Closes 10/23/19. Click here to apply.

Recruitment #21631 – Transportation Technician II – Region 2, Murray. Opened 10/09/2019. Closes 10/23/2019. Click here to apply.  

Recruitment #21629 – Utilities and Railroad Coordinator – Region 1, Ogden. Opened 10/09/2019. Closes 10/21/2019. Click here to apply.

#WorkForUsWednesday – October 2, 2019

This week, we’re posting three new job openings for #WorkForUsWednesday.

Recruitment #21631 – Transportation Technician II – Region 2, Murray. Opened 10/09/2019. Closes 10/23/2019. Click here to apply.

Recruitment #21629 – Utilities and Railroad Coordinator – Region 1, Ogden. Opened 10/09/2019. Closes 10/21/2019. Click here to apply.

Recruitment #21679 – Transportation Technician II – Region 1, Clearfield. Opened 10/15/19. Closes 10/27/19.  Click here to apply.