Author: Leigh Gibson

UDOT Announces Partnership with Panasonic to Build “Smart Roadways” Data Network

New system to transform the future of transportation by monitoring and sharing data in real-time to enhance safety and improve traffic flow 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SALT LAKE CITY (June 25, 2019)–The Utah Department of Transportation(UDOT) announced today a partnership with Panasonic Corporation of North Americato develop the nation’s most advanced transportation data network. This network will improve safety and mobility on the road by sharing data between vehicles, infrastructure, roadways and traffic operators in real time. 

UDOT Traffic Operations Center personnel will gain insights into critical events such as crashes, severe weather, or stalled vehicles. They will then be able to alert connected vehicle drivers in real-time with alternate routes, delay times, or other helpful information.

The partnership with Panasonic will allow UDOT to accelerate development toward a statewide system for collecting, monitoring and sharing connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) data. As a national leader in developing and operating CAV technology, UDOT already has a lot of the framework in place for a connected future. 

Utah built the first operational connected vehicle corridor in the nation along Redwood Road, and a second along University Parkway and University Avenue in Utah County (the Utah Valley Express). Buses equipped with special radios are already “talking” to the traffic signals along these roads, and if the bus is running behind schedule, the signal can extend the length of the green light – all without any action taken by the bus driver. 

With the Panasonic partnership, Utah will be ready to accommodate the incoming wave of smart vehicles that are more connected, more autonomous, and able to operate more safely and more efficiently through communication among vehicles as well as the infrastructure – including signs, signals, and other sensors. 

“At UDOT, we’re among the most forward-thinking DOTs in the country, and we’re always looking for better, quicker, and more effective ways to move people in Utah,” UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras said. “Embracing and developing this emerging technology has the potential to make our roads safer, reduce congestion, and help the environment through lower emissions.” 

As part of the $50 million partnership, Panasonic will help UDOT install intelligent sensors along selected sections of Utah highways. These standards-based sensors, along with similar vehicle-mounted software and equipment, will collect and transmit data at speeds up to 10 times per second, which is then shared with a central cloud-based system. This central software platform monitors the information from the sensor/vehicle network and automatically generates alerts that are shared with vehicles, infrastructure components (such as traffic signals or VMS signs), and UDOT personnel.  

The first phase of this new system will encompass 40 installation sites, along with a fleet of 30 state-owned vehicles. UDOT and Panasonic will work together to identify specific locations and scenarios where this system is likely to provide the most benefit by making roads safer, helping traffic flow more smoothly, or reducing congestion. Once these are identified, teams from both organizations will develop new software applications, install sensor networks along the selected roads, and build the control system. Future phases of this system will expand to include 220 installation sites and up to 2,000 vehicles. 

A unique feature of this data network – known as CIRRUS by Panasonic– is its “open architecture;” it is designed to enable other DOTs as well as third-party developers to coordinate with UDOT and develop and connect their own applications to address critical operations, safety and maintenance needs on Utah roadways. 

“This is an incredibly exciting partnership and expansion of what are already historic milestones by UDOT in the intelligent transportation space,” explained Jarrett Wendt, executive vice president Panasonic Corporation of North America. “Utah is home to distinguished universities and a thriving startup scene. We’re encouraging developers, startups and members of Utah’s academic community to add value to Utah communities by creating new applications on the platform.”

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About Utah Department of Transportation
UDOT is a national leader in trailblazing transportation innovations to strengthen the economy and enhance quality of life. For example, as an early adopter of accelerated bridge construction a decade ago, UDOT is now the national expert in this game-changing construction method that is safe, cost-effective, and reduces construction time. Now UDOT is pioneering the development and operation of CAV technology to build the transportation networks of tomorrow.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America     
Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is committed to creating a better life and a better world by enabling its business-to-business customers through innovations in Sustainable Energy, Immersive Entertainment, Integrated Supply Chains and Mobility Solutions. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation. One of Interbrand’s Top 100 Best Global Brands of 2018, Panasonic is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. Learn more about Panasonic’s ideas and innovations at www.na.panasonic.com/us and @PanasonicUSA on all social media channels. 

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

Betsy Sagges  
Panasonic Corporation of North America
betsy.sagges@us.panasonic.com
201-392-6158

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 20, 2019

This week, it’s #WorkForUsWednesday…on Thursday. There are 10 open positions below, in locations including Ogden, Taylorsville, Lehi, Orem, and Scipio.

As always, click on the links below to apply. We’re always looking for qualified individuals to come join the more than 1,600 employees who help keep Utah moving.

  • Recruitment #20221 – Transportation Technician II, Scipio, Region 4. Opened 06/11/2019, Closes 06/23/2019.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20312 –  Seasonal Transportation Technician I, Orem, Region 3 Paint & Sign Crew (5 positions). Opened 6/12/19, Closes when positions are filled. Apply in person at UDOT Region 3, 658 North 1500 West, Orem, UT.
  • Recruitment #20252 – Transportation Technician II, Lehi, Region 3. Opened 06/18/2019, Closes 07/01/2019.  Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment  #20362 – Electronic Technical Specialist II, Ogden, Region 1. Opened 06/19/19, Closes 06/30/19. Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment  #19878 – Structures Project Engineer for Design (EM I), Taylorsville, Complex – Structures, Opened 6/19/19, Open until filled.  Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #19879 – Structures Design Lead (EM I), Taylorsville, Complex – Structures, Opened 6/19/19, Open until filled.  Click here to apply. 

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 12, 2019

This week, we have six new job openings to post for #WorkForUsWednesday. 

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 #20213 – Financial Manager I, Salt Lake, Region 2 Opens 06/05/2019, Closes 06/18/2019.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20232 – Office Specialist II, Region 2 Traffic Operations, opens 06/05/2019, Closes 06/13/2019. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20227 – Warehouse Worker III, Complex, Opens 06/06/2019, Closes 06/13/2019. Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #20256 – Region Director’s Assistant– Orem, Region 3 Opens 6/7/19, Closes 6/16/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20308 – Transportation Technician II – Clearfield, Region 1, Opens 06/11/19, Closes 06/25/19.  Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #20304 – Journey Auto Worker – Salt Lake, Region 2, Opens 06/11/2019, Continuous.  Click here to apply.

#WorkForUsWednesday – June 5, 2019


This week, we have four new job openings to post for #WorkForUsWednesday. 

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 #20136 – Transportation Technician II, R-4 Salina, Opens 5/29/19, Closes 6/09/19.  Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #20191 – Motor Carrier Investigator (Motor Carrier Spec IV), Complex – Motor Carriers, Opens 5/31/19, Closes 6/10/19.  Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #20130 – Bridge Design Engineer (Engineer III with underfill options), Complex – Structures, Opens 6/3/19, Closes 6/17/19.  Click here to apply.    
  • Recruitment #20192 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Spec III), underfill available, Peerless Port of Entry, Opens 6/4/19, Closes 6/17/19.  Click here to apply.

#WorkForUsWednesday – May 29, 2019

This week, we have thirteen new job openings to post for #WorkForUsWednesday.

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 #20071 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1, Ogden, Opens 5/22/19, Closes 6/5/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19651 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4, Bluff, Opens 5/21/19, Closes 6/11/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19462- Transportation Technician II, Murray and West Jordan (2 positions), Region 2, 05/23/2019, Closes 06/09/2019. Click here to apply.   
  • Recruitment #20100- Transportation Technician II, Salt Lake (225 & 230) (2 positions), Region 2, 05/23/2019, Closes 06/09/2019. Click here to apply.   
  • Recruitment #20103- Transportation Technician II, Parleys, Region 2, 05/23/2019, Closes 06/09/2019. Click here to apply.     
  • Recruitment #20104- Transportation Technician II, Echo, Region 2, 05/23/2019, Closes 06/09/2019. Click here to apply.     
  • Recruitment #20106- Transportation Technician I, Wendover (Benefited TL), Region 2, 05/23/2019, Closes 06/09/2019. Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #20023 – Region Planning Manager (Engineering Manager II), Region 1 – Planning, Opens 5/23/19, Closes 6/6/16.  Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #20024- Region Planning Manager (Urban Planning Manager), Region 1 – Planning, Opens 5/23/19, Closes 6/6/16. Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #20087 – Road Usage Charge Manager – Engineer (Engineering Manager II), Complex – Technology & Innovation, Opens 5/24/19, Closes 6/10/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20088 – Road Usage Charge Manager – Non-Engineer (Engineering Associate Manager II), Complex – Technology & Innovation, Opens 5/24/19, Closes 6/10/19.  Click here to apply.  
  • REOPENED – Recruitment #19878 – Structures Project Engineer for Design (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 5/24/19, Closes 6/10/19.  Click here to apply.  
  • REOPENED – Recruitment #19879 – Structures Design Lead (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 5/24/19, Closes 6/10/19.  Click here to apply.

#WorkForUsWednesday – May 22, 2019

This week, we have two new job openings to post for #WorkForUsWednesday. 

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 #19646 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 Monticello, Opens 05/21/19, Closes 06/04/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20061 – Deputy Director, UDOT Right of Way & Property Management (Engineering Associate Manager I), Complex – Right of Way, Opens 05/21/19, Closes 06/03/19.  Click here to apply.

#WorkForUsWednesday – May 15, 2019

There’s one new position this week in #WorkForUsWednesday. 

Click on the link 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 #19636 – Journey Auto Worker, Region 2 – Salt Lake City, Extended to 05/26/2019. Click here to apply.

#WorkForUsWednesday – May 8, 2019

This week in #WorkForUsWednesday, there are five open positions. 

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 #18991 – Field Engineer (Engineer III), Region 4 – Cedar City, Opens 05/01/2019, Closes 05/12/2019.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19685 – GIS Senior Analyst, Complex – Asset Management, Maintenance, & Facilities, Opens 05/01/2019, Closes 05/13/2019.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19843 – Construction Engineering Technician IV, Region 2 – Salt Lake, Opens 05/02/2019, Closes 05/14/2019.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19878 – Structures Project Engineer for Design (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 5/7/19, Closes 5/21/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19879 – Structures Design Lead (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 5/7/19, Closes 5/21/19.  Click here to apply.

#WorkForUsWednesday – May 1, 2019

This week in #WorkForUsWednesday, there are three open positions. 

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 #19676 – Administrative Services Manager, Traffic Management Division/Traffic Operations Center, Opens 4/30/19, Closes 5/7/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #19787 – Financial Analyst I (TL no benefits), Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 4/30/19, Closes 5/7/19.  Click here to apply.

Region Right of Way Engineer & Region Right of Way Manager Openings – There is only one position available, but there are two announcements to allow both engineers and non-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 an engineer or not, as we can’t transfer applications from one recruitment to another.

  • Recruitment #19763 – Right of Way Engineer (Engineering Manager I), Region 2 – Salt Lake, Opens 04/29/2019, Closes 05/13/2019. Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment#19762 – Right of Way Manager (Research Consultant III), Region 2 – Salt Lake, Opens 04/29/2019, Closes 05/13/2019. Click here to apply.

Mountain View Corridor Extension to S.R. 201 Leads UDOT’s Top 10 Projects in 2019

 For Immediate Release

 

Mountain View Corridor Extension to S.R. 201

Leads UDOT’s Top 10 Projects in 2019

Major projects will build new highways, add lanes, replace bridges, and extend trails throughout the state

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 1, 2019) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) today announced its list of Top 10 Construction Projects for 2019. Topping the list is the extension of Mountain View Corridor from 4100 South to S.R. 201 in Salt Lake County. This four-mile stretch of brand-new highway will provide a critical link for western Salt Lake County drivers by connectingthis important north-south highway to an existing freeway.

UDOT has 169 construction projects statewide that are currently in progress or scheduled to start this year, with a combined value of $2.1 billion. Each year the department works to meet current and future growth by adding lanes and building new highways, trails, and bridges, while at the same time focusing on an aggressive maintenance program to keep the transportation system in good condition. Projects within the Top 10 include two brand-new highway extensions; new lanes added to freeways and highways; interchange redesigns; bridge maintenance and replacements; and several miles of trails and new pedestrian crossings.

The following are UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2019:

  1. Mountain View Corridor — Salt Lake County, $335 million: This project will connect Mountain View Corridor to S.R. 201, linking this important north-south highway to an existing freeway and greatly improving access for drivers in western Salt Lake County. The extension of Mountain View Corridor from 4100 South to S.R. 201 includes four lanes (two in each direction) and 13 new bridges. Construction in April, and is scheduled to continue through summer 2021. Another segment of the Mountain View Corridor is also under construction this year from Redwood Road to S.R. 73 in Utah County. 
  2. I-15 Express Lanes — Davis and Weber counties, $169 million: This project will widen I-15 to four lanes in both directions by adding Express Lanes between Hill Field Road and Riverdale Road. Once complete, UDOT’s Express Lanes will be 80 miles long – the longest continuous Express Lanes in the country. Construction starts in May and will extend through 2020.
  3. I-15 Northbound — Salt Lake County, $165 million: A new collector/distributor ramp system (similar to the ones from 900 South to 2100 South in Salt Lake City) will be added to northbound I-15 from 9400 South to I-215. In addition, a new northbound travel lane will be added from Bangerter Highway to 9400 South. Major construction starts later this year, with the project scheduled for completion in 2020.
  4. I-15 Technology Corridor — Utah County, $415 million: UDOT is in the second year of this three-year project to widen I-15 from S.R. 92 to Main Street in Lehi. The freeway is being expanded to six lanes in both directions, and the interchanges at S.R. 92 and 2100 North are being reconstructed. A new bridge over I-15 at Triumph Boulevard, and new one-way frontage roads east and west of I-15, are already open. This project is scheduled to wrap up in late 2020.
  5.  I-15 Southbound — Salt Lake County, $180 million: Work continues on the I-15 Southbound widening project. Crews have already opened a new southbound lane on I-15 from 7800 South to 12300 South. This year, crews are extending the new lane from 2100 South to 12300 South, and reconstructing southbound ramps at the I-15/I-215 interchange in Murray to reduce delays and help traffic flow more efficiently between the two freeways. Construction is scheduled through 2020.
  6. U.S. 40 — Wasatch County, $37 million: UDOT is extending the westbound passing lane on U.S. 40 by five miles near Strawberry Reservoir, and repaving an 18-mile section of the highway from Daniel’s Summit to Soldier Creek. Crews will also add a wildlife crossing to reduce collisions between vehicles and animals. Work begins this month and is scheduled for completion in summer 2020.
  7. I-80/S.R. 36 Bridge Replacements —Tooele County, $37 million: This project is replacing the S.R. 36 ramp bridge over I-80, and two I-80 bridges over the Union Pacific railroad tracks near the S.R. 201 junction. Work continues from last year and is scheduled to be complete in 2020.
  8. Southern Parkway (S.R. 7) — Washington County, $75 million: The final segment of the Southern Parkway will extend from Sand Hollow to S.R. 9. Once this new section is complete, Southern Parkway will run 27 miles from I-15 south of St. George to S.R. 9 near Hurricane. Crews will be working on this project starting this summer and continuing through 2020.
  9. I-15 Exit 16 — Washington County, $29 million: UDOT is rebuilding the I-15 interchange at S.R. 9, including widening I-15 and S.R. 9, as well as the on- and off-ramps, to improve access to northern Washington County and Zion National Park. Construction started in February and will be finished this fall.
  10. I-80 Joint Repairs — Salt Lake County, $3 million: This bridge maintenance project will repair and replace bridge joints at several locations along I-80 between State Street and 1300 East. Drivers should plan for moderate to heavy delays during nights and weekends, as several lanes will be closed on I-80 while work is underway. Construction starts later this spring and will wrap up in late summer.

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.

-UDOT-

Media Contact:

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