Author: Zach Whitney

Non-Discrimination Title VI Public Notice

Non-Discrimination Title VI Public Notice
Notifying the Public of Rights under Title VI
Utah Department of Transportation Federal Transit Programs

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) operates its programs and services without regard to race, color or national origin in accordance with title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with the Utah Department of Transportation.

For more information on the Utah Department of Transportation’s Civil Rights Program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact the UDOT Title VI Program Manager at 801-965-4384, website www.udot.utah.gov/go/titlevi , or visit UDOT’s Civil Rights office, 4501 South 2700 West, Salt Lake City, Utah.

A complainant may file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator Eat Building, 5th Floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590

PRESS RELEASE: UDOT Recommends Tips for Memorial Day Travel

For Immediate Release

UDOT Recommends Tips for Memorial Day Travel

Plan ahead for delays on I-15; put away distractions and avoid drowsy driving

SALT LAKE CITY (May 22, 2019) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recommends drivers plan ahead for I-15 delays along the Wasatch Front this Friday and Monday due to holiday traffic for the Memorial Day weekend.

Traffic engineers expect delays on Friday of up to 40 minutes on southbound I-15 through Salt Lake and Utah counties, and up to 30 minutes on northbound I-15 through Davis County. Increased traffic is expected Friday between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., with heaviest delays during the evening commute.

On Monday, delays for return trips could reach 20 minutes on northbound I-15 between Provo and Nephi, and up to 10 minutes on U.S. 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon. Congestion on Monday will start building around 2 p.m. and continue through 8 p.m. 

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: On I-15 in Lehi, two southbound lanes will close near State Street from Friday, May 24, at 11 p.m. to Saturday, May 25, at 8 a.m. for bridge construction. In addition, the northbound 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.

I-70 Bridge Maintenance, Sevier County: I-70 is reduced to one lane in each direction just east of exit 7, with all traffic shifted into the westbound lanes. The speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour through the work zone, and drivers should plan for delays due to slow trucks climbing the hill.

UDOT reminds drivers to be cautious behind the wheel and do their part in making travel safer for everybody by staying alert, using seat belts, putting away distractions, and taking breaks to avoid drowsy driving.

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

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UDOT to Install New Radar-Equipped Wildlife Crossing Signs to Reduce Deer Collisions

UDOT to Install New Radar-Equipped Wildlife Crossing Signs to Reduce Deer Collisions 

Radar will detect deer in the area and activate warning lights so drivers can use extra caution

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is installing new radar-equipped wildlife crossing signs along S.R. 73 in Eagle Mountain to make the highway safer for both drivers and animals. These signs are being placed in a one-mile section of the highway that has seen nearly 100 deer-related collisions in the past four years.

This is the first time UDOT has used radar-equipped signs to reduce wildlife collisions. The signs are equipped with LEDs that flash when deer are detected in the area.

Leslie Beck, UDOT’s Saratoga Springs maintenance station supervisor, saw radar-equipped signs for other applications at UDOT’s annual conference and thought that wildlife detection would be a good use for this technology. The manufacturer worked with UDOT to develop this new type of sign, which will be tested in this location and potentially installed in other areas.

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m.

WHERE:
S.R. 73 milepost 31 (just east of Six Mile Cutoff Road) in Eagle Mountain

WHO:
Leslie Beck, UDOT maintenance station supervisor

VISUALS:
·   Crews installing new wildlife crossing signs

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

Seasonal Road Closures


Because of an unusual amount of snow in northern Utah’s high mountain canyons, a number of seasonal roads will be opened to traffic later than usual. Fifteen to 20-foot accumulations of snow will likely not be melted sufficiently to have these roads opened by Memorial Day, as has been customary. This includes Guardsman Pass, the Mirror Lake Highway and Monte Cristo. From Utah County to the south, UDOT crews are expecting to have all seasonal roads open by Memorial Day. This includes Wolf Creek Pass, the Alpine Loop, Cedar Breaks and Mt. Holly Junction Road. To check the current status of Utah’s seasonal roads please click here.

Media Briefing: UDOT to Announce 2019 Top 10 Construction Projects 

Media Briefing: UDOT to Announce 2019 Top 10 Construction Projects 


Transportation officials to reveal list of the most significant projects for Utah drivers this year

 

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will announce its Top 10 construction projects for 2019. These include building new highways, extending the Express Lanes, replacing bridges, and redesigning interchanges, among others. A total of 169 projects are scheduled for construction this year, with a combined value of $2.1 billion.

 

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 1, at 10 a.m.

 

WHERE:
UDOT’s 5600 West Maintenance Shed
(Take S.R. 201 to 5600 West. Turn south on 5600 West, then turn right onto the frontage road. The shed will be on your left).

 

WHO:
Jason Davis, UDOT deputy director
Codee Raymond, UDOT construction manager, Mountain View Corridor

 

VISUALS:
–       Active construction zone

–       Striped future northbound lanes of the No. 1 project

–       Freeway traffic on S.R. 201

–       B-roll of Top 10 construction project areas

 

– UDOT –

 

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

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Zero Fatalities Urges Drivers and Riders to Change Behaviors in Order to Decrease Motorcycle Fatalities in Utah 

Zero Fatalities Urges Drivers and Riders to Change Behaviors in Order to Decrease Motorcycle Fatalities in Utah

2018 was one of the deadliest years for motorcyclists on Utah roads

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m.

WHAT:
With 2018 seeing the highest increase in motorcycle fatalities in Utah history, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) say driver and motorcycle rider behavior must change on Utah’s roads.

Motorcycle fatalities increased almost 24 percent last year, from 38 in 2017 to 47 in 2018.

With a backdrop showing the result of bad behaviors, safety professionals and motorcyclists will address the media for the purpose of challenging Utah drivers and riders to change behaviors for the purpose of making Utah roads safer.

WHERE:
Bill’s Boneyard
2220 South 5650 West
West Valley City, UT  84128

WHO:

  • Aaron Zimmer, a motorcyclist who was rear-ended by a distracted driver.  Wearing full helmet and protective riding gear
  • Lindsay Ross, a motorcyclist who was hit by a driver that drove through a stop sign.  She was wearing full helmet and protective riding gear.
  • John Gleason, UDOT public information officer
  • Sgt. Nick Street, Utah Highway Patrol public information officer

VISUALS:
Images from Lindsay and Aaron’s crashes
Backdrop of crashed motorcycles at Bill’s Boneyard

                         -UDOT-

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

NEWS RELEASE: Alternative to Phase 1 Transit proposed for the Mountain View Corridor

For Immediate Release

 

Express Bus Service Proposed as New Phase 1 Transit Alternative for Mountain View Corridor

Public invited to review and comment on proposed Express Bus service April 17 – May 16

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 17, 2019) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) are proposing an Express Bus service as an alternative concept for Phase 1 Transit of the Mountain View Corridor Record of Decision (ROD). The public can review and comment on this new proposal from April 17 to May 16, 2019.

The Mountain View Corridor ROD committed to constructing and operating a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system on 5600 West from 6200 South to 2700 South. This BRT line is required before future highway phases of Mountain View Corridor can be constructed. The Mountain View Corridor project team worked with UTA, the Wasatch Front Regional Council, Salt Lake County, local cities and stakeholders to develop an alternative express bus service concept to replace the BRT system as outlined in the ROD.

The newly proposed express bus service will be six times longer than the proposed BRT route (29 miles for Express Bus, versus 5 miles for BRT), from Old Bingham Highway to downtown Salt Lake City), and will serve four cities – West Jordan, Kearns, West Valley City and Salt Lake City (including the Salt Lake City International Airport and downtown) – instead of two. The Express Bus service is projected to have a higher ridership than BRT, and will cost less than BRT to build, operate and maintain.

The Phase I Transit Proposal can be reviewed online at  http://udot.utah.gov/mountainview. Hard copies will also be available at the Mountain View Corridor offices (3959 West 1820 South, STE 200 in Salt Lake City). Comments may be submitted electronically on the project website, udot.utah.gov/mountainview, or by emailing  mountainview@utah.gov. Written comments may also be submitted at the Mountain View Corridor offices.

The comment period provides an opportunity for members of the public to review and comment on this proposal. After the ROD is revised, funding will need to be identified in order to build, operate and maintain the proposed Express Bus service.

For Mountain View Corridor updates, follow the project’s social media accounts:

  • Twitter: @UDOTMVC
  • Facebook: @MountainViewCorridor
  • Instagram: @mountainview_corridor

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 Jan 17, 2017, and executed by FHWA and UDOT.

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

Media Event: New Autonomous Shuttle to Launch in Utah

New Autonomous Shuttle to Launch in Utah

Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox will join UDOT and UTA officials on the first official ride in the driverless vehicle in Utah

 

 

 

WHAT:

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), in partnership with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), is launching a new Autonomous Shuttle Pilot Project that will travel to communities throughout the state for the next year. Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox will join UDOT and UTA officials to take the first official ride on the autonomous shuttle. Members of the media are invited to ride the shuttle and observe its responses to obstacles in its path, as well as its accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

WHY:

UDOT and UTA are testing driverless transportation technology to identify opportunities to improve safety, access, and mobility to meet the needs of Utah communities.

The Autonomous Shuttle Pilot Project will give the public its first look at a completely autonomous vehicle – meaning there is no driver, steering wheel or pedals. The shuttle operates up to 15 miles per hour and follows a predetermined route. It reacts in real-time to other vehicles, pedestrians and any obstacles that intervene in its path. The shuttle will begin its tour in May at Station Park in Farmington.

WHEN:

Thursday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:

West Valley Drivers License Division test track

4501 South 2700 West (Constitution Blvd.), West Valley City

The test track is across the street from UDOT headquarters on the west side of 2700 West (Constitution Blvd.) Please access the test track through the designated gate. A sign will mark the entrance.

WHO:

– Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox

– UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras

– UTA Board Chair Carlton Christensen

– Members of UTA’s Committee on Accessible Transportation

VISUALS:

-Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and other officials participating in the first official Autonomous Shuttle ride in Utah

-Demonstration of how the shuttle reacts when a person walks in its path (this will likely occur around 11 a.m.)

-Demonstration of how the shuttle is accessible for individuals with disabilities

-Opportunity for media to ride the shuttle to shoot individual footage

-B-roll of the shuttle in motion during test run: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yg_mfzos307x1ialQE2WE0MhUX8t5MK-?usp=sharing

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – January 30, 2019

Did you know, today is national croissant day, but it’s also  #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT. Today we have SIX awesome positions to tell you about. kick back with your favorite French roll and check out these openings, including an aircraft pilot for our state plane fleet.

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 #18623 – Title VI Specialist (Program Specialist II), Civil Rights – Calvin Rampton Complex, Opens 01/22/19, Closes 02/05/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18631 – Transportation Technician II – Murray, Region 2, Opens 01/24/2019, Closes 02/05/2019. Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #18657 – Aircraft Pilot, Aeronautics, Opens 1/25/19, Closes 2/8/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18585 – Financial Analyst Program Coordinator (Financial Analyst III), Complex – Program Finance, Opens 1/25/19, Closes 2/4/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18670 – Hydraulics Engineer (Engineer IV), Complex, Opens 01/28/2019, Closes 02/18/2019.  Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #18667 – Financial Analyst II – R-4, Richfield – Opens 01/29/2019, Closes 02/12/2019.  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.

TRAVEL ADVISORY: UDOT to Close Section of Eastbound I-80 in Tooele County Overnight

UDOT to Close Section of Eastbound I-80 in Tooele County Overnight

Drivers will be detoured onto S.R. 201 while crews complete pavement repairs Friday night    

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 24, 2019) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for an overnight closure on eastbound I-80 in Tooele County. Eastbound I-80 will close at the S.R. 201 interchange (Exit 102) from Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. to Saturday, Jan. 26, at noon while crews complete pavement repairs on the bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks.

During this closure, all eastbound drivers will be detoured onto S.R. 201, then to S.R. 202 and back to eastbound I-80. UDOT recommends planning ahead for heavier than normal traffic and delays due to this closure and allow extra time to travel the detour route.

This overnight closure is necessary to allow crews to repair the pavement with new concrete and provide it ample time to cure, ensuring the repair holds up to the heavy traffic, especially trucks, that travel this section of I-80.

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