Author: Zach Whitney

Availability of Federal Transit Administration Funds

The Utah Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the availability of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds for Federal Fiscal Year 2023 plus excess funds from other years.  Administration of available funds is competitive and requires application for those funds. The first phase of the application process begins on September 1, 2019 with submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI).

To submit an LOI, visit our website at http://www.udot.utah.gov/go/publictransitloi. The last day to submit an LOI form is October 1, 2019. If you do not have access to the internet and would like to fill out a hard copy of the LOI, please email Tim Boschert at tboschert@utah.gov , or call 801-870-4770. 

Funding is available for the following programs:

  • Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Section 5311 – Formula Grants for Rural Areas
  • Section 5339 – Bus and Bus Facilities

For more information on the LOI and application process,  go to UDOT’s Public Transit home page at https://www.udot.utah.gov/publictransit.  For additional information on the above federal FTA programs, please go to FTA’s website at https://www.transit.dot.gov/grants

UDOT to give media first-hand look at unique cranes in action on I-15 in Murray

***This event has been postponed. Another advisory will be sent when we are able to reschedule.***

For Immediate Release:

UDOT to give media first-hand look at unique cranes in action on I-15 in Murray

Gantry cranes being used for the first time on Utah freeway construction as part of I-15 widening in Salt Lake County

WHAT:
Gantry cranes are being used for the first time on a Utah freeway as part of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)’s I-15 Southbound project. Media will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at how gantry cranes are used within the work zone.

With both traffic and trains in the mix, the I-15 SB work zone space is extremely limited and complicated. These cranes help safely demolish and construct bridge structures while reducing traffic delays.

Gantry cranes are lighter than traditional cranes but have the same lifting capacity and can fit into confined spaces. On this project the cranes will (1) remove a 700-foot-long steel bridge support weighing 1 million pounds and (2) move 1.4 million pounds of concrete – heavier than the world’s heaviest airplane (the Antonov AN-255, which weighs 1.28 million pounds).

WHEN:
POSTPONEDThursday, Aug. 22, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Meet at UDOT Maintenance Shed #2432, 5823 Commerce Commerce Dr, Murray, UT
A shuttle will then transport media to the work zone in the middle of I-15 SB.
To enter the work zone participants must wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Personal protection equipment will be provided and must be worn in the work zone.  

WHO:
Mackenzie Smith, UDOT,  Resident Engineer
Derek Harames, Ralph L. Wadsworth,  Deputy Project Manager 

VISUALS:
Active construction zone with working gantry cranes

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – July 24, 2019

This week, we have five 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 #20622 – Transportation Technician II – Centerville, Region 1, Opened 7/11/19, Closes 7/25/19.  Click here to apply.     
  • Recruitment #20700 – Transportation Technician II – Wellington, Region 4, Opens 7/17/19, Closes 7/28/19.  Click here to apply. 
  •  Recruitment #20697 – Transportation Technician II – Draper, Region 2, Opens 07/18/2019. Closes 07/25/2019. Click here to apply.

    The following recruitment has been changed from Internal to Public:
  • Recruitment #20647 – Transportation Technician III – Salt Lake, Region 2, Opens 07/15/2019, Closes 07/29/2019. Click here to apply.
  • REOPENED – Recruitment #20548 – Budget Accountant (Financial Analyst III), Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 07/18/2019, Closes 07/29/2019.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #20716 – Financial Analyst III, Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 07/18/2019, Closes 07/29/2019.  Click here to apply.

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.

-UDOT-

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

-UDOT-

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.

-UDOT-

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