Author: Zach Whitney

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.

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

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.

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

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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.