Author: Zach Whitney

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

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

-UDOT-

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – January 23, 2019

 

This week for #WorkForUsWednesday we have SIX awesome positions to tell you about. Two of these positions are in our Traffic Operations Center.

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 #18557 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Delta, Opens 01/17/19, Closes 01/30/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18562 – Federal-aid Accountant (Financial Manager I), Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 1/18/19, Closes 1/28/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18571 – Traffic Management Specialist, Control Room Operator (Information Specialist I), Traffic Operations Center, Opens 1/18/19, Closes 1/28/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18572 – Traffic Management Specialist, Shift Supervisor (Information Specialist II), Traffic Operations Center, Opens 1/18/19, Closes 1/28/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18584 – Incident Management Specialist (Roadway Safety Specialist I), 2 Positions – Region 2 Area (1 position) & Region 3 Area (1 position), Opens 1/18/19, Closes 1/28/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18519 – Title VI Specialist (Program Specialist II), Civil Rights – Calvin Rampton Complex, Opens 01/22/19, Closes 02/05/19.  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.

#WorkForUsWednesday – January 17, 2019

Welcome to #WorkForUsWednesday, on Thursday. We had so many new positions, it took us a little longer to get them all together. Check out these SEVEN new positions open and are accepting application. Two of these positions are in our Right of Way division. This division is in charge of UDOT owned land. They work hard to manage properties, as well as ensure we have the property we need for construction.

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 #18247 – Right of Way Manager, Region 2 – Salt Lake, Opens 01/08/2019, Closes 01/21/2019.  Click here to apply
  • Recruitment #18403 – Senior GIS Analyst, Region 2 – Salt Lake, Opens 01/09/2019, Closes 01/20/2019.  Click here to apply
  • Recruitment #18358 – Right-of-Way Engineer (Engineering Manager I), Region 4 – Richfield, Opens 01/10/19, Closes 01/23/19.  Click here to apply. (Engineer position)
  • Recruitment #18461 – Right-of-Way Manager (Research Consultant III), Region 4 – Richfield City, Opens 01/10/19, Closes 01/23/19.  Click here to apply. (Non-engineer position)
    #18358 and #18461 are for the same position. If the best qualified candidate is from the engineer recruitment, it will be an engineer position. If the best qualified candidate is from the non-engineer recruitment, it will be a non-engineer position.
  • Recruitment #18353 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Price Paint, Opens 01/15/19, Closes 01/29/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18449 – Construction Implementation Engineer (EM I) , Complex – Central Construction, Opens 01/16/19, Closes 01/24/19.  Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #18533 – Design & Access Engineer (Eng IV) , Complex – Traffic & Safety, Opens 01/16/19, Closes 01/23/19.  Click here to apply.
  • REOPENED – Recruitment #18078 – Structures Project Engineer for Design (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 01/16/19, Closes 01/30/19.  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.

UDOT and Habitat for Humanity Partner to Reuse Materials from Homes Scheduled for Demolition 

UDOT and Habitat for Humanity Partner to Reuse Materials from Homes Scheduled for Demolition 


Partnership provides low-cost home improvement materials for the community and helps fund Habitat for Humanity projects

WHAT:

Habitat for Humanity volunteers will begin working this week to remove building materials such as doors, windows, cabinets and light fixtures from several UDOT-owned homes in Midvale. These homes are scheduled for demolition to accommodate a future widening project on I-15 northbound between 9000 South and the I-215 interchange. The reclaimed building materials are then sold through Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Salt Lake City, and the proceeds from these sales help fund Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to build homes for those in need.

Over the past five years, UDOT and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to reclaim materials from nearly 130 houses. These houses were all acquired by UDOT as part of major construction projects to build new highways such as Mountain View Corridor or widen existing ones such as I-15 and Bangerter Highway.

Members of the media are invited to observe crews removing building materials from these homes and load them for transport to the ReStore. UDOT and Habitat for Humanity officials will be on site to offer interviews.

WHEN:
Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
7860 S. Oak St. in Midvale

WHO:
Ed Blake, executive director, Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity
John Gleason, UDOT public information officer

VISUALS:
 – Volunteer crews working to remove materials from homes

-UDOT-

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – January 9, 2019

 

Welcome to another great #WorkForUsWednesday! Today we have have ELEVEN new positions open and are accepting application. These openings range in location and department, but they’re all integral in our work to keep Utah Moving. Many are in our central complex where a lot of the behind the scene work does. This includes design, accounting and auditing.

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 #18381 – Structures Design Lead (EM I), Complex – Structures, Opens 1/3/18, Closes 1/24/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18383 – Accounting Tech III, Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 1/3/18, Closes 1/10/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18384 – Chief Structural Engineer (EM III – Admin), Complex – Structures, Opens 1/4/19, Closes 2/4/19.  Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #18387 – Procurement Division Manager (Purchasing Manager), Complex – Procurement, Opens 1/4/19, Closes 1/22/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18385 – Support Services Coordinator I, Traffic Operation Center, Opens 1/4/19, Closes 1/17/19.  Click here to apply.   
  • Recruitment #18417 – Statewide Permits Program Manager, Complex – Right of Way, Opens 1/4/19, Closes 1/14/19.  Click here to apply. 
  • Recruitment #18386 – Auditor IV, Complex – Internal Audit, Opens 1/7/19, Closes 1/22/19.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18401 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Brigham, Opens 1/7/19, Closes 1/21/19. Click here to apply.  
  • Recruitment #18423 – GIS Analyst, Complex – Data & Analytics, Opens 1/7/19, Closes 1/21/19.  Click here to apply.    
  • Recruitment #18432 – Lead Research Assistant – TL with benefits, Complex – Central Maintenance, Opens 1/7/19, Closes 1/21/19.  Click here to apply.  (2 positions)

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.

#WorkForUsWednesday – January 2, 2019

 

New year, new #WorkForUsWednesday! This is the first for 2019 and we have ONE new positions open and are accepting application. It’s for a Transportation Technician in our Cottonwood shed. This shed is in charge of both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. They keep busy with snow removal and coordinating with our Avalanche Team. It’s also a beautiful place to work.

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 #18332 – Transportation Technician II – Cottonwood – Region 2, Opens 12/28/2018, Closes 01/10/2019.  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.