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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

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.

 

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

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

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

UDOT Offers Thanksgiving Travel Tips to Drivers

UDOT Offers Thanksgiving Travel Tips to Drivers

Plan for 20-minute delays on I-15; avoid drowsy or aggressive driving

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 19, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recommends Wasatch Front drivers plan ahead for I-15 delays due to holiday traffic for Thanksgiving weekend. Trips through Salt Lake and Utah counties on I-15 could take 20 minutes longer on Wednesday, and 25 minutes longer on Monday afternoon.

UDOT engineers expect increased southbound traffic on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., while northbound traffic should be heavier between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Monday, due to return trips, northbound I-15 will see heavier traffic from 2 p.m. through 7 p.m., while southbound traffic will be heavier during the typical commute times from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Higher traffic is expected on local streets due to Black Friday shopping. Streets near malls or large shopping centers are likely to see heavier than normal delays on Friday.

Across the state, most UDOT projects have been completed or are pausing for the winter. However, construction continues year-round on the I-15 Technology Corridor project in Lehi. The northbound I-15 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.

UDOT encourages drivers to make Zero Fatalities their goal this Thanksgiving and avoid unsafe driving behaviors. There is a higher rate of fatal crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday than during the other winter months, despite overall crash totals being lower. This weekend, avoid drowsy, distracted, or aggressive driving.

For the latest information on traffic restrictions and road weather, 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

Media Briefing: UDOT and UHP Remind Drivers — Crossing the Double White Lines is STILL Illegal

Media Briefing: UDOT and UHP Remind Drivers —

Crossing the Double White Lines is STILL Illegal

Despite construction suspending Express Lanes, UDOT and UHP partner for education and enforcement blitz to remind drivers about the law

WHAT: 

Ride-alongs and media availability regarding education and increased Express Lane enforcement efforts by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will be available.

UDOT and UHP are partnering to educate drivers about how to correctly use Express Lanes to reduce congestion and improve traffic.

Despite the fact Express Lane restrictions are suspended between Salt Lake and Lehi, it’s still illegal to cross the double white lines.

WHO:

UDOT PIO John Gleason
UHP Sgt. Mercadez BarrettWHEN:   

Friday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m.

VISUALS:   

Ride-along with UHP troopers as they educate drivers regarding Express Lane laws. Seating is limited, and we will likely stagger ride-along times for reporters/photographers. Please call ahead if you are interested in scheduling a time.

WHERE:   

UHP Davis County Office – 631 North Lagoon Drive, Farmington.
Exit I-15 at U.S. 89 (Exit 324), then stay right to exit at Park Lane/Farmington (Exit 395). Turn east on Park Lane, then south on Lagoon Drive and follow the signs to the UHP office.

 

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

PRESS RELEASE: I-80 Lane Closures near SLC Airport Scheduled this Weekend

For Immediate Release

I-80 Lane Closures near SLC Airport Scheduled this Weekend

 Additional restrictions planned on I-15 in Davis and Salt Lake counties, and on S.R. 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon

 

SALT LAKE CITY (June 14, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recommends drivers plan for lane closures on eastbound I-80 just east of the Salt Lake City International Airport this weekend.

Eastbound I-80 is scheduled to be reduced to one lane between Bangerter Highway and I-215 from Friday night, June 15, at 8 p.m. to Sunday night, June 17, at 8 p.m. Also, during this time, the on-ramp from the airport exit (southbound Terminal Drive) to eastbound I-80 will be closed, as well as the on-ramp from northbound Bangerter Highway to eastbound I-80. Drivers leaving the airport will need to use alternate routes, such as southbound Bangerter Highway to eastbound S.R. 201. Those using eastbound I-80 should plan for heavier than normal traffic congestion and moderate delays.

These closures will allow crews to perform maintenance work on the eastbound I-80 bridge over the Jordan River Surplus Canal. The work is being done during nighttime hours and on the weekend to reduce delays.

UDOT also advises drivers to be aware of other restrictions scheduled during the upcoming week:

  • I-15 from Antelope Drive to Hill Field Road: Up to two lanes in each direction will be closed on I-15 from Antelope Drive to Hill Field Road in Layton each night beginning as early as 7 p.m. All lanes are scheduled to reopen each morning in time for the commute. These closures began last week and will continue through June 22 while workers finish construction on the new Layton Crossing bridge over I-15.
  • I-15 from 12300 South to 14600 South: I-15 will be reduced to three lanes in both directions between 12300 South and 14600 South, from Saturday, June 16, at 10 p.m. toSunday, June 17, at 8 a.m. Crews will be repairing pavement under warranty as part of the I-15 Point project.
  • S.R. 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon: A new paving project is scheduled to start on S.R. 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon as early as Monday, June 18. Once work begins, sections of S.R. 210 will be reduced to a one-lane road with flaggers controlling traffic. These restrictions will be in effect Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Drivers should use caution and obey posted signs and flaggers in the work zone. Construction will continue through early fall as crews repave the highway from the mouth of the canyon all the way to the top.

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

NEWS RELEASE: I-15 To Close For Eight Hours This Weekend in Lehi

For Immediate Release

I-15 To Close For Eight Hours This Weekend in Lehi

Additional restrictions scheduled on I-215 and S.R. 108; drivers advised to use alternate routes

 SALT LAKE CITY (May 31, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan for a full closure of I-15 this weekend in Lehi.

I-15 is scheduled to close Sunday, June 3, from midnight to 8 a.m. (an eight hour total closure) between 2100 North and Lehi Main Street. Drivers should plan ahead and avoid the area if possible or allow extra time to travel the detour route.

During this closure, construction crews will demolish the 600 East bridge over the freeway as part of the I-15 Technology Corridor project. This project is widening I-15 to six lanes in both directions and rebuilding the interstate with all-new pavement from S.R. 92 to Lehi Main Street. Construction will continue through late 2020.

UDOT also advises drivers to be aware of other restrictions scheduled to begin in the next few days:

 

  • Westbound I-215 ramp to Redwood Road: The ramp from westbound I-215 to Redwood Road in Taylorsville will close Friday, June 1, at 10 p.m. to Monday, June 4, at 6 a.m. All other ramps at the interchange will remain open, but westbound drivers will need to use another exit. Crews are widening the off-ramp to add another left-turn lane onto southbound Redwood Road.
  • S.R. 108 from Antelope Drive to 1275 South: S.R. 108 will close in both directions between Antelope Drive and 1275 South in Syracuse Friday night, June 1, at 8 p.m. The road will remain closed through August 21, and drivers will need to use alternate routes. This full closure will allow crews to complete widening work on this section of the highway while school is out for the summer.

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:
Zach Whitney
UDOT Digital Communications Specialist
zwhitney@utah.gov
Cell: 385-315-4536

Media Briefing: UDOT to reduce lanes on Bangerter Highway at 90th South through July  

Media Briefing: UDOT to reduce lanes on Bangerter Highway at 90th South through July  

Drivers should plan ahead and expect delays during the morning and evening commute through July

WHAT:
Media briefing regarding new lane closures on Bangerter Highway in West Jordan starting Tuesday, May 29 and continuing through July. Bangerter Highway will be reduced to two lanes in both directions, 24 hours a day, between 7800 South and 9000 South.

Lane closures on Bangerter Highway in this area have been in place during non-commute hours for several months. However, with these new restrictions, UDOT expects heavy delays for drivers, especially during the morning and evening commute.

These lane closures will allow crews to continue construction of a new freeway-style interchange on Bangerter Highway at 9000 South. Construction on the new interchange is scheduled for completion this fall.

WHEN:
Friday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Bangerter Highway/9000 South construction zone

Directions:

From Salt Lake City, travel south on Bangerter Highway. As you approach the new overpass just before 9000 South, enter the work zone in the middle of the highway (through the opening in the barrels). UDOT representatives will be on-site to direct media to the parking area.

Personal protective equipment, including hard hats and vests, will be provided and must be worn. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required to enter the construction zone.

WHO:
UDOT representatives

 

VISUALS:
–       Active construction zone on Bangerter Highway

–       B-roll of construction activities at 9000 South interchange

 

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

Major Delays Expected on Utah Highways for Memorial Day Weekend

For Immediate Release

Major Delays Expected on Utah Highways for Memorial Day Weekend

Rethink your trip by planning extra time, leaving early or staying late

 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 23, 2018– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges Wasatch Front drivers to plan ahead for delays of up to 90 minutes on I-15 during the afternoon and evening this Thursday and Friday for Memorial Day weekend. Traffic is expected to begin building as early as noon on both days, so holiday travelers are advised to rethink their trip by leaving early in the day or later in the evening.

UDOT engineers expect increased holiday traffic from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with heaviest delays during the evening commute. On Monday, returning travelers are expected to create heavy traffic from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. along I-15 south of the Wasatch Front.

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: In Lehi, lanes are shifted on I-15, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour in the construction zone from S.R. 92 to Main Street. Drivers should be alert when driving through the work zone and anticipate areas of rough or uneven pavement.
  • I-70 from the I-15 junction to U.S. 89 in Sevier County: I-70 is reduced to one lane in several locations between the I-15 interchange and U.S. 89. Due to slow-moving trucks and recreational vehicles, drivers should plan for 30-minute delays through the construction zone.

Following the holiday weekend, two additional projects will affect Wasatch Front drivers:

  • Starting Tuesday, May 29, Bangerter Highway will be reduced to two lanes in each direction, 24 hours a day, from 9000 South to 7800 South in West Jordan. These lane closures continue through July, as crews work to construct a new freeway-style interchange at Bangerter Highway and 9000 South.
  • On Wednesday, May 30, I-80 will be reduced to one lane in each direction near the S.R. 201 junction in Tooele County for one week. Drivers should expect delays during the morning and evening commute, and use S.R. 201 as an alternate route. Crews are completing pavement repairs as part of a project to replace several bridges on I-80 and S.R. 36.

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