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Media Briefing: UDOT Announces Top 10 Projects for 2018

Media Briefing: UDOT Announces Top 10 Projects for 2018 

Transportation officials to release list of most significant projects for Utah drivers

WHAT:
UDOT will announce its Top 10 construction projects for 2018. These include freeway and highway reconstructions, new bridges and interchanges, and widening and repaving projects. A total of 188 projects are scheduled for construction in 2018, with a combined value of $1.46 billion.

WHEN:
Monday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m.

 WHERE:
Northeast corner, I-215/Redwood Road interchange

(Take I-215 to Redwood Road in North Salt Lake. Turn north onto Redwood Road, then right into the construction yard just north of the off-ramp).

WHO:
Shane Marshall, UDOT deputy director
Brett Slater, UDOT project manager
Lisa Zundel, UDOT project manager

VISUALS:
–  Active construction zone near I-215
–  Freeway traffic
–  B-roll of Top 10 construction project areas

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

PRESS RELEASE: Daylight savings brings a warning from UDOT

For Immediate Release:

Daylight savings brings a warning from UDOT

Springing forward can cause drowsiness and poor visibility during morning commute

 

SALT LAKE CITY (March 9, 2018) –The Utah Department of Transportation’s Zero Fatalities program is reminding drivers to be extra alert after daylight savings on Sunday. Springing forward an hour can cause poor visibility during the morning commute, and a change in sleep cycle can result in drowsy driving.

Both of these factors require drivers to be alert and put away the distractions.

Driving during dark, dawn or dusk increases the risk of a fatal crash, especially auto-pedestrian crashes. UDOT recommends the following safe driving tips:

  • Recognize that pedestrians will be more difficult to see and be on the lookout. Slow down if needed, especially in neighborhoods, near schools and around intersections.
  • Eliminate distractions so you can focus on the task of driving. You may be a great driver, but remember, daylight savings will affect everyone on the road. Drive defensively.

Utahns need to recognize that their body will take time to adjust when losing an hour on Sunday. According to a study in the journal “Sleep Medicine Reviews,” a seemingly small one-hour shift in the sleep cycle can affect sleep for up to a week or longer. Here are some additional tips to stay safe:

  • Reduce your risk for daylight savings-induced drowsiness by resetting your internal body clock slowly. For the next two nights set your alarm clock for another 15 minutes earlier and go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Enjoy the weekend, be active to tire yourself out so it will be easier to fall asleep earlier.
  • Make sure you are awake before getting in your vehicle to drive. If you experience the symptoms of sleepiness while driving, pull over to a safe place and take a power nap.

To learn more about avoiding drowsy driving or improving pedestrian safety, visit ZeroFatalities.com.

 

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

NEWS RELEASE: Bangerter Highway/9000 South Intersection to Close Overnight for Bridge Beam Installation

For Immediate Release

 

Bangerter Highway/9000 South Intersection to Close Overnight for Bridge Beam Installation

Crews to place beams for new Bangerter Highway interchange at 9000 South in West Jordan Wednesday night

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 27, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers in western Salt Lake County to plan ahead for an overnight closure on Bangerter Highway at 9000 South tomorrow night. Northbound Bangerter Highway will close, along with both directions of 9000 South, starting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. and lasting until Thursday, March 1, at 6 a.m. while crews place beams for a new overpass.

During this closure, southbound Bangerter Highway will remain open, but all northbound traffic will be detoured onto 9000 South, then back onto Bangerter Highway via Redwood Road and 7800 South. East-west traffic on 9000 South will be detoured to Old Bingham Highway and 4000 West. Drivers should plan for delays, allow extra time for detours, and use alternate routes to avoid the area if possible. UDOT also reminds travelers to use caution in work zones and to obey all signs and signals.

The new Bangerter Highway overpass at 9000 South is being built as part of UDOT’s Bangerter Highway interchanges project, which is converting four intersections into freeway-style interchanges. These new interchanges – located at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, are all scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

Drivers with questions or concerns about the Bangerter Highway interchanges project can call the project hotline at 888-766-7623 or email the project team at bangerter@utah.gov.

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. For the latest information on UDOT construction projects and traffic conditions statewide, 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 Communications Specialist
zwhitney@utah.gov
Cell: 385-315-4536

Media Briefing: UDOT to Showcase Nation’s First Operational Deployment of Connected Vehicle Technology to U.S. Transportation Officials 

Media Briefing: UDOT to Showcase Nation’s First Operational Deployment of Connected Vehicle Technology to U.S. Transportation Officials 

 

UDOT hosting workshop on connected/autonomous vehicle technology innovations, providing tours of real-world application on Redwood Road

 

WHAT:
Media briefing in conjunction with UDOT workshop involving state and national transportation officials on connected/autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology. UDOT is recognized as a national leader in CAV technology, and is the first department of transportation in the country to install and use it in a real-world, operational setting. UDOT engineers and other national officials will be available to discuss the department’s CAV innovations, as well as the state of this technology on a national level.

In addition, UDOT will conduct a short tour along a section of Redwood Road to demonstrate how this technology is currently being used to improve on-time performance of Utah Transit Authority buses.

*NOTE: space is limited aboard the bus, and tours will be available only to journalists who RSVP.

WHEN:
Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 1:45 p.m.

WHERE:
Meet at Northwest corner of 5600 South Redwood Road at UDOT signal box

WHO:
Blaine Leonard, UDOT technology and innovation engineer
National transportation officials 

VISUALS:

–       Bus tour and demonstration of CAV technology using UTA bus

–       CAV communication equipment installed and operating along Redwood Road 

  

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

Media Briefing: UDOT Bridge Construction to Close I-15 in Layton for Three Nights 

Media Briefing: UDOT Bridge Construction to Close I-15 in Layton for Three Nights 

Drivers should plan ahead and expect delays; crews to set beams for new overpass

WHAT:
Media briefing regarding a three-night closure of I-15 in Layton. I-15 will be closed between Hill Field Road and Antelope Drive each night from Friday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 28, with all traffic detoured off the freeway and onto surface streets to get around the closure.

*These closures are subject to change due to weather or equipment issues.

These closures will allow crews to place beams over I-15 for a new overpass being constructed at approximately 1300 North in Layton, just north of the Layton Hills Mall. This new east-west crossing over I-15 will reduce congestion at the Hill Field Road and Antelope Drive interchanges and improve access to nearby businesses.

WHEN:
Friday, Jan. 26, at 9:30 a.m.

 WHERE:
New Layton Crossing bridge
Meet in parking lot of Billy B’s Hash House
1508 Woodland Park Drive
Layton, Utah

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:
Brent DeYoung, UDOT district engineer

 VISUALS:
– Active construction zone near I-15
– Freeway traffic
– B-roll of crews assembling crane on-site

PRESS EVENT: UDOT and DPS to release preliminary 2017 traffic fatality numbers

UDOT and DPS to release preliminary 2017 traffic fatality numbers

New safety campaign launched to cut down on distracted driving

WHAT: On Wednesday, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will release preliminary traffic fatality numbers for 2017 and kick off a new safety campaign aimed at reducing distracted driving. UDOT and DPS leaders will be available at 9:30 a.m. for one-on-one interviews.

Prior to the media availability, the preliminary 2017 fatalities report will be emailed to media around 8 a.m. Wednesday to allow time for review.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.

 

WHO:

  • UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
  • DPS Commissioner Keith Squires

VISUALS:

  • Infographics of 2017 fatality numbers (which will be made available digitally and in print).
  • Display of new Zero Fatalities distracted driving campaign materials. Campaign assets will be made available digitally.

WHERE:
Calvin Rampton Complex, Redwood Rooms A&B
4501 South 2700 West, Taylorsville, UT

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov

Lt. Todd Royce
UHP Public Information Officer
801-556-8261
troyce@utah.gov

NEWS RELEASE: Zero Fatalities installs sidewalk clings to help encourage pedestrian safety

For Immediate Release

Zero Fatalities installs sidewalk clings to help encourage pedestrian safety

Historically, December is the second deadliest month for pedestrian deaths in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (December 13, 2017) – Zero Fatalities has installed outdoor advertisements as part of the “Heads Up” pedestrian safety campaign, reminding people to stay alert when walking this holiday season. Twenty sidewalk clings were placed from Ogden to Provo along with retro-reflective advertisements at 50 bus shelters throughout Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) selected intersections with high pedestrian traffic and crashes.

“Unfortunately, we see far too many pedestrian deaths, especially this time of year” said UDOT Traffic and Safety Director Robert Miles. “We hope these messages will remind Utahns to be more aware and more careful when walking close to traffic.”

There are two different sidewalk clings. One reads, “The driver didn’t see the pedestrian. The pedestrian didn’t see the driver. Watch for cars, they might not see you.” The second cling reads, “Your life is in danger. Watch for cars, they might not see you.”

“Pedestrian deaths are 100-percent preventable,” Miles said. “But to prevent pedestrian fatalities, drivers and pedestrians must work together.”

Pedestrian fatalities are increasing at an alarming rate in Utah and across the Nation. This year, 40 pedestrians have been killed on Utah roads, already surpassing the total number of pedestrian deaths in 2016. In Utah, historical crash data shows pedestrian fatalities increase during the fall and winter months. December is the second deadliest month, second to October, for pedestrian fatalities.

Zero Fatalities offers these simple tips to preventing an auto-pedestrian crash:

Drivers, remember to

●     Always be on the lookout for pedestrians.

●     Always yield right of way to pedestrians.

●     Never speed, drive distracted, drowsy or impaired.

Pedestrians, remember to:

●     Never assume the right of way and stay alert

●     Cross at designated crosswalks and adhere to traffic signs and signals

●     Be visible, by wearing reflective materials when possible

●     When doing everything right, still assume drivers can’t see you.

 

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

 

Sidewalk locations

 

City

Main Road Name

Cross Street/Address

Cling Creative

Clearfield

State St.

700 South (Hwy 193)

6-panel

Cottonwood Heights

3000 E

Cottonwood Pkwy,

Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd

Body Outline

Draper

1300 E

S of Pioneer Rd (12400 S) roundabout

Body Outline

Kaysville

200 North

D&RG Rail Trail crossing (West of Flint St.)

Body Outline

Layton

Hillfield Road

Antelope

Body Outline

Lehi

I-15

SR 92

Body Outline

Midvale

7200 S

Bingham Jct Blvd

6-panel

Midvale

7720 S

Main St (700 W)

Body Outline

Ogden

Washington Blvd

12th Street

6-panel

Ogden

Harrison BLVD

30th Street

Body Outline

Orem

1600 N

400 E

Body Outline

Provo

University Ave (US-189)

University Pkwy (SR-265)

Body Outline

Provo

US 189

4800 N

6-panel

Salt Lake City

400 South (US-89)

Main Street

6-panel

Salt Lake City

300 West (US-89)

South Temple

6-panel

Salt Lake City

South Campus Drive (SR-282)

Mario Capecchi

6-panel

Salt Lake City

1300 S

700 East

Body Outline

Salt Lake City

Redwood Road

North Temple

Body Outline

South Jordan

River Front Pkwy

Between 10600 S and River Stone Way (Rdbt)

Body Outline

West Valley

2700 W

3590 South

6-panel

 

 

Bus Shelter Locations:

#

CITY

LOCATION DESCRIPTION

COPY

1

West Valley

Redwood E/S   N/O 3500 S  S/F

The Driver

2

West Valley

Redwood E/S   N/O 3500 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

3

West Valley

Redwood E/S   N/O 3500 S  S/F

Pedistrian and Driver

4

West Valley

3100 S N/S   E/O Decker Lake Dr  S/F

The Pedestrian

5

West Valley

4000 W W/S   S/O 3500 S  N/F

The Driver

6

West Valley

4000 W W/S   S/O 3500 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

7

West Valley

4000 W W/S   S/O 3500 S  N/F

Pedistrian and Driver

8

West Valley

3500 S N/S   W/O 4150 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

9

West Valley

4800 W W/S   N/O 3500 S  N/F

The Driver

10

West Valley

4100 S N/S   W/O 1500 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

11

Taylorsville

2200 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

The Driver

12

Taylorsville

4700 S S/S   W/O 1200 W  W/F

The Driver

13

West Valley

2700 W W/S   S/O 3650 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

14

Salt Lake City

2700 W E/S   S/O 4100 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

15

Taylorsville

2700 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

The Driver

16

Taylorsville

2700 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

17

Taylorsville

2700 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

Pedistrian and Driver

18

West Valley

4000 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

The Driver

19

Taylorsville

4700 S S/S   W/O US Hwy Bangerter  W/F

The Pedestrian

20

Taylorsville

4015 W E/S   N/O 5400 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

21

South Salt Lake

3300 S N/S   E/O 1100 W  E/F

The Driver

22

South Salt Lake

State St W/S   S/O 2950 S  N/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

23

South Salt Lake

West Temple E/S   N/O 3300 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

24

Salt Lake County

3300 S N/S   E/O 700 E  E/F

The Driver

25

Salt Lake County

3900 S N/S   W/O 900 E  E/F

The Driver

26

South Salt Lake

500 W E/S   N/O 3900 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

27

Murray

4500 S N/S   W/O 500 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

28

Salt Lake County

900 E E/S   N/O Van Winkle Expy  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

29

Murray

5400 S S/S   E/O 1300 W  W/F

The Pedestrian

30

Murray

5400 S N/S   W/O 700 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

31

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 4800 S  N/F

The Driver

32

Murray

State St W/S   S/O 5300 S  N/F

The Driver

33

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 5900 S  N/F

The Driver

34

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 5900 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

35

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 5900 S  N/F

Pedistrian and Driver

36

Murray

State St E/S   N/O 6400 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

37

Murray

900 E E/S   N/O 5900 S  S/F

The Driver

38

Midvale

Fort Union Blvd S/S   E/O S 700 E  W/F

The Driver

39

Midvale

Fort Union Blvd S/S   E/O S 700 E  E/F

The Pedestrian

40

Midvale

Fort Union Blvd S/S   E/O S 700 E  W/F

Pedistrian and Driver

41

Midvale

Union Park Ave W/S   N/O 7180 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

42

Provo

550 W W/S   S/O University Pkwy  N/F

The Driver

43

Provo

State St E/S   N/O 1230 N  S/F

The Driver

44

Provo

500 W E/S   S/O 1230 N  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

45

Provo

University Ave W/S   N/O Canyon Rd  N/F

The Driver

46

Provo

University Ave E/S   N/O 100 N  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

47

Sunset

Main St W/S   S/O 1300 N  N/F

The Pedestrian

48

Roy

1900 W E/S   S/O 4400 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

49

Roy

1900 W W/S   S/O 5600 S  N/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

50

South Ogden

Washington Blvd E/S   S/O 37th St  S/F

The Pedestrian

view images for each install here and time lapse video of an install here.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND – Electronic Sign Installation Project

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND – Electronic Sign Installation Project

UDOT will begin installing new overhead electronic signs at three different locations this weekend.  Work will take place during nighttime hours.  Road closures will go into effect while the signs are hung into place.  Each sign is 110 feet long and approximately 26,000 pounds.

 

Westbound SR-201 @ 900 West

  • Starting Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., double lane closures will go into effect on westbound 201 and eastbound SR-201 at 900 West.
  • Starting at 1 a.m. that night, the 900 West, 2100 West, and I-80 West to westbound SR-201 ramps will be closed.
  • Starting at 3 a.m. that night, the I-15 to westbound SR-201 ramp will be closed.
  • Westbound SR-201 will be fully closed from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Motorists will be directed to 2100 South and I-80 West as detour routes.

 

Eastbound I-215 @2300 East

  • Starting Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., a double left lane closure will go into effect on westbound I-215 at 2300 East.  A single right lane closure will also be in effect on eastbound I-215 at 2300 East.
  • From 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. that night, rolling closures will be in effect on eastbound I-215. Traffic will be stopped for up to 20 minutes at a time, however motorists may exit at 2000 East (Highland Drive) if needed.
  • Motorists will be directed to 2000 East (Highland Drive) to Fort Union to 3000 East as a detour route.

 

Northbound I-15 @ 11400 South

  • Starting Sunday Dec. 3 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., a left lane closure will go into effect on southbound I-15 at 11400 South.  A right lane closure will also be in effect on northbound I-15 at 11400 South.
  • Northbound I-15 at 11400 South will be fully closed from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Motorists will be directed to State Street and 10600 South as a detour route.

All closures are weather dependent. Check the udottraffic.utah.gov or the UDOT Traffic app for current road conditions.

MEDIA BRIEFING: UDOT Canyon Patroller Injured in Head-on Crash Urges Utah Drivers to Prepare for Winter

Media Briefing: UDOT Canyon Patroller Injured in Head-on Crash Urges Utah Drivers to Prepare for Winter

UDOT to offer safety tips as winter recreation season begins  

WHAT:

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will host a media briefing to urge drivers to be prepared for snowy weather, and to take extra precautions when driving through Utah’s canyon areas.

A UDOT canyon patrol driver recently injured in a head-on collision will share her story and provide tips on how to stay safe on the road this winter.

WHEN:
Friday, Dec. 1, at 9:30 a.m.

 WHERE:
Cardiff Fork Trailhead (Donut Falls) Parking Lot
Big Cottonwood Canyon

 Directions: Take the I-215 east belt to 6200 South. Follow 6200 South to S.R. 190/Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. Turn left on Big Cottonwood Canyon Road and travel approximately 9 miles up the canyon; the parking lot will be on the right.

 

WHO:

Brittany Kidd, Big & Little Cottonwood Canyon patrol driver

Jake Brown, UDOT roadway operations manager

 

VISUALS:

–       Photos of crashed canyon patrol vehicle

–       Vehicles traveling in Big Cottonwood Canyon

 

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

NEWS RELEASE: I-15 to Close for Two Nights in Box Elder County

For Immediate Release

I-15 to Close for Two Nights in Box Elder County

Interstate closure will allow crews to demolish bridge over I-15 in Honeyville

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 13, 2017) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises northern Utah drivers to plan ahead for two overnight closures on I-15 in Box Elder County this week. I-15 will close in both directions at Exit 372 in Honeyville on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. each night for bridge demolition.

While the bridge over I-15 is being demolished, UDOT will divert all I-15 traffic onto the off- and on-ramps at exit 372 in Honeyville. Drivers will still be able to continue on I-15, but will need to plan for moderate delays and allow extra time to travel through the detour. Motorists with time-sensitive travel should consider using alternate routes, such as parallel SR-13, at either Elwood or Corinne, or via SR-38, at either Collinston or Brigham City. Intermittent lane closures on I-15 may take place through the remainder of the week.

In addition to the overnight I-15 closures, the S.R. 240 bridge over I-15 at exit 372 (the Honeyville interchange) is now closed until April 2018. During this closure, the interstate ramps will remain open and vehicles wishing to cross east-west over I-15 will be detoured to the interchanges to the north (Exit 376, Tremonton/Garland) and south (Exit 365, 900 North). Crews will demolish the existing bridge and construct a new bridge over the interstate.

For further information about the I-15 Honeyville Interchange project, drivers can call the project hotline at 801-901-4064, email the project team at honeyvillebridge@utah.gov, or visit the project website at www.udot.utah.gov/go/honeyvillebridge.

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