Category Archives: Press Releases

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

Governor Appoints Former Orem Mayor to Transportation Commission

Governor Appoints Former Orem Mayor to Transportation Commission

New Commissioner Will Represent Central Utah in Prioritizing Transportation Projects 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 26, 2018) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed former Orem City Mayor James T. Evans as a new member of the Utah State Transportation Commission. He replaces J. Kent Millington, whose term of service on the Commission has expired.

The governor’s action now awaits state senate confirmation.

The Utah State Transportation Commission is an independent advisory body that prioritizes state-wide transportation projects and decides how funds allocated for transportation by the state legislature are spent. As a member of the Commission, Evans will specifically represent the interests of Daggett, Duchesne, Juab, Uintah, Utah and Wasatch counties.

Evans brings considerable background and experience to his new role with the Commission. In addition to his service as Orem City Mayor, he served as a member of the Orem City Council, on the Alpine School District Board of Education and State Board of Regents.  He currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees for the Utah System of Technical Colleges.  Professionally, he is Chief Operating Officer for Xactware Solutions Inc.  He previously was a regional director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

He and his wife, Tana, are parents of three children and eight grandchildren.

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UDOT Names New Region Three Director

For Immediate Release

UDOT Names New Region Three Director

Rob Clayton to oversee construction and maintenance of state roads in Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties.

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (April 18, 2018) – Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Carlos Braceras announced today that Rob Clayton is the new Region Three director.

In this role, Clayton will be responsible for the construction and maintenance of state roads in Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties. Clayton replaces Teri Newell, who was recently appointed as an additional deputy director for UDOT.

Since 2011, Clayton has served as the director of UDOT’s traffic management division. The division is charged with operating a smart transportation network, as using technology to help manage traffic is an excellent way to optimize mobility, reduce delay and increase roadway capacity.

As director of the traffic management division, Clayton helped shepherd the department into the future by overseeing the traffic signal network, advanced traffic management system, and intelligent transportation systems. He also managed the state’s incident management teams, and traveler information on the UDOT Traffic website.

Clayton started working at UDOT in 1997, serving in several roles including maintenance of traffic oversight engineer for the I-15 CORE project, and operations engineer for the traffic management division.

Clayton will begin his new role on April 23. He will continue to lead the Traffic Management Division until a new director is announced.

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

PRESS RELEASE: UDOT Announces Public Open House for Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement

For Immediate Release

UDOT Announces Public Open House for Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement

New study to address traffic congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon

SALT LAKE CITY (April 9, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and the USDA Forest Service (USDA FS) will host a public open house to address traffic congestion and safety in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Scheduled April 10 from 4 to 8 p.m., the public open house will allow the public to provide comments on the Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The open house will be held at Cottonwood Heights City Hall, 2277 E Bengal Blvd.

UDOT, UTA and USDA FS are conducting the Little Cottonwood Canyon EIS to address traffic congestion, safety, and public transportation options for residents, visitors, and commuters on SR 210 from Fort Union Boulevard to the Town of Alta, which includes Little Cottonwood Canyon Road.

In consideration of numerous previous studies and public involvement efforts carried out by a range of agencies and stakeholders regarding potential transportation improvements in the project study area, the EIS team will develop and evaluate a range of alternatives that reduce congestion and improve recreation and tourism experiences in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The official public scoping period for the Little Cottonwood Canyon EIS runs through May 4, 2018. Official public comments on transportation challenges and issues in the canyon will be collected via email at littlecottonwoodeis@utah.gov and the study website at www.udot.utah.gov/littlecottonwoodeis.

The public can also get updates and notifications on the following channels:

  • Twitter: @UDOTlcceis
  • Facebook group: @UtahDOT under the page’s Groups: UDOT Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement (LCC EIS)
  • Instagram: @utahtransportation

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 January 17, 2017, and executed by FHWA and UDOT.

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

UDOT Names Additional Deputy Director

For Immediate Release

UDOT Names Additional Deputy Director

Newly-created role will help lead the Department into the transportation future

SALT LAKE CITY (April 5, 2018) – UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras announced today he has named Teri Newell as an additional deputy director for the department.

The additional deputy director will help guide the department as it moves to address issues relating to Utah’s growing population, advances in technology and the evolution of the transportation industry. The newly-created position comes after the passing of SB 136, which addressed the governance of transportation in Utah.

Newell joins Braceras and Deputy Director Shane Marshall in leading the department’s more than 1,600 employees. The executive team also oversees the design, construction and maintenance of Utah’s 6,000 miles of state roads and highways.

“Teri has proven herself as an innovative leader,” Braceras said. “Her work as Region Three Director and as the project manager for the Mountain View Corridor has helped to prepare her to take an active role shaping this new position and in helping to lead UDOT into its exciting transportation future.”

Newell begins her new role immediately. For the past five years, she has served as UDOT’s Region Three director, and was responsible for the construction and maintenance of state roads in Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties. Prior to her role as UDOT’s first female region director, Newell spent 10 years taking the Mountain View Corridor from a concept, through the environmental process, to completion of the initial phases. Before joining UDOT, Newell was the operations director for Salt Lake County, and held other positions in the private sector. She is a native of Iowa, and she received her civil engineering degree from Iowa State University.

Newell will continue to lead Region Three activies until a new region director is announced.

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

I-15 Technology Corridor Leads UDOT’s Top 10 Projects in 2018

For Immediate Release

I-15 Technology Corridor Leads UDOT’s Top 10 Projects in 2018

Major highway projects will build bridges, add lanes, and keep pavement
in good condition throughout the state

SALT LAKE CITY (April 2, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced its list of Top 10 construction projects for 2018 today.

UDOT crews will work on 188 highway construction projects scheduled across the state this
year, with a combined value of $1.46 billion. Planned improvements range from small sidewalk and street light installations, to the rebuilding of a 12-lane section of urban freeway. Within the Top 10, projects include widening and rebuilding freeways, constructing new interchanges or redesigning existing ones, and repaving and upgrading other local/regional highways.
Here are UDOT’s Top 10 Projects for 2018:

1. I-15 Technology Corridor — Utah County, S.R. 92 to Lehi Main Street, $450 million:
This $450 million project starts construction in the spring to widen I-15 to six lanes in both directions between S.R. 92 (Timpanogos Highway) and Main Street in Lehi. This is the last remaining section of I-15 between Salt Lake City and Spanish Fork where the freeway is still only four lanes wide. Other project improvements include a new overpass to extend Triumph Boulevard over I-15, and upgrades to the S.R. 92 and 2100 North interchanges. This project will finish in late 2020.

2. I-15 Southbound — Salt Lake County, 2100 South to 12300 South, $180 million:
Another major project will widen I-15 in Salt Lake County by adding a new southbound lane from 2100 South to 12300 South. This project will also redesign some of the southbound ramps at the I-15/I-215 south interchange to improve traffic flow, and will
widen 7200 South to three lanes from I-15 to Bingham Junction Boulevard in Midvale. Work will begin this spring and is expected to be complete in late 2019.

3. I-215/Redwood Road Diverging Diamond Interchange — North Salt Lake, $40 million:
In Davis County, crews will reconstruct I-215 from the I-15 interchange in North Salt Lake to 2100 North. This project will also construct a new Diverging Diamond interchange at Redwood Road and I-215. Construction started in February, and continues through the end of the year.

4. I-80/S.R. 36 Bridge Replacements —Tooele County, $30 million:
UDOT will replace three bridges on I-80 near the S.R. 36 interchange: eastbound and westbound I-80 over the Union Pacific railroad tracks, and the S.R. 36 ramp bridge. Construction on these bridges will start in late spring, and is expected to be complete in summer 2019.

5. Bluff Street — St. George, $51 million:
UDOT is widening Bluff Street in St. George from 100 South to Sunset Boulevard. Crews will add a lane in each direction, and add turn lanes at several intersections. This project started in January and will continue for about 12 months.

6. I-80 — Parleys Canyon, $30 million:
I-80 will be widened to add a new westbound lane for trucks from Jeremy Ranch to Parleys Summit, and a new wildlife crossing will also be constructed at the summit. In addition, crews will repave the interstate from Lambs Canyon to Kimball Junction. Construction starts today, and is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

7. Mountain View Corridor — Utah County, $41 million:
Mountain View Corridor in Utah County will be extended from the Redwood Road/2100 North intersection to S.R. 73. Work will begin this spring, and will finish up in 2019.

8. Bangerter Highway — Four Interchanges, $201 million:
Work continues to convert four intersections on Bangerter Highway into freeway-style interchanges. New interchanges are under construction at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, and are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

9. S.R. 9 — Springdale, $19 million:
Crews are reconstructing S.R. 9, the gateway to Zion National Park, through the town of Springdale. Workers are removing the old pavement and replacing it with new asphalt, and adding new pedestrian and bike improvements. This project is scheduled to finish before the peak visitor season later this month.

10. S.R. 108 — Syracuse, $52 million:
UDOT is entering the second year of construction to widen and reconstruct S.R. 108 from Antelope Drive to 300 North in Davis County. Work on this project will be completed this fall.

UDOT reminds drivers that 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

PRESS RELEASE: UDOT to Begin I-80 Construction from Jeremy Ranch to Parleys Summit

For Immediate Release

UDOT to Begin I-80 Construction from Jeremy Ranch to Parleys Summit

Lane restrictions scheduled to begin Monday; construction continues through fall

 

SALT LAKE CITY (March 29, 2018) — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is scheduled to begin construction on I-80 west of Park City on Monday, April 2. Crews are building a new westbound truck lane between the Jeremy Ranch and Parleys Summit interchange, installing additional wildlife fencing and building a wildlife crossing over I-80 just west of Parleys Summit.

“UDOT’s goal is to ensure safety for drivers on Utah’s roads,” said John Montoya, UDOT project manager. “This project will help truck traffic travel up hill, out of the way of other drivers, and will reduce vehicle and wildlife collisions in the area.”

Beginning as early as Monday, April 2, drivers are advised to plan ahead for nighttime work and lane restrictions Monday through Thursday, with narrowed, shifted lanes on westbound I-80. After two weeks, crews will work during daytime hours for the majority of the project, with overnight impacts as needed.

Width restrictions will also be placed on trucks traveling westbound through the project limits. These restrictions are scheduled to remain in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through fall 2018.

This work is part of Renovate I-80, a UDOT initiative designed to maintain and improve one of the most heavily used highways in Utah.

Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. For more information about this and other UDOT projects, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app, available for iOS or Android devices. To contact the project team with questions or concerns, call (888) 528-9675 or email renovatei80@utah.gov.

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Media Contact:

Zach Whitney
UDOT Communication Manager
zwhitney@utah.gov
Cell: 801-746-9932

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