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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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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UDOT Public Information Officer
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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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 UtahDepartment 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 email@example.com.
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.
UDOT Donates Mountain View Corridor Items to Habitat for Humanity
The Utah Department of Transportation continued its partnership with the Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity this month by donating reusable items from its 5775 West 4100 South location near the Mountain View Corridor.
The building, which is adjacent to Hunter High School, served as the Mountain View Corridor onsite command center for the 5400 South to 4100 South construction project. This extension of MVC opened to the public on Nov. 18, 2017 after an Ugly Sweater 5k and Fun Run Grand Opening event.
After the completion of the project, UDOT worked with Habitat for Humanity to salvage various artifacts. The items are then sold in the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore to fund low-income housing projects. Any items not sold are either recycled or donated.
Assistant ReStore Manager Layne Burrows led a team of volunteers to extract the items before the holidays. Items ranging from desks to lockers, doors and sinks were salvaged by the volunteers.
According to UDOT MVC Project Director Joe Kammerer, Habitat for Humanity simplifies the process of recycling materials from property UDOT acquires during the course of a construction project.
“UDOT’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity is a great example of government agencies and the public service sector working together to benefit those in need,” Kammerer said.
UDOT and Habitat for Humanity partnered on other notable projects, such as past MVC and Bangerter Highway construction.
The remaining land will be donated to Granite School District for conditional public service use.
Mountain View Corridor is using a phased construction approach designed to balance transportation needs with available funds. Initial construction includes two lanes in each direction with signalized intersections and biking and walking trails. Future construction will build out the remainder of the corridor by converting intersections to interchanges and adding inside lanes to achieve a fully functional freeway. Mountain View Corridor will eventually be a 35-mile freeway from I-80 in Salt Lake County to S.R. 73 in Utah County.
Utah Department of Transportation FTA Program Public Notice:
The UDOT is currently developing their Federal fiscal year 2018 through 2020 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for its FTA Program. The proposed DBE goal and methodology can be found on the UDOT website at www.udot.utah.gov/publictransit under the Hot Topics and Quick Links section. It is titled “UDOT FTA DBE FY2018-2020 Proposed Goal and Methodology.”
A hard copy is available for review at UDOT Program Development, 4501 S 2700 W, 3rd Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84114. Comments may be provided to the UDOT via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail addressed to UDOT Program Development, Attn: Public Transit Plans and Programs Director, 4501 S 2700 W, P.O. Box 143600, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-3600. Please include the page number, section number, and a detailed comment with your submission.
The document will be available for review from June 14, 2017, through and including July 13, 2017, and comments will be accepted through July 28, 2017. Only comments related specifically to the DBE goal and the development of the goal will be accepted. All other UDOT or DBE-program related comments should be directed to the appropriate contact provided on the main UDOT website.
A DBE Methodology Public meeting will be conducted on Tuesday, July 18th from 2:30-3:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the UDOT Calvin Rampton Complex at 4501 South 2700 West, Salt Lake City in Room UDOT_RM-CO Prog Dev 3rd Floor.
Utah Transportation Commission Advances List of Recommended Projects for Early Construction
SALT LAKE CITY (April 13, 2017) – The Utah Transportation Commission today approved a draft list of projects to be funded and/or accelerated as a result of the 2017 Utah State Legislature’s $1 billion bonding bill. That list is now available for public comment.
Three of the recommended projects will focus on improving traffic flow and alleviating congestion on I-15 along the Wasatch Front. Pending final approval, the schedule for these projects will be accelerated to begin construction next year, during the 2018 construction season.
To see a complete list of the proposed projects and to offer comments, go to the UDOT website (udot.utah.gov) and click on the Transportation Commission hyperlink.
After considering public input, the Utah Transportation Commission will make its final decision on the project recommendations next month at its May commission meeting in Heber City.
UDOT Leader to Move His Office to Active Work Zone
Briefing to be held at temporary office in I-215 construction zone as part of National Work Zone Safety Week
WHAT: A briefing will be conducted in the I-215 construction area to provide media with a first-hand experience of working conditions in the middle of a busy freeway. UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras will speak from his new desk in his temporary “office” in the middle of the work zone to encourage drivers to use caution so they, as well as construction crews, can return home safely at the end of each day.
Media members will also be able to speak with UDOT and construction workers who have experienced work zone safety incidents or near misses to illustrate the importance of slowing down, paying attention, and obeying posted signs.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 5, at 9 a.m.
* Journalists must be present for a safety orientation, which will begin promptly at 9:15. Shuttle vehicles will leave at 9:25 a.m., as attendees will be escorted to the work zone for on-site interviews and filming, then returned to UDOT’s Region Two.
WHERE: UDOT Region 2
2010 South 2760 West
(The building north of the Traffic Operations Center)
* To enter the construction zone, participants must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. In addition, personal protective equipment will be provided and must be worn. Any individuals not in proper attire will not be allowed in the work zone.
WHO: Carlos Braceras, UDOT executive director
VISUALS: – UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras seated at his desk in the middle of a construction zone
– Up-close view of construction crews and machinery, including concrete pavers, dump trucks, and other construction equipment
– View of the construction zone and live traffic passing on I-215
Friday night – before the snow really started to fly – UDOT crews placed beams for the new southbound bridge on I-215 over SR-201. A total of 16 individual beams were placed – each one weighing almost 22 tons, and nearly 115 feet long. UDOT closed the freeway during overnight hours, when fewer cars are on the road, to keep traffic moving and reduce delays for drivers. The freeway closed at 9 p.m. and reopened before 5 a.m. – more than two hours ahead of schedule.
The I-215 bridges over SR-201 are being rebuilt as part of the I-215 west belt reconstruction. The project is moving forward during winter months, with activities such as concrete paving and barrier installation continuing as weather permits. Crews are also working to install sign foundations and traffic management system equipment. Construction on the project is on track for completion this fall.
The I-15 Technology Corridor: S.R. 92 to Lehi Main Street
As the crossroads of the west, I-15 is essential to keeping Utah’s economy moving. That’s why the Utah Department of Transportation consistently looks for ways to enhance I-15.
In 2012, the I-15 CORE project was completed, and 24 miles of I-15 were widened and reconstructed from Lehi to Spanish Fork. Earlier this week, The Point project was completed, and seven more miles of I-15 were widened and reconstructed, this time from Lehi to Draper. Now, many drivers want to know, “What about Lehi Main to S.R. 92?”
Plans are already in the works to improve this section of I-15. The Utah Transportation Commission has allocated $450 million to reconstruct the freeway in this area, known as the I-15 Technology Corridor. Currently, construction on the project is programmed to begin in 2020. The project will reconstruct and widen the freeway, add two lanes in each direction, and reconstruct the interchanges at S.R. 92 and 2100 North.
In addition, new one-way frontage roads will be built on both sides of the freeway between those two interchanges, and a new bridge will be built to carry Triumph Boulevard/2300 West over I-15. Other improvements included in this project are 13 bridge replacements and new bicycle and pedestrian features.
The five-mile stretch of freeway between S.R. 92 and Lehi Main Street is located near the epicenter for the state’s tech sector growth, and the nearby population has expanded at a similar rate. UDOT has already begun work to prepare for construction to begin within the next few years.
To stay up to date on this project, visit the project website here. You can also download a project fact sheet here, or view a map of the project area here.