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NEWS RELEASE: UDOT to Close I-15 in Lehi for Two Nights

For Immediate Release 

 

UDOT to Close I-15 in Lehi for Two Nights

Drivers should plan travel around closures, use alternate routes   

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 16, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for two overnight closures of I-15 in Lehi Oct. 17-18 for bridge construction.

Southbound I-15 will close Wednesday night, Oct. 17, between 2100 North and Lehi Main Street, and northbound I-15 will close in the same area on Thursday night, Oct. 18. These freeway closures are scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. each night, and all lanes are expected to reopen by 4 a.m. the next morning.

During these overnight freeway closures, all traffic traveling in the direction of the closure will be detoured off I-15 and back on via Lehi Main Street, State Street, 2100 North, and 850 East. Drivers should allow extra time and expect delays along the detour route. UDOT encourages those planning travel during these closures to TravelWise by considering using alternate routes or adjusting their schedule.

These two overnight closures will allow construction crews to place beams for the new 600 East bridge over I-15 in Lehi. This bridge is being reconstructed as part of the I-15 Technology Corridor project, which is widening I-15 from four to six lanes in each direction and rebuilding the freeway with new concrete pavement between Lehi Main Street and S.R. 92.

The I-15 Technology Corridor project is also redesigning the interchanges at 2100 North and S.R. 92, adding a new frontage road system, and constructing a new bridge over I-15 at Triumph Boulevard, all with the goal of improving traffic flow in this fast-growing area of Utah County. Construction is scheduled for completion in late 2020.

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
(801) 560-7740

State Route 30 Final Environmental Statement Now Available for Review

For Immediate Release

 

State Route 30 Final Environmental Statement Now Available for Review

 

OGDEN – The Utah Department of Transportation announces the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and the official Record of Decision (ROD) for proposed improvements to State Route 30 between SR-252 (1000 West) in Logan and SR-23 in Petersboro.

The ROD constitutes UDOT’s approval of the Highway Action Alternative and the Separate Pedestrian and Bike Path Alternative (Selected Alternatives) as described in the SR-30 FEIS and Section 4(f) Evaluation (Final EIS). UDOT prepared the EIS to identify improvements to address current and long-term traffic congestion and safety needs of SR-30.

Known locally as the Valley View Highway, the SR-30 study area runs from 1000 West (SR-252) in Logan to SR-23 in Petersboro  Since its beginning in July 2016, the study has identified exceptional environmental issues and conditions on the corridor, projected future conditions, established the corridor “Purpose and Need,” evaluated possible improvement options, and has now identified the selected alternatives outlined in the FEIS document.

During the study process, UDOT consulted with affected and required agencies and gathered input from local governments, interested stakeholders and the public.

To read the FEIS and ROD, interested persons can view copies at the Logan City Library, 255 North Main Street; at the Cache County Clerk’s office in the County Administration Building, 179 North Main Street; or the UDOT Region One Headquarters, 166 West Southwell Street, Ogden.  A copy of the FEIS and the ROD are also available for review electronically at http://www.udot.utah.gov/sr30study.

For general information about the study, contact UDOT Project Manager Dave Adamson, at 801-620-1684 or email him at deadamson@utah.gov.

 

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UDOT Region One
Media Contact: Vic Saunders
Mobile: 801-726-4120
Office: 801-620-1641
Email: vsaunders@utah.gov
Twitter: @UDOTRegionOne

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: UDOT projects prepare for severe weather

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: UDOT projects prepare for severe weather

Ahead of potential flooding concerns, UDOT projects are taking steps to protect work zones

WHAT:

UDOT crews on our I-15 Tech Corridor project are prepping for potential flooding. The project team has 400 sandbags filled and ready to go. Media is invited to observe preparations and talk with representatives about how we protect work zones during massive weather events.

WHERE:

I-15 Technology Corridor batch plant (Access from 2100 N., just West of the I-15 2100 N interchange)

WHEN:

Today, Tuesday, October 2, 2018

 

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

Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP to Report on Highway Fatalities for 100 Deadliest Days

Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP to Report on Highway Fatalities for 100 Deadliest Days

Transportation and law enforcement leaders to highlight lifesaving behavior changes for drivers, passengers and motorcyclists  

WHAT: The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will report on what has been a disappointing summer for driver, passenger and pedestrian fatalities on Utah roads from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, known as the 100 Deadliest Days. The 100 Deadliest Days typically averages twice as many fatal crashes compared to the rest of the year.  This year Utah saw dramatic increases in motorcycle, unbuckled and aggressive driving fatalities.

With 94 percent of all crashes caused by human error, UDOT and UHP will challenge Utahns to do a better job with zero texting, zero distractions, zero driving under the influence, zero speeding and zero unbuckled passengers. University of Utah student Mariana Sablan will share how using her seat belt kept her from becoming a fatality this summer.

WHEN:           Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 10 – 11 a.m.

WHERE:         South Bountiful Auto 2166 W 2425 S, Woods Cross

WHO:              Mariana Sablan – Rollover survivor and seatbelt user

Col. Michael Rapich – Utah Highway Patrol

John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer

VISUALS:

·         2018 100 Deadliest Days statistics

·         Crashed vehicles at South Bountiful Auto

·         Mariana Sablan crash photos ( Dropbox Link)

 

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

Plan Ahead for I-15 Delays over Labor DayWeekend

For Immediate Release 

 

Plan Ahead for I-15 Delays over Labor DayWeekend

Trips through Salt Lake and Utah counties may take up to an hour longer this Friday 

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 29, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recommends Wasatch Front drivers plan ahead for I-15 delays this Thursday and Friday due to holiday traffic for the Labor Day weekend. Trips through Salt Lake and Utah counties on I-15 could take 30 minutes longer on Thursday, and up to an hour longer on Friday.

UDOT engineers expect increased traffic on Thursday between 2:30 and 7 p.m., and on Friday between 2 and 8:30 p.m., with heaviest delays around 5 p.m. each day. Due to return trips on Monday, northbound I-15 will see heavier traffic south of Payson from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m.

Across the state, most UDOT projects will suspend construction and open all lanes to traffic to help reduce delays during Labor 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: On I-15 in Lehi, the northbound 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 driving through the work zone and anticipate areas of rough or uneven pavement.

I-70 Bridge Maintenance, Sevier County: I-70 is reduced to one lane in each direction in sections between the Sevier/Millard county line and the U.S. 89 junction. All traffic has been shifted to the westbound lanes, and the speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour through the work zone.

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 22, 2018

Welcome to another Wednesday, or #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT. Today we have SEVEN new positions  open across the department.

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 #16918  Accounting Technician III, Region 2 Mechanics Shop – Salt Lake City, Opens 8/15/18, Closes 8/29/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16953 – Property Inventory Program Manager, Complex – Right of Way, Opens 8/15/18, Closes 8/27/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16918  Accounting Technician III, Region 2 Mechanics Shop – Salt Lake City, Opens 8/15/18, Closes 8/29/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16960 – Property Manager (Right of Way Agent III), Complex – Right of Way, Opens 8/16/18, Closes 8/27/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16969 – Transportation Technician II – Paint and Sign Crew, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 8/16/18, Closes 8/26/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #16958 – Consultant Services Contract Administrator (Purchasing Agent III), Complex – Consultant Services, Opens 8/17/18, Closes 8/27/18.  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.

Back to School: UDOT Reminds Drivers to Stay Alert and Slow Down in School Zones

Back to School: UDOT Reminds Drivers to Stay Alert and Slow Down in School Zones

 Drop off and pick up most dangerous time for Utah students

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 22, 2018— The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is reminding drivers, passengers, bikers and pedestrians to be alert and aware of all school zones now that most Utah schools are back in session.

“School zones are not a place for speeding or distractions,” said Robert Miles, UDOT director of traffic and safety.  “It’s up to all of us to improve our traffic behaviors in order to ensure our children are safe in school zones.”

Data from UDOT’s Traffic & Safety Division shows that between 2013-2017, the hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. (going to/from school) were the most dangerous times of day for school-aged pedestrians and cyclists. 

While driving in a school zone, along school pedestrian paths or near school buses, Utah drivers and passengers need to be aware of the following:

  • Slow down in all school zones and drop off areas.
  • Remove all distractions in the vehicle – no eating, texting, putting on makeup, shaving, etc.
  • Both sides of traffic must stop when red school bus lights flashing.
  • Pay extra attention to crosswalks, yield to pedestrians and obey crossing guards.
  • Never pass, change lanes, or make U-turns in a school zone.
  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put pedestrians in the path of moving traffic.

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

Utah Department of Transportation’s Public Transit Team Request for Public Comment

Utah Department of Transportation’s Public Transit Team

Request for Public Comment

The State of Utah, Department of Transportation (UDOT) is asking for your comments on the Draft State Management Plan for Federal Transit Programs. UDOT’s Public Transit Team (PTT), as a direct recipient of Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) grant funding, is required to create and maintain a State Management Plan (SMP). The SMP describes the State’s policies and procedures for administering the following FTA programs:

  • 49 USC § 5304 State and Metropolitan Planning
  • 49 USC § 5310 Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program
  • 49 USC § 5311 Non-urbanized Area Formula Program
  • 49 USC § 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program
  • 49 USC § 5317 New Freedom Program
  • 49 USC § 5329 Transit Safety and Oversight
  • 49 USC § 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities

The updated SMP is a consolidated document that reflects the most recent program and MAP-21 and FAST Act changes for the before mentioned programs. The SMP Draft is available for your review at: www.udot.utah.gov/publictransit, or a hard copy can be requested by calling Tim Boschert at 801-964-4508.

All comments must be submitted by September 15th, 2018 in order to be considered. Comments may be submitted via email at publictransit@utah.gov or hard copy at the address below. The comments must be provided in the following format:

  1. List the page number you are referring to
  2. List the section you are referring to
  3. List the paragraph number in the section
  4. List the comment
  5. Provide the revised wording or recommended change

Address for hard copies
UDOT Public Transit Team
C/O Tim Boschert, Public Transit Plans and Programs Director
4501 South 2700 West
P.O. Box 143600
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-3600

The final SMP will be posted on the UDOT PTT website (link above) following PTT consideration of all comments, final edits and approval by FTA. If document assistance is required, please let us know via the email address above.

PRESS RELEASE: UDOT to Increase Maximum Toll in Express Lanes

For Immediate Release 

 UDOT to Increase Maximum Toll in Express Lanes

Maximum charge to travel on the country’s longest continuous high occupancy lanes to increase to $2 per segment

SALT LAKE CITY (July 12, 2018) – Beginning July 14, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will increase the maximum toll to travel in the Express Lanes in Utah.

The price in each Express Lane segment will now range from 25 cents to two dollars, depending on freeway congestion. All toll revenues will continue to be used to maintain the Express Lanes, and to improve technology and law enforcement associated with their operation.

The increased fee is intended to curb crowding in the country’s longest continuous Express Lanes, stretching 72 miles from Layton to Spanish Fork. Federal regulation requires speeds in those lanes not dip below 45 mph. Currently, speeds drop as low as 31 mph during peak drive times in Salt Lake County.

During the 2018 Legislative session, lawmakers approved a maximum toll increase to as high as $4 to encourage more carpooling. UDOT opted to only increase the maximum to $2 per segment. The department will study the effectiveness of the increased fee before considering higher tolls in the future.

Express Pass holders with questions or concerns can contact customer service at (815) 813-9127.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Governor Appoints New Transportation Commission Chair

Governor Appoints New Transportation Commission Chair

Naghi Zeenati of St. George Will Lead Effort to Prioritize Utah Transportation Projects 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (21 June 2018) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed St. George realtor Naghi Zeenati as chairman of the Utah State Transportation Commission. A member of the Commission since 2013, Zeenati replaces J. Kent Millington, whose term of service as Commission Chair has expired.

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, Zeenati specifically represents the interests of Beaver, Carbon, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Kane, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Washington and Wayne counties.

In addition to his work as a realtor and developer, Zeenati has been involved in a wide variety of community activities in southern Utah, including president of the local Kiwanis Club, captain of the Community Action Team for the St. George Police Department, volunteers chair for the Huntsman World Senior Games and a board member of the Children’s Justice Center.

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