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Media Briefing: Wildlife Overpass to Open in Parley’s Canyon

For Immediate Release 

Media Briefing: Wildlife Overpass to Open in Parley’s Canyon

UDOT to open the state’s first overpass built solely for wildlife crossings

 

WHAT:
Media are invited to tour Utah’s first overpass built solely for wildlife crossings. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) constructed the overpass, which spans six lanes of interstate, to improve safety on I-80 by reducing wildlife and vehicle collisions.

UDOT coordinated with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) on the wildlife issues specific to the project, including wildlife migration patterns and habitat and overpass length and width requirements.

The wildlife overpass is one of several new improvements on I-80 in Parleys Canyon to enhance safety, including a new truck lane to help move slower, heavier vehicles away from faster-moving traffic as well as cattle guard and wildlife fencing to help encourage wildlife to utilize the new crossing.

WHEN:
Thursday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m.

WHERE:
Exit 140 (Parleys Summit) on the westbound I-80 on-ramp

Directions: From I-80 East, take Exit 140 (Parleys Summit). Then take a left at the bottom of the off-ramp and continue to the I-80 West on-ramp. Park on the shoulder of the on-ramp. UDOT will drive media to the top of the overpass.

* Please dress warm and wear closed-toed, sturdy shoes and pants to access the bridge.

WHO:
UDOT Representatives
Scott Root, UDWR conservation outreach manager
Sharon Cantwell, Save People Save Wildlife board member

VISUALS:

–       B-roll

–       Time lapse of bridge construction (to be provided at the event)

–       UDOT will place the last boulder as part of the natural landscaping on the overpass to signify its completion.

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – December 5, 2018

 

It’s a cold and snowy #WorkForUsWednesday this week. Grab a warm blanket and check out these EIGHT new positions open across the state. The biggest need right now is Transportation Technicians. These are our snow plow drivers and some of the most important front line employees. Positions are open across the state.

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 #17958 – Statewide Traffic Signal Engineer (EM I), Traffic Operations Center, Opens 11/23/18, Closes 12/10/18.  Click here to apply.


  • Recruitment #17944 – Region Communications Specialist (Information Specialist IV), Region 2 – Salt Lake, Opens 11/26/2018, Closes 12/10/2018.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #17837 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Spec) – Echo Port of Entry, re-opens 11/28/18.  Open until filled.  Click here to apply.
  •  Recruitment #18047 – Transportation Technician II – Region 1 – Clearfield, Opens 11/29/18, Closes 12/13/18.  Click here to apply.


  • Recruitment #18076 – Traffic Management Specialist, Control Room Operator (Information Specialist I) – Traffic Operations Center, Opens 11/30/18, Closes 12/10/18.  Click here to apply.
 
  • Recruitment #18077 – Traffic Management Specialist, Shift Supervisor (Information Specialist II) – Traffic Operations Center, Opens 11/30/18, Closes 12/10/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #18050 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Thompson, Opens 11/29/18, Closes 12/09/18.  Click here to apply.
  •  Recruitment #18106  – Transportation Technician II, Region 3 – Strawberry, Opens 12/4/18, Closes 12/1618.  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.

UDOT Completes Major Construction on Four Bangerter Highway Interchanges

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT Completes Major Construction on Four Bangerter Highway Interchanges

Construction schedules announced for additional interchanges at 6200 South, 10400 South, and 12600 South

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 19, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced today that major construction is now complete on four new interchanges along Bangerter Highway, and a project to build the next three interchanges at 6200 South, 10400 South, and 12600 South, will begin in 2020.

 

All lanes and ramps have now opened at the interchanges on Bangerter Highway at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South. Occasional short-term lane closures are expected during non-commute hours for the next several weeks as crews work to complete landscaping, striping, and other small details at the new interchanges.

 

The project to build these four interchanges is part of an ongoing effort to improve traffic on Bangerter Highway and meet the growing transportation needs of western Salt Lake County. UDOT has now replaced stoplights on Bangerter Highway with freeway-style interchanges, including on- and off-ramps, at seven locations (interchanges at 600 West, Redwood Road, and 7800 South were completed prior to this project).

 

To continue this effort, UDOT today announced that work to build new interchanges at 6200 South, 10400 South, and 12600 South will start in 2020. Previously, the interchanges at 10400 South and 12600 South were scheduled for construction beginning in 2022, but funds were transferred from other projects to complete these interchanges sooner.

 

In 2019, crews will relocate a section of the Jordan Aqueduct near 6200 South from under Bangerter Highway to west of the highway, prior to the start of major construction on the interchange itself. A similar relocation was completed near 5400 South in 2016.

 

During construction of the four interchanges, UDOT crews:

  • Worked nearly 290,000 man-hours
  • Placed 16 miles of concrete safety barrier and 10 miles of drainage pipe
  • Excavated or placed 2.2 million tons of dirt
  • Built seven new bridges and a new pedestrian overpass
  • Reduced planned full closures of Bangerter Highway by 75 percent (the project had planned to use up to 24 full closures, but only needed six)

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:

John Gleason

UDOT Public Information Officer

jgleason@utah.gov

Cell: 801-560-7740

 

MEDIA EVENT: UDOT to Mark Completion of Four Interchanges and Announce Future Projects for Bangerter Highway 

UDOT to Mark Completion of Four Interchanges and Announce Future Projects for Bangerter Highway 


News regarding upcoming construction to be released at event to celebrate project completion

 

WHAT:
UDOT will announce new plans for future construction on Bangerter Highway on Monday, Nov. 19. The announcement will be made at an event to celebrate completion of the four newest Bangerter Highway interchanges.

Construction on the two-year project, which replaced intersections with freeway-style interchanges at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, and 11400 South, will be substantially complete on Monday, and all lanes and on/off-ramps will be open at that time.  Occasional night and weekend lane closures are expected through the end of the year to finish up minor items such as landscaping, striping, etc.

UDOT and local officials will offer remarks, and then several construction vehicles will exit the work zone to mark the end of major construction for the current project.

WHEN:
Monday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m.

WHERE:
Bangerter Highway/9000 South interchange – northwest corner

Directions: travel south on Bangerter Highway and exit at 9000 South. Turn into the dirt parking lot on the right side of the off-ramp. NOTE: the event location is only accessible from the Bangerter Highway southbound off-ramp at 9000 South.

WHO:
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
Sen. Wayne Harper
South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey
Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson
West Jordan Mayor Jim Riding

 VISUALS:

  • Heavy equipment exiting the work zone to mark the end of construction
  • Time lapses of construction
  • Newly constructed Bangerter Highway interchange at 9000 South

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

Media Briefing: New Triumph Boulevard Bridge to Open Over I-15 in Lehi

Media Briefing: New Triumph Boulevard Bridge to Open Over I-15 in Lehi

Local drivers will have new options for getting around without using the freeway

WHAT:

Media are invited to tour the new Triumph Boulevard bridge in Lehi before it opens to traffic on Thursday, Nov. 1. UDOT officials will also be available to discuss the new bridge and frontage roads, and provide updates on the I-15 Technology Corridor project.

UDOT’s I-15 Technology Corridor will provide drivers in northern Utah County with more options to get where they need to go with a new bridge at Triumph Boulevard and a one-way frontage road system adjacent to I-15. The bridge and frontage roads are designed to take pressure off of the I-15 interchanges at 2100 North and S.R. 92, and to improve traffic flow throughout the area. Once the Tech Corridor project is completed in 2020, drivers will have options to get on and off the freeway without having to drive through the interchanges or on Ashton Boulevard.

WHEN:

Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Meet at the intersection of Triumph Boulevard and the northbound frontage road. From I-15 Exit 284, take S.R. 92 east to Triumph Boulevard. Turn right onto Triumph Boulevard and proceed south to I-15. Meet UDOT just east of the bridge to park.

*Please wear closed-toed, sturdy shoes and pants. Extra personal protective equipment will be available.

WHO:

Boyd Humpherys, UDOT I-15 Tech Corridor Construction Manager
Andrew Gwynn, UDOT Field Engineer
John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer

VISUALS:

I-15 construction and the new Triumph Boulevard bridge

 

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

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