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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

UDOT and Layton City to Open New Midtown Crossing bridge over I-15 

UDOT and Layton City to Open New Midtown Crossing bridge over I-15 

State and local leaders to celebrate grand opening; New bridge to improve east-west traffic flow in Layton

WHAT:

Grand opening celebration for the new Midtown Crossing bridge over I-15, a new east-west connection in the heart of Layton. The bridge extends 1300 N/1425 North to connect Main Street and Hill Field Road.

 

Midtown Crossing is one of a series of recently completed construction projects designed to address Layton’s specific traffic needs (including new ThrU-Turn intersections and a new interchange at Hill Field Road). The bridge is almost as long as a football field at 293 feet long; 53 feet wide, including a new 6-foot sidewalk; and has nearly 17 feet of clearance over I-15.

UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras, will be joined by several legislators and local leaders to open the bridge. A group of classic cars, a vintage UTA bus, and police and fire vehicles from Layton will cross the bridge to officially open it to traffic.

 

WHEN:

Monday, June 25, at 10:15 a.m.

 

WHERE:

New Midtown Crossing bridge

Cinemark Tinseltown west parking lot

720 West 1500 North (northwest corner of Layton Hills Mall)

Layton, Utah

 

WHO:

Sen. Stuart Adams

Sen. Jerry Stevenson

Rep. Steven Handy

Layton Mayor Bob Stevenson

UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras

 

VISUALS:

–       Newly completed bridge over I-15

–       Classic cars, vintage UTA bus, and police and fire vehicles

–       State and local elected officials and transportation leaders

 

 

Media Contact:

John Gleason

UDOT Public Information Officer

jgleason@utah.gov

Cell: 801-560-7740

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Draft Report

UDOT is currently developing the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for the next three Federal fiscal years.  The draft DBE Goal and Methodology Report can be found on the UDOT website at https://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:0:::1:T,V:2250,71534.  Comments may be provided to UDOT by following the directions on the website.   The document will be available for review and comment from June 6, 2018 to July 21, 2018.  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 public meeting / webinar will be held on Thursday June 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at UDOT’s central headquarters, 4501 S 2700 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84114. The meeting will be held on the third floor in the Traffic and Safety Large Conference Room.   At this meeting the DBE Goal and Methodology will be reviewed and staff will be available for questions/discussion on this and other DBE topics including:

  • DBE certification / application
  • Project explorer / project advertising
  • Project bidding
  • Subcontracting
  • Certified Payroll

The webinar part of this meeting can be accessed at the following link:
meet.google.com/gdy-kfcx-nya
Conference Call # – 1 720-449-3343
Participant:  406068#

Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Fatal crashes nearly double from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day in Utah

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will mark the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days with a media event on Thursday.

The family of 18-year-old Maria Fernanda Herrera, who died on impact when she came upon stopped traffic going too fast on I-15, will be available to speak with reporters. May 24 marks what would have been Maria’s 24th birthday. As balloons were one of her favorite things, there will be a balloon for each life lost last year during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days (89) at the event.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day fatal crashes nearly double compared to the rest of the year. With 94 percent of all crashes being caused by human error (including distracted driving, speeding, exhaustion, impairment and not buckling up), UDOT and the UHP urge drivers to obey the speed limit, focus on the road and strive for Zero Fatalities.

Over the past five years in Utah there were 111 deaths caused by speeding. On average, 40 percent of all crashes involve speeding. UDOT and DPS hopes this event reminds Utahns to obey the speed limit and make Zero Fatalities the goal.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Calvin Rampton Building: 4501 S 2700 W, Taylorsville, UT 84119

WHO:
Martin Herrera (Maria’s Father), Eva Maria (Maria’s mother) and Maria’s siblings, Andrea, Carolina, Martin and Alex

VISUALS:

  • Balloons representing each life lost during last year’s 100 Deadliest Days
  • Thumb drive with photos of Maria Herrera, a PSA video with the Herrera family, and crash photos

 

Media Contacts:

John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
801-560-7740
jgleason@utah.gov

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

PRESS RELEASE:  State and city leaders to officially launch construction of I-15 Technology Corridor

For Immediate Release

 State and city leaders to officially launch construction of I-15 Technology Corridor

Gov. Herbert will conduct a site tour via drone before unveiling official project rendering and augmented reality simulation

 

WHAT: Gov. Gary R. Herbert will officially launch construction of the Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) I-15 Tech Corridor project in Lehi by piloting a drone for a pre-construction site tour.

The project will widen I-15 in the heart of Silicon Slopes with two new lanes in each direction from Lehi Main Street to S.R. 92. It will also alleviate east-west congestion in this busy area by building a bridge at Triumph Boulevard, adding a one-way frontage road system from 2100 North to S.R. 92 and reconstructing those two interchanges. In addition, the project will construct 17 bridges and include several bike and pedestrian improvements.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 9 a.m.
9 a.m. Welcome remarks by UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
9:05 a.m. Remarks by Gov. Gary Herbert
9:10 a.m. Remarks by Sen. Stuart Adams
9:15 a.m. Virtual video tour of project via drone, piloted by Gov. Herbert
9:35 a.m. Unveiling of project rendering
9:40 a.m. Augmented reality simulation of Triumph Boulevard Bridge and media one-on-ones

WHERE: UCCU Building, 7th Floor, 3333 N Digital Dr, Lehi, UT 84043

WHO:
Gov. Gary Herbert
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
Sen. Stuart Adams
Lehi Mayor Mark Johnson
Members of the House and Senate Transportation Committees
Members of the Utah Legislature
Utah Transportation Commissioners

VISUALS:

  • Augmented reality simulation of project
  • Drone flight and footage of I-15 in Lehi
  • Project rendering

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

Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP and Local Contractors Partner to Encourage Safer Driving in Work Zones

Media Briefing: UDOT, UHP and Local Contractors Partner to Encourage Safer Driving in Work Zones

Agencies and contractors showcase safety practices and offer reminders to drivers as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week 

 

WHAT:
With construction season under way, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and Associated General Contractors of Utah (AGC) are reminding drivers to be safe and put away distractions, especially in work zones.

Last year, there were 2,400 crashes in work zones in Utah. UDOT, the UHP and the AGC are asking drivers to do their part to help construction workers get home safely to their families every night.

At the event, the media can watch the daily contractor safety briefing and tour a live construction site, in addition to interviews with representatives from UDOT, UHP and the AGC.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 10, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Riverton City Offices
12830 South Redwood Road
(Media parking is available in the lot south of the city building)

WHO:
UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras
UHP Col. Michael Rapich
Associated General Contractors of Utah President & CEO Richard Thorn
W.W. Clyde Project Manager Tyler Clyde, Redwood Road project 

VISUALS:
–       Construction equipment and workers widening Redwood Road
–       Contractors participating in daily safety briefing
–       Photos of work zone crashes
–       B-roll provided of the work zone

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

#WorkForUsWednesday – March 8, 2018

Welcome to another #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT.  Today we have TWO new positions open at UDOT. They’re both for Transportation Technicians. Trans Techs are the frontline of our workforce, fixing potholes and plowing roads. Check out the listings below.

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 #15226 – Transportation Technician II, R-4 – Salina, Opens 3/06/18, Closes 3/09/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15175 – Transportation Technician II – Clearfield, Region 1, Opens 3/1/18, Closes 3/15/18.  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.

Media Briefing: With 11 Crashes Already this Winter, UDOT Urges Drivers to Not Pass the Plow

Media Briefing: With 11 Crashes Already this Winter, UDOT Urges Drivers to Not Pass the Plow

Despite new technology to improve visibility, vehicles continue crashing into plows

 

 

WHAT:
With a new storm in the forecast, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges drivers to stop passing snow plows.

During the 2016-17 winter season, UDOT snow plows were hit 60 times. In order to curb this trend, UDOT installed new LED light whips to increase visibility of the snow plow wings. Despite this improved visibility, crashes continue. During last week’s storm, two snow plows were hit as drivers attempted to pass, bringing the total to 11 crashes this winter.

One of UDOT’s plow operators whose truck was hit will be available for interviews and provide reminders to drivers for staying safe around snow plows.

 

WHEN:
Friday, March 2, at 9 a.m.

 

WHERE:
UDOT Calvin Rampton Complex
4501 South 2700 West in Taylorsville
East side of the building in the heavy equipment storage areas

Directions: Pull into the lot on the south side of the building, then drive around to the back where snow plows are parked.

WHO:
Stephan Foster, UDOT snow plow operator
Jason Davis, UDOT director of operations

 

VISUALS:

–       Photos of plow crashes

–       Up-close view of UDOT plows and other equipment

–       B-roll of snow plow operations

–       New LED light whip model

 

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

UDOT Showcases Groundbreaking Connected Vehicle Technology to U.S. Transportation Officials

For Immediate Release

 

UDOT Showcases Groundbreaking Connected Vehicle Technology to U.S. Transportation Officials


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

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 14, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) showcased the nation’s first operational deployment of a new radio-based connected vehicle technology (CAV) today to state and national transportation officials.

The demonstration was part of a three-day workshop with several transportation leaders to share best practices and highlight the department’s nationally recognized Redwood Road CAV project.

“We are innovating the future now right here in Utah,” said Blaine Leonard, UDOT technology and innovation engineer. “This workshop is a great opportunity for us to share how we are using technology to keep traffic moving. As CAV technology continues to develop, we will look for additional ways it can help us reduce delays and improve safety on Utah’s roads.”

UDOT’s first-in-the-nation deployment of CAV technology uses Designated Short Range Communications (DSRC) radios, designed specifically for CAV applications. This system is helping Utah Transit Authority buses arrive on time at bus stops along Redwood Road between 3500 South and 8020 South.

UDOT has installed DSRC radios at most signalized intersections on Redwood Road in this area, as well as on UTA buses. Using these radios, UTA buses and the traffic signals at each intersection can “talk” to each other.

A computer onboard each bus checks its schedule status as it drives. If the bus is behind schedule, the computer sends a request to the nearest traffic signal to extend the green time. A computer within the traffic signal control cabinet at the intersection reviews the information from the bus and adjusts the green signal time, allowing the bus to proceed through.

This process is completely automated, and takes place without any actions by the driver. The signals are connected to UDOT’s fiber optic network, so engineers in the UDOT Traffic Operations Center can monitor the system’s performance.

Currently, four UTA buses are equipped with radios and computers to utilize this system. Another four will be equipped in the coming weeks, with plans to add more buses in the future. Additional DSRC radios have also been installed for future use at most of the signalized intersections on Redwood Road between 400 South and 3500 South. Another major deployment of this system is scheduled for later this year in Utah County, when the Provo-Orem BRT system will begin operations.

 

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

Zion National Park President’s Day Weekend Expectations

Zion National Park President’s Day Weekend Expectations

High Park Visitation Expected, Shift Travel Dates if Possible

SPRINGDALE, UT (February 9, 2018) – Thousands of Zion National Park visitors are expected over the President’s Day Weekend beginning February 16, 2018. The Town of Springdale, Zion National Park and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are asking those with flexible plans to consider visiting the park at a less crowded time. “Limited parking and roadway congestion are always issues in Zion Canyon during holiday weekends, and President’s Day weekend is no exception” said Springdale Mayor Stanley J. Smith.  If visitors are coming to Zion for the holiday, we want them to understand the situation before they arrive” Smith added.

Exacerbating the already narrow State Route 9 through Zion Canyon is UDOT’s reconstruction project which includes one-way traffic, flagging and traffic stoppages leading into and out of the South Entrance of Zion National Park. Although the project is being done over the lowest park visitation time period, to accomplish the extensive reconstruction of SR-9 work will be ongoing through mid-April.  Recent high-visitation weekends during the construction project have generated traffic stoppages of 90 minutes or longer as a mass of automobiles enter Springdale enroute to the park.

Springdale, Zion National Park and UDOT are working together to manage conditions and set expectations for park visitors this President’s Day weekend. UDOT Project Manager Chris Hall said “If you can’t shift your travel to lower volume dates, plan ahead and know that traffic is expected to back up at several locations in the town and when entering and exiting the park.” Parking is extremely limited. Visitors choosing to walk from Springdale may need to walk up to three miles to reach the pedestrian entrance to Zion National Park located in Zion Canyon Village.

To facilitate visitor access, Zion National Park will resume weekend only, in-park shuttle service on Saturday, February 17 and has opened additional parking for early arrivals. Some additional overflow parking is available in Springdale. “We are incorporating additional traffic and vehicle parking options to maintain a safe and enjoyable visitor experience at Zion Park, said Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh, “with the delays and scarcity of parking we ask for everyone’s patience and attention to safety whether a driver, passenger or pedestrian.”

Shuttle buses will depart the park’s Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 7:00 a.m. heading up-canyon to designated trail head stops with the last bus of the evening returning from the Temple of Sinawava (Stop 9) at 6:45 p.m. back to the Visitor Center. This same schedule will operate on Sunday, February 18, and then again on the weekends of February 24 and 25 and March 3 and 4.

The town shuttle will not be running those weekends. Full season daily shuttle services in the park and in Springdale, pending road construction, will begin March 10, 2018 and run through late fall.

UDOT is fully reconstructing State Route 9 through the Town of Springdale, improving utilities and drainage, and adding wider sidewalks and bicycle lanes. The project is being constructed during the lowest park visitation timeframe to reduce impacts to traffic and businesses, and is on schedule to be completed in mid-April, 2018.

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