Trucks Will Also be Allowed With the Expiration of Negotiated Agreement
BRIGHAM CITY (Oct. 18, 2019) — UDOT officials announced Friday that with the expiration of the negotiated Legacy Parkway agreement on Jan. 1, the speed limit on the 14-mile, four-lane Parkway will be raised to 65 miles per hour. Large semi-trucks, banned since the Parkway opened in 2008, will also be allowed to use Legacy.
The changes were announced during the monthly meeting of the Utah Transportation Commission.
The Legacy Parkway Agreement was signed in 2005, ending litigation that brought construction of the roadway located primarily in southern Davis County to a stop. It featured several different elements, most notably the 55 mile per hour speed limit and a restriction prohibiting semi-trucks with five or more axles (or 80,000 pounds or greater gross vehicle weight).
“The Agreement was a great thing because it allowed us to complete a roadway that has made a real difference in mobility in south Davis County,” UDOT Director of Traffic and Safety Robert Miles told Transportation Commissioners. “But the Agreement had a sunset date: Jan. 1, 2020. The only way that sunset could be extended is through legislative action, and the legislature has chosen not to extend it. So the Agreement expires Jan. 1.”
With the expiration of the Agreement, UDOT has no authority to keep large semi-trucks off the roadway, Miles said, “so that change just automatically happens.”
The decision to raise the speed limit to 65 miles per hour is based on UDOT speed studies indicating that drivers are already averaging between 65 and 70 miles per hour on the roadway despite the 55 mile per hour speed limit.
“Legacy Parkway was designed to accommodate speeds higher than 55 miles per hour, so it is safe and comfortable to drive at 65,” Miles said. “We decided to raise the speed limit to a speed that is closer to what drivers are actually driving. In doing so, we hope to eliminate the safety risk of speed discrepancy, which can happen when you have a significant difference between the speed most drivers are actually traveling and those who are driving the posted speed limit.”
The new speed limit and changes regarding big semi-trucks will both go into effect beginning Jan. 1.
Media Contact: John Gleason UDOT Public Information Officer firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 801-560-7740
Students share safety messages with students through 8-foot-tall phone
WHAT: Zero FatalitiesandUniversity of Utah’s AdThing—a student-led advertising agency—will kick off “You drive. I’ll text,” a new campaign targeting distracted driving. To launch the campaign, University President Ruth Watkins and Student Body President Anna Barnes will address why safety is a priority and explain measures the University is taking to ensure student safety. The campaign encourages students to be active and attentive passengers by speaking up whenever they notice their drivers are distracted. The “You drive. I’ll text” initiative targets all kinds of phone-related distractions (e. g. texting, changing songs, checking social media, etc.).
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 17,10 a.m.
WHERE: South walkway of the Union Plaza, University of Utah Student Union Building, 200 Central Campus Drive. For parking, go to the paid lot east of the Student Union Building and use code: 75FORT.
WHO: Carlos Braceras – director, Utah Department of Transportation Ruth Watkins – president, University of Utah Kyra Ott – creative director, AdThing at the University of Utah
VISUALS: Giant, 8-foot-tall iPhone with animated visuals on the screen A-frames with University AdThing students’ work
MEDIA CONTACT: John Gleason UDOT Public Information Officer email@example.com Cell: 801-560-7740
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
49 USC § 5310 Elderly Individuals and
Individuals with Disabilities Program
49 USC § 5311 Non-urbanized Area
49 USC § 5316 Job Access and Reverse
Commute (JARC) Program
49 USC § 5317 New Freedom Program
49 USC § 5329 Transit Safety and
49 USC § 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities
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.
must be submitted by November 15, 2019, in order to be considered. Comments may
be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy at the address below.
The comments must be provided in the following
List the page number you are
List the section you are referring
List the paragraph number
in the section
List the comment
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
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.
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