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Parley’s Canyon Pipe Replacement

I-80 Drainage Pipepipes 1

UDOT is working with W.W. Clyde and Geneva Pipe to begin the replacement of an old drainage system in Parley’s Canyon. The construction, which started at the end of May, begins at the mouth of Parley’s Pipes 2Canyon on I-80 and will extend about 2.5 miles east into the canyon. The pipe will serve to drain Salt Lake City’s excess water as well as the canyon runoff.

The current 50-year-old pipe is buried, in some areas, more than 30-40 feet under the freeway. Crews will work to replace the deteriorating corrugated steel pipe with a new durable concrete pipe. The sections of pipe that are currently underground will be capped off and filled.

This blue metal casing is placed over the wired frame and then transported to the cement pouring deck.

This blue metal casing is placed over the wired frame and then transported to the cement pouring deck.

The new system will be built to the side of the road to make service and maintenance more manageable. This will also keep closures and impacts to a minimum during construction and future maintenance.

Each section of pipe weighs about 25,000 pounds and is 12 feet long. Geneva Pipe creates these massive cement structures at their site in Orem. The specific cement used is built to endure harsh conditions and erosion over time.

The cement is then poured and quickly mixed into the metal casing on the deck.

The cement is then poured and quickly mixed into the metal casing on the deck.

The pipes are made in the Geneva warehouse where the cement is poured into a metal casing that is tightly compacted to create large vertical cylinders that will dry overnight. The type of cement used dries fast because of the way that it is quickly sifted and tightly compacted under extreme amounts of pressure.

These are the wet concrete pipes that will dry overnight.

These are wet concrete pipes that will dry overnight.

Overnight blasting for the construction has already begun and drivers should expect up to 15 minute delays while blasting occurs.

Overnight lane restrictions will also be necessary but one lane in each direction will remain open. Motorists should expect delays, a reduced speed limit and lane closures throughout the project until November 2013. At least three lanes will remain open during high traffic times, including events and on weekends.

Here is a video of the blasting happening at I-80.

Telling a Story

UDOT is using state-of-the-art mapping tools help communicate important information to road users.

Amanda Holm views the Top Ten Story Map.

Amanda Holm views the Top Ten Story Map.

Every spring, UDOT gives road users heads-up on road work by announcing the top road construction projects that may cause travel delay throughout the summer. Communicating the location and duration of those projects was made easier this year because of Geographic Information Tool that uses maps to communicate project details.

UDOT’s Geographic Information System team used the UPlan Map Center  to build a road construction story map that integrates several maps on an interactive web page. The result is a one-stop information site for ten of UDOT’s most high-impact road construction projects.

New GIS technology lets UDOT put map creation tools in the hands of many users where only analysts had access previously.  The UPlan Map Center site allows users to build a custom map, or several maps, quickly and easily. Those maps can then be combined to create a story map that can be viewed in a browser, shared on a blog or embedded in a website.

Better partnering

Maps are a good way to visually define project scope, see trends in space and time, and communicate with work groups or stakeholders. Grouping several maps together can help communicate a more complete story – such as where and when to anticipate road construction.

But road construction project details are not the only information that can be represented on maps. Basically, any feature that can be seen through a windshield while driving on a state route can be represented on a map. Signs, pavement, signals, culverts, all components of the state transportation system, can be mapped.

Other spatial data sets available on the UPlan site include crash data, which lists the number of crashes for each road segment, and crash severity and type, and Average Annual Daily Traffic, which lists level of traffic on state routes.

Cycling MapUDOT’s website currently features a Road Respect Story Map that shows a cycling map series. Together, the maps provide a great resource for cyclist to find popular cycling routes, information on cycling infrastructure, and even rules cyclists and motorists need to know to safely share the road.

GIS team members hope that the use of custom-built maps and Story Maps becomes wide spread at UDOT. GIS Manager Frank Pisani believes that using customized maps can lead to better partnering since maps allow people from different disciplines to reference information for a common interest, “GIS is the science of putting features on a map and solving problems,” says Pisani.

For more information about using customized maps and Story Maps, contact UDOT’s GIS team:

Frank Pisani, GIS Manager
Engineering Technology Services
Cell: (801) 633-6258
E-mail: fpisani@utah.gov

Becky Hjelm, GIS Specialist
Cell: (801) 386-4162
Office: (801) 965-4074
E-mail: bhjelm@utah.gov

This post was written by Catherine Higgins of the Project Development division.

Elizabeth Giraud — Architectural Historian

Hotel on 24th Street in Ogden

Hotel on 24th Street in Ogden

Elizabeth Giraud has a very interesting job. She likes old things. Especially old buildings and bridges. She is UDOT’s only architectural historian. Elizabeth’s job is to look at every bridge and every building 45 years or older that may be impacted by our projects.

In the course of her day, Elizabeth often comes across some pretty cool stuff. Like the old hotel on 24th Street in Ogden that was in the Chevy Chase movie “Fletch.” Then there’s that old warehouse off the side of I-15 in American Fork. You might never even give it a second glance, but it likely determined the path of the freeway.

Elizabeth’s job is so cool, in fact, that she was featured in a Salt Lake Tribune story by Tom Wharton. Take a look. You might get a little history lesson.

You can also learn more about the Pre-war Bridge Survey mentioned in the article in a previous blog post.

John Cahoon House

The Cottonwood Environmental Assessment completed in 2012 looked at ways to improve connectivity between 4500 South and Vine Street west of State Street. The John Cahoon House in the photo was built in 1900 and was part of the study area

2012 Leader of the Year Nominees

UDOT Logo udot.utah.govA couple of weeks ago I posted a list of nominees for employee of the year and you know what helps employees succeed? Great leaders! Tomorrow we will honor the following individuals and announce the 2012 Leader of the Year. The nominees include:

  • Dan Betts — Region Two Maintenance
  • Jared Duke — Region Three Maintenance
  • Brent Laulusa — Administration Comptroller’s Office
  • AJ Rogers — Region Four Maintenance
  • Tamy Scott — Operations Motor Carrier Division
  • Rodney Terry — Region One Project Management
  • Katy Warren — Project Development Preconstruction

Congratulations to all of these nominees, we appreciate the example you set everyday.

2012 Employee of the Year Nominees

It is spring and here at UDOT that means we have an opportunity to honor a few of our great employees. These individuals have been nominated by their co-workers and selected by senior leaders to receive recognition for their truly fantastic efforts. One individual will be selected as our Employee of the Year which will be announced Tuesday, March 19. And, the nominees are:

  • Adam Anderson — Operations Motor Carrier Division
  • Kristi Barney — Administration Comptroller’s Office
  • Marci Brunson — Region Four Administrative Services
  • Jim Harris — Region One Roadway Maintenance
  • Dave Kelley — Region Two Maintenance
  • Mike Romero — Project Development Structures Division
  • Kristi Urry — Systems Planning and Programming Program Financing
  • Clayton Weaver — Region Three Construction

If you work with any of these folks, or just happen to run into them, be sure to pass along your congratulations. We are lucky to have them as part of our Department!