UDOT Executive Director John Njord presented two Traffic Management Division employees with Silver Barrel Awards yesterday.
Rob Clayton, Matt Luker and John Njord
Matt Luker received his award for his efforts on the Flex Lanes project. This project had several difficult engineering aspects as well as some challenging software programs. The Flex Lanes project on 5400 South in the Salt Lake Valley allows for more dynamic use of the roadway depending on the conditions and heaviest direction of travel. The Flex Lanes project optimizes mobility on this busy corridor. Matt was involved on the design, testing and troubleshooting of this project for over 3 1/2 years. Matt is a signal engineer responsible for corridor-wide signal timing in UDOT’s Region 4 as well as for special projects. Prior to his current role, Matt was an Assistant Signal Engineer. Matt has worked for UDOT for 4 1/2 years.
Rob Clayton, John Njord, and Chuck Felice
Chuck Felice received his award for managing the design and production of the UDOT Traffic smartphone app. The UDOT Traffic has been downloaded over 150,000 times since its launch in November 2011. More recently,Chuck managed the project to add additional alerts to the UDOT Traffic app and website. John Njord gave Chuck his Silver Barrel Award and mentioned that he is proud of the work that is done within the UDOT Traffic Management Division. Chuck delivers the projects that he manages effectively, however he always strives to deliver more than was asked of him. Chuck is the lead software developer for UDOT’s Traffic Management Division and is responsible for software design and integration. Chuck has worked for UDOT for 6 1/2 years.
Congratulations to UDOT Region One Signal Engineer Carrie Jacobson who received a Silver Barrel Award for heading a team of engineers who kept traffic moving during a major event – the annual Hill Air Force Base Air Show.
The Silver Barrel Award is way to call attention to employees who excel.
The team worked with the Utah Highway Patrol and city officials to plan and carry out ways to help road users get to and depart from HAFB.
Building on experience UDOT signal engineers have gained from managing other events, the Region One Signal Team first offered to help, then met with base officials to identify problems that have occurred in the past. Jacobsen’s team then developed some signal timing plans that gave more green light time where needed. The team paid special attention to places where traffic congestion has occurred in the past.
Approximately 225 thousand people attend the two-day event. Engineers manned stations at the Traffic Operations Center to observe traffic. Signal engineers were posted at critical locations along the route to observe traffic and make adjustments at signal cabinets when traffic backed up.
HAFB officials and the Utah Highway Patrol were grateful for the help and gave Jacobson’s team an award called a Challenge Coin, usually reserved for those in the military, for helping with traffic flow during the event.
A new employee award will recognize outstanding performance at UDOT.
UDOT has the responsibility to build and maintain state roads. But the work done by employees to build bridges, maintain pavement or remove ice and snow also has an intrinsic value. An efficient and well-maintained transportation system supports economic vitality, improves quality of life, and helps make Utah a great place to live.
“The work we do has an impact on people,” said UDOT Director John Njord as he presented the Silver Barrel award to the first recipient today. The Silver Barrel Award is way to call attention to and thank the many employees who excel. “We have it all the time – people are always doing good things at UDOT,” says Njord. Ultimately, that good work helps Utah citizens.
The Silver Barrel recipients will receive a certificate, a pin, and a hardhat sticker to wear with pride. Like college football players who get a helmet sticker for a great pass or block, the Silver Barrel sticker and pin will be visual reminders of a job well done.
The number of recipients will not be limited, and Njord expects to give many away. “Someone could earn a lot of them, or everyone could earn one or more.” An employee who wants to call attention to a potential recipient should contact his or her supervisor.