The beginning of Sgt. Johnson’s funeral procession on I-215.
On September 1, 2013, Utah lost Draper Police Sergeant Derek Johnson in the line of duty. This tragic loss brings grief and heartfelt sadness, but also patriotism, gratitude and remembrance from whole communities. Nearly 4000 law enforcement, family and citizens joined the memorial service at the Maverik Center and tens of thousands of thankful citizens lined the procession route.
UDOT’s Traffic Management Division collaborated with many law enforcement agencies to ensure that traffic flow to and from the Maverik Center and along the procession route moved as smoothly as possible. UDOT’s traffic signal operations staff were deployed to key intersections throughout the Salt Lake Valley to assist with traffic control, while UDOT’s Traveler Information Manager was using the @UDOTTraffic
Staff at the Traffic Operations Center monitored the procession route on cameras throughout the Salt Lake valley.
Twitter account to update the public on lane and ramp closures. UDOT was listening to the police radio event channels to monitor the traffic flow along the procession route.
Citizens lined up along 12300 South in Draper to honor Sergeant Johnson. Photo courtesy of Mark Taylor.
UDOT worked with the Unified Police Department, Unified Fire Department, Salt Lake City Police, Draper Police, the Utah Department of Emergency Management and the Utah Highway Patrol for traffic management during the funeral and procession. Several other agencies not mentioned here came together honor Sgt. Johnson – an awesome tribute to a dedicated public servant.
New tools gives users a custom fit!
UDOT Deputy director Carlos Braceras introduced the new site at the Engineering Conference Wednesday. Website users “don’t want a sales pitch,” says Braceras. They want information that’s cold, factual and timely. The new website give users “better tools for savvy consumers” who want quick, customized information.
Two Quick Links buttons, one in the upper left-hand corner and one on the bottom of the home page, allow users to choose which links appear each time the site is opened. The traffic camera views on the right side of the home page show the areas with the most congestion. By clicking on the “options” tool, users can sort camera views by traffic speed or zip code.
Building the new UDOT website started with asking customers what they want. Some asked for lots of traffic and a little weather. Some wanted calendaring information and project updates. Almost everybody requested traffic camera views that show where delay is occurring. With so much information available, and lots of users with different needs, a one-size-fits-all approach would have been UDOT’s old site dressed in pretty colors.
The new website is beautiful, but it’s the “guts” behind the site that make it work well. “We really are all things to all people,” says Programmer Monty King who, along with Programmer Amy Young, did to code work to make the site function. “My Quick Links allows you to prioritize pages. Basically, users can customize the homepage to fit individual needs.”
Try it out!
- Amy Young and Monty King get the credit for making the new site function as a customizable tool for getting traffic, weather and road construction information.