Region 2: Traffic Operations

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Overview

The Traffic Operations Division oversees traffic and signal studies, traffic operations, and the maintenance of electrical highway systems. This division develops corridor agreements and access management plans, direct risk management and safety/loss needs, incident management, and emergency communications.
The group works with the community, local municipalities, and other agencies to provide support for traffic, safety, and active transportation. This includes identifying and developing innovative solutions for traffic and safety issues in UDOT Region Two.
Brad Palmer
Traffic Operations Engineer

PERMITS

The Permits area includes Access/Special Events, Encroachment, and Blue Stakes. The Access/Special Events group works with Local Governments and private development to find solutions to accessing state routes safely while optimizing mobility. The Encroachment group works with Local Governments and private development to make improvements within UDOT ROW while maintaining safety and mobility. The Blue Stake group locates underground UDOT facilities where construction activities are occurring.

ACCESS/SPECIAL EVENTS

GOAL: Issue 90% of access permits within 45 days.
The Access group will track and report on the number of permits issued within 45 days from the preapplication meeting to the issues of the permit. Access Tracker
  • 10/1/18 - Recently started tracking the dates. Will provide an update for next quarter. However, the permits group has been able to issue a handful of access permits in 10 days or less.
  • 1/2/19 - 94.7% of access permits have been issued in less than 45 days. 42% have been issued in less than 15 days.
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update
GOAL: Fully implement & use the Access Permit Webpage for every access permit & appts.
The Access group will use their webpage to schedule all appointments and distribute documents to access permit applicants. Access Website
  • 10/1/18 - Fully implemented and being used for all new permit applications.
  • 1/2/19 - Fully implemented and being used for all new permit applications.

ENCROACHMENT

GOAL: Manager & Inspectors to attend & pass three relevant training courses.
The encroachment group will keep maintain/improve core competency through training courses such as Traffic Control Maintainer, Concrete/Density, OSHA, First Aid, ADA Ramp, etc. These training courses will be recorded and tracked to keep current.
  • 10/1/18 - No Update
  • 1/2/19 - Inspectors will sign up for the following three courses when classes are available.
  1. Surveying and Grade Checking - online
  2. Utah LTAP - Inspector Course
  3. Utah LTAP - Stormwater Inspection
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update
GOAL: Reach out to every City/County in the Region & establish agreements for the “Behind the Curb” law.
Establish agreements to define the roles of UDOT and Local Governments when issuing and permits on State routes.
  • 10/1/18 - Central is working on putting together an agreement that can be used statewide. South Jordan City would like to be the first to sign up. Midvale is also interested.
  • 1/2/19 - Central has sent out a draft agreement for review and comment - Region 2 has reviewed and provided comments.
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update

BLUESTAKES

GOAL: Reduce bluestake damages by 30%.
The Bluestake group will work towards reducing damage claims by 30% to reduce costs to the Region.
  • 10/1/18 - No damages have occurred in the first quarter.
  • 1/2/19 - One damage occurred in the second quarter.
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update
GOAL: Have 30% of signalized intersections mapped & added to the Region 2 Bluestake map.
Last year the Bluestake group created a map identifying GPS located signal lines throughout the Region. By the end of this year the Bluestake group will have 30% of UDOT intersections mapped. Region 2 Bluestakes Map
  • 10/1/18 - All locators have been issued a GPS unit and are actively mapping intersections. These have not been quantified yet.
  • 1/2/19 - 13% of intersections have been mapped.
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update

TRAFFIC & SAFETY: PROJECTS & SAFETY

The Traffic & Safety Projects & Safety Group coordinates with UDOT project teams to help determine needs within a roadway project pertaining to the movement of traffic, signing, striping, and other safety features. They also help lead the efforts to determine needs for new traffic signals, pedestrian crossings, and speed limit changes. Safety through the Region related to employee injuries, fatal accidents, hazmat spills, claims, and the ROADS program are also handled by this group.
GOAL: Hold monthly training courses relevant to T&S to maintain core competency.
The Projects & Safety group will hold monthly training courses to maintain consistent and relevant competency throughout the group. T&S Training Schedule
  • 10/1/18 - Have held 3 trainings to date with the next scheduled for Oct. 22. The year has been scheduled out.
  • 1/2/19 - Have held 6 trainings to date with the next scheduled for Jan. 28.
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update
GOAL: Document four commonly used T&S processes and add to the T&S website for quick reference.
The Projects & Safety group will identify, document, and upload to the website four commonly used T&S processes. This will maintain core competency and consistency through the group in making documenting decisions. One of these goals will provide direction in the use of real-time traffic data. Traffic - East Website, Traffic - West Website
  • 10/1/18 - The four process are: Setting limitations in work zones, permit application reviews, standardized TEO process, Live data log (This will include how and when live data is used such as citizen responses, work zone operations, VSL compliance, Project speeds before and after)
  • 1/2/19 - Two of the four processes has been completed. Traffic Limitations and Traffic Engineering Order (TEO).
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update
GOAL: Develop a monthly Region Safety Report showing the following statistics: Employee Accidents, Fatal and Severe Accidents, Damage Claims, and Hazmat Spills.
Currently, Region leadership does not have access the Central's database of several safety statistics. To assist Region leadership and the ROADS committees in making calculated decisions to improve safety the Projects & Safety group will provide reports with safety data.
  • 10/1/18 - Have generated reports for employee injuries and equipment damage. Still working to find an easier way to extract the data.
  • 1/2/19 - The 2018 reports are being developed right now. In 2019 monthly reports will be generated at the end of each month.
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update

TRAFFIC & SAFETY: PROGRAM

The Traffic & Safety Program group coordinates efforts to identify and prioritize traffic projects in accordance with UDOT's strategic goals of Zero Crashes, Injuries, and Fatalities and Optimize Mobility. They also coordinate efforts related to active transportation and traffic studies.
GOAL: Develop a list of data-based HSIP projects using the newly developed prioritization tool.
Region 2 had a prioritization tool developed last year to assist in selecting safety projects based on data needs. We will establish our three-year HSIP project list this year utilizing this tool. Prioritization Tool
  • 10/1/18 - First run has been made indicating projects should be rearranged from existing planned years. We are still adding projects to this analysis and will have a final draft by December.
  • 1/2/19 - The three-year HSIP plan has been finalized with Central. All projects have been screened using the prioritization tool and placed appropriately. Some were moved forward or backward to align with other projects in the area.
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update
GOAL: Have an approved three-year HSIP plan by the end of November. Have an additional four projects approved by March.
The Program group will work to have the Region's three-year HSIP program identified and approved through Central T&S by the end of November. This group will also work towards having an additional four projects approved through Central T&S in the event that additional funding becomes available. HSIP Projects
  • 10/1/18 - Central is asking that each Region over program all years in the 3-year plan. With this new direction we anticipate have all three years and a fourth year set by mid December.
  • 1/2/19 - The three-year HSIP plan has been finalized with Central. We have also programmed out an addition 1.5 years.
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update
GOAL: Use the Region's Congestion Dashboard to select choke point projects for the 2019 STIP.
The Region is currently having a tool developed to identify the most congested locations on state routes. The Program group will use this tool to assist in selecting choke point projects for the 2019 STIP. Once locations are identified the Region will use monies set aside for traffic studies to help establish the scope of the project to optimize mobility. Congestion Dashboard
  • 10/1/18 - Using the Congestion dashboard we are moving forward with traffic studies on:
  1. (#3) SR-68; 5400 S to 6200 S - Study Complete
  2. (#18) SR-48; Redwood to Bangerter - Under contract
  3. (#19) SR-71; 1300 S to I-80 - Nearly under contract
  4. (#79) SR-68; 9000 S to 12600 S - Under contract
  • 1/2/19 - All projects are now under contract for traffic studies.
  1. (#3) SR-68; 5400 S to 6200 S - Study Complete
  2. (#18) SR-48; Redwood to Bangerter - Data collection complete, working on model
  3. (#19) SR-71; 1300 S to I-80 - Data collection complete, working on model
  4. (#79) SR-68; 9000 S to 12600 S - Finalizing Report
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update

SIGNALS

The Signals Group participates in signal plan reviews, timing adjustments, infrastructure upgrades, construction inspection, and maintenance.
GOAL: Identify and begin using an excess parcel for salvaged steel storage. This will include an inventory of the steel that will be shared statewide for efficient use of resources.
The statewide signals group has asked each Region to store salvaged signal steel for emergency repairs and efficient use of resources. The Region does not have an area large enough to store very many steel pieces. To assist with this problem the Signals group will find a piece of excess property large enough to store a couple pieces of each commonly used sizes of steel. An inventory list will also be created to track what each Region has in stock so resources can be shared while not hoarding too much.
  • 10/1/18 - Found a potential parcel. Working on collecting data from Central and R2 signals to make the business case for storing salvaged steel. Will present to R2 leadership soon.
  • 1/2/19 - Presented known data to R2 leadership. To date approximately $45,000 has been saved by reusing steel in Region 2 and approximately $80,000 has been saved in Region 1. All salvaged steel has been relocated from Region 2 up to Region 1.
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update
GOAL: Operational Goals below:
  1. 100% ground preventative maintenance
  2. 100% MMU (conflict monitor) change outs
  3. Work orders closed in 5 working days
  • 10/1/18 - 38% complete with the ground preventative maintenance; MMU change outs to begin in January and February; Work orders are currently being closed in 3.7 days on average.
  • 1/2/19 - 45% complete with the ground preventative maintenance; MMU change outs to begin in January and February; Work orders are currently being closed in 3.6 days on average.
  • Q3 Update
  • Q4 Update