SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Department of Transportation officials say the agency is close to meeting its budget for snow removal and is set to dip into its contingency funds.
The Latest: UDOT spokesman: Repairs needed after tanker fire
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a fuel tanker fire on Interstate 15 in Salt Lake City (all times local):
A Utah Department of Transportation spokesman says crews need to...
Official dresses as Mickey to criticize government spending
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A county official in Michigan dressed as Mickey Mouse to help draw attention to what he describes as wasteful spending on a Florida trip for employee training.
Crew clearing huge avalanche that closed highway
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Crews are clearing away a massive avalanche that closed a state highway in a Utah canyon.
Authorities said the slide had been triggered on purpose to clear unstable snow, but it roared out of control and blanketed U.S. Highway 189 with more than 30 feet of snow in Provo Canyon.
The Utah Department of Transportation crew had closed the road before triggering the slide and no one was hurt.
Hundreds of political signs posted statewide are illegal
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The political signs sprouting up across the Salt Lake City area on overpasses, pedestrian bridges and highway boundary fences are technically illegal but the law isn't really enforced.
John Gleason, spokesman for the Utah Department of Transportation, told the Salt Lake Tribune that it is illegal to place campaign signs in rights of way without approval from the department.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The maximum toll rate for Interstate 15 express lanes is being doubled to ease commuter crowding around Salt Lake City.
The Utah Department of Transportation says the new rate begins Saturday.
Tolls vary according traffic volume, but the maximum rate for drivers using electronic transponders will go from $1 to $2 at peak times for segments of about 10 miles in length.
The minimum toll during light-traffic times is 25 cents per segment.
11 South Jordan homes in path of highway realignment
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (AP) — Nearly a dozen homes in South Jordan could be demolished to make way for a freeway interchange.
The Utah Department of Transportation is rebuilding the Bangerter Highway to improve traffic flow. The agency says nearly 60,000 vehicles travel daily on the highway, and that's expected to double by 2040.
WEBER COUNTY — A Sunday morning rollover car crash has closed both directions of Route 39 through Ogden Canyon.
Police dispatchers confirmed the crash happened around 9:30 a.m., but did not have an estimated time for the road to be reopened.
The road is closed between mileposts 9 and 14, and the rollover happened near milepost 12, according to UDOT spokesman John Gleason.
That bottlenecking stretch of freeway from Lehi Main Street to State Road 92 is starting its face-lift.
The Utah Department of Transportation, or UDOT, announced Monday that the $450 million I-15 Technology Corridor project is its top priority for 2018. The project will incorporate a reconstruction and widening of I-15 from Lehi Main Street to SR 92 from four lanes to six lanes in both directions.
Wilkes-Barre Residents Raise Concerns Over ‘halfway House’
WILKES-BARRE — City officials have promised to investigate the use of a home after several residents spoke against a “halfway house” they say unexpectedly opened in their Parsons neighborhood.
Several residents raised concerns about a house at 224 Austin Ave. at council’s work session on Thursday, and a representative of a mission disavowed any involvement with the facility.
Council allowed John Gleason, deputy director of Keystone Mission, to make a statement before public comment.
SALT LAKE CITY — With the well-below average snow Salt Lake has received this winter, Utah Department of Transportation officials found another use for its plows Monday afternoon.
Northbound lanes of the I-215 west belt were briefly closed near 900 and 500 South after a truck hauling empty seeding pots lost a chunk of its cargo on the freeway sometime before 3:30 p.m., said Utah Department of Transportation spokesman John Gleason.
Crews work to fix Lehi sinkhole near Interstate 15
LEHI, Utah (AP) — Crews are working to fix a sinkhole that opened in Lehi near Interstate 15.
The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2lbBDzw ) that according to the Utah Department of Transportation, the sinkhole opened Wednesday about a mile north of the State Route 92-Interstate 15 exit in Lehi. The hole is only 3 feet deep and about 6 feet wide and is not affecting traffic.
Avalanche warning in Utah; ski resort worker briefly trapped
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The high threat of avalanches has closed several roads and ski resorts in Utah and temporarily trapped a resort employee in his car northeast of Ogden.
Emergency responders made contact with the employee shortly after the avalanche struck Monday afternoon near the Powder Mountain ski resort.
State transportation department spokesman John Gleason told The (Ogden) Standard-Examiner crews freed him from his car unharmed at about 5 p.m. Monday.
UHP stepping up enforcement of express lane use
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities are cracking down on those caught violating the rules of the Interstate 15 carpool lanes.
The Utah Department of Transportation has funded efforts to increase enforcement along the recently reopened express lanes at the Point of the Mountain. The completion of a road-widening project there has added 72 miles of express lanes along I-15 from Spanish Fork to Layton.
Visitor misbehavior abounds as US parks agency turns 100
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Tourist John Gleason crept through the grass, four small children close behind, inching toward a bull elk with antlers like small trees at the edge of a meadow in Yellowstone National Park.
"They're going to give me a heart attack," said Gleason's mother-in-law, Barbara Henry, as the group came within about a dozen yards of the massive animal.
SALT LAKE CITY — With students returning to school classrooms, the Utah Department of Transportation is warning people near Mountain View Corridor to be aware of potential hazards posed by road projects near schools.
SALT LAKE CITY — Drivers on Salt Lake County’s belt route will have some major inconveniences to contend with for the next several weeks.
The Utah Department of Transportation has scheduled closures on two high-traffic interchanges along the I-215 freeway.
Beginning at 1 a.m. Friday, the on-ramp from eastbound 4700 South to northbound I-215 will be closed until late August while...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a large fire near the Salt Lake City International Airport (all times local):
A large fire that started at a commercial storage yard near the Salt Lake City International Airport has forced a closure of a two-mile stretch of highway that many people use to get to the airport.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesman John Gleason said Friday afternoon that Interstate-80 is closed from 5600 West to the...