Constuction and Traffic Hazards Continue in Utah County

The Utah Department of Transportation announced several closures along the I-15 in Utah County that will be an inconvenience to commuters beginning today, Monday, April 23, 2012. KSL News reports that UDOT is going to dive into multiple projects that will close several on and off ramps in Orem, Utah throughout the next few months. The Orem projects will be the first of many long-term closures.

Starting on Monday, half of the intersection at 1600 North will be closed for approximately 30 days which will include the northbound on-ramp to I-15 and the southbound off-ramp from I-15. This will be the first of two phases on that intersection.

Second will be the entire interchange at 800 North, which will remain under construction for a projected 42 days. Following this, UDOT will then close the entire Orem Center Street interchange for 30 days. Upon completion of the Center Street construction, they will be moving back to 1600 North for the second phase of the project, where they expect to close down the entire interchange for 15 days. We are told that these projects will be completed by August.

UDOT says they want to warn commuters to pay close attention to construction as it may impact the flow of traffic dramatically. The good news is that the University Parkway interchange will remain open as construction there will end in May.

These Utah county construction zones can pose great threats for Utah drivers. Believe me, I drive through this area daily during the work week. We all need to pay close attention to construction warning signs, look for other vehicles around us and drive with caution. Speed limits through these construction areas continues to be 55 miles per hour.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah construction accident attorney.

UDOT Warns Drivers of Various Construction Projects

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that this year, 2012, will carry upwards of 200 construction projects. It’s estimated that this will be the most construction ever performed in one year. The largest, most time consuming project is, of course, the I-15 core project from Lehi, Utah to Spanish Fork, Utah. This project will make the freeway wider by two lanes. The project is projected to complete in December of 2012. Thus far, the project is close to 70 percent completed. The remaining 30 percent should be completed at the end of this fall. Drivers should expect delays throughout the summer.

UDOT released on Thursday a guide for its construction plans for this summer to help commuters understand what to expect in delays and closures. A copy is readily available at sltrib.com, The Salt Lake Tribune news website. Updates will be made to the construction information throughout the season. This information will be made available at www.udot.utah.gov.

Another major construction project to be opened this year is the Mountain View Corridor. It will run between 16000 South and 5400 south in Salt Lake County. Although it is not anticipated to have much effect on traffic, it will affect many crossroads. The first phase of this project is expected to be completed at the end of this year. The first phase will include frontage roads for a future freeway along the corridor that will stretch north to I-80.

Several other construction projects are expected to take place such as: repairing concrete on and off-ramps, replacing bridges, resurfacing roads and others. Drivers should pay attention to lane changes, lane closures, ramp closures, and nighttime construction work when much of the construction is performed. Altogether, the collective construction projects will provide 171 lane miles of reconstructed and rehabilitated roadways.

As a Utah accident lawyer, while I’m glad that more lanes are being added, I’m very disappointed in how sloppy the work appears at time. For example, the striping in certain areas is horrible at best. There are times when because of old striping, I’m not sure if I’m in the correct lane, and then a car starts moving over toward me. Yikes! It can be frightening. UDOT and its contractors need to make sure the old lines are removed before they put down new ones in a different location! Signage is also a problem in spots. For example, you sometimes only find out at the last second where the off-ramp is, when there is not time to safely move over. At least five times, I’ve gotten off the freeway in the wrong area. And I’ve seen other motorists who have done the same. This past weekend, a friend of mine who was driving, exited the freeway, following behind another car, when that driver didn’t turn tight enough and he ended up driving right into a dead-end dirt area that ran parallel to the road he intended to turn on. These are just a few examples, but overall I’m concerned that UDOT and its contractors, including Wadsworth Brothers, are playing fast and loose with the motoring public’s safety. I wish these contractors would pay more attention to safety then completing the project ahead of schedule so they can get their performance bonus.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah construction accident attorney.

West Valley Bulldozer Accident Victim Continues to Struggle

Despite the serious injuries received from a bulldozer accident on Monday, January 30, 2012, Mark Dean is still putting up a remarkable fight for his life. The Salt Lake Tribune reported on his condition Tuesday, January 31, 2012. It is amazing that despite his most serious injuries that he is still alive. The Salt Lake Tribune explains the tragic event stating that Dean had driven on the gravel pit’s edge in West Valley City, Utah at 6800 West and 5400 South, when his vehicle began to tip over the 40-foot grade. While the bulldozer was rolling, Dean was ejected and was pinned down by the heavy machine. It wasn’t until firefighters came to his rescue that he was able to escape the traumatic scene. Out of respect for his family’s request, the specific information on his injuries is being withheld.

Workplace injuries that were caused by a worker’s negligence or that of a co-worker are typically handled through the Utah Workers Compensation Fund. If a third party, i.e., someone besides the employee or co-worker contributed to the injury, then there very well could be a claim against them. The family of this man would be well advised to speak with a Utah accident attorney to find out what options might be available to them.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah construction accident attorney.