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Traffic and Safety Division

All activities and programs led by the Traffic & Safety Division share one ultimate objective – to improve safety. The division is responsible for overseeing the research and programs that help improve transportation safety statewide. These responsibilities include safety improvement programs for work zones, school zones, traffic signals, and active transportation. Traffic & Safety personnel also supervise studies that determine the causes of crashes and other traffic hazards as well as discuss how these dangers can be minimized.

The programs administered by the Traffic & Safety Division are a service to the public. As you navigate through the various Traffic & Safety subtopics, you will see contact information listed. We value your input and encourage you to give us your comments or questions.

Robert Miles, PE
Director of Traffic and Safety

801-965-4273, robertmiles@utah.gov

Amusement Ride Safety


Jesse Sweeten, Amusement Ride Safety Director
801-910-2206, jsweeten@utah.gov

    The Amusement Ride Safety Committee was created in 2018 through House Bill 381: Amusement Ride Safety to establish safety standards for amusement rides in the State of Utah. Through direction of the Amusement Ride Safety Committee, UDOT shall certify qualified safety inspectors to perform annual in-person inspections of amusement rides; and require an owner-operator of an amusement ride to obtain an annual amusement ride permit for each ride. The Amusement Ride Safety Committee consists of 6 members, and meetings are open to the public.
      Amusement Ride Safety Committee (external website)
        Public Meeting Notices (external website)

        Design (State Furnished Materials, Signals, Lighting, Traffic Studies)


        Adam Lough, Traffic & Safety Design Engineer
        Signals, Traffic Studies, Lighting, Warehouse, Intersection Control Evaluation
        801-718-4326, alough@utah.gov
          Ming Jiang, Lighting Engineer
          Highway/Street Lighting
          385-232-0522, mjiang@utah.gov
            Phil Pettersson, Signal Furnished Materials
            801-419-1462, sfmaterials@utah.gov
              Kristi Hayes, ITS State Furnished Materials
              801-633-6416, atmsfurnished@utah.gov
                Signal State Furnished Materials
                  ITS State Furnished Materials
                    Lighting
                      Signal and Lighting Design
                        Warranted Signals List
                          Traffic Signals Page

                          Operations (Signs, Barrier, Guardrail, Work Zones, MUTCD)


                          Glenn Blackwelder, Operations Engineer
                          Design Exceptions, Safety Asset Management, MUTCD
                          801-508-4918, gblackwelder@utah.gov
                            Shawn Debenham, Roadside Safety Manager
                            Barrier/Guardrail, End Treatments, Roadside Safety Hardware
                            801-971-9575, sdebenham@utah.gov
                              Trevor Egan, Traffic Design Engineer
                              ADA Access, Ped Ramps, Design Exceptions
                              801-706-5852, tegan@utah.gov
                                Kaitlin Marousis, Data and Assets Manager
                                GIS Analysis, Asset Management, Inservice Performance Evaluation
                                507-202-9311, kmarousis@utah.gov
                                  Justin Wilstead, Standards & Innovation Manager
                                  Signs, Work Zone Safety, Flagging and TCM Training
                                  801-910-2507, jwilstead@utah.gov
                                    UDOT Device Eligibility
                                      IQP Crash Cushion Training
                                        Guardrail Installation Training
                                          Traffic Control Certification
                                            Highway Signs (Google Drive folder)
                                              Roadside Safety (Barrier, Guardrail, End Treatments) (Google Drive folder)
                                                Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (36 MB PDF)
                                                  Work Zone Safety (Google Drive folder)

                                                  Pedestrian Safety / ADA / Active Transportation


                                                  Travis Evans, Active Transportation Safety Manager
                                                  Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School, Safe Sidewalks
                                                  916-215-8722, travispevans@utah.gov
                                                    Trevor Egan, Traffic Design Engineer
                                                    ADA Access, Pedestrian Ramps, Design Exceptions
                                                    801-706-5852, tegan@utah.gov
                                                      Pedestrian Safety
                                                        ADA Access

                                                        Railroad Program / State Safety Oversight


                                                        Jim Golden, Chief Railroad Engineer/State Safety Oversight PM
                                                        801-360-0052, jimgolden@utah.gov
                                                          Garret Jenson, Railroad PM/State Safety Oversight Officer
                                                          801-918-7408, gjenson@utah.gov
                                                            Railroad Program
                                                              Railroad Crossing Safety Grants
                                                                State Safety Oversight

                                                                Per FTA requirements, UDOT serves as the State Safety Oversight Agency over UTA Trax.

                                                                Ropeway Safety


                                                                Brian Allen, Ropeway Safety Engineer
                                                                801-965-4766, brianallen@utah.gov

                                                                  A unique responsibility of the Traffic and Safety Division is to work with the Utah Passenger Ropeway Safety Committee to ensure the safety of passengers using aerial tramways, surface lifts, and tows. The focus is on ski-related equipment, but the committee also licenses other types of ropeways. Ropeways include aerial tramways, gondolas, chairlifts, t-bars, platter lifts, rope tows, conveyors and funiculars.
                                                                    Ropeway Operation Safety Rules (external website)
                                                                      Ropeway Forms (Google Drive folder)
                                                                        Qualified Engineers & Ropeway Inspectors (Google Drive folder)
                                                                          Ropeway Safety Committee (external website)
                                                                            Public Meeting Notices (external website)

                                                                            Safety Programs / Crash Data


                                                                            Jeff Lewis, Safety Programs Engineer
                                                                            801-910-2180, jefflewis@utah.gov
                                                                              Ivana Vladisavljevic, Data and Safety Engineer
                                                                              801-703-7960, ivanav@utah.gov
                                                                                Crash Data Highway Safety Projects and Programs Project Safety Analysis (previously OSR)
                                                                                  Raised Median Toolkit (external website)
                                                                                    Countermeasure Fact Sheets (Google Drive folder; PDF documents)

                                                                                    Statewide Safety Initiatives