These continue to be remarkable days here in the state of Utah, and throughout the United States. We continue to work with the Governor and the Coronavirus Task Force to take bold and aggressive steps to slow the spread of the disease and reduce risk for our employees, consultants, contractors, partners and their families, as well as the general public. Nothing is more important than the safety of all Utah’s citizens and visitors.
The work we do as a Department of Transportation is crucial to the state, now as much as ever. For that reason, it is important that we keep our business moving forward as well as help support the State of Utah’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus. UDOT continues to provide the services so many businesses and citizens depend on while also finding ways to protect the individuals and teams that provide those services. Our projects are moving forward, our services and systems are available and above all, our employees and partners are doing their utmost to keep Utah moving. We are asking customers to contact us and make an appointment for any in person business needs and to wear a mask when entering our buildings. Contact information for each of our regional offices and Motor Carriers can be found below. If there are any further changes with regards to our offices, services and/or projects we will post them here immediately.
Main Office – Calvin Rampton Complex – 801-965-4000
Motor Carrier Division – 801-965-4892
Region 1 – 801-620-1600
Region 2 – 801-975-4900
Region 3 – 801-227-8000
Region 4 – 435-893-4799 or 800-378-3390
Speed is dependent on weather and road conditions, so for safety reasons, plows drive at cautions speeds. Speed is also important for effective snow removal. When plows are throwing snow off to the side of the road, it is necessary to drive at slower speeds to place the snow where it needs to go.
Why hasn't my road been plowed?
There are many factors to go into snow removal like prioritizing routes for emergency vehicles and storm timing, temperature and duration. Temperature for example greatly affects the removal of snow and the buildup of ice on the road. The colder the temperature, the more salt it takes to melt the ice and snow to allow it to be cleared.
UDOT, county or city crews make every effort to keep the roads as clear and safe as possible and work extended hours in these variable conditions to plow every route. Keep in mind UDOT only clears state and federal routes, like U.S. 89 (State Street) and S.R. 68 (Redwood Road).
Is there something that can be done to stop snowplows from filling my driveway with snow?
Unfortunately there isn’t. As snow is removed from the road it is pushed to the side of the road including driveway accesses and sidewalks. It then becomes the responsibility of the property owner to remove the snow from these areas. Please note that property owners should not push or pile the snow back onto the roadway since it can cause hazardous conditions for motorists.
A UDOT snowplow damaged my car. What do I do?
Snowplow drivers are careful, courteous and use extreme caution as they work to keep roadways clear, but in some cases crashes do happen. For crashes, call 9-1-1. For claims, contact 801-965-4000. Also, keep in mind in some areas, overnight parking is prohibited during winter months for safety reasons and to allow for thorough snow removal.
What is UDOT putting on the roads?
UDOT uses salt brine to pre-treat for ice before the storm hits. During storms, crews use salt including regular white salt and three types of high-performance salt, de-slicking grit and volcanic cinders and in some locations with high ice concerns spray systems apply potassium acetate.
The questions above are the most common ones regarding snow removal however if you have any additional questions please use the form below.