WASHTO names Togwotee project most innovative
WYDOT’s US 26-287 reconstruction between Dubois and Moran Junction was honored for the best use of innovation in a medium-sized project at the America’s Transportation Awards western regional competition. The award was announced on July 14 at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials annual meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. WASHTO includes 18 member states from Texas to Hawaii and the Dakotas to Alaska. “The America’s Transportation Awards competition showcases the exceptional, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects by state transportation departments that...
College Drive Interchange Diverging Diamond
The Wyoming Engineering Society has named WYDOT’s diverging diamond project at the I-25 College Drive Interchange in Cheyenne its 2013 Presidential Project of the Year. The award is given annually to recognize excellence in engineering and surveying projects utilized by and benefiting the people of Wyoming. The project was designed by WYDOT and HDR Engineering and built by S&S Builders of Gillette at a cost of $3 million. The diverging diamond design was a profound makeover for a vital interchange. With the DDI design, opposing lanes of traffic are guided to crisscross lanes between the ramps on...
Wildlife agencies honor WYDOT for wildlife crossing projects
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has honored WYDOT for its wildlife crossing projects that have dramatically reduced vehicle-wildlife collisions in southwest, southeast and central Wyoming. The association represents wildlife agencies in 23 U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Since 2001, WYDOT has built wildlife underpasses in the Nugget Canyon and Baggs areas, and overpasses and underpasses in the Pinedale area to provide safer travel for motorists and reduce collisions between vehicles and wildlife by 85 percent. Tens of thousands of deer, pronghorn and other species use...
Donor Alliance honors WYDOT
Donate Life America presented WYDOT Driver Services employees with its Gold Medal Award on May 14 in recognition of the high percentage of Wyoming residents who have pledged to be organ, eye and tissue donors. “Fifty-nine percent of Wyoming residents say yes to organ donation when renewing or obtaining their driver license or state ID card,” said Andrea Smith, director of communications and public relations for the Donor Alliance. “That puts Wyoming at the ninth-highest rate in the nation.” Without the cooperation and dedication of driver license examiners who make applicants aware of the donor...
Beers honored by Tourism
WYDOT District 5 Public Relations Specialist Cody Beers has been named Industry Partner of the Year by the Wyoming Office of Tourism. The award was presented for Beers’ efforts during the seven-year project to reconstruct 38 miles of US 26-287 between Dubois and Moran Junction, a section of highway dubbed the Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone. “Cody was instrumental in the concepts of utilizing the Togwotee Trail ambassadors, building of the Web site, and development of related CDs and brochures that promoted the history and scenery,” said Paula McCormick of the Wind River Visitors Council, who nominated...
US 26-287 Togwotee Corridor Project
The U.S. Forest Service presented WYDOT and the Federal Highway Administration with an award for outstanding partnership in the reconstruction of US 26-287 between Dubois and Moran Junction, a section of highway known as the Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone. Joe Alexander, supervisor of the Shoshone National Forest, and Jose Castro, deputy forest supervisor for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, presented the award to Chief Engineer Del McOmie on Feb. 26. "The excellence in design and cooperation preserved, conserved and enhanced the project's natural, scenic, visual and wildlife resource values,"...
Trappers Point Wildlife Connectivity Project
The Wyoming Engineering Society has named WYDOT’s Trappers Point wildlife crossing project its 2012 President’s Project of the Year. The project included design and construction of two overpasses and six underpasses on a 12-mile section of WYO 191 west of Pinedale to provide safe crossings for pronghorn, deer and other wildlife. It was initiated and funded by WYDOT, designed by WYDOT and Valley West Engineering of Jackson and built by Reiman Corp. of Cheyenne. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Bridger-Teton National Forest and Upper Green River Cattle Association...
Trappers Point Wildlife Connectivity Project
The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has presented a National Parks Achievement Award to WYDOT for its work in creating safe and wildlife-friendly roads. Director John Cox and Steve Ferrell, the governor’s wildlife and endangered species policy advisor, accepted the award on Aug. 14 on behalf of Gov. Matt Mead and all who have collaborated on the wildlife crossing projects. NPCA Senior Program Manager Sharon Mader said her group supports preserving wildlife migration corridors into national parks around the nation. The $9.7 million Trappers Point project scheduled for completion...
Vandehei Avenue Interchange
WYDOT's reconstruction of the Vandehei Avenue Interchange on I-25 in Cheyenne earned Honorable Mention in the Wyoming Engineering Society's 2011 President's Project of the Year competition. The project also was featured as the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials Project of the week in July 2012. The interchange is a high-volume principal arterial that connects the Western Hills residential area with the rest of Cheyenne. Heavy daily traffic was congesting the interchange. Delays, crashes, driver frustration and a lack of adequate pedestrian facilities were becoming...
Trappers Point Wildlife Connectivity Project
Wyoming received an Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative (EEI) award from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) during a Jan. 12 ceremony in Cheyenne. The award recognizes the collaboration of WYDOT, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations in making possible the “Trappers Point wildlife connectivity” project, which will improve motorist safety and also reduce wildlife mortality in northwest Wyoming. The Trappers Point project is located on US 189 and US 191 in Sublette County. The $9.7 million effort, sponsored by WYDOT, went to contract last year and...
Living Snow Fence Program
West Lincolnway Reconstruction
High Plains Road Interchange
Nugget Canyon Wildlife Underpass Project
The Nugget Canyon wildlife crossing project was awarded a 2010 Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative Award for exceptional environmental stewardship. The award presented by the Federal Highway Administration recognizes WYDOT's outstanding commitment to reducing the number of animal-vehicle crashes along 14 miles of US 30 in Nugget Canyon by building underpass that allow animals to cross under the highway and deer fencing to direct the animals to the crossings The project has improved public safety, helped protect the state's wildlife resources, and served as an example for other projects around the state....
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Commendation
An effort to reduce the motor vehicle collisions with wildlife in western Wyoming has been recognized by the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) with its “Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative” (EEI) award. The award was made in recognition of work undertaken recently on US 30 through Nugget Canyon west of Kemmerer. The project was sponsored by WYDOT in cooperation with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, with special funding provided by the Wyoming Legislature. The effort consisted primarily of adding six wildlife underpasses to US 30 and 12 miles of special wildlife fencing alongside the road, which...
Douglas Streets - Yellowstone Highway Bridge Project
WYDOT’s reconstruction of a section of the Yellowstone Highway and its bridge spanning the North Platte River in Douglas is the winner of the Wyoming Engineering Society’s 2009 President’s Project of the Year award. The bridge serves as the main North Platte River crossing for Douglas, and is used by residents and visitors alike to get from the West I-25 Interchange into downtown or to the Wyoming State Fairgrounds. Bicyclists and pedestrians use the highway to gain access to an extensive system of trails along the river. A context sensitive approach to the design of the new highway section...
I-25 South Project
WYO 59 Project - Gillette
WYDOT's WYO 59 improvements from Donkey Creek to I-90 in Gillette has been honored with an Award for Excellence by the American Concrete Pavement Association, and named the Wyoming Engineering Society's President's Project of the Year for 2008. The project was named the best concrete paving project for municipal streets and intersections in 2008 by the ACPA's Colorado-Wyoming Chapter.
Evansville Interchange Project - Casper
US 26-287 Brooks Lake Section
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials President's Transportation Award for Excellence. The award cited the $23.5 million reconstruction of 10 miles of the highway for improving safety while minimizing impacts on traffic, the environment and the local economy.
US 287 widening south of Laramie
Casper Streets Project
Award for Excellence, American Concrete Pavement Association, Wyoming Boulevard Reconstruction between Yellowstone Highway and 15th Street in Casper, Best concrete paving on an urban arterial and collector in 2005, Presented by the ACPA's Colorado-Wyoming Chapter
Rock Springs Airport Aprons Project
Award for Excellence, American Concrete Pavement Association, Rehabilitation and expansion of the commercial apron at the Rock Springs Airport, Best concrete paving at a general aviation airport in 2005, Presented by the ACPA's Colorado-Wyoming Chapter