Natrona County: Robertson Road work begins Aug. 4
The reconstruction of a large portion of Robertson Road in western Casper and Natrona County will begin Monday, Aug. 4. Robertson Road, from Poison Spider Road south to the Green Valley Village, will be reconstructed to include a new roadway, curb and gutter, 4-foot shoulders, a box culvert and improved drainage. The work is expected to last until mid-December and will result in travel restrictions within the project area. During construction, access to Robertson Road will primarily be from WYO 220. Through-traffic will not be permitted. On Aug. 4, crews with Andreen Hunt will remove old snow fence...
Reconstruction of CY and Poplar intersection in Casper continues
Work continues on schedule at the reconstruction of the intersection of CY Avenue and Poplar Street in Casper. While much of the work is focused on the replacement and upgrade of storm and sanitary sewers, and other utilities under the roadbed, crews are pouring concrete. A portion of the south-side eastbound lanes has been poured and work on the business approaches is nearing its end. WYDOT, in conjunction with Hedquist Construction, holds weekly meetings with contractors and local business owners to keep them informed of the construction schedule and to answer any questions about the project....
I-25 Speed Limits to 80 mph in July
CASPER - Much of Interstate 25 within District 2 will see an increase in the speed limit to 80 mph beginning the first week of July. On July 1, crews from Casper will head north and south along I-25 replacing speed limit signs to reflect the increase approved by the state Legislature earlier this year. Speed limits through the Casper area will remain 60 mph and the speed limit through the Douglas area will remain at 75 mph.
Public meeting to discuss Specific Service Signing Program set Aug. 21
CASPER - Wyoming Department of Transportation officials will host a public meeting on August 21 to discuss possible changes to WYDOT's Specific Service Signing Program. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the WYDOT District 2 Headquarters, 900 Bryan Stock Trail, Casper. The Specific Service Signing Program oversees signs using (business) logo panels that provide specific information about gas, food, lodging, camping, attractions, and 24-hour pharmacy facilities that are accessible from various interchanges throughout the state. Local examples include the blue service signs along...
Quiet zone work begins in Lusk
LUSK – Railroad "quiet zone" work will begin Monday, April 29 necessitating the temporary closure of two railroad crossings. Crews with Habitat Construction will place traffic control devices Monday on West Griffith Road and West Radium Street and will close the North Diamond Street crossing on Tuesday, April 30. Work at the crossing is expected to last until Wednesday, May 8. On or about May 8 as the Griffith Street crossing work continues, crews will close the crossing at 3rd Avenue, just north of U.S. 20 on the town's east side. It's likely the closures will last through May. The project involves...
Open house set April 23 for possible Bar Nunn interchange
A second open house meeting has been set for 5:30 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 at the Bar Nunn Elementary School cafeteria, to present WYDOT's draft feasibility study for a possible interchange on Interstate 25 at Bar Nunn. The first open house was held last August. Public input from the meeting is a part of the feasibility study, helping to shape the direction and location of a possible new interchange. Input from the public is again welcome. Bar Nunn Elementary School is located at 2050 Siebke Dr. Written comments may be presented at the meeting, or may be mailed to: Jeff Goetz, WYDOT, 900 Bryan...
Cheyenne River rest area to close April 3
I-25 lane closure - lifted
Thursday, March 28 Update: The lane closure has been lifted as of 2:30 p.m. Original notice below. CASPER - A faulty bridge expansion joint has closed the driving (right) lane of northbound Interstate 25 near mileposts 186-187, just west of the Curtis Street onramp in Casper. The closure is on the Walsh Drive overpass. The closure is likely to remain in effect through the end of the week, depending upon results of an upcoming bridge inspection. Those using the onramp should exercise caution when merging onto northbound I-25 from Curtis Street.
Orin Jct. rest area reopened
U.S. 26 to have intermittent closures beginning Wednesday morning
TORRINGTON - U.S. 26 in Torrington will be closed intermittently between the hours of midnight to 5 a.m., beginning Wednesday morning, allowing crews with Reiman Corp. to place steel girders on the new U.S. 85 bridge. The closures may last up to one hour each, and will continue until the girders are in place. The closure will affect U.S. 26 between East D Street and East F Street.
Bryan Stock Trail On-Ramp To Close Jan. 31
CASPER – After much consideration and supportive feedback from the public, the Wyoming Department of Transportation will permanently close the Interstate 25 southbound on-ramp at Bryan Stock Trail. The closure will begin Thursday, Jan. 31. Barricades will be placed at the on-ramp entrance. Motorists currently using this on-ramp are to use the Yellowstone Highway on-ramp to access southbound I-25. All other ramps at Bryan Stock Trail will remain open. WYDOT is closing the ramp due to safety concerns such as limited sight distance for those on the interstate and those trying to merge into traffic;...
Railroad resurfacing set for Lingle
LINGLE - Crews with the BNSF Railroad will be resurfacing the railroad crossing on WYO 156 at Lingle on Friday, Nov. 16. Work should last one day. Please observe all posted traffic safety signs, detours and flaggers within the construction zone.
Detour to affect WYO 314 in Slater
SLATER - Crews with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will be resurfacing the railroad crossing on WYO 314 in Slater next week. Weather-permitting, the project will begin Tuesday, Nov. 13 and continue through Thursday, Nov. 15. A temporary detour will be constructed around the crossing. However, WYDOT recommends that large trucks and semis avoid the detour during the resurfacing project.
One-day lane closures for East Yellowstone bridge Oct 23
CASPER – Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 23, a crew with the Wyoming Department of Transportation's materials lab will be performing a bridge evaluation on the U.S. 20/26 East Yellowstone bridge (Old Yellowstone Highway overpass). The evaluation will result in traffic being reduced to one lane in either direction and is expected to last a full day. The bridge spans Interstate 25. The evaluation will take place weather-permitting. Traffic control will be placed in the affected area and motorists are reminded to obey all posted speed limits and detours.
Resurfacing operations begin on Casper area highways
CASPER – For the next few weeks, WYDOT crews will be refurbishing the driving lanes of portions of Old Yellowstone Highway (U.S. 20/26) and Interstate 25. While there will be no road closures, traffic will be reduced during the asphalt milling and resurfacing. Starting today (Sept. 19) crews are beginning work on Old Yellowstone Highway between Salt Creek Highway and the Shoshoni Bypass. The work will take approximately two weeks during which time, traffic will be reduced to two lanes. Once that project is completed, crews will move to Interstate 25 where they will mill and resurface I-25 between...
Open house set to discuss possible I-25 interchange
BAR NUNN - A public open house will be held from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28 to provide information about and take comments on a possible future interchange on Interstate 25 at Bar Nunn. The open house will be held at the Bar Nunn Elementary School cafeteria, 2050 Siebke Dr. Previous planning studies have identified the potential justification for an interchange between the Wardwell Road interchange and the Ormsby Road interchange. These studies conclude that as growth in the area continues, increased traffic demands on Salt Creek Highway and local roads would increase and the region’s transportation...
Poplar Street section closure to begin July 25
CASPER - Contrary to recent reports in the media, a section of Poplar Street north of First Street will not close on Monday, July 23. The actual closure date is Wednesday, July 25. This closure will be in effect from First Street north to Bighorn Road (just north of the railroad bridge). The closure is expected to last up to 10 business days. Access to all businesses, and Bighorn Road, will remain open during the closure. The 10-day closure is necessary to allow construction crews to repave the narrowest section of Poplar Street (the area from the bridge to Bighorn Road) without traffic interference....
New traffic restrictions set for Douglas Fourth Street project
DOUGLAS - Beginning Thursday, July 5 motorists using Fourth Street in Douglas will notice new traffic restrictions however, they shouldn't cause increased delays. Crews will begin paving work on the project, which runs just north of Richards Street to Center Street. Paving will encompass two to three blocks at a time and within these work zones, traffic will be reduced to one lane alternating directions. Flaggers and traffic safety devices will be in place to help direct traffic. The paving work will begin at Irwin Street. Within these zones, side street access to Fourth will be closed. Please...
Poplar Street work to break for fireworks, fair
CASPER - Work on the rehabilitation of Poplar Street south of Interstate 25 in Casper will be suspended from July 4 through July 15. Traffic control measures will be removed during this timeframe and, as was the case during construction, access to all businesses will remain open. Crews will resume work on July 16, and traffic control measures will be in place at that time. "We've decided to suspend construction work to allow easier access to the fireworks festival and the Central Wyoming Fair," said Jeff Goetz, public relations specialist for WYDOT. The project is on schedule and much of the remaining...
Work begins on Casper's West Yellowstone
CASPER - Work has begun on the next block of Casper's historic West Yellowstone Highway. Hedquist Construction of Casper began the reconstruction of the street between Spruce and Walnut streets June 21. It's anticipated there will be few traffic delays during the reconstruction, except for intermittent closures while crews work within the intersection. Traffic detours have been posted in the area, directing motorists around the affected intersection. Please observe posted traffic control measures and speed limits. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012. For more information on the project,...
Ride of Silence set for Casper
Join fellow bicyclists around the world Wednesday, May 16 at Casper's Tate Pumphouse for the Ride of Silence. This short ride honors those who have been killed or injured while riding their bicycles and helps raise awareness of cyclists' presence on our roadways and trails. Wyoming averages one to two bicycle fatalities per year, with two deaths as recently as 2009. In 2010, there were 12 injury crashes involving bicycles statewide and fortunately, no fatalities. (No statistics for 2011 yet) The event is free. Each rider is required to wear a helmet. Safe Kids of Central Wyoming will be available...
I-25 Chugwater rest area reopened
The Interstate 25 rest area at Chugwater (milepost 55) has been reopened after temporary measures were taken to bring power back to the facility. On May 1, power line feeding the rest area was severed interrupting service to the facility necessitating the closure. A permanent repair has been scheduled for some time in the near future and during that repair, the rest area will be closed.
Open House Tuesday for Mills area projects
The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) will hold a public meeting for the final plan of the Poison Spider Road reconstruction project and the semi-final design of the Robertson Road reconstruction project from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 24 at the Mills Senior and Community Center, 401 Wasatch Ave., Mills. Beginning in late summer, Poison Spider Road will be reconstructed from the Robertson Road intersection into Mills. The 1.75 mile reconstruction will begin at the U.S. 20/26/Poison Spider Road intersection in Mills. Once completed, the road will be widened to two 12-foot driving lanes,...
Douglas Fourth Street reconstruction set to begin
DOUGLAS – This summer, Douglas' 4th Street will receive a facelift, but it won't be without some traffic disruption. The federal project encompasses .71 miles of 4th Street, between Richards and Center streets, and includes a new roadbed, storm sewer inlets, side street tie-ins to 4th Street, and signage. The project should begin in April and is expected to be completed by Aug. 15, 2012. Construction will take place on one side of the street at a time, with two-way traffic allowed. Lane widths will be narrower than normal. No over-width vehicles will be allowed through the construction zone...
Poplar Street resurfacing public meeting set April 5
CASPER - The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) will hold a public meeting for the final plan of the Poplar Street resurfacing project. The meeting will be held from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 5 at the WYDOT District 2 Headquarters, 900 Bryan Stock Trail, Casper. The project encompasses .41 miles of Poplar Street (WYO 220) from Interstate 25 south to the BNSF railroad overpass. It includes resurfacing of the existing roadway and the construction of sidewalks on either side of the road. The project does not include any work to the bridge over the BNSF Railroad tracks. Nor is the roadway...
District 2 2012 construction projects being updated
Highway construction and maintenance projects within WYDOT District 2 for 2012 are currently being updated on the district's project update page. Projects for this year include the beginning stages of the Casper West Belt Loop project, which will connect WYO 220 with the U.S. 20/26 bypass in Mills. Poplar Street, also in Casper, will receive a new surface and sidewalks from the Interstate 25 intersection to the BNSF railroad overpass. The bridge is not included in this project. Projects for this year will be updated as necessary. Detours and other important information will also be posted to the...
Open House set for Highway 77 surfacing proposal
WYDOT has scheduled an open house in Casper to share information on the future of Wyoming Highway 77’s surface. The open house will be held from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, inside the Evansville Room at the Agriculture Resource Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd. The public is invited to attend. WYDOT is exploring an idea to reclaim the current asphalt roadway and convert the surface to gravel. Highway 77 is a low-volume road located in northern Carbon County, just south of the Natrona County line. It runs adjacent to WYO 487 and sees an average of 56 vehicles per day, compared with 461...
Flashing yellow turn arrows coming to Casper
In the coming weeks, crews will modify traffic signals at several intersections along Wyoming Boulevard in Casper and Curtis Street in Evansville. The new signals, or signal heads - to be placed where the left turn arrow is currently – will feature four indicators, including the flashing yellow arrow. The flashing yellow arrows do not change how intersections function. Rather, they’re being installed to give drivers a better sense of when they may make an unprotected left turn. “This is one way we hope to improve safety at these intersections,” said Jeff Goetz, WYDOT District 2 public relations...
Sturgis rally good time to watch for motorcyclists
Though it doesn’t officially begin until Aug. 8, bikers from across the nation will be headed to the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally all this week. It’s a good time to remember to watch for motorcyclists on Wyoming’s highways. “In east-central Wyoming, Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85 are major north-south routes for motorcyclists heading to Sturgis from all along the Front Range. Between now and the end of the rally, motorists need to be aware that they’re likely to see more motorcycles on our highways going to and from the event,” said Jeff Goetz, WYDOT District 2 public relations specialist....
Huntley Road to close for culvert work
WYDOT is planning on closing WYO 92 (Huntley Road) from Wednesday, Aug. 3 to Thursday, Aug. 4 to replace a culvert at milepost 5.1. WYO 92 is located in Goshen County south of Torrington. To avoid the closure, motorists may use WYO 161 and/or U.S. 85.
House moving expected to delay traffic on WYO 220
Two houses are set to be moved using WYO 220 this week and next week, and each move will cause traffic delays. Maz's House Moving will relocate two houses from Alcova to the Bessemer Bend area southwest of Casper. The first house is set to be moved tomorrow (Thursday) beginning at 9 a.m. The house is 32-feet-wide. The second house will be moved from and to the same areas beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, July 18. This house is 27.5-feet-wide. Each move is expected to put the homes on WYO 220 for about an hour each. During this time, troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol will oversee traffic...
District 2 employees celebrate recognized for service
The following WYDOT District 2 employees celebrate their anniversaries in July: Eric Brown, Wheatland construction - 10 years Paul Feyhl, District 2 maintenance staff - 30 years Mark Nelson, Douglas construction - 10 years Robert Zigweid, Muddy Gap maintenance - 25 years Congratulations and thank you to all for your service!
Orin Junction overpass at I-25 to close for repaving
ORIN JCT. – On Monday, June 27, crews with Build Inc., will begin a mill and overlay on the bridge over Interstate 25 at Orin Jct. The project, expected to take about one month, will close the bridge and force detours of traffic onto and from US 18/20 at I-25. Through-traffic north- and south-bound on I-25 will be unaffected. However, for any travelers who would normally use the overpass bridge to access US 18/20, a couple of detours will be in place. For southbound I-25 traffic to access US 18/20, drivers will have to go past the interchange to a temporary crossover in the median of I-25, then...
Pre-bid meetings set for June
The Wyoming Department of Transportation reminds anyone interested in submitting a bid for the caretakers’ services contract for the Guernsey rest area, located on U.S. 26, or Dwyer Junction rest area, located on Interstate 25, they must attend a mandatory pre-bid meeting for each. The meeting for the Guernsey rest area will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 28 and the meeting for the Dwyer Junction rest area will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 29. Additionally, a mandatory pre-bid meeting for the janitorial services contract for the Casper Port of Entry will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, June...
Mills bridge holds strong against flooding river
MILLS - Though the North Platte River continues its daily rise toward and beyond flood stage, the bridge on Wyoming Boulevard is holding strong against the rising river. Flows along the North Platte, from below Alcova Reservoir at Gray Reef were at 6,550 cubic feet per second (cfs) as late as Friday, June 1. By the end of this week however, the flow is expected to increase to over 8,000 cfs. Tributaries and snow melt runoff streams could push that figure higher as the river cuts through Casper. At 8,000 cfs, the North Platte is predicted to increase its depth by approximately 1.5 feet through town....
Railroad crossing work to affect US 85 traffic
Work on two Union Pacific Railroad crossings will affect traffic on US 85 next week and on June 1. Beginning Wednesday, May 25, traffic will be reduced to one lane on US 85 at milepost 82, about 10 miles south of Torrington. Construction will continue through the evening of Thursday, May 26. On Wednesday, June 1, crews will move to milepost 72 on US 85 to perform railroad crossing work at that location. Again, traffic will be reduced to one lane during construction. Construction will be performed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Flaggers and other traffic control measures will be on location. Motorists...
Final public meeting set May 18 for Casper South project
The Wyoming Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to present the final plan of the Wyoming Highway 220 (Casper South) project. The meeting will be held from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at the Natrona County Agriculture Resources and Learning Center, Mills Room, 2011 Fairgrounds Road, Casper. This project involves widening the existing road from two lanes to four lanes from milepost 102 to milepost 108 on Wyoming Highway 220 southwest of Casper. The project extends the current four-lane highway south from Casper approximately six miles. The project also includes the installation...
Janitoral pre-bid meeting set for Lusk rest area
Goshen, Platte counties to see patching and laydown work beginning April 25
Patching and other pavement repair work is set to begin next week (April 25) on State Highways throughout Goshen and Platte counties as the Wyoming Department of Transportation begins its 2011 maintenance schedule. Throughout the summer, WYDOT crews will be patching distressed areas of its highways throughout the area, and often the work takes only a few hours. Patching and laydown crews typically consist of six or more pieces of equipment. Wheatland area laydown work is expected to begin May 2. While patching and laydown (asphalt pavement overlay) work tends to be quick and mobile, motorists are...
I-25 work under way as construction season begins
Hout Fencing of Wyoming, Inc., crews work to replace a drainage culvert on I-25 west of Douglas. Construction on a 4 mile stretch of the interstate will continue through the summer. Drivers are cautioned there may be times of reduced visibility within the construction zone (as can be seen in the background), especially on windy days. (WYDOT photo: Jeff Goetz). DOUGLAS Crews with Hout Fencing of Wyoming, Inc., are already hard at work on Interstate 25 west of Douglas. A 4.08 mile stretch of I-25 from milepost 145.49 to approximately milepost 150 will be reconstructed this summer by Hout. Currently,...
Highway 319 bridge to be replaced south of Glendo
Work continues on a temporary exit ramp from southbound I-25 at Platte County Road 59. A temporary southbound off-ramp and a northbound on-ramp are being constructed to allow access to the southern portion of Glendo during the WYO 319 bridge replacement. (WYDOT photo: Jeff Goetz). GLENDO – The aging bridge on Wyoming Highway 319 just south of Glendo is scheduled to be replaced this summer and WYDOT has committed to help ease access issues on both side of the bridge. The 75-year-old bridge over the BNSF Railroad is located on the southern edge of Glendo, at milepost 114.13. Highway 319 runs north...
Lusk rest area to close March 11-12
Shirley Rim rest area reopened
Four celebrate WYDOT anniversaries
Four WYDOT District 2 employees celebrate anniversaries this month for service with the department. Travis Schlager, Casper Mechanics - 10 years Barry Schulenberg, Casper Mechanics - 5 years Ricky Schultz, Wheatland Maintenance - 5 years Jack Stone, Casper Construction - 25 years Thanks to all for their years of service and dedication to WYDOT!
Public open house set for Poison Spider Road project
WYDOT and the Town of Mills will host a public open house for 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Mills Senior Center, 401 Wasatch Ave. Mills, for the upcoming reconstruction of Poison Spider Road. The project will include the reconstruction and widening of Poison Spider Road from Wyoming Boulevard to Robertson Road. It will also include reconstruction work at the Wyoming Boulevard intersection, sidewalks, storm sewers and curb and gutter. For more information on the project, follow the link to District 2 Project Updates.
Hauling begins in preparation for I-25 reconstruction west of Douglas
Some winter road work is under way west of Douglas on Interstate 25. Travelers west of Douglas, between mileposts 145 - 150, will notice that traffic has been reduced to one lane in either direction (for about 1,000 feet each). It's expected the lane reduction will last through February, possibly into March, depending on weather. Speed limits have been reduced in the area to 65 mph. Hout Fencing of Wyoming has begun moving material from a stockpile near the Inez exit to a plant site within the construction area. Hout has been contracted to reconstruct 4.08 miles of I-25 beginning at milepost 145.49....
District 2 employees celebrate anniversaries with WYDOT
The following District 2 employees are celebrating anniversaries with WYDOT. Thank you for your service! Pennie Bliss, Douglas Maintenance - 5 years Richard Shaw, Lusk Maintenance - 10 years William Tower - Casper Maintenance - 30 years
Lusk janitorial contract pre-bid meeting set Dec. 16
'Open Season' on drunk driving under way in Natrona County
Residents of Natrona County are once again declaring Open Season Against Drunk Drivers this holiday season. Through increased enforcement, outreach and public visibility, You Drink and Drive. You Lose. of Natrona County is enabling residents to take back their streets from drunk driving. It’s a multi-agency committee that sponsors the annual “Open Season on Drunk Drivers” including Casper College, Casper Police, city of Casper, Evansville Police, M.A.D.D., Mills Police, Natrona County Commission, Natrona County Coroner, Natrona County Sheriff, Safe Kids/Communities of Central Wyoming, WYDOT District...
Wyoming Boulevard speed limit drops
On Oct. 1, WYDOT lowered the speed limit on Wyoming Boulevard (WYO 258) between mile posts 15.64 and 16.63 on Casper's east side to 40 mph. The speed limit was lowered due to increased traffic congestion and the addition of Centennial Village Drive (near the new elementary school). This section of Wyoming Boulevard handles roughly 9,000 vehicles per day. From mile post 15.64 south to Casper Mountain Road (WYO 251) remains at 60 mph.
Janitorial contract pre-bid meeting set for Oct. 5 in Torrington
Those wishing to submit a bid on the upcoming janitorial contract for the Torrington Port of Entry, must attend a mandatory pre-bid meeting to be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the Port of Entry, 4542 Highway 26/85 in Torrington.
UPDATE - Rest area at Cheyenne River to open today
The Cheyenne River rest area, located on Highway 59 between Douglas and Gillette, will open today, Sept. 15. The well has been fixed and the water has passed all testing. The rest area was closed in early June due to a crack in the water supply well casing.
Casper's Walsh Drive to close for one week
CASPER – North Walsh Drive will be closed at its intersection with Cott Street (Post Office Road) beginning tomorrow, Sept. 8. The closure will last approximately one week as crews work to tie in the Walsh Drive extension with the existing section of Walsh Drive. Motorists wanting to access the U.S. Post Office will need to do so via North Forest Drive. Access to all other businesses in the area will be unchanged during this period. Portable dynamic message signs have been active in the area notifying motorists of the upcoming closure. When completed, the Walsh Drive extension will link Yellowstone...
Casper's southbound Center Street off ramp to close Aug. 23
CASPER – The southbound off ramp from I-25 to Center Street will be closed Monday, Aug. 23 for one day as crews with the Wyoming Department of Transportation perform maintenance work on the North Platte River bridge, as well as on the driving and auxiliary lanes (the two right lanes). The closure may also be in effect Tuesday, Aug. 24, however at this time, it’s unknown if the work will take two days or if there will be a need to close the ramp Tuesday. Detours will be posted. Drivers wanting to exit southbound I-25 onto Center Street will be detoured to the McKinley Street exit, underneath the...
District 2 employees celebrate anniversaries
The following District 2 employees are celebrating anniversaries with WYDOT. Thank you for your service! Jim Barnes, Douglas Resident Engineer - 20 years Jeff Erdahl, Casper Maintenance - 25 years Steve Farrington, Douglas Maintenance - 15 years William Morvee, Douglas Maintenance - 10 years
Highway 311 reopens to traffic
District chip seal projects begin today
Several contract chip sealing projects are set to commence starting today, July 19. The projects are scattered throughout District 2. All projects are projected to be done by July 24. Please pay attention in work zones and follow the posted speed limit. Wyoming 254 (Garden Creek Road) - July 19 Wyoming 256 (Casper Mountain Road) - July 20 Wyoming 220 (Alcova area) - July 21 Wyoming 259 (I-25 to Midwest) - July 22 Wyoming 190 (Barnum Road) - July 23
District 2 employees celebrate anniversaries
Four District 2 employees were recognized for their service during May and June. Wanda Johnson, Driver Services, Casper - 30 years (May) Mitzi Hailey, Administration, Casper - five years (June) Bill Holmes, Maintenance, Muddy Gap - five years (June) Terry Larson, Maintenance, Lusk - five years (June) Thank you to everyone for your service!
Chugwater rest area trailer dump closed
UPDATE: June 30 new pour date for Poplar Street bridge
CASPER - The bridge deck pour on the Poplar Street bridge has been rescheduled for tonight, beginning at 10 p.m., and ending at 6 a.m., Thursday morning. During this time, the bridge will be closed to all traffic. The pour was scheduled for Tuesday night, however, strong, dry winds forced crews to call the concrete off. The winds and dry air created a situation where moisture in the concrete would evaporate too fast resulting in a substandard deck. The same situation could be repeated tonight, if the winds pick up. Right now, the forecast is for winds from 8-10 mph, which would allow the pour....
Cheyenne River rest area closed for repairs
Wyoming Boulevard/Poplar Street Intersection set to close for reconstruction
CASPER - As part of the reconstruction of the Wyoming Boulevard/Poplar Street intersection, beginning Wednesday, June 2, the north side of the intersection will be closed to traffic. Detours will be posted directing motorists to use Coffman Avenue to access Wyoming Boulevard from Poplar Street and Poplar Street from Wyoming Boulevard. Access to the Sunrise shopping area from Wyoming Boulevard will be via Coffman Avenue. Through traffic on Wyoming Boulevard will still be permitted though delays will be likely. This closure is expected to last 1-1/2 weeks, depending on weather. The overall project...
Four celebrate anniversaries with WYDOT
Four District 2 employees celebrate anniversaries with WYDOT this month. Howard Bise, Chugwater maintenance - 10 years Rene Brindle, Wheatland maintenance - 15 years Jeff George, Casper mechanics - 20 years Charles Goff Jr., Casper mechanics - 5 years.
Railroad work to close Gun Club Road April 26-27
LUSK - The Union Pacific Railroad crossing on Gun Club Road east of Lusk off of US 20 will be closed Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27 as crews resurface the crossing. The closure will be in effect from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. Detour routes will be posted.
Zone work begins on West Yellowstone Highway Reconstruction April 14
CASPER - Work on reconstruction of a section of Old Yellowstone Highway begins in earnest Wednesday, April 14, as crews with Hedquist Construction of Casper put a zone construction schedule into play, beginning appropriately with Zone 1. Zone 1 represents the intersection of Spruce Street and Yellowstone Highway. This intersection will be closed during the reconstruction, scheduled for 20 working days. During construction this intersection will be closed, however, side street parking is available. This project is being performed in sections, or work zones. There are five zones included in the...
Shirley Rim Rest Area to close for repairs
Poplar Street bridge reconstruction set to begin April 12
CASPER - Road construction will reduce the Poplar Street Bridge over the North Platte River to two narrow lanes beginning Monday, April 12 (weather permitting) as crews begin the work of putting a new deck on the bridge. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction for the duration of the project, estimated to be completed by the first week of July. Initially, traffic will use the outer two lanes while crews install temporary concrete barriers. Wide-width vehicle detours will be posted. Access to Yellowstone Highway will be restricted: right turn onto Yellowstone from northbound Poplar...
Open house set for Glendo railroad bridge reconstruction
WYDOT will host a public open house on March 30 regarding the upcoming reconstruction of the Highway 319 BNRR railroad bridge (Project #W319003) south of Glendo at milepost 114.31. The open house will be held from 5 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 30 at the Glendo Fire Hall, 118 S. Yellowstone Road, Glendo. Representatives with WYDOT and other interested parties will be in attendance to discuss the project.
US 26 - Guernsey rest area reopens today
Public open house meetings set for January - NOTE DOUGLAS MEETING RESCHEDULED
WYDOT will host a pair of open houses in January on upcoming projects in Douglas and Casper. Douglas Streets/Yellowstone Highway Enhancements: The open house was scheduled for 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 6 at the Douglas City Hall Council Chambers, 101 N. 4th St., Douglas. THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER AND IS RESCHEDULED FOR 5:30 - 7:30 P.M., WED., JAN 27. Wyoming Boulevard/Poplar Street Intersection Reconstruction and District 2 Structure Rehabilitation: The open house will be from 5:30 -7:30 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Mills Room, Ag Resource and Learning Center, Natrona County...
District 2 Snow Plan helps keep roads clear and safe
CASPER – Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) personnel based in Casper follow their annual snow plan to keep area highways passable and safe. WYDOT’s snow removal plan establishes winter maintenance priorities and designates levels of service for routes based on a number of factors including traffic volumes and roadway use requirements. During severe storms, scheduling depends on available personnel and equipment. Highways designated for high-volume service will be plowed first, with roads in other classifications handled as soon as possible thereafter. Changing weather and road conditions...
Independence Rock Rest Area reopened
'You Drink & Drive, You Lose' annual campaign begins in Natrona County
CASPER – Drunk drivers in Natrona County take heed: the annual Natrona County campaign against drunk driving kicks off at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24, with a press conference at the Natrona County Courthouse atrium. This year’s campaign features education along with enforcement and the goal of changing people’s perception from “It won’t happen to me,” to “It can happen to me.” The fact is three out of every nine individuals will be involved in an alcohol-related crash. Any one of us may be the offender, the victim or the loved one left behind. The idea behind the 2009 You Drink & Drive. You Lose....
Huntley Road traffic to be detoured Oct. 28 DELAYED
Due to forecasted winter weather this week, the bridge replacement has been rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 2 (weather-permitting). Traffic on Highway 92 (Huntley Road) at milepost 4.82 in Goshen County will be detoured to county roads on Monday, Nov. 2, as crews replace an aging bridge with a 48-inch corrugated metal culvert. Depending on the weather, the closure is only expected to last Wednesday and traffic should return to normal by Thursday. Southbound traffic will be routed to Goshen County Road 58 for one mile, then south on County Road 53 to rejoin Highway 92 at Vanderpoels corner. Northbound...
Early snow reason to brush up on winter driving
Last week it snowed on Casper Mountain. On Monday (Oct. 5), snow was falling as near as 40 miles west of Casper, prompting a “No Unnecessary Travel” restriction to be issued on Highway 20/26 at Waltman early in the morning. This week, snow is predicted toward the weekend. These October snowstorms are a good reminder that winter is on its way to Wyoming and we all need to put our stocking hats on and prepare for an unpredictable and potentially severe season. Winter here tends to be very different from winters in the eastern half of the U.S. For those who are new to the state, Wyoming winter, extreme...
District 2 striping season coming to a close
Wyoming Department of Transportation striping crews will be working in Niobrara and Goshen counties the next two weeks, drawing to a close their season of making Wyoming’s highways more visible. Crews will be completing work in Niobrara County for the remainder of this week, striping areas that were patched or where the existing striping has faded. Next week (Sept. 28), crews will be in Goshen County performing similar operations. Striping is an important part of WYDOT’s overall effort to keep Wyoming’s highways safe. Striping paint helps to keep the outer edges of a road visible, as well as...
Drainage work set to begin on Casper Mountain Road
Crews with Hedquist Construction of Casper are set to begin drainage improvements along Casper Mountain Road (Wyoming 251) early next week (Sept. 28), weather permitting. The improvements may cause some traffic delays and bicyclists are urged to use caution or avoid the road during the expected two-week construction timetable. Crews will dig a trench across Wyoming 251 just below the scenic overlook to install a drainage pipe. During this time, expected to last two to three days, the trench will be covered with gravel. As construction continues, large concrete sediment boxes (see below) will be...
Shirley Rim rest area to be open Saturday, Sept. 12
Despite the ongoing improvements to the Shirley Rim rest area, travelers to the Wyoming - Texas football game will be able to use the rest area this weekend. The rest area, located on Wyoming 487 at milepost 45, is undergoing improvements including the replacement of the evaporation pond liner and utility installation for a caretaker's trailer pad. Construction will continue during the week and the rest area will close again Monday. Installation of the utilities should be completed by Friday, Sept. 11.
Railroad crossing work on US 85 at Hawk Springs - Note dates have changed
The Union Pacific Railroad will install new concrete surfacing on US 85 at Hawks Springs (milepost 72.57) from Monday, Sept. 28 through Thursday, Oct. 1. Crews will be installing new surfacing at the railroad crossing on US 85, one-half of the roadway at a time. Traffic will detoured around the construction, however no delays are expected.
Douglas southbound I-25 onramp to temporarily close Sept. 8
The southbound Interstate 25 on-ramp at the Douglas West Interchange (milepost 140) will be closed from noon – 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8 as crews with WYDOT’s Geology Program perform tests on the ramp. Portable dynamic message signs (DMS) will be installed next week to remind motorists of the closure. There will be traffic control present during the closure and alternative routes are suggested. Motorists entering I-25 southbound are advised to use the I-25 Business Loop to the East Douglas Interchange (milepost 135) during the closure.
Open House set for Casper's West Yellowstone Project
WYDOT District 2 and the City of Casper will host a public meeting on the final design of the West Yellowstone Reconstruction Project from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the Casper City Hall atrium. The city hall is at 200 N. David St.
DMS Installation to Detour Southbound I-25 Traffic Near Wheatland
WHEATLAND – Crews with Modern Electric of Casper will be installing a new overhead dynamic message sign across the southbound lanes of I-25 Monday, Aug. 24. The sign will be placed at milepost 77, or about two miles south of Wheatland. During the installation, southbound I-25 traffic will be detoured at the South Wheatland Interchange and diverted to the service road. Southbound traffic will re-enter I-25 at the Highway 34 intersection. The DMS installation is scheduled for 8 p.m., Monday and delays should be minimal. The installation will be on Monday only. Traffic control signs and flaggers will...
Access to Casper's 1st Street restricted at Ash and Market streets beginning next week
CASPER - Market and Ash streets access to 1st Street from the north will be closed beginning Monday, July 27 as work on 1st Street continues toward the Platte River bridge. Access is expected to be closed at both intersections through the week, ending on Friday, July 31. Both Market and Ash streets will remain open to traffic, however, Market Street, which is currently a one-way street northbound, will be temporarily posted as a two-way street to allow for business access. Drivers wanting access to businesses on Ash Street can do so by using Nichols Avenue or David Street. Additionally, work...
Garage sale/real estate signs not allowed within highway right of way
The Wyoming Department of Transportation reminds everyone that the placement of signs, whether for political campaigns, advertisements, real estate or garage sales, is not allowed inside the state highway right of way. No signs of any kind are allowed at any WYDOT office site, parking area, maintenance yard or on any other WYDOT property. Signs are also not allowed to be taped, stapled or otherwise hung on traffic signals or other highway poles or signs within the right of way. Also prohibited are boxes or sandwich boards placed on sidewalks at intersections. Any signs found improperly located...
New signals set for Wyoming Boulevard in west Casper
CASPER - Installation of traffic signals on Casper’s Wyoming Boulevard at Talon, Plaza and Eagle drives in the city’s west side, will begin Monday, July 6. Work will initially consist of constructing foundations for the signal pole bases, beginning with Talon Drive, followed by Plaza Drive and finally Eagle Drive. Work is expected to take from two to three weeks at each location, culminating in the installation of the large overhead mast arms, which hold the signal lights. Traffic may be delayed when the arms are being hung. Other short-term delays may be required as work progresses and new turning...
Crews install new welcome signs
Crews with Wyoming Department of Transportation District 2 installed four new welcome signs at the state’s border with Nebraska this week. The new signs proclaim “Welcome to Wyoming” in gold color, old-West-style lettering across the top and the slogan “Forever West” in gold lettering across the bottom. The signs also have a new feature in the background, replacing Devil’s Tower on the previous signs. It’s the same natural wonder that’s appearing on the new license plates - The Tetons. Of course, the signs remain true to Wyoming’s most famous feature with the Bucking Horse and Rider logo placed...
Delays Expected on Casper's First Street Bridge
Crews with the Wyoming Department of Transportation and a private engineering firm will be conducting bridge deck testing on the 1st Street bridge over the North Platte River from Tuesday, June 16 through Thursday, June 18. The testing will result in the closure of two of the four lanes at a time, with traffic reduced to one lane in either direction. The closure will be in effect from approximately 8 a.m. until evening each day. Drivers may encounter delays when crossing the bridge, however it will remain open to traffic during the testing. The side of the bridge closed may also change during each...
Douglas Bridge Now Open
Residents again have two ways to cross the North Platte River in Douglas as the Yellowstone Highway (WYO 87/20/26 and Business 25/85) bridge opened June 3. The first traffic crossed the five-lane bridge at around noon Wednesday. The new bridge replaces an 86-year-old structure that was closed last spring due to its deteriorating condition. Featuring two walking lanes and decorative boulevard-style lighting, the bridge also showcases Douglas’ mascot - the Jackalope, with custom iron cutouts along its railings.
Douglas: Yellowstone Highway bridge 'completion celebration' set for July 30
After 85 years, a new bridge crosses the Platte River in Douglas, connecting both sides of town and rejoining the historic Yellowstone Highway (U.S. 20). On Thursday, July 30, completion of the new bridge will be celebrated with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Join us at noon, Thursday, July 30 at the Holiday Inn Express parking lot, 900 Yellowstone Highway, Douglas. Representatives with the Wyoming Department of Transportation will officially mark completion of the bridge and a short parade will follow. Refreshments will be provided. Details of the event will be updated as they are confirmed. The...
Sale Signs, Vending Not Allowed Within State Right of Way
Each summer brings various vendors to the area and it also brings garage and yard sales. Both vendors and sellers have one thing in common - it’s not okay to sell or place signs within the state right of way. The Wyoming Department of Transportation reminds everyone that the placement of signs, whether for political campaigns, advertisements, real estate or garage sales, is not allowed inside state highway right of way. Additionally, parking used cars for sale, selling blankets, fruit or vegetables or any kind of vending is also prohibited within the right of way. “No signs of any kind are...
U.S. 85 Passing Lane Construction Continues Through Summer
Travelers headed to the Black Hills this summer may want to plan a little extra time as they travel between Lusk and Mule Creek Junction. Construction continues throughout the summer on approximately 40 miles of U.S. Highway 85 between the two areas as crews from Border States Paving and Foothills Construction build new passing lanes at various locations. During the construction, there may be traffic delays and possible lane closures. Pilot cars will escort traffic through the longer stretches of construction. Lane closures are necessary as crews add fill for the new passing lanes. Delays average...
First Street Construction Begins May 26
Road construction will reduce portions of Casper’s 1st Street to two lanes beginning Tuesday, May 26 as crews start the process of repair work between Yellowstone Highway intersection and the Platte River bridge, near Jonah Bank. Crews will be repairing or replacing damaged concrete, storm sewer inlets, resurfacing the Platte River bridge and performing other maintenance work. Once construction begins, traffic will be reduced to one lane in either direction. Work will be performed on approximately four-block intervals, beginning at the project’s east end at Yellowstone Highway intersection....
Hat Six Project Kicks off Road Construction Season
Spring means road construction along Wyoming’s highways and roads. On Tuesday, April 28, two lanes of I-25 south (east) of Casper were closed just past Wyoming Boulevard to allow for the reconstruction of approximately seven miles of the northbound lanes. Coupled with the continuing construction on Hat Six Road, delays will be likely throughout the summer. “Construction will be ongoing in the Hat Six area as crews continue working on the new bridge and the widening of the road to five lanes,” said Jeff Goetz, WYDOT District 2 public involvement specialist. Construction on the Hat Six project, and...