Wyoming Department of Transportation
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Hat Six Project Kicks off Road Construction Season

Date: 04/29/2009 


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 that portion of I-25 is slated to be completed in September. Traffic has been reduced to one lane on the Hat Six overpass and alternate routes are suggested to avoid delays. The speed limit on I-25 through the construction zone is set at 65 mph.

The Hat Six – I-25 project is one of several motorists will encounter this spring and summer. WYDOT crews and private construction crews will be visible throughout central Wyoming fixing potholes, cracks, mowing and performing other maintenance tasks which means temporary construction zones will pop up. Drivers are reminded that construction zones mean slower posted speed limits and fines in construction zones are higher.

Construction zones also pose hazards to both workers and motorists. Drivers can protect themselves and their passengers in construction zones by slowing down and staying alert.

Motorists should remember the following tips when approaching and traveling through work zones:

-  Stay alert and give full attention to the roadway, signs, and instruction from flaggers;

-  Minimize distractions in vehicles - radio/music devices, cell phones usage, eating, etc.

-  Turn on headlights to be more visible to workers and other motorists

-  Do not speed or attempt to change lanes

-  Keep up with the traffic flow through work zones but do not tailgate

-  Expect the unexpected - be aware of other motorists, workers and construction equipment

-  Work zones are necessary to improve roads and make them safer - please be patient!


For more information or to obtain a copy of this press release, contact Jeff Goetz, District 2 public involvement specialist at (307) 473-3303.

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