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 vehicles per day on WYO 487 through the same area.
The highway has been deteriorating for years, due to funding and prioritization. Though patching work is performed each year, the road is gradually becoming less “fixable.” It’s estimated that a complete reconstruction of the 22 mile highway could run above $45 million, while a conversion to gravel would cost WYDOT around $2 million. Ongoing maintenance costs of a gravel highway are far less than a paved road. The highway’s last reconstruction was around 1958.