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WYDOT warns against signs in right-of-way

WYDOT warns against signs in right-of-way

Date: 07/02/2014 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation would like to remind political candidates, real estate representatives and residents advertising garage sales that posting signage along roadways is illegal within the right-of-way of interstate and rural highways.   However, campaign signs can be placed within WYDOT’s right-of-way only in incorporated cities and towns where permitted. Wyoming Statute 22-25-115 states that campaign advertising may only be placed in the state’s right-of-way within a municipality, and then only if the municipality has passed an ordinance allowing such placement. Wyoming Statute...

STIP meetings scheduled

STIP meetings scheduled

Date: 05/08/2014 

Sublette County      June 3, 2014, 10:30 a.m.      Sublette County Weed and Pest Building,  12 South Bench Road,   Pinedale, WY  82941 Teton County          June 4, 2014, 10:30 a.m.      WYDOT Offices, 1040 Evans Road,  Jackson,  WY  83001 Lincoln County        June 5, 2014  10:30 a.m.      Lower Valley Energy Offices, 236 South Washington Street,  Afton,  WY   Uinta County           June 12, 2014 10:30 a.m.     Uinta County Library, 701 Main Street, Evanston,  WY   Sweetwater County June 13, 2014 10:30 a.m.     WYDOT Offices, 3200 Elk Street, Rock Springs,  WY  82902

Gookin Overpass Closed

Gookin Overpass Closed

Date: 05/08/2014 

The Gookin overpass bridge has been closed to traffic due to damages caused by a truck carrying a track hoe on the interstate.   The track hoe being transported made contact with the bridge after attempting to pass under it, damaging the girders.  The bridge will remain closed indefinitely until WYDOT crews can properly inspect and evaluate the damage. The bridge connects the Foothill Blvd. service road to the Sunset Drive service road on the west end of Rock Springs.  WYDOT would like to remind drivers to slow down in work zones and be alert and cautious of roadside workers.

Public meeting set for Teton Pass truck arrestor system

Public meeting set for Teton Pass truck arrestor system

Date: 09/18/2013 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) will be hosting a public meeting at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center, 5655 Main Street in Wilson, on Sept. 24, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 7  p.m.  The purpose of this public meeting will be to provide some preliminary information about the project and solicit public input on three locations for the arrestor system.  Each location varies in its impacts to right-of-way, pathway and maintenance issues. "We are looking for general comments and we are trying to get information out there to the public about what options we are reviewing," Resident...

Etna North info available online

Etna North info available online

Date: 09/18/2013 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has created a new Web site to provide more information about the Etna North Project.  This new Web site will provide the public with another way to obtain some of the most frequently asked for documents and data. The Web site, www.etna-north.com, contains information about the goals of the project and the needs of the Star Valley transportation corridor.  It also gives a description and graphic of the alternatives that were examined.  In addition, there is information on the newest alternative that was not presented at the last public meeting.  WYDOT recently...

Weather puts crews to work

Weather puts crews to work

Date: 09/18/2013 

This year's snow has not fallen yet, but the Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance crews were out in full force due to the recent weather.  Flooding, mudslides and fog caused many delays and at times, closures, on western Wyoming's roads. Although Evanston saw some brief delays on WYO 89 within the city limits on Sept. 7-8, most of the damage was done south of La Barge in Lincoln County on US 189.  Last Thursday, crews were called out after a trooper reported flooding around milepost 78.  Alerts were sent out around 8 p.m. through WYDOT's online and text system to warn motorists of delays. ...

District 3 schedules public meetings

District 3 schedules public meetings

Date: 05/22/2013 

  Rock Springs, Wyo. The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), District 3 Staff would like to invite you to attend one of the 2013 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) meetings this June.  A meeting will take place in each of the five counties that make up District 3.  The meetings are scheduled at the following times and locations: Uinta County June 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Uinta County Library, 701 Main Street, Evanston. Sweetwater County June 6, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the WYDOT District Offices, 3200 Elk Street, Rock Springs. Sublette County June 26, 2013 at 9 a.m. at the Big...

Jackson Streets Project will begin March 18

Jackson Streets Project will begin March 18

Date: 03/15/2013 

  The Wyoming Department of Transportation has awarded the Jackson Streets Project to Evans Construction Company out of Jackson. The project was awarded for a bid of $5,754,948. Evans Construction Company, out of Jackson, met with WYDOT and Town of Jackson officials last Wednesday to begin scheduling the urban job. The project encompasses reconstruction of the 5-lane roadway on 0.30 miles of US 89 on West Broadway between the Flat Creek Bridge and the Jackson Streets intersection. Work will include, but is not limited to: milling, paving and curb and gutter work. This project will also include...

Public Meeting slated in Etna

Public Meeting slated in Etna

Date: 02/20/2013 

  The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) will be hosting a public meeting at the Etna Community Center, 107736 US Highway 89, on March 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The purpose of this open-house-style meeting will be to provide a project update and gather public input for the US 89 Etna North Environmental Assessment (EA).  A scoping meeting was held in Alpine in 2008. The scoping meeting served to inform the public of the proposed improvements and gather input from the local community, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA helps agencies integrate environmental...

WYDOT battles Wyoming winters with different tools

WYDOT battles Wyoming winters with different tools

Date: 12/26/2012 

  Wintertime can be dangerous as it is beautiful. With many miles of roadway to maintain in treacherous winter conditions , the Wyoming Department of Transportation is fighting snow and ice with combinations of salt, sand and beet juice. Wyoming's notorious winters are marked by some of the most severe durations of snowfall, freezing rain and blowing snow. With a high rate of snowfall and some of the worst blowing snow conditions in the United States, WYDOT is reaching deep into its tool bag to maintain safer roads and prevent icy conditions. Salt, or sodium chloride, is the most common and cheapest...

Helicopters assist WYDOT in Jackson

Helicopters assist WYDOT in Jackson

Date: 07/24/2012 

  Jackson, Wyo. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will begin working on installing new snow structures on the hillside south of Jackson this summer. The project was contracted to AIS Construction Company for approximately $2.3 million. WYDOT and AIS crews will be setting up concrete barriers and other precautions to prevent any falling rock from reaching the road while they work on the project. During the project, residents will see helicopters in the area helping move equipment up the hill. However, impacts to traffic will be minimal and the road will remain open. "This won't affect most...

US 30 will see lane closures

US 30 will see lane closures

Date: 06/21/2012 

  The Wyoming Department of Transportation will be working on US 30 between Cokeville and the Idaho State Line beginning in July. Work will include milling and concrete paving. The project was awarded to Concrete Works of Colorado for $7,812,063.  During construction, US 30 will be reduced to one lane, with the assistance traffic signals and pilot cars. Crews will work on two and a half mile sections at a time. Portable traffic lights will be in use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Motorists and local residents are encouraged to plan accordingly for the travel delays and disruptions. The work will...

Reduced speeds on WYO 390

Reduced speeds on WYO 390

Date: 06/21/2012 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation will be reducing the speed limit during nighttime hours on Wyoming's Highway 390 from milepost 0.0 to milepost 4.0 in hopes that it will reduce the number of nighttime wildlife collisions.  Recently, Teton County has reported several wildlife collisions with moose this year WYO 390 and wildlife-vehicle collisions continue to pose a serious problem in the area with regard to human safety, wildlife mortality, habitat connectivity, and financial costs.     The current speed limit on WYO 390 in this section is 45 mph. The new nighttime speed will be 35 mph....

Kemmerer traffic signals removed

Kemmerer traffic signals removed

Date: 04/25/2012 

Kemmerer, Wyo. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will be removing the traffic signal heads on US 189 at the intersections of Sapphire and Topaz today. The removal will only include the traffic signals and covers, with the support structure remaining. The lights have been decommissioned since October of last year and are awaiting removal, pending an additional traffic study that will take place this August. Stop signs are currently being utilized at the intersection. A traffic study is scheduled for August to measure current pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The last study was completed in...

Weight Restriction issued on WYO 410, repairs in future

Weight Restriction issued on WYO 410, repairs in future

Date: 03/18/2012 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation officials in District 3 have issued a weight restriction on WYO 410, also commonly known as Robertson Road, in the Bridger Valley/Evanston area. Due to roadway pumping, subgrade saturation and subsequent break-up of the asphalt surface, WY 410 travelers will be subject to a weight restriction of six (6) tons per axle. The limits of the restriction are between milepost 6 and milepost 10. “This section of highway sits on a high plateau with minimal drainage, the spring melt and frost coming out of the ground saturates the old subgrade,” District Maintenance...

Bridger Valley will see road repairs, new bike path

Bridger Valley will see road repairs, new bike path

Date: 03/17/2012 

Mountain View, Wyo. The Wyoming Department of Transportation has begun construction work on WYO 414, Urie to Mountain View this month. The 2.9 million dollar project was awarded to LeGrand Johnson Construction Co. out of Logan, Utah. Project improvements will include grading, draining, new pavement, new guardrail and fencing, replacement of sidewalks, curb and gutters, and other miscellaneous work.   It will also include a new bike path from milepost 96.83 to milepost 98.99. The bike path, which is about 2 miles long and 8 feet wide, will provide the residents of the Bridger Valley a safer alternate...

WYDOT begins work on I-80 near Evanston

WYDOT begins work on I-80 near Evanston

Date: 03/17/2012 

 Evanston, Wyo. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will get jump on the spring construction season, beginning with work on Interstate 80 East of Evanston at two locations and some bridge repairs near the Bridger Valley. Road repairs and new chain-up areas WYDOT will begin work on two new chain-up areas and road repair between milepost 7 and milepost 9 outside of Evanston, and also at the Fort Bridger Interchange at milepost 34.74. Construction operations are tentatively scheduled to begin the first week of April.  The $6.2 million dollar project was awarded to HK Contractors. The project...

WYDOT begins work on I-80, east of Rock Springs

WYDOT begins work on I-80, east of Rock Springs

Date: 03/08/2012 

  Rock Springs, Wyo. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will get jump on the spring construction season, beginning with work on sections of I-80 East of Rock Springs. Construction operations are tentatively scheduled to begin this week near the Tipton Interchange between milepost 154 and 162.  The $17 million dollar project was awarded to Ready Mix Company, out of Casper, last October. The project will affect interstate traffic in the area for the next two years and will include new pavement on both lanes. “The project includes grading and drainage work at the Tipton interchange area, rotomilling...

WYDOT will add VSLs, upgrade communication system

WYDOT will add VSLs, upgrade communication system

Date: 03/02/2012 

 Rock Springs, Wyo. Although spring isn’t quite in the air yet, the Wyoming Department of Transportation will be taking advantage of warmer temperatures and commencing some of their 2012 projects. Casper Electric, Inc. with direction from WYDOT engineers and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) specialists, will be assembling new variable speed limit (VSL) signs at two locations in Sweetwater County. The first location will be several miles East of Green River at milepost 94.2. The VSL signs at this location will be posted on both the eastbound and westbound lanes. “The VSL signs are a great...

District 3 releases STIP meeting schedule

District 3 releases STIP meeting schedule

Date: 03/02/2012 

Rock Springs, Wyo. The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), District 3 Staff would like to invite you to attend one of the 2012 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) meetings this May.  A meeting will take place in each of the five counties that make up District 3.  The meetings are scheduled at the following times and locations:   Teton County May 8, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Jackson WYDOT Offices, 1040 Evans Road, Jackson.   Sublette County May 9, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Sublette County Library, 155 South Tyler Avenue, Pinedale.   Lincoln County May 10, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln...

WYDOT issues tips on avoiding wildlife while driving

WYDOT issues tips on avoiding wildlife while driving

Date: 02/24/2012 

  Recently, Teton County has reported several wildlife collisions with moose this year on Wyoming’s Highway 390 near Teton Village. Wildlife-vehicle collisions continue to pose a serious problem in Teton County with regard to human safety, wildlife mortality, habitat connectivity, and financial costs.     The Wyoming Department of Transportation urges residents and visitors alike to be conscientious of wildlife in this area and to obey all traffic signs and speed regulations.   “Beware that wildlife may be on the road,” District Engineer John Eddins said.   The number of wildlife collisions can...

Avalanches hit Teton County after recent storm

Avalanches hit Teton County after recent storm

Date: 01/26/2012 

Last week’s snow storm wreaked havoc on state and federal highways in Teton County, as well as on Wyoming Department of Transportation crews. Western Wyoming was hit hard with moisture after a long dry spell, creating a weak facet of snow with upside down conditions. This, with the combination of very strong westerly winds made for an exceptional avalanche cycle that produced 16 major avalanche events in the Jackson area. Over 20 bank slides of various sizes were observed on Teton Pass, in some cases, pushing 20 feet of snow or more over the roadway. The storm and avalanche cycle began the morning...

Tunnel disaster averted on I-80

Tunnel disaster averted on I-80

Date: 12/29/2011 

What could have been a terrible accident was averted today thanks to some talented driving and a quick response from the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance crews. Around 10 a.m. a semi-truck carrying an oversized load stopped directly in front of the westbound tunnel near Green River. After cautiously approaching the tunnel the driver realized his load, a massive dump truck open-box bed, would not fit through the tunnel and stopped. Traffic was halted and the I-80 westbound lane was blocked. Both trucks, from C&Y Trucking Co., had acquired the correct permits...

WYDOT plans for future projects

WYDOT plans for future projects

Date: 12/21/2011 

  The Wyoming Department of Transportation’s crews have a busy construction season planned for 2012. With eyes set on the spring to begin work, a few projects are in the forefront for Sweetwater County. 2012 Projects Residents of Superior will see improvements such as milling, leveling and a new overlay on the Superior Road north from I-80 through Superior. Construction will commence in the spring, weather permitting. Travelers should expect delays during daylight hours, as traffic will be reduced to single lane travel under the direction of flaggers and pilot cars. Interstate 80 will see an upgrade...

WYDOT warns weight restriction violators

WYDOT warns weight restriction violators

Date: 12/16/2011 

  Rock Springs, Wyo. The Wyoming Department of Transportation has added two new signs on US 191 to remind truck drivers of the commercial closure for US 191 South between Rock Springs and the Utah State line. Any commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) in excess of 40,000 pounds is prohibited from travel between Nov. 15 through April 1. This applies to all commercial vehicles, despite actual weight at the time of travel. Any vehicles exceeding the weight restriction on US 191 is in violation of state law and will be subject to fines and/or imprisonment. Wyoming Statute...

Winter driving requires extra caution around wildlife

Winter driving requires extra caution around wildlife

Date: 03/03/2011 

ROCK SPRINGS – Collisions with wildlife in Wyoming is on an increase, although the actual numbers are uncertain, since many of these collisions go unreported. During the five-year period that ended in 2010, reported collisions with wildlife has increased by more than 17 percent from the previous five-year period.   During this period, 11 people were killed and more than 500 were injured with more than 10,000 vehicles damaged in Wyoming due to motor vehicle/wildlife animal collisions. Most of these collisions with wildlife could have been avoided.   Although death and injury is always a possibility...

WYDOT warns against pushing snow into the rights-of-way

WYDOT warns against pushing snow into the rights-of-way

Date: 03/01/2011 

This winter, like nearly every winter, landowners pushing snow into the rights-of-way, impacts state-owned property in Sweetwater, Uinta, Lincoln, Teton and Sublette counties and are criminally and civilly liable for damages to state property, including right-of-way fencing and other state property, inside the state rights-of-way. “From WYDOT’s perspective, the safety of motorists, workers and volunteers in the rights-of-way is a high priority in making decisions what activities are allowed along the state highway system,” said WYDOT District 3 Public Relations Specialist Theresa Herbin. “This...

Winter Weather Gives Opportunity to Test new VSL System

Winter Weather Gives Opportunity to Test new VSL System

Date: 01/31/2011 

ROCK SPRINGS – Although the Variable Speed Limit (VSL) signs between Rock Springs and Green River on Interstate 80 were not officially ‘live’, the return of winter weather Sunday night gave the Wyoming Department of Transportation the opportunity to test the use of the newly installed signs.  The VSL system was recently installed between milepost 88.86 and 110.3 to help to reduce crashes, save lives and decrease crash-related highway closures on the interstate on one of the state’s busiest road sections that carries an average of more than 20,000 vehicles a day. Regulating a slower speed reduces...

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