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Dubois engineering office closes Feb. 1

Dubois engineering office closes Feb. 1

Date: 02/04/2014 

January 28, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Dubois engineering office closes Feb. 1   The Wyoming Department of Transportation's Dubois engineering office is permanently closing its doors on Feb. 1, 2014.   WYDOT's construction crew in Dubois is relocating to Thermopolis.   To reach WYDOT's construction crew in Thermopolis, please call Resident Engineer Kaia Tharp at (307) 864-3200. The physical and mailing address is 173 US Highway 20 South, Thermopolis, WY 82443.   WYDOT's maintenance crew in Dubois will remain in Dubois.   For more information, contact WYDOT Public Relations Specialist Cody Beers...

Seat belt use saves lives in Fremont County bus crash

Seat belt use saves lives in Fremont County bus crash

Date: 02/04/2014 

January 28, 2014   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Seat belt use saves lives in Fremont County bus crash   Bob Potter of Riverton wears his seat belt every time he drives, and that decision saved his life the the lives of his passengers on Jan. 5 south of Lander.   Potter, 61, is a Wind River Transportation Authority bus driver.   Potter was transporting three passengers on Red Canyon Road (Fremont County Road 235) south of Lander when the WRTA bus he was driving slid off the road. The bus rolled at least once after it left the roadway.   "The roads were slick with icy conditions, and they were snow-packed,"...

Thomas promoted to area maintenance supervisor in Fremont County

Thomas promoted to area maintenance supervisor in Fremont County

Date: 01/08/2014 

January 8, 2014   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thomas promoted to area maintenance supervisor in Fremont County   A maintenance foreman from Lovell, with ties to maintenance work on South Pass, is the Wyoming Department of Transportation's new area maintenance supervisor in Fremont County.   Jim Thomas, 52, began his new duties in December, supervising maintenance crews in Dubois, Lander, Riverton, and on South Pass. He replaces Don Detimore of Lander, who retired from Jan. 3.   Thomas' career with WYDOT began in Thermopolis in 1981 at the age of 19.   "I always thought plowing snow looked fun, and...

Seat belt use saves Lander man in Wyoming 789 crash

Seat belt use saves Lander man in Wyoming 789 crash

Date: 01/07/2014 

January 6, 2014   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Seat belt use saves Lander man in Wyoming 789 crash   John Keller has worn his seat belt since before it was mandated by state law, and his dedication paid off Christmas Eve when he lost control on an icy Wyoming 789 and his vehicle flew 39 feet off the roadway and landed on its top.   The Lander man is a seat belt survivor.   Keller, 75, was driving his 2006 Nissan pickup south of Lander when the crash occurred about 8:40 a.m. on Dec. 24.   "I wear my seat belt because it is safe," Keller said. "I was driving down the highway, and my truck left the driving...

U.S. 14A seasonal closure scheduled for noon, Nov. 18

U.S. 14A seasonal closure scheduled for noon, Nov. 18

Date: 11/12/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 12, 2013   U.S. 14A seasonal closure scheduled for noon, Nov. 18   The annual fall roadway closure of U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell is scheduled for noon Monday, Nov. 18.   Currently, U.S. 14A's mountain road conditions include blowing and drifting snow with strong winds.   The annual fall closure of U.S. 14A, west of Burgess Junction, will be in effect at milepost 76.04 on the Lovell side of the Big Horn Mountains. The seasonal road closure at Burgess Junction is just east of milepost 98.1. WYDOT annually closes this 22-mile stretch of scenic...

Crack sealing begins in central and northwest Wyoming

Crack sealing begins in central and northwest Wyoming

Date: 11/12/2013 

Crack sealing begins in central and northwest Wyoming Crack sealing and other work on more than 136 miles of central and northwest Wyoming highways is under way, according to Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Robert Scheidemantel in Riverton. Citizens should expect traffic delays of up to 10 minutes as they encounter the crack sealing work in Fremont, Hot Springs, Washakie, Big Horn and Park counties between November and February. "All work is weather permitting, and the contractor will be moving around quite a bit over the next three months," Scheidemantel said. The contractor...

Slow down and prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions

Slow down and prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions

Date: 11/12/2013 

Slow down and prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions Hundreds of big game animals are killed in collisions with vehicles every year in Wyoming. There are many "hot spots" for animal-vehicle collisions throughout central and northwest Wyoming. Some of these areas include Wyoming 28 between Lander and South Pass, Wyoming 131 (Sinks Canyon Road) south of Lander, U.S. 26 west of Riverton, U.S. 26/287 between Diversion Dam and Dubois, U.S. 20/Wyoming 789 between Wind River Canyon and Kirby, U.S. 16-20 between Basin and Greybull, Wyoming 120 near Thermopolis, U.S. 14A between Cody and Powell, and U.S. 14-16-20...

Pipe installation begins on Cody East project

Pipe installation begins on Cody East project

Date: 11/12/2013 

Pipe installation begins on Cody East project Installation of pipes across U.S. 14A beginning Friday will impact traffic movements through the $12.3 million highway improvement project on Cody's east edge, according to Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost in Cody. Citizens should expect traffic delays of up to 10 minutes. When working on the project, the contractor will be required to maintain two-way traffic throughout the project without delays -- except for one flagger station -- between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. "This commuting-time flagger...

More work starts this week on five-lane highway project east of Cody

More work starts this week on five-lane highway project east of Cody

Date: 10/09/2013 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   More work starts this week on five-lane highway project east of Cody   Clearing, grubbing, and topsoil stripping are under way this week, along with continuing bridge work on the Sage Creek bridge, on the $12.3 million highway improvement project on Cody's east edge, according to Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost in Cody.   Citizens should expect traffic delays of up to 10 minutes.   When working on the project, the contractor will be required to maintain two-way traffic throughout the project without delays -- except...

Runaway truck ramp open on U.S. 14 east of Greybull

Runaway truck ramp open on U.S. 14 east of Greybull

Date: 10/04/2013 

A newly-constructed runaway truck ramp is open on U.S. 14 in Shell Canyon, according to Ben Steed, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Basin. The runaway truck ramp is east of Greybull near the Shell Falls Visitors Center in Shell Canyon. Steed said the $616,000 runaway truck ramp project is located at milepost 27.1 on U.S. 14 (27.1 miles east of Greybull), just east of the visitors center.  Prime contractor on the project is Pab Good Trucking LLC, of Greybull. Project contact for the runaway truck ramp project is WYDOT Resident Engineer Ben Steed at (307) 568-3439.

Ten Sleep bridge re-opens to all traffic

Ten Sleep bridge re-opens to all traffic

Date: 09/25/2013 

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Ten Sleep bridge re-opens to all traffic   Rehabilitation of a bridge on Wyoming 434 in Ten Sleep is nearly complete, and a width restriction has ended, according to Dan McAfee, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Worland.   Prime contractor Reiman Corp., of Cheyenne is the prime contractor on the project.   "The bridge re-opened to traffic of all widths today," McAfee said. "We really appreciate the patience of all ranchers and citizens who use the Big Trails Road."   McAfee said single-lane traffic across the Wyoming 434 bridge is...

Railroad crossing replacement projects planned in Worland, Basin

Railroad crossing replacement projects planned in Worland, Basin

Date: 09/19/2013 

September 19, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Railroad crossing replacement projects planned in Worland, Basin   A pair of railroad crossing projects are scheduled to take place this weekend in Worland, and a third crossing is scheduled to be replaced Thursday, Sept. 26, in Basin.   Worland railroad crossings slated for replacement are located at the railroad's intersection with Howell Avenue and Washakie Avenue.    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway workers are scheduled to complete the Howell Avenue work on Saturday, Sept. 21, and workers are scheduled to complete the Washakie Avenue crossing...

Paving operations near on U.S. 287 highway improvement project east of Lander

Paving operations near on U.S. 287 highway improvement project east of Lander

Date: 09/19/2013 

September 18, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Paving operations near on U.S. 287 highway improvement project east of Lander   Asphalt paving is scheduled to begin about Oct. 1 on the $4.4 million highway improvement project east of Lander on U.S. 287, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.   "We hope to have the project paved by Oct. 11, weather permitting," said Smith. "The recent wet weather has hampered our efforts, but we'll take the moisture."   The Beaver Creek East project includes grading, draining, asphalt milling, placing pit run gravel...

Width restriction implemented east of Cody across Sage Creek bridge

Width restriction implemented east of Cody across Sage Creek bridge

Date: 08/29/2013 

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Width restriction implemented east of Cody across Sage Creek bridge   A 12-foot width restriction has been placed across the Sage Creek bridge east of Cody on the $12.3 million highway improvement project on Cody's east edge, according to Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost in Cody.   "This width restriction and a reduced speed limit of 45 mph across the Sage Creek bridge will be in place for bridge construction until further notice," Frost said. "The contractor is placing concrete barrier across the bridge today." ...

Paving crew working in Thermopolis, near Ten Sleep

Paving crew working in Thermopolis, near Ten Sleep

Date: 08/29/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   August 28, 2013   Paving crew working in Thermopolis, near Ten Sleep   A Wyoming Department of Transportation asphalt paving crew is scheduled for work this week in Thermopolis, between Thermopolis and Worland, and east of Ten Sleep.   The paving crew is scheduled Wednesday to pave about than 200 tons of hot-mix asphalt on the north end of Thermopolis near the Hot Springs State Park headquarters, and another 200 tons between Thermopolis and Worland on U.S. 20/Wyoming 789/   The paving crew is scheduled east of Ten Sleep on U.S. 16 on Aug. 29 and Sept. 3-5. They are scheduled...

Paving scheduled on Thermopolis-area project on Wyoming 120

Paving scheduled on Thermopolis-area project on Wyoming 120

Date: 08/08/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013   Paving scheduled on Thermopolis-area project on Wyoming 120   Asphalt paving is scheduled to begin late next week or the week of Aug. 19 on the $6.67 million highway improvement project directly northwest of Thermopolis.   "Paving operations are dependent upon favorable weather," said Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody. "During paving, motorists should expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes."   McGarvin-Moberly Construction Co., of Worland is the prime contractor on the 3.28-mile project between mileposts...

Bridge rehabilitation project scheduled in Ten Sleep

Bridge rehabilitation project scheduled in Ten Sleep

Date: 08/08/2013 

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Bridge rehabilitation project scheduled in Ten Sleep   Rehabilitation of bridges is continuing in the Big Horn Basin, and rehabilitation of a fourth bridge on Wyoming 434 in Ten Sleep is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 12, according to Dan McAfee, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Worland.   Prime contractor Reiman Corp., of Cheyenne is continuing work on bridges in Big Horn, Hot Springs and Park counties, while work on the Wyoming 434 bridge in Washakie County begins next week.   "A 10-foot width restriction will be in...

Dirt work scheduled on U.S. 14A five-lane highway project east of Cody

Dirt work scheduled on U.S. 14A five-lane highway project east of Cody

Date: 08/08/2013 

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Dirt work scheduled on U.S. 14A five-lane highway project east of Cody   U.S. 14A dirt work is tentatively scheduled to begin Aug. 19 on the $12.3 million highway improvement project on Cody's east edge, according to Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost in Cody. About 3.5 miles of U.S. 14A will be widened to five lanes with a continuous turn lane and eight-foot shoulders. This project is the final section in a long-term series of projects to widen 24 miles of U.S. 14A between Cody and Powell. "The contractor is scheduled...

Chip sealing scheduled next week on U.S. 14/16/20 west of Greybull and U.S. 14 in Big Horn County

Chip sealing scheduled next week on U.S. 14/16/20 west of Greybull and U.S. 14 in Big Horn County

Date: 08/08/2013 

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Chip sealing scheduled next week on U.S. 14/16/20 west of Greybull and U.S. 14 in Big Horn County   A $3.3 million contract chip sealing project is scheduled to continue next week in Big Horn and Park counties.   Prime contractor Riverside Contracting, Inc., of Missoula, Mont., is scheduled to chip-seal U.S. 14 (mileposts 15.33 to 20.37) near Shell, and U.S. 14/16/20 (mileposts 77.74 to 93.00) west of Greybull.   All work is dependent on favorable weather.   A contract chip sealing schedule will be released at a later date for highways in Hot...

South lane of 23rd Street scheduled for closure at Washakie Avenue intersection in Worland

South lane of 23rd Street scheduled for closure at Washakie Avenue intersection in Worland

Date: 08/05/2013 

Aug. 1, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   South lane of 23rd Street scheduled for closure at Washakie Avenue intersection in Worland   The south lane of 23rd Street in Worland is scheduled for closure at its intersection with Washakie Avenue on Monday, Aug. 5, for concrete repairs, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   "Please drive with care through the work zone in this intersection," said Scheidemantel. "The contractor is scheduled to replace a concrete valley pan in this intersection."   Where the repairs are occurring, this part...

Erosion repair project scheduled to start on U.S. 14/16/20 near Yellowstone National Park

Erosion repair project scheduled to start on U.S. 14/16/20 near Yellowstone National Park

Date: 08/01/2013 

Friday, July 19, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Erosion repair project scheduled to start on U.S. 14/16/20 near Yellowstone National Park   Erosion repairs are scheduled to begin next week at four locations on U.S. 14/16/20 near Yellowstone National Park, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   Prime contractor Hinckley James, Inc., of Cowley is expected to start work at milepost 5.95 next week, which is 5.95 east of Yellowstone's east entrance.   "This is erosion repair from the flooding from two summers ago," said Frost. "Traffic will be controlled...

Pavement improvement project scheduled to begin this week on Wyoming 137 (17 Mile Road) near Riverton

Pavement improvement project scheduled to begin this week on Wyoming 137 (17 Mile Road) near Riverton

Date: 08/01/2013 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Pavement improvement project scheduled to begin this week on Wyoming 137 (17 Mile Road) near Riverton   A $1.34 million pavement improvement project is scheduled to begin Wednesday on Wyoming 137 (17 Mile Road) near Riverton.   Prime contractor is Mountain Construction Co., of Lovell.   The work zone begins near 17 Mile Road's intersection with Wyoming 789 at the traffic signal south of Riverton. The work zone extends past St. Stephen's Mission and St. Stephen's School.   "Paving is scheduled to begin Thursday, Aug. 1, and pilot vehicles will lead...

Chip sealing begins in Park, Big Horn, Hot Springs and Fremont counties

Chip sealing begins in Park, Big Horn, Hot Springs and Fremont counties

Date: 08/01/2013 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Chip sealing begins in Park, Big Horn, Hot Springs and Fremont counties   A $3.3 million contract chip sealing project is scheduled to begin next week in Park County on Wyoming 120, Wyoming 294, and U.S. 14A.   Chip sealing is scheduled next week on Wyoming 120 (mileposts 133.06 to 137.53) north of Cody near the Montana state line, Wyoming 294 (Badger Basin Road between Ralston and Clark, mileposts 0.00 to 9.82), and U.S. 14A (milepost 29.53 to 33.76) between Garland and Byron.   Prime contractor Riverside Contracting, Inc., of Missoula, Mont.,...

Traffic delays scheduled on Togwotee Pass wetlands project

Traffic delays scheduled on Togwotee Pass wetlands project

Date: 07/22/2013 

July 9, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Traffic delays scheduled on Togwotee Pass wetlands project   Traffic delays are scheduled to begin Monday, July 15, as part of wetlands construction throughout the Togwotee Pass corridor between Dubois and Moran Junction.   Traffic delays of up to 15 minutes are scheduled near the Wind River pit at milepost 27.1, 27.1 miles east of Moran Junction, and at a waste area at milepost 30.1 near Moccasin Basin Road, according to Kaia Tharp, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Dubois.    Other wetlands work is currently ongoing throughout the...

Erosion repair project scheduled to start on U.S. 14/16/20 near Yellowstone National Park

Erosion repair project scheduled to start on U.S. 14/16/20 near Yellowstone National Park

Date: 07/22/2013 

Friday, July 19, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Erosion repair project scheduled to start on U.S. 14/16/20 near Yellowstone National Park   Erosion repairs are scheduled to begin next week at four locations on U.S. 14/16/20 near Yellowstone National Park, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   Prime contractor Hinckley James, Inc., of Cowley is expected to start work at milepost 5.95 next week, which is 5.95 east of Yellowstone's east entrance.   "This is erosion repair from the flooding from two summers ago," said Frost. "Traffic will be controlled...

Bridge rehabilitation project begins in Hot Springs, Big Horn, Park counties

Bridge rehabilitation project begins in Hot Springs, Big Horn, Park counties

Date: 07/22/2013 

July 12, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Bridge rehabilitation project begins in Hot Springs, Big Horn, Park counties   Rehabilitation of three bridges started this week in three counties in the Big Horn Basin, and motorists should expect traffic delays during the repair work, according to Bryan Strasser, Wyoming Department of Transportation project engineer in Worland.   Prime contractor Reiman Corp., of Cheyenne has started work on bridges in Big Horn and Hot Springs counties, while work in Park County is scheduled to begin July 22.   Temporary traffic signals are in place, with single-lane alternating...

Mortimore Lane chip sealing scheduled near new bridge

Mortimore Lane chip sealing scheduled near new bridge

Date: 07/09/2013 

July 9, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Mortimore Lane chip sealing scheduled near new bridge   Chip sealing of Fremont County Road 20 (Mortimore Lane) is scheduled for this Thursday, July 11, on both sides of the new bridge over the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River.   Motorists should expect traffic delays during chip sealing of the roadway.   The new $1.05 million Mortimore Lane bridge was constructed last year, and Mortimore Lane re-opened to traffic last October.   The bridge connecting the west end of Mortimore Lane to Sinks Canyon Road (Wyoming 131) was washed out during the high water/flooding...

Traffic delays scheduled on Togwotee Pass wetlands project

Traffic delays scheduled on Togwotee Pass wetlands project

Date: 07/09/2013 

July 9, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Traffic delays scheduled on Togwotee Pass wetlands project   Traffic delays are scheduled to begin Monday, July 15, as part of wetlands construction throughout the Togwotee Pass corridor between Dubois and Moran Junction.   Traffic delays of up to 15 minutes are scheduled near the Wind River pit at milepost 27.1, 27.1 miles east of Moran Junction, and at a waste area at milepost 30.1 near Moccasin Basin Road, according to Kaia Tharp, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Dubois.    Other wetlands work is currently ongoing throughout the...

Pavement improvement project scheduled for Girl Scout Road near Ten Sleep

Pavement improvement project scheduled for Girl Scout Road near Ten Sleep

Date: 06/26/2013 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Pavement improvement project scheduled for Girl Scout Road near Ten Sleep   A $1.8 million pavement improvement project is scheduled to begin this week on 5.92 miles of Wyoming 436 (Girl Scout Road) near Ten Sleep, according to Dan McAfee, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Worland.   The pavement improvement project includes the entire segment of state highway on Girl Scout Road.   "Leveling of existing asphalt pavement is scheduled for this week, with paving next week," McAfee said. "Motorists using this roadway should expect...

Paving crew working near Buffalo Bill Reservoir on U.S. 14/16/20

Paving crew working near Buffalo Bill Reservoir on U.S. 14/16/20

Date: 06/26/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2013 Paving crew working near Buffalo Bill Reservoir on U.S. 14/16/20 A Wyoming Department of Transportation asphalt paving crew is working this week on U.S. 14/16/20 near Buffalo Bill Reservoir west of Cody. The paving crew is scheduled to patch areas of the roadway with more than 3,700 tons of hot-mix asphalt on U.S. 14/16/20 near Buffalo Bill Reservoir through July 9. All work is dependent upon favorable weather. The paving crew will shut down its patching operation west of Cody between July 1-5 for the Independence Day holiday. The WYDOT hot-mix asphalt patching...

Gooseberry Road pavement improvement project nears completion

Gooseberry Road pavement improvement project nears completion

Date: 06/21/2013 

Friday, June 21, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gooseberry Road pavement improvement project nears completion A pavement improvement project is scheduled to conclude with chip sealing on Wyoming 431, also known as Gooseberry Road, between Worland and the Hot Springs County line. McGarvin-Moberly Construction Co., of Worland is the prime contractor on the $5.06 million project. The 19-mile project begins at reference marker 5 (near U.S. 20/Wyoming 789) and continues west to milepost 24 near Wyoming 120. “The contractor will likely chip seal the Gooseberry project this month. All work is dependent upon...

Lower Nowood River slide repair project nears completion

Lower Nowood River slide repair project nears completion

Date: 06/21/2013 

Friday, June 21, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Lower Nowood River slide repair project nears completion   A $301,000 slide repair project on the Lower Nowood Road (Washakie County Road 47) is nearly complete, according to Dan McAfee, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Worland.   The slide repair project is located about 4.75 miles north of U.S. 16 near Ten Sleep.   "The slide repair project addressed a 200-foot section of the county road and guardrail near a bridge that crosses the Nowood River," McAfee said. "The entire width of the roadway is open to motorists, and the...

Asphalt milling under way on U.S. 287 highway improvement project east of Lander

Asphalt milling under way on U.S. 287 highway improvement project east of Lander

Date: 06/20/2013 

June 20, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Asphalt milling under way on U.S. 287 highway improvement project east of Lander   Asphalt milling started Tuesday on a $4.4 million highway improvement project east of Lander on U.S. 287, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.   The Beaver Creek East project includes grading, draining, asphalt milling, placing pit run gravel subbase, chip sealing, bridge deck repairs, fencing and other work on 4.58 miles of U.S. 287 beginning at milepost 55.00 between Lander and Muddy Gap.   Milepost 55.00 is 13.2 miles...

Street and sidewalk improvements continuing on 23rd Street in Worland

Street and sidewalk improvements continuing on 23rd Street in Worland

Date: 06/20/2013 

June 17, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Street and sidewalk improvements continuing on 23rd Street in Worland   Asphalt grinding started last week on 23rd Street in Worland, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   "The contractor is working in areas that need repairs," said Scheidemantel. "The contractor is also scheduled for asphalt paving in these areas."   Scheidemantel said curb and gutter repairs will follow the asphalt paving, along with sand blasting and sealing of the curb and gutter.   Other repairs include sealing of sidewalk...

Wetlands project begins on Togwotee Pass

Wetlands project begins on Togwotee Pass

Date: 06/20/2013 

Friday, June 7, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Wetlands project begins on Togwotee Pass   Construction of wetlands throughout the Togwotee Pass corridor between Dubois and Moran Junction is scheduled to begin Monday, June 10.   "The contractor is scheduled to start in the snow oval off of Sheridan Creek near the eastern boundary of the Shoshone National Forest, and at milepost 8.5 in the Blackrock pit on the west side of Togwotee Pass," said Kaia Tharp, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Dubois. "No traffic delays are expected."   "Later in the summer, the contractor will...

U.S. 14A chip sealing to begin at Powell's east edge

U.S. 14A chip sealing to begin at Powell's east edge

Date: 06/13/2013 

June 12, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   U.S. 14A chip sealing to begin at Powell's east edge   Chip sealing of a $1.7 million pavement improvement project is scheduled to begin Monday, June 17, at Powell's east edge on U.S. 14A.   "All work is weather permitting," according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody. "Motorists can expect 20-minute delays while the work is happening. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers and a pilot vehicle."   Frost said motorists should expect nighttime delays with a pilot vehicle and flaggers.   Chip sealing of the project...

Adopt-A-Highway volunteers cleaning up Wyoming highways

Adopt-A-Highway volunteers cleaning up Wyoming highways

Date: 06/13/2013 

June 12, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Adopt-A-Highway volunteers cleaning up Wyoming highways The view from Wyoming’s highways will improve this spring as hundreds of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers are out cleaning their two-mile highway sections during the annual Spring Clean Fling. Now in it’s 24th year, Wyoming’s Adopt‑A‑Highway program has nearly 1,000 participating groups statewide, and the members are encouraged to get out in June to make the first of their two required cleanups for the year. During past Spring Clean Flings, dedicated volunteers around the state removed more than 50 tons of litter...

Roadway paving begins on slope stabilization project in Wind River Canyon

Roadway paving begins on slope stabilization project in Wind River Canyon

Date: 06/05/2013 

Monday, June 3, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Roadway paving begins on slope stabilization project in Wind River Canyon   Paving of the roadway has started as part of a $1.88 million slope stabilization project in Wind River Canyon between Shoshoni and Thermopolis on U.S. 20/Wyoming 789.   "By this Saturday, weather permitting, paving should be complete and guardrail should be installed on the first three walls in the north end of the canyon," said Wyoming Department of Transportation project inspector Kent Herren. "Once paving is complete and guardrail is installed, traffic will be allowed to...

Paving crew working in Missouri Valley, west of Riverton this week

Paving crew working in Missouri Valley, west of Riverton this week

Date: 06/05/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 3, 2013 Paving crew working in Missouri Valley, west of Riverton this week A Wyoming Department of Transportation asphalt paving crew is scheduled for work this week on Wyoming 134 (Missouri Valley Road) and U.S. 26 west of Riverton. The paving crew is scheduled to pave about than 1,100 tons of hot-mix asphalt on Missouri Valley Road Monday and Tuesday, June 3-4, and then more than 1,000 tons of asphalt near the Big Wind River bridge on U.S. 26 June 4-6. All work is dependent upon favorable weather. The WYDOT hot-mix asphalt patching work is scheduled to continue in June...

Wet weather hampers Thermopolis-area project on Wyoming 120

Wet weather hampers Thermopolis-area project on Wyoming 120

Date: 06/05/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 31, 2013   Wet weather hampers Thermopolis-area project on Wyoming 120   This week's rain in the Thermopolis area continues to slow road improvement efforts on the $6.67 million highway improvement project directly northwest of Thermopolis.   "We've received nearly five inches of moisture in the project area during the last two months," according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody. "We are working on maintaining the roadway's driving surface 24 hours a day. It has been a wet spring, and the wet weather has slowed progress...

Paving crew to begin summer work west of Riverton

Paving crew to begin summer work west of Riverton

Date: 05/23/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Paving crew to begin summer work west of Riverton A Wyoming Department of Transportation asphalt paving crew is scheduled to begin its spring and summer work next week, May 28-30, west of Riverton on U.S. 26. The paving crew is scheduled to pave more than 1,050 tons of hot-mix asphalt near the Big Wind River bridge on U.S. 26. All work is dependent upon favorable weather. The WYDOT hot-mix asphalt patching work is scheduled to continue in early June on Wyoming 135, southeast of Riverton, and on U.S. 26/287, east of Dubois. About June 6, the paving crew is...

Paving has started on U.S. 26 flood repair project west of Riverton

Paving has started on U.S. 26 flood repair project west of Riverton

Date: 05/23/2013 

May 23, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Paving has started on U.S. 26 flood repair project west of Riverton Paving is under way on the $432,300 flood repair project west of Riverton on U.S. 26, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   "This project on U.S. 26 is just east of the Big Wind River bridge in the area where the highway was closed to traffic for several weeks in 2011," Scheidemantel said. "The prime contractor, 71 Construction, is paving, and drivers should expect traffic delays." Scheidemantel said a reduced speed limit of 30...

Slope stabilization project progressing in Wind River Canyon

Slope stabilization project progressing in Wind River Canyon

Date: 05/23/2013 

Thursday, May 23, 2013   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Slope stabilization project progressing in Wind River Canyon   Construction of an 1,100-foot retaining wall is nearly complete on the $1.88 million slope stabilization project in Wind River Canyon between Shoshoni and Thermopolis on U.S. 20/Wyoming 789.   "The 1,100-foot wall is the longest of the five retaining walls on the project," said Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   Scheidemantel said the contractor's work crews are now working on a smaller retaining wall about four miles south of...

U.S. 14A opens at noon today, May 21

U.S. 14A opens at noon today, May 21

Date: 05/21/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2013   U.S. 14A opens at noon today, May 21   The annual spring opening of U.S. 14A from Burgess Junction to Lovell is a day later than scheduled due to a spring snowstorm this past weekend, but the good news is it will officially open for the summer at noon today, May 21.   The road was scheduled to open Monday, May 20 at noon, but due to inclement weather on the mountain, the opening was delayed to today, May 21, at noon, depending on favorable weather. "We've been battling snow drifts on the mountain, and we had a plow truck stuck in the snow this morning," said...

Spring snowstorm, drifting delays U.S. 14A opening

Spring snowstorm, drifting delays U.S. 14A opening

Date: 05/21/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2013   Spring snowstorm, drifting delays U.S. 14A opening   The annual spring opening of U.S. 14A from Burgess Junction to Lovell has been delayed due to a spring snowstorm, and high-elevation blowing and drifting snow.   The road was scheduled to open today, Monday, May 20 at noon, but due to inclement weather on the mountain, the opening has been delayed to Tuesday, May 21, at noon, depending on favorable weather. Currently, U.S. 14A's mountain road conditions are blowing and drifting snow with strong winds. WYDOT snowplow drivers are encountering snow drifts in...

Highway patching scheduled to begin next week in Big Horn County

Highway patching scheduled to begin next week in Big Horn County

Date: 05/21/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 17, 2013 Highway patching scheduled to begin next week in Big Horn County   A $2.6 million Northwest Wyoming highway patching operation is scheduled to begin next week on U.S. 14A between Oasis Junction and Byron, according to Ben Steed, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Basin. After the work between Oasis Junction and Byron, prime contractor Mountain Construction Co., of Lovell is then scheduled to move its operation to other work in Big Horn County. Highway patching is scheduled on U.S. 14A between Lovell and Byron, U.S. 310/Wyoming 789...

Runaway truck ramp, guardrail projects begin in Northwest Wyoming

Runaway truck ramp, guardrail projects begin in Northwest Wyoming

Date: 05/21/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 17, 2013 Runaway truck ramp, guardrail projects begin in Northwest Wyoming A pair of projects with minimal impacts on traffic flows have started in Northwest Wyoming, according to Ben Steed, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Basin. Construction of a runaway truck ramp has started on U.S. 14 east of Greybull near the Shell Falls Visitors Center in Shell Canyon. Steed said the $616,000 runaway truck ramp project is located at milepost 27.1 on U.S. 14, just east of the visitors center. The prime contractor is Pab Good Trucking LLC, of Greybull....

May transportation meetings to address future highway projects and move to pavement preservation

May transportation meetings to address future highway projects and move to pavement preservation

Date: 05/15/2013 

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 15, 2013 May transportation meetings to address future highway projects and move to pavement preservation A series of public meetings is scheduled this month to address future highway improvement projects in Central and Northwest Wyoming. A key part of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) process involves annual meetings with public officials and other individuals who play a key transportation role in Wyoming, according to Shelby G. Carlson, P.E., Wyoming Department of Transportation district engineer in Basin. "These meetings provide an opportunity...

West River Road public meeting is May 23 in Worland

West River Road public meeting is May 23 in Worland

Date: 05/15/2013 

May 14, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE West River Road public meeting is May 23 in Worland Washakie County residents are invited to attend a May 23 public meeting on the Ten Mile Creek Section of Wyoming 433 in Worland. The Ten Mile Creek Section -- also known as West River Road -- public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Washakie County Fairgrounds. Phase 1 of the Wyoming 433 (West River Road) project includes the roadway between milepost 0.66 (near the Worland cemetery) and milepost 4.1. The 3.45-mile project is currently scheduled for bid letting in WYDOT Fiscal Year 2014. "The...

Gooseberry Road pavement improvement project scheduled to begin this week

Gooseberry Road pavement improvement project scheduled to begin this week

Date: 05/15/2013 

May 14, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gooseberry Road pavement improvement project scheduled to begin this week A pavement improvement project is scheduled to begin this week on Wyoming 431, also known as Gooseberry Road, between Worland and the Hot Springs County line. McGarvin-Moberly Construction Co., of Worland is the prime contractor on the $5.06 million project. The 19-mile project begins at reference marker 5 (near U.S. 20/Wyoming 789) and continues west to milepost 24 near Wyoming 120. “The contractor will likely finish most work on the Gooseberry project in June. All work is dependent on...

U.S. 26 flood repair project enters paving phase west of Riverton

U.S. 26 flood repair project enters paving phase west of Riverton

Date: 05/14/2013 

May 14, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. 26 flood repair project enters paving phase west of Riverton A $432,300 flood repair project is scheduled to enter the paving phase Thursday, May 15, west of Riverton on U.S. 26, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   "This project on U.S. 26 is just east of the Big Wind River bridge in the area where the highway was closed to traffic for several weeks in 2011," Scheidemantel said. "The prime contractor, 71 Construction, is scheduled to start asphalt pavement grinding and removal of the road...

U.S. 14A seasonal road opening scheduled for Monday, May 20

U.S. 14A seasonal road opening scheduled for Monday, May 20

Date: 05/14/2013 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, May 14, 2013     U.S. 14A seasonal road opening scheduled for Monday, May 20   The annual spring opening of U.S. 14A east of Lovell is scheduled for noon, Monday, May 20.   "We've got a few rocks to remove from the roadway, guardrail to fix, and equipment to move," said Jim Thomas, Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance foreman in Lovell.   Thomas said WYDOT maintenance crews encountered snow depths of two to four feet, including snow drifts of up to eight feet deep, during the annual spring plowing effort of U.S. 14A.   The annual winter closure of U.S. 14A,...

Winter drivers reminded about Authorized Travel Program

Winter drivers reminded about Authorized Travel Program

Date: 01/17/2012 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 Winter drivers reminded about Authorized Travel Program Wyoming drivers are being reminded about Wyoming Department of Transportation's Authorized Travel Program, which permits motorists to drive on sections of closed roads when authorities judge it is safe to do so. The program is structured in accordance with Wyoming law 24-1-109, which in certain circumstances allows for exceptions to road closures, most commonly to accommodate drivers traveling to and from their residence or place of employment. "Motorists should be aware that the WYDOT Authorized...

Signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way

Signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way

Date: 08/23/2011 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August 22, 2011 Signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way The Wyoming Department of Transportation is issuing a reminder to event planners, political candidates and real estate agents that advertising cannot be placed in the state rights-of-way. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of signs our maintenance crews are removing from the right-of-way fence or from the right-of-way itself,” said Shawn Franzen, maintenance foreman for WYDOT in Worland. “Wyoming law and WYDOT policy prohibit placement of signage in those areas, so when our maintenance crews come through...

Inspection leads to lower weight limits on Wyoming 170 bridge

Inspection leads to lower weight limits on Wyoming 170 bridge

Date: 05/17/2011 

Note for Editors: Type 3 Truck -- combined truck, no trailer, 3 axles; Type 3 S2 Truck -- five axle truck with trailer configuration; Type 3-3 Truck -- six axle truck with trailer configuration   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Monday, May 16, 2011   Inspection leads to lower weight limits on Wyoming 170 bridge   A recent inspection of a bridge over Owl Creek on Wyoming 170 (Hamilton Dome Road) near Thermopolis has revealed further deterioration of the existing timber girders.   The bridge is located at milepost 10.58 on Wyoming 170.   WYDOT is in the process of lowering the weight limits of vehicles crossing...

Togwotee Trail highway construction start hinges on snow melt

Togwotee Trail highway construction start hinges on snow melt

Date: 05/04/2011 

  The construction start date for 2011 may possibly be delayed due to a phenomenal amount of snow this season on U.S. 26-287, the Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone, between Dubois and Moran Junction.   Rosie’s Ridge, the final section of the road improvement project, begins 7.83 miles east of Moran Junction and ends about seven miles west of the Fremont-Teton county line (milepost 7.83 to milepost 14.47). Included in 2011 construction plans for Rosie’s Ridge are: Stabilizing six landslide areas between milepost 9.5 and milepost 11 on the existing highway route along Rosie’s Ridge;  Erecting a wildlife...

Citizens advised of falling rocks on U.S. 14-A near Lovell

Citizens advised of falling rocks on U.S. 14-A near Lovell

Date: 04/20/2011 

  Citizens are advised to use care and watch for falling rocks on U.S. 14-A near Lovell between mileposts 73 and 74.   A winter closure of U.S. 14-A, west of Burgess Junction, remains in effect at milepost 76.04 on the Lovell side of the Big Horn Mountains. The seasonal road closure at Burgess Junction is just east of milepost 98.1.   WYDOT seasonally closes this 22-mile stretch of scenic mountain road in the Big Horn Mountains of north-central Wyoming at the end of the fall hunting season about Nov. 30.   “Falling rocks are a safety concern on U.S. 14-A near Lovell,” said Jim Thomas, Wyoming Department...

Bridge rehabilitation begins north of Lander

Bridge rehabilitation begins north of Lander

Date: 04/12/2011 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Bridge rehabilitation begins north of Lander Motorists should expect minor traffic delays as U.S. 287 improvements begin this week on the bridge over the North Fork of the Popo Agie River north of Lander near Milford, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander. The bridge work is part of a $2.88 million bridge rehabilitation project/asphalt pavement overlay, and the first phase of the project will involve rehabilitation of the North Fork of the Popo Agie River bridge. “There will be traffic delays up to...

Rattlesnake Ridge project resumes east of Worland

Rattlesnake Ridge project resumes east of Worland

Date: 03/30/2011 

Highway improvements have restarted on the 3.11-mile Rattlesnake Ridge project east of Worland on U.S. 16, according to Dan McAfee, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Worland. “The contractor is scheduled to begin the process of pavement removal, called rotomilling, this Friday, April 1,” McAfee said.   McAfee said prime contractor Oftedal Construction, Co., is working six days per week.   “The contractor will run a night shift on the deeper culvert installations. Motorists should expect speed reductions throughout the project, and traffic will be controlled with the use...

Riverton family: Seatbelt Survivors

Riverton family: Seatbelt Survivors

Date: 03/30/2011 

Jeff, Michelle, Taylor, Ian and Sam McMenamy are seatbelt survivors. The Riverton family was involved in a one-vehicle rollover crash in the early-morning hours of Dec. 23, 2010, on Wyoming Highway 50 near Gillette.    Thanks to their good decision to wear seatbelts, they all survived.    Bound for Minnesota and a Christmas vacation, the McMenamys left Riverton on the evening of Dec. 23 after hockey practice. Jeff remembers being tired while driving and encountering patches of black ice as the family passed Casper, and Michelle then took her turn behind the wheel.    “I got behind the wheel, left...

Bryant Section pipe work to reduce speed limit on U.S. 26/Wyoming 789

Bryant Section pipe work to reduce speed limit on U.S. 26/Wyoming 789

Date: 03/30/2011 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Bryant Section pipe work to reduce speed limit on U.S. 26/Wyoming 789 Motorists should expect reduced speeds north of Riverton as a pipe is being installed underneath the highway as part of the $11.91 million highway improvement project to widen 5.74 miles of U.S. 26/Wyoming 789, according to Kent Herren, Wyoming Department of Transportation project inspector in Riverton. The pipe is being installed at milepost 114.5. “The contractor is scheduled to remove the asphalt pavement at milepost 114.5 on Thursday, March 17, weather permitting. If it rains...

U.S. 14-A project re-starts between Cody and Powell

U.S. 14-A project re-starts between Cody and Powell

Date: 03/16/2011 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, March 16, 2011 U.S. 14-A project re-starts between Cody and Powell Reconstruction of 2.8 miles of U.S. 14-A between Powell and Cody has resumed, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody. Mountain Construction Co., of Lovell, is the prime contractor on the $5.9 million Cody Northeast Phase 2 project to widen the existing highway to five lanes. The project is between mileposts 7.48 and 10.28 on U.S. 14-A. “Traffic will be carried through the project without delay from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.,...

Slope flattening project to begin north of Fort Washakie

Slope flattening project to begin north of Fort Washakie

Date: 03/08/2011 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   March 8, 2011   Slope flattening project to begin north of Fort Washakie   A $1.65 million slope flattening and box culvert replacement project is scheduled to begin this month on U.S. 287 north of Fort Washakie, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.   Smith said the project includes grading, draining, installing a new concrete box culvert, and removal and replacement of signs, guardrail and fencing, and other work.   The project is 6.51 miles in length and begins at milepost 22.66 north of Fort Washakie on U.S. 287.  ...

Bridge rehabilitation work/paving scheduled north of Lander

Bridge rehabilitation work/paving scheduled north of Lander

Date: 03/08/2011 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2011 Bridge rehabilitation work/paving scheduled north of Lander A $2.88 million bridge rehabilitation project/asphalt pavement overlay is scheduled to begin this month on U.S. 287 between Lander and Fort Washakie, according to Kevin Hart, Wyoming Department of Transportation project inspector in Lander. The first phase of the project will involve rehabilitation of the bridge over the North Fork of the Popo Agie River near Milford. “There will be traffic delays up to several minutes as workers repair the bridge deck, guardrail and curb,” said Hart. “During this work,...

Bryant Section road improvements resume north of Riverton

Bryant Section road improvements resume north of Riverton

Date: 03/07/2011 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, February 23, 2011   Bryant Section road improvements resume north of Riverton   An $11.91 million highway improvement project to widen 5.74 miles of U.S. 26/Wyoming 789 to a five-lane highway has resumed north of Riverton, according to Kent Herren, Wyoming Department of Transportation project inspector in Riverton.   The contractor is currently working off the edge of the roadway. “There will be very little effect on traffic movements at this time, but drivers are encouraged to slow down and use caution through the work zone,” Herren said.   Prime contractors...

Outage scheduled for U.S. 14-16-20 tunnel lights near Cody

Outage scheduled for U.S. 14-16-20 tunnel lights near Cody

Date: 01/26/2011 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, January 26, 2011   Outage scheduled for U.S. 14-16-20 tunnel lights near Cody   The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will cut power Thursday, Jan. 27, to the lights inside the big tunnel on U.S. 14-16-20 west of Cody.   The power outage is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, and the power outage is scheduled to end about 11 a.m. Thursday.   Drivers are advised to pay heed to the signs at each end of the tunnels, advising people to “Turn Headlights On For Safety” when driving through the tunnels.   “The signs are black and white, which means Wyoming Highway Patrol...

U.S. 14-A seasonal closure scheduled for Nov. 30

U.S. 14-A seasonal closure scheduled for Nov. 30

Date: 11/24/2010 

  Crews from the Wyoming Department of Transportation are preparing to close U.S. 14-A west of Burgess Junction for the winter on Tuesday, Nov. 30.   WYDOT seasonally closes this 22-mile stretch of scenic mountain road in the Big Horn Mountains of north-central Wyoming at the end of the fall hunting season. Hunting season closes Nov. 30.   “We close the road seasonally as a safety precaution due to deep winter snow, limited visibility and drifting snow. This decision ties in with our mission of providing a safe, high quality and efficient transportation system for the citizens of Wyoming,” said...

Motorists advised to slow down through Riverton-area project

Motorists advised to slow down through Riverton-area project

Date: 10/19/2010 

  Motorists are advised of reduced speed limits and enhanced speeding ticket fines on the $11.91 million highway improvement project north of Riverton, according to Kent Herren, Wyoming Department of Transportation project inspector in Riverton.   Workers are encountering citizens driving at “excessive, unsafe speeds through the project corridor,” Herren said. “Drivers are encouraged to slow down and use caution through the work zone. Highway troopers have been writing speeding tickets in the work zone in an attempt to slow down traffic through this project.”   As an example, a speeding ticket...

Federal Boulevard lanes to close this week and next week for Park/Federal traffic signal installation

Federal Boulevard lanes to close this week and next week for Park/Federal traffic signal installation

Date: 10/19/2010 

  Federal Boulevard lanes to close this week and next week for Park/Federal traffic signal installation   A $905,000 highway safety and lighting project is continuing at the Park Street/Federal Boulevard intersection in Riverton, according to Ron Hoffman, Wyoming Department of Transportation project inspector in Riverton.   Beginning Friday, Oct. 22, and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 23, the old traffic signal is scheduled to be shut down, dismantled and removed.   “During this work, three of five lanes of Federal Boulevard will be shut down, and a single lane of traffic will be open for northbound...

Roadside memorial program honors those who die in crashes

Roadside memorial program honors those who die in crashes

Date: 10/13/2010 

  Any person who dies in a crash on a Wyoming state highway outside a municipality is eligible to have a memorial sign erected in his or her honor.   The Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Roadside Memorial Program was instituted in 2003 “to help those grieving the loss of a loved one in a vehicle crash, and at the same time, promote highway safety,” according to Doug McGee, WYDOT public affairs officer in Cheyenne.   “The signing program will keep grieving families out of harm’s way since they are no longer allowed to park along highways and install their own memorials,” McGee said. “The WYDOT...

Little Wind River bridge near Ethete next focus of rehabilitation project

Little Wind River bridge near Ethete next focus of rehabilitation project

Date: 09/22/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, September 17, 2010   Little Wind River bridge near Ethete next focus of rehabilitation project   A $1.88 million bridge rehabilitation project is continuing in Fremont County, and work is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 20, on the Little Wind River bridge on Wyoming 132 near Ethete, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   Prime contractor S&S Builders, LLC, of Cheyenne will be replacing approach slabs and repairing expansion joints on the Little Wind River bridge at milepost 7.68 on Wyoming 132, and work will take...

Rawlings earns 15-year service award

Rawlings earns 15-year service award

Date: 09/22/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, September 17, 2010   Rawlings earns 15-year service award   Frannie Port of Entry supervisor Billie Rawlings has earned a 15-year service award with the Wyoming Department of Transportation.   Rawlings was originally hired as a dispatcher in Sheridan. She has also worked as a clerk/officer at the Sheridan Port of Entry and lead officer at Casper Port of Entry. She has been the supervisor of the Frannie Port of Entry for three years.   The Grandfield, Okla. native's home is in Sheridan.   MEDIA: Questions about this news release may be directed to Cody Beers, WYDOT...

Togwotee Pass nighttime traffic closures end

Togwotee Pass nighttime traffic closures end

Date: 09/22/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, September 22, 2010   Togwotee Pass nighttime traffic closures end   Nighttime traffic closures concluded Tuesday night, Sept. 21, for the 2010 construction season on the Togwotee Pass-Four Mile Meadows highway improvement project west of Dubois on U.S. 26-287, according to Lyle Lamb, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Dubois.   Stop delays of up to 20 minutes are still expected during daylight and nighttime hours throughout the Togwotee Trail corridor as highway improvements continue.   Construction continues to progress west from milepost...

Rattlesnake Ridge project to begin near Worland

Rattlesnake Ridge project to begin near Worland

Date: 09/07/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, September 7, 2010   Rattlesnake Ridge project to begin near Worland   The 3.11-mile Rattlesnake Ridge highway improvement project is scheduled to begin this month on U.S. 16 east of Worland, according to Dan McAfee, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Worland.   The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the $6.43 million Rattlesnake Ridge project to Oftedal Construction Co., of Casper on Aug. 19.   The project includes grading, draining, placement of crushed gravel base, asphalt surfacing, culvert extensions, fencing, signing and other...

Berry promoted, earns 10-year service award with WYDOT

Berry promoted, earns 10-year service award with WYDOT

Date: 09/07/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, September 7, 2010   Berry promoted, earns 10-year service award with WYDOT   Cody maintenance foreman Jim Berry has earned his 10-year service award with the Wyoming Department of Transportation.   Berry was promoted to maintenance foreman of the Cody maintenance crew on Sept. 1.   Berry originally hired on with WYDOT as a transportation technician. He was promoted to heavy equipment operator 8½ years ago.   Berry, 49, is a native of San Diego, Calif. Prior to joining WYDOT in 2000, Berry worked for Wild West Construction.   He graduated from El Capitan High...

17-Mile Road temporary bridge opening delayed to Sept. 14

17-Mile Road temporary bridge opening delayed to Sept. 14

Date: 09/07/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, September 7, 2010   17-Mile Road temporary bridge opening delayed to Sept. 14   Opening of a temporary detour bridge over the Little Wind River on 17-Mile Road has been delayed to Tuesday, Sept. 14, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   “The opening of the bridge is being delayed due to erosion of the river bed, which required construction plans to be revised,” Scheidemantel said. “After revision of the construction plans, additional time was required to complete construction of the temporary bridge...

Bryant Section road improvements begin north of Riverton

Bryant Section road improvements begin north of Riverton

Date: 09/02/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, September 2, 2010   Bryant Section road improvements begin north of Riverton   An $11.91 million highway improvement project to widen 5.74 miles of U.S. 26/Wyoming 789 to a five-lane highway is scheduled to begin next week north of Riverton, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, clearing of trees and grubbing is scheduled to begin along both sides of the highway improvement project. Some fencing work is already under way.   “There will be very little effect on traffic...

Asphalt paving begins Sept. 1 on Sand Draw Road

Asphalt paving begins Sept. 1 on Sand Draw Road

Date: 08/31/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, August 31, 2010   Asphalt paving begins Sept. 1 on Sand Draw Road   Asphalt paving is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 1 on a $4.26 million asphalt pavement overlay project between Riverton and Sweetwater Station on Wyoming 135 (Sand Draw Road), according to Kevin Hart, Wyoming Department of Transportation construction technician in Lander.   “Prime contractor LeGrand Johnson Construction Co., of Logan, Utah, has completed roadway shoulder work, and will begin nearly eight weeks of paving on Wednesday,” Hart said. “Travelers should expect traffic delays during...

Paving begins northwest of Greybull

Paving begins northwest of Greybull

Date: 08/31/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, August 31, 2010   Paving begins northwest of Greybull   Asphalt paving is scheduled to begin this week on the $5.6 million highway improvement project northwest of Greybull on U.S. 14-16-20. Weather permitting, paving will be conducted between 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. five days a week. “Traffic will be controlled with the use of a pilot vehicle,” said Ben Steed, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Basin. “Paving is expected to take most of September to complete.”   McGarvin-Moberly Construction Company of Worland is the prime contractor.   The...

Sheridan Avenue project progressing; paving scheduled to begin Aug. 30

Sheridan Avenue project progressing; paving scheduled to begin Aug. 30

Date: 08/18/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, August 18, 2010   Sheridan Avenue project progressing; paving scheduled to begin Aug. 30   A $2.05 million project to reconstruct Sheridan Avenue from 29th Street to 33rd Street in Cody is progressing, and asphalt paving is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 30, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   “We realize that school starts Aug. 23, and we would have liked to complete paving prior to the start of school,” Frost said. “We may have to add extra flaggers or schedule work to ensure traffic picking up and...

Huckfeldt selected as area maintenance supervisor

Huckfeldt selected as area maintenance supervisor

Date: 08/13/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, August 13, 2010   Huckfeldt selected as area maintenance supervisor   Clint Huckfeldt has been selected as an area maintenance supervisor with the Wyoming Department of Transportation in Thermopolis.   Huckfeldt will supervise WYDOT’s maintenance efforts in Thermopolis, Worland, Ten Sleep and Shoshoni.   Huckfeldt, 30, his wife, Brenna, and their two-month-old daughter, Reagan, live in Thermopolis.   “Clint is a bright, ambitious and upcoming guy in the department with a lot of potential. He’s a valuable person at WYDOT, and above all, he’s a good person,” said Ron...

Paving nearly complete between Cody and Powell

Paving nearly complete between Cody and Powell

Date: 08/11/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, August 11, 2010   Paving nearly complete between Cody and Powell   About a week of paving remains on the $10.2 million US 14-A five-lane highway improvement project between Cody and Powell, weather permitting, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   “When the asphalt wearing course is completed and the road is striped, we’ll return the traffic speed to 65 mph except in one location,” Frost said. “Guardrail will soon be installed at the Garland Canal crossing, and at that location we’ll restrict traffic to two...

Hunt promoted to Basin maintenance foreman

Hunt promoted to Basin maintenance foreman

Date: 08/11/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, August 11, 2010   Hunt promoted to Basin maintenance foreman   Rob Hunt has been promoted to maintenance foreman with the Wyoming Department of Transportation in Basin.   Prior to his recent promotion, Hunt had served as the Basin crew's heavy equipment operator for nearly seven years.   "Rob has done an excellent job as heavy equipment operator, and he's ready to move up to foreman," said Robin Nichols, WYDOT area maintenance supervisor in Basin, Cody, Lovell and Meeteetse. "We're excited to have him leading our Basin crew's work efforts."   Hunt was hired Sept....

Asphalt pavement overlay project under way near Boysen Reservoir

Asphalt pavement overlay project under way near Boysen Reservoir

Date: 08/10/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Monday, August 9, 2010   Asphalt pavement overlay project under way near Boysen Reservoir   A $1.66 million asphalt pavement overlay project is under way between Shoshoni and Thermopolis on U.S. 20/Wyoming 789 near Boysen Reservoir, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   “Prime contractor Mountain Construction Co., of Lovell has about two weeks of asphalt paving to go, then a chip seal finish will be applied to the new roadway surface,” Scheidemantel said. “Travelers should expect traffic delays of up to 20...

Sage Creek bridge, Powell-area bridge next focus of rehabilitation project

Sage Creek bridge, Powell-area bridge next focus of rehabilitation project

Date: 08/10/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, August 10, 2010   Sage Creek bridge, Powell-area bridge next focus of rehabilitation project   A $1.88 million bridge rehabilitation project is continuing in Park County, and work is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Aug. 11, on the Sage Creek bridge on U.S. 14-A north of Cody, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   Prime contractor S&S Builders, LLC, of Cheyenne will be repairing an expansion joint on the Sage Creek bridge at milepost 3.77 on U.S. 14-A, and work is expected to take up to three weeks to complete.  ...

Asphalt pavement overlay project to begin on Sand Draw Road

Asphalt pavement overlay project to begin on Sand Draw Road

Date: 08/05/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, August 5, 2010   Asphalt pavement overlay project to begin on Sand Draw Road   A $4.26 million asphalt pavement overlay project is scheduled to begin next week between Riverton and Sweetwater Station on Wyoming 135, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.   “Prime contractor LeGrand Johnson Construction Co., of Logan, Utah, is scheduled to begin roadway shoulder work on Monday, Aug. 9,” Smith said.   Weather permitting, paving is scheduled to begin Aug. 23.   “During paving, travelers should expect traffic delays,...

Greybull Rest Area open for use

Greybull Rest Area open for use

Date: 08/02/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, July 6, 2010   Greybull Rest Area open for use   A rest area improvement project is nearly finished in northwest Wyoming, and the Greybull Rest Area is open for use.   Greybull Rest Area is located northwest of Greybull on U.S. 14-16-20.   L.M. Olson, Inc., of Rawlins is the prime contractor on the $2.2 million rest area improvement project.   The northwest Wyoming rest area improvement project has included building demolition, additions and other upgrades to existing buildings, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; and site improvements and modifications,...

South Fork Road sealing scheduled for next week near Cody

South Fork Road sealing scheduled for next week near Cody

Date: 08/02/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, July 8, 2010   South Fork Road sealing scheduled for next week near Cody   Road improvements are scheduled to resume Tuesday, July 13, on 6.83 miles of Wyoming 291 (South Fork Road) near Cody, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   Prime contractor Riverside Contracting of Missoula, Mont., is scheduled to begin sealing roadway shoulders on July 13.   “The contractor is tentatively scheduled to start chip sealing on Wednesday, July 14, and all work is dependent upon favorable weather,” Frost said.   The chip sealing...

Honor Farm/Country Acres lighting project to begin

Honor Farm/Country Acres lighting project to begin

Date: 08/02/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, July 8, 2010   Honor Farm/Country Acres lighting project to begin   A $905,000 highway safety and lighting project is slated to begin next week on U.S. 26/Wyoming 789, north of Riverton, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   “Prime contractor Western Wyoming Construction Co., of Lander is scheduled to begin rotomilling existing asphalt pavement from Country Acres and Honor Farm roads on Friday, July 9,” Scheidemantel said. “Travelers of these roads should expect traffic delays during this work.”...

Asphalt pavement overlay project to begin west of Moneta

Asphalt pavement overlay project to begin west of Moneta

Date: 08/02/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, July 8, 2010   Asphalt pavement overlay project to begin west of Moneta   A $3.48 million asphalt pavement overlay project is scheduled to begin next week between Shoshoni and Moneta on U.S. 20/26, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   “Prime contractor Western Wyoming Construction Co., of Lander is scheduled to begin the leveling and overlay project Monday, July 12,” Scheidemantel said. “Travelers should expect traffic delays during this work, and traffic will be moved through the project with...

Paving crew working in Fremont County

Paving crew working in Fremont County

Date: 08/02/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, July 27, 2010   Paving crew working in Fremont County   A Wyoming Department of Transportation asphalt paving crew is scheduled for work later this week east of Dubois on U.S. 26-287.   Weather permitting, the work is scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 28, east of Dubois beginning at milepost 66. Beginning the week of Aug. 2, the paving crew is scheduled for four days of work on Wyoming 28 south of Lander.   The paving crew is then scheduled to move its operation closer to Lander Aug. 9-10 on Wyoming 28, and Sand Draw Road (Wyoming 135) near Riverton on Aug. 11-12....

Temporary bridge construction to begin on 17-Mile Road

Temporary bridge construction to begin on 17-Mile Road

Date: 08/02/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, July 28, 2010   Temporary bridge construction to begin on 17-Mile Road   Construction and installation of a temporary bridge over the Little Wind River on 17-Mile Road is scheduled to begin Thursday, July 29, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   Reiman Corp., of Cheyenne was awarded a $777,501 emergency construction contract by the Wyoming Transportation Commission on July 15 to install a temporary bridge over the Little Wind River at milepost 9.14 on 17-Mile Road, which is also known as Fremont...

Night Delays in Effect on the Togwotee Trail

Night Delays in Effect on the Togwotee Trail

Date: 08/02/2010 

Night Delays in Effect on the Togwotee Trail   The Wyoming Department of Transportation would like to remind residents, businesses, chambers and travelers that nighttime road delays are in effect on Hwy. 26-287, the Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone.   The schedule is as follows: Three-hour traffic delays Monday through Friday on U.S. 26-287 – The Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone – are in effect with delays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Saturday traffic delay is 10 p.m. to midnight. Flagging stations for the three-hour delays will be at mileposts 26.5 and 31 on U.S. 26-287. Motorists...

U.S. 14A opens for summer at noon, Monday, May 24

U.S. 14A opens for summer at noon, Monday, May 24

Date: 05/19/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, May 19, 2010   U.S. 14A opens for summer at noon, Monday, May 24   Maintenance crews from the Wyoming Department of Transportation are scheduled to open U.S. 14A west of Burgess Junction for the summer at noon, Monday, May 24.   Last year, the highway opened for the summer on May 20.   WYDOT seasonally opens this 22-mile stretch of scenic mountain road in the Big Horn Mountains of north-central Wyoming in mid-May. It usually closes every fall at the end of the fall hunting season.   Lovell Maintenance Foreman Jim Thomas said crews have successfully plowed the...

Manderson-area pavement overlay projects begin in May

Manderson-area pavement overlay projects begin in May

Date: 05/18/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, May 7, 2010   Manderson-area pavement overlay projects begin in May   A pair of asphalt overlay projects are scheduled to begin in May north of Worland, according to Dan McAfee, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Worland.   “Drivers should expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes during these highway improvement projects,” McAfee said. “Please pay attention to workers through this project, or be prepared to pay the price.”   The first project – 5.6 miles of U.S.16-20/Wyoming 789 near Manderson – was awarded to Western Wyoming Construction...

Sheridan Avenue project to begin in Cody; public meeting May 24

Sheridan Avenue project to begin in Cody; public meeting May 24

Date: 05/18/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, May 11, 2010   Sheridan Avenue project to begin in Cody; public meeting May 24   A $2.05 million project to reconstruct Sheridan Avenue from 29th Street to 33rd Street in Cody is scheduled to begin next week, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   Next week’s scheduled work includes installation of storm sewer across the campus of the new Sunset School. “Impacts and delays for this work will be minor,” Frost said.   The contractor is required to hold a public meeting before starting any work on Sheridan Avenue,...

Gooseberry Rest Area reopens

Gooseberry Rest Area reopens

Date: 05/18/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Monday, May 17, 2010   Gooseberry Rest Area reopens   A rest area improvement project is continuing in northwest Wyoming.   The Gooseberry Rest Area reopened Friday, May 14, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.   The Gooseberry Rest Area is located on Wyoming 120 between Thermopolis and Meeteetse.   “The improvements to the Gooseberry facility improve our ability to serve the public at the rest area,” Smith said.   L.M. Olson, Inc., of Rawlins is the prime contractor on the $2.2 million rest area improvement project....

Annual STIP meetings address future highway projects

Annual STIP meetings address future highway projects

Date: 05/05/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Annual STIP meetings address future highway projects A series of public meetings is scheduled in May and June to address future highway improvement projects in Central and Northwest Wyoming. A key part of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) process involves annual meetings with public officials and other individuals who play a transportation role in the northwest corner of Wyoming, according to Shelby G. Carlson, Wyoming Department of Transportation district engineer in Basin.   These meetings provide an opportunity for local officials...

18 bridges are focus of northwest Wyoming rehabilitation project

18 bridges are focus of northwest Wyoming rehabilitation project

Date: 05/05/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, May 4, 2010   18 bridges are focus of northwest Wyoming rehabilitation project   A $1.88 million bridge rehabilitation project is scheduled to begin May 10 near Cody and Thermopolis, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   Prime contractor S&S Builders, LLC, of Gillette is scheduled to begin work May 10 on a pair of bridges on U.S. 14/16/20, west of Cody. “The first structures will be the North Fork of the Shoshone River bridge at milepost 2.26 and Gunbarrel Creek at milepost 12.30,” said Frost. “Work will consist...

Signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way

Signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way

Date: 05/05/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, May 4, 2010   Signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way   The Wyoming Department of Transportation is issuing a reminder to political candidates and real estate agents that advertising cannot be placed in the state rights-of-way.   “We’ve seen an increase in the number of signs our maintenance crews are having to remove from the right-of-way fence or from the right-of-way itself,” said Jon Steinke, maintenance foreman for WYDOT in Lander.  “Wyoming law and WYDOT policy prohibit placement of signs in those areas, so when our maintenance crews come through an area,...

One-day closure rescheduled for Waltman Rest Area

One-day closure rescheduled for Waltman Rest Area

Date: 04/08/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, April 8, 2010   One-day closure rescheduled for Waltman Rest Area   Electrical work is scheduled to close the Waltman Rest Area on Monday, April 12, a change due to a work schedule change, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   The main building at the Waltman Rest Area is already closed for repairs until further notice between Shoshoni and Casper on US 20-26, but a portable restroom facility is open at Waltman to accommodate travelers.   On Monday, April 12, the one-day closure is scheduled to be...

Landowners invited to educational forum/public meeting on prescribed burning in Worland

Landowners invited to educational forum/public meeting on prescribed burning in Worland

Date: 04/08/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, April 8, 2010   Landowners invited to educational forum/public meeting on prescribed burning in Worland   An educational forum/public meeting on prescribed burning in central and northwest Wyoming has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, in Worland.   Landowners, ranchers, farmers, and citizens are encouraged to attend the 9 a.m. to noon session on Tuesday, April 13, at the Washakie County Fairgrounds.   “Prescribed burning occurs annually in counties throughout the Big Horn Basin and Fremont County, and speakers at this forum will cover the legal aspects of prescribed...

Highway work begins north of Greybull

Highway work begins north of Greybull

Date: 03/19/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Monday, March 22, 2010   Highway work begins north of Greybull   Irrigation pipe installation is under way on the $5.6 million highway improvement project northwest of Greybull on four miles of US 14-16-20.   Temporary fencing and the new right-of-way fence are also being built.   McGarvin-Moberly Construction Company of Worland is the prime contractor.   The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the bid to McGarvin-Moberly last September.   The Greybull Northwest project is connected to the Greybull streets project that was built in 2008. It begins just north of the...

Landowners are liable for burning state property

Landowners are liable for burning state property

Date: 03/19/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Landowners are liable for burning state property The prescribed burning season has started in many rural areas of Northwest Wyoming, and citizens are being advised of issues related to prescribed burning near state rights-of-way. Right-of-way fencing, signs inside the rights-of-way, and guardrail are owned by the State of Wyoming, according to Shelby Carlson, Wyoming Department of Transportation district engineer in Basin. In lieu of burning, an option available for landowners is securing a WYDOT forage permit. This permit allows individuals to mow...

Guardrail project scheduled to begin next week near Meeteetse

Guardrail project scheduled to begin next week near Meeteetse

Date: 03/12/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, March 11, 2010   Guardrail project scheduled to begin next week near Meeteetse   A $595,000 highway guardrail upgrade project is scheduled to begin next week in Park County.   S&L Industrial of Cowley was awarded a contract last November to remove and replace guardrail on the Meeteetse-Pitchfork Road (Wyoming 290), Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (Wyoming 296), and South Fork Road (Wyoming 291).   “The project will update existing guardrail and address erosion issues,” said Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   S&L’s schedule...

Garland Canal bridge work nearly complete between Cody and Powell

Garland Canal bridge work nearly complete between Cody and Powell

Date: 03/12/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, March 11, 2010   Garland Canal bridge work nearly complete between Cody and Powell   Work on the new Garland Canal bridge is nearly complete on the $10.2 million US 14-A five-lane highway improvement project between Cody and Powell, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   “This structure should be completed next week,” Frost said. “Our prime contractor High Country Construction, Inc., of Lander is currently scheduled to return to the project March 22 and divert traffic to the new bridge, and remove the detour at...

Cleanup of US 14 hazardous spill nears completion

Cleanup of US 14 hazardous spill nears completion

Date: 03/04/2010 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Cleanup of US 14 hazardous spill nears completion US 14 traffic delays are expected through Thursday, March 4, as workers attempt to finish cleanup work on a hazardous chemical spill in Shell Canyon east of Greybull. "Cleaning the spill is progressing at a steady, yet slow, pace," said Robin Nichols, Wyoming Department of Transportation district maintenance technician in Basin. "Workers should be completely finished cleaning up the spill by Thursday. Guardrail is scheduled to be installed on Friday." Nichols said the traffic numbers have been low during the cleanup effort,...

Cleanup continues of US 14 hazardous spill; delays expected through Wednesday

Cleanup continues of US 14 hazardous spill; delays expected through Wednesday

Date: 03/02/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, March 2, 2010   Clean up continues of US 14 hazardous spill; delays expected through Wednesday   US 14 traffic delays are expected through Wednesday, March 3, to allow workers to finish clean up of a hazardous chemical spill in Shell Canyon east of Greybull.   Traffic delays are expected Tuesday and Wednesday on US 14, about 10 miles east of Shell, according to Ron Huff, Wyoming Department of Transportation district maintenance engineer in Basin.   "The contractor is attempting to shorten traffic delays through the work area in Shell Canyon, but motorists should...

US 14 closures planned to clean up hazardous spill

US 14 closures planned to clean up hazardous spill

Date: 03/01/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Sunday, February 28, 2010   US 14 closures planned to clean up hazardous spill   US 14 highway closures are planned Monday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 2, to allow workers to clean up a Feb. 19 hazardous chemical spill in Shell Canyon east of Greybull.   Short closures are scheduled for Monday, while more lengthy closures are scheduled for Tuesday.   "Drivers of US 14 should be aware that the highway may be closed for hours at a time on Monday and Tuesday," said Ron Huff, Wyoming Department of Transportation district maintenance engineer in Basin. "It may be a good idea...

School crossing light times change Wednesday in Cody

School crossing light times change Wednesday in Cody

Date: 02/24/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, February 24, 2010   School crossing light times change Wednesday in Cody   Beginning at noon Wednesday, Feb. 24, school crossing light times will change on Sheridan Avenue near Cody’s City Park and the Park County Courthouse.   The changes, implemented at the request of Cody school officials, will remain in effect through May 26, the final day of the 2009-10 school year.   The new school crossing light times for Monday through Thursday include: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; 11:25 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.; and 3:20 p.m. to 4 p.m. On Fridays, the school crossing lights will be...

Culbertson Avenue bridge to be closed for inspection in Worland

Culbertson Avenue bridge to be closed for inspection in Worland

Date: 02/24/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, February 24, 2010   Culbertson Avenue bridge to be closed for inspection in Worland   A two-day closure of the Culbertson Avenue truss-style bridge is scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, and Wednesday, March 3, in Worland, according to Shawn Franzen, Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance foreman in Worland.   The two-day closure will allow for the structure to be inspected by WYDOT officials as part of regularly scheduled assessments of bridges around Wyoming.   MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 public involvement...

Used equipment/vehicles being sold online

Used equipment/vehicles being sold online

Date: 01/27/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, January 27, 2010   Used equipment/vehicles being sold online   The Wyoming Department of Transportation is using online auction web sites to dispose of used equipment, light-duty vehicles, trucks and other heavy equipment.   The web sites are publicsurplus.com and govdeals.com, and citizens are invited to bid on public equipment from Wyoming and other states.   “Our equipment is good quality and well-maintained, and maintenance records are included as part of each purchase,” said Frank Hancock, WYDOT district equipment supervisor in Basin. “We’re inviting citizens...

Greybull Rest Area closes for improvements

Greybull Rest Area closes for improvements

Date: 01/20/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010   Greybull Rest Area closes for improvements   A rest area improvement project is continuing in northwest Wyoming.   The Greybull Rest Area closes Jan. 20 until further notice, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.   Greybull Rest Area is on US 14-16-20 west of Greybull.   “The improvements to the Greybull facility will improve our ability to serve the public at the rest area in the future,” Smith said.   L.M. Olson Inc., of Rawlins, is the prime contractor on the $2.2 million rest area improvement...

Diversion Dam Rest Area reopens

Diversion Dam Rest Area reopens

Date: 01/20/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010   Diversion Dam Rest Area reopens   A rest area improvement project is continuing in northwest Wyoming.   The Diversion Dam Rest Area reopened Jan. 13, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.   Diversion Dam Rest Area is on US 26-287 between Riverton and Dubois.   “The improvements to the Diversion Dam facility improve our ability to serve the public at the rest area,” Smith said.   Gooseberry Rest Area remains closed until further notice.   Gooseberry Rest Area is on WYO 120 between Thermopolis...

South Pass Rest Area reopens; Gooseberry Rest Area closes

South Pass Rest Area reopens; Gooseberry Rest Area closes

Date: 01/07/2010 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010   South Pass Rest Area reopens; Gooseberry Rest Area closes   A rest area improvement project is continuing in northwest Wyoming.   The South Pass Rest Area has reopened, and Gooseberry Rest Area closed until further notice beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.   The South Pass Rest Area on WYO 28 near the Sweetwater River, more than 45 miles south of Lander.   “The improvements to the South Pass facility improve our ability to serve the public at the rest area,” Smith...

Boedeker promoted to lead Dubois maintenance crew

Boedeker promoted to lead Dubois maintenance crew

Date: 11/09/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009   Boedeker promoted to lead Dubois maintenance crew   Paul Boedeker has been promoted to maintenance foreman to lead the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s maintenance crew in the Dubois area.   Boedeker has worked as a maintenance worker in Dubois since March 1988.   “I’m enjoying the challenge of my new responsibilities,” Boedeker said.   Boedeker, 48, is a Dubois native and graduate of Dubois High School.   "Paul is very deserving of this promotion, and he faces a big challenge. Paul has a lifetime of experience in knowing the area, and that'll...

Scheidemantel is new resident engineer in Riverton

Scheidemantel is new resident engineer in Riverton

Date: 11/04/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009   Scheidemantel is new resident engineer in Riverton   Robert Scheidemantel is the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s new resident engineer in Riverton.   Scheidemantel, 43, of Riverton, has served as WYDOT’s acting resident engineer in Riverton for nearly two years.   “Robert has worked for a decade as an engineer in Fremont County, and he brings valuable experience to the table in working with the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes on the Wind River Reservation,” said Keith Compton, WYDOT district construction engineer in Basin. “Robert...

Paving Slated this week west of Dubois on the Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone, US 26-287

Paving Slated this week west of Dubois on the Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone, US 26-287

Date: 11/04/2009 

Paving Slated this Week on the Togwotee Trail   With more favorable weather conditions forecast for the immediate future, paving is slated to take place throughout the week on the Togwotee Trail construction project.   HK Contractors Inc. will attempt to place both temporary and permanent surfaces on the remaining four-and-a-half miles of unpaved road. If weather conditions hold, the remainder of the paving can be completed in six days.   Road work will continue seven days a week during the day until further notice. Travelers should continue to anticipate stop delays of up to 15 minutes, with pilot...

Driver Services offices change hours in Worland, Thermopolis and Basin

Driver Services offices change hours in Worland, Thermopolis and Basin

Date: 10/28/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009   Driver Services offices change hours in Worland, Thermopolis and Basin   Driver Services offices in Worland, Thermopolis and Basin will have new hours of operation effective Monday, Nov. 2.   The new schedule includes Monday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Wednesday (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) hours of operation in Thermopolis, Tuesday (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Wednesday (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) work hours in Basin, and Thursday and Friday (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) work hours in Worland.   “We hope these work hours will continue to offer quality service to citizens in...

Road closures scheduled near Lovell for railroad crossing work

Road closures scheduled near Lovell for railroad crossing work

Date: 10/28/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009   Road closures scheduled near Lovell for railroad crossing work   A pair of road closures are scheduled to allow for rehabilitation of railroad crossings in Big Horn County.   Big Horn County Road 7 (Cannery Road) is scheduled for closure between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.   Big Horn County Road 9 is scheduled for closure between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.   “Please make alternate travel plans during these time frames,” said Cody Beers, Wyoming Department of Transportation public relations specialist in Riverton.   MEDIA:...

Winter driving requires extra caution

Winter driving requires extra caution

Date: 10/28/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009   Winter driving requires extra caution   A major winter snowstorm hitting Wyoming today has closed many Wyoming roadways, and winter driving strategies courtesy of the Wyoming Highway Patrol may improve your safety if you’re forced to drive during and after the storm. “During a storm event, if you don’t have to drive, don’t,” said Cody Beers, Wyoming Department of Transportation public involvement specialist in Riverton. What follows are answers to frequently-asked questions concerning road closures, winter vehicle trouble, winter driving on bridges,...

Night delays end on Togwotee Pass

Night delays end on Togwotee Pass

Date: 10/27/2009 

Night Delays to End Oct. 27 west of Dubois   Effective Tuesday, Oct. 27, Oftedal Construction will stop night work on Hwy. 26-287, the Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone, west of Dubois.   The last night shift will take place tonight, Monday, Oct. 26, with one-hour delays between 10 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.   Daytime construction continues, with up to 15 minute stop delays and pilot cars guiding traffic through the majority of the construction zone. Oftedal Construction will continue working during the day as weather allows until further notice.   For the latest updates, log on to the Togwotee Trail Web site...

Expect two detours on Cody Northeast project

Expect two detours on Cody Northeast project

Date: 10/08/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009   Expect two detours on Cody Northeast project   Motorists should expect two detours as the new highway is being built over the new 96-inch pipes at Iron Creek and Buck Creek on the $10.2 million US 14-A five-lane highway improvement project between Cody and Powell, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   Iron Creek is at milepost 10.94 on US 14-A, while Buck Creek is at milepost 12.20.   Frost said work is scheduled to start late this week or early next week, weather permitting.   “As soon as this...

Used equipment/vehicles being sold online

Used equipment/vehicles being sold online

Date: 10/08/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009   Used equipment/vehicles being sold online   The Wyoming Department of Transportation is using an online auction Web site to dispose of used equipment, light-duty vehicles, trucks and other heavy equipment.   The Web site is http://www.publicsurplus.com/ and citizens are invited to bid on public equipment from Wyoming and other states.   “Our equipment is good quality and well-maintained,” said Frank Hancock, WYDOT district equipment supervisor in Basin. “We’re inviting citizens to take a look at what we’re offering, and in the coming months we’d...

Greybull school crossing being removed

Greybull school crossing being removed

Date: 10/06/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009   Greybull school crossing being removed   The Wyoming Department of Transportation is scheduled to remove a school crossing at the intersection of 4th Street and Greybull Avenue (US 14) next week near the Greybull Post Office.   The intersection was the subject of a WYDOT engineering study. The study confirmed “the crossing is not being used as a school crossing,” said Jeff Mellor, WYDOT district traffic engineer in Basin.     Greybull’s new elementary school is south of Greybull Avenue, and most students either ride buses or receive rides to the new...

WYDOT applying for $35.5 million stimulus grant for Rosie's Ridge

WYDOT applying for $35.5 million stimulus grant for Rosie's Ridge

Date: 10/06/2009 

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   WYDOT applying for $35.5 million stimulus grant for Rosie's Ridge   The Wyoming Department of Transportation has applied for $35.5 million in federal economic stimulus funds to complete the final highway improvement project in the 38-mile Togwotee Pass corridor on US 26-287 between Dubois and Jackson.   If the stimulus request is awarded, the 6.5-mile Rosie’s Ridge section of US 26-287 would go to contract as early as May 2010, with construction occurring during the summers of 2010 and 2011.   The criteria for the $1.5 billion in Transportation Investment...

South Fork Road paving begins Thursday

South Fork Road paving begins Thursday

Date: 09/24/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009   South Fork Road paving begins Thursday   Asphalt paving is scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 24, on 6.83 miles of WYO 291 (South Fork Road) near Cody, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   Prime contractor Riverside Contracting of Missoula, Mont., is scheduled for paving between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.   Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes, and a pilot car will be used to control traffic.   “Work is expected to last three to four weeks,” Frost said.   “Please...

Bid awarded for emergency repairs of Gas Hills Road (WYO 136)

Bid awarded for emergency repairs of Gas Hills Road (WYO 136)

Date: 09/24/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 18, 2009   Bid awarded for emergency repairs of Gas Hills Road (WYO 136)   A $662,000 bid has been awarded for emergency repairs to fix a 500-foot section of Gas Hills Road about seven miles east of Riverton.   Gas Hills Road (WYO 136) is east of Riverton. Large amounts of flowing water resulting from a July 4 rain storm in the Beaver Rim area damaged the roadway. Witnesses on July 4 encountered water flows of nearly three feet above a quarter-mile of the highway for several hours.   Rice-Kilroy Construction Inc., of Dubois, was awarded the bid Thursday by...

Thank You Cowley barbecue is Thursday

Thank You Cowley barbecue is Thursday

Date: 09/09/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, September 8, 2009   ‘Thank you Cowley’ barbecue is Thursday   The City of Cowley and Wyoming Department of Transportation are sponsoring a “Thank You Cowley” barbecue Thursday as part of the $6.6 million Cowley Streets Improvement Project.   The barbecue begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Thursday in the picnic shelter at Cowley Town Park.   Citizens are invited to participate in the free barbecue, and construction workers, City of Cowley workers and WYDOT workers are invited to participate.   Participants will dine on pork sandwiches, potato chips, cookies and...

Diversion Dam Rest Area closes for improvements

Diversion Dam Rest Area closes for improvements

Date: 09/09/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, September 9, 2009   Diversion Dam Rest Area closes for improvements   Diversion Dam Rest Area is scheduled to close until further notice for repairs and improvements beginning Monday, Sept. 14, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.   Diversion South Pass Rest Area is at milepost 96.38 on US 26-287 between Riverton and Dubois.   South Pass Rest Area on WYO 28 south of Lander is also closed for repairs and improvements until further notice.   “Travelers will need to make alternate rest stop plans during these...

South Fork Road asphalt overlay project to begin Aug. 24

South Fork Road asphalt overlay project to begin Aug. 24

Date: 08/21/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Monday, August 17, 2009   South Fork Road asphalt overlay project to begin next week   Shoulder widening is scheduled to begin next week on 6.83 miles of Wyoming 291 (South Fork Road) near Cody, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   Prime contractor Riverside Contracting of Missoula, Mont., is mobilizing equipment to the $2.95 million asphalt rehabilitation project this week.   “Stripping highway shoulders of vegetation and widening highway shoulders will kick off the project next week,” said Frost. “Paving is tentatively...

South Pass Rest Area closes for improvements

South Pass Rest Area closes for improvements

Date: 08/21/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, August 20, 2009   South Pass Rest Area closes for improvements   A rest area improvement project has started in northwest Wyoming, and the South Pass Rest Area will be closed until further notice beginning Monday, Aug. 24, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.   The South Pass Rest Area is at milepost 34 on Wyoming 28 near the Sweetwater River, more than 45 miles south of Lander.   “Travelers will need to make alternate rest stop plans during this closure,” Smith said. “We apologize for the inconvenience, but...

Goodrich Drive project nearing completion

Goodrich Drive project nearing completion

Date: 07/29/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, July 28, 2009   Goodrich Drive project nearing completion   Asphalt paving is scheduled to be complete by about Aug. 1 on the $1.5 million Goodrich Drive improvement project in Lander.   “All sidewalk, curb and gutter installation is complete, and the project is nearing completion,” said Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander. “With paving nearly complete, only minor seeding and sod and sprinkler replacement are still remaining.”   Patrick Construction, Inc., of Lander is the prime contractor on the Goodrich Drive project.  ...

U.S. 14-A reopens between Byron and Garland

U.S. 14-A reopens between Byron and Garland

Date: 07/28/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, July 28, 2009   US 14-A reopens between Byron and Garland   US 14-A is open between Byron and Garland following emergency road work due to an early morning breach of the Sidon Canal.   Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance foreman Jim Thomas of Lovell reopened the highway between Byron and Garland at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.   US 14-A is a significant route for local residents and tourists between the Big Horn Mountains/Big Horn County and Park County, including Powell and Cody.   The highway was closed for 11.5 hours.   “We have damage to the shoulder...

Cody asphalt overlay project begins

Cody asphalt overlay project begins

Date: 07/28/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, July 28, 2009   Cody asphalt overlay project begins   A $1.86 million asphalt overlay paving project is under way on nearly two miles of US 14-16-20 beginning at the Stampede Avenue intersection and heading east in Cody, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   The 1.67-mile project begins at milepost 52.97 (the intersection of US 14-16-20 and Stampede Avenue in Cody) and goes to milepost 54.641 (just east of the intersection of WYO 120 and U.S. 14-16-20).   “The part of the project between Stampede Avenue and Taco...

US 14-A closed between Byron and Garland

US 14-A closed between Byron and Garland

Date: 07/28/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, July 28, 2009   US 14-A closed between Byron and Garland   US 14-A is closed until further notice between Byron and Garland due to a breach in the Sidon Canal.   Road closure gates are in place in the Town of Byron and at milepost 33.   Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance foreman Jim Thomas of Lovell received a call for help at 2 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, concerning a vehicle crash and water on the highway between milepost 35 and milepost 36 on US 14-A.   The US 14-A highway closure is between Lovell/Cowley (US 310) and Powell.   Travelers are encouraged...

Sand Draw, Moneta areas are focus of paving crew next week

Sand Draw, Moneta areas are focus of paving crew next week

Date: 07/16/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, July 16, 2009   Sand Draw, Moneta areas are focus of paving crew next week   A Wyoming Department of Transportation asphalt paving crew is scheduled for work Monday, July 20, and Tuesday, July 21, on WYO 135 near Beaver Rim.   Weather permitting, the work is scheduled on the west side of Beaver Rim between mileposts 22.8 and 23.58.   Between July 21-23, the schedule calls for the paving crew to patch US 20-26 east of Moneta, beginning at milepost 75.6.   The WYDOT paving operation consists of a paving crew, a roller operator and numerous WYDOT trucks hauling the...

Signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way

Signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way

Date: 07/16/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, July 16, 2009   Signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way   The Wyoming Department of Transportation today issued a reminder that advertising signs cannot be placed in the state right-of-way.   “We’ve seen an increase in the number of signs our maintenance crews are having to remove from the right-of-way fence or from the right-of-way itself,” said Frank Palazzolo, WYDOT maintenance foreman in Cody. “Wyoming law and WYDOT policy prohibit placement of signs in those areas, so when our maintenance crews come through an area, they pick them up and take them to the...

Cody Northeast project starts; pipe detour opens

Cody Northeast project starts; pipe detour opens

Date: 07/16/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, July 16, 2009   Cody Northeast project starts; pipe detour opens   Dirt work has started and a detour is open on the $10.2 million US 14-A five-lane highway improvement project between Cody and Powell, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   “The contractor is in full production building fill alongside the highway, starting at milepost 10.06 and working toward Powell,” Frost said. “The contractor is also detouring traffic at a pipe location at milepost 10.06. This will allow the contractor to install the other...

Second half of Cowley project is near

Second half of Cowley project is near

Date: 07/16/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, July 15, 2009   Second half of Cowley project is near   Rotomilling of existing asphalt pavement is scheduled this week on the second half on the $6.6 million Cowley Streets Improvement Project, and dirt work is expected to begin next week.   “We are finishing up curb and gutter, sidewalk and approach tie-ins on the first half of the project, and a dust control agent has been applied to the crushed gravel base,” said Ben Steed, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Basin.   Steed said storm sewer installation up 4th Street, work on the bike...

Riverton-Shoshoni highway improvements begin

Riverton-Shoshoni highway improvements begin

Date: 07/09/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 1, 2009   Riverton-Shoshoni highway improvements begin   Guardrail removal and other roadway work is under way on 3.9 miles of US 26/WYO 789 between Riverton and Shoshoni, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.   The preliminary work is part of a $1.52 million asphalt overlay project north of Riverton beginning at milepost 115.4, about 10 miles north of Riverton.   “Paving will include leveling and a two-inch asphalt overlay and chip seal,” Scheidemantel said. “Paving should begin by mid-July.”...

Flash flood damages Gas Hills Road (Wyoming 136)

Flash flood damages Gas Hills Road (Wyoming 136)

Date: 07/09/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, July 9, 2009   Flash flood damages Gas Hills Road (WYO136)   Maintenance crews from the Wyoming Department of Transportation reacted this week to flash flooding and road damage on Gas Hills Road (WYO 136) east of Riverton.   Large amounts of water resulting from a July 4 rain storm in the Beaver Rim area damaged about 500 feet of the roadway about seven miles east of Riverton on Gas Hills Road.   Since Monday, WYDOT maintenance workers have installed concrete barrier through the area and signs warning WYO 136 travelers of the roadway damage.   “Witnesses Saturday...

Chip sealing to begin west of Cody

Chip sealing to begin west of Cody

Date: 07/09/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, July 9, 2009   Chip sealing to begin west of Cody   Wyoming Department of Transportation chip sealing crews are scheduled for summer work beginning Monday, July 13, on US 14/16/20 west of Cody.   Work is scheduled between mileposts 17.02 and 27.53 (10.51 miles) on July 13-15, about halfway between Cody and the east gate of Yellowstone National Park, according to Shane Wilson, WYDOT chip sealing foreman.   Seal crews are scheduled to chip seal WYO 120 between Cody and Meeteetse July 15-21, beginning in Meeteetse and heading north 20.27 miles (mileposts 51.73 to...

Paving crew working in South Pass area this week

Paving crew working in South Pass area this week

Date: 06/29/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Monday, June 29, 2009   Paving crew working in South Pass area this week   A Wyoming Department of Transportation asphalt paving crew is working in the South Pass area Monday, June 29, through Wednesday, July 1.   Weather permitting, the hot-mix patching work is scheduled on the west side of South Pass (west of the Continental Divide) between Monday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 1.   The WYDOT paving operation consists of a paving crew, a roller operator and numerous WYDOT trucks hauling the hot asphalt.   “Please obey posted speed limits during the paving operation, and...

Highway improvements begin between Basin and Greybull

Highway improvements begin between Basin and Greybull

Date: 06/29/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, June 25, 2009   Highway improvements begin between Basin and Greybull   An asphalt pavement overlay, slope safety improvements, and deer delineator installation to enhance driver safety are part of a $2.55 million project under way between Basin and Greybull on US 16/20/WYO 789.   McGarvin-Moberly Construction Company of Worland is the prime contractor.   The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the bid to McGarvin-Moberly in May. The project is being funded through federal transportation stimulus funding.   “The contractor has mobilized equipment to the project...

Phase 1 of Cowley project nearing completion

Phase 1 of Cowley project nearing completion

Date: 06/29/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, June 25, 2009   Phase 1 of Cowley project nearing completion   Storm sewer installation is complete and most of the crushed gravel has been placed between Lane 8 and Cannery Road on the $6.6 million Cowley Streets Improvement Project.   “Curb and gutter installation is progressing, and sidewalk is beginning to be installed this week,” said Ben Steed, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Basin.   “The project is in good shape to have the traditional Cowley’s Day Parade on July 25,” Steed said. “Most of the curb and gutter should be completed...

Work near for Cody Northeast Phase 1 project

Work near for Cody Northeast Phase 1 project

Date: 06/24/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, June 23, 2009   Work near for Cody Northeast Phase 1 project   Prime contractor High Country Construction Inc. of Lander is expected to begin moving equipment this week to the $10.2 million US 14A five-lane highway improvement project between Cody and Powell, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   “The contractor is expected to start work by stripping topsoil from its staging area and the borrow area off the roadway,” Frost said. “There will be no impacts to traffic with this work.”   Frost said the contractor’s...

Wyoming 138 chip sealing to begin near St. Stephens

Wyoming 138 chip sealing to begin near St. Stephens

Date: 06/19/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, June 18, 2009   WYO 138 chip sealing to begin near St. Stephen’s   Chip sealing operations are scheduled to begin Monday, June 22, on 7.95 miles of WYO 138 between St. Stephen’s and Hudson and a portion of WYO 137 (17 Mile Road) at the intersection with WYO 138, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.   Weather permitting, Smith said chip sealing of the highways should be completed by Friday, June 26.   “Please obey posted speed limits during the chip sealing operation, and obey flaggers and traffic control for...

Paving crew working in Lander area next week

Paving crew working in Lander area next week

Date: 06/19/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, June 19, 2009   Paving crew working in Lander area next week   A Wyoming Department of Transportation asphalt paving crew will be working in the Lander area on Monday, June 22.   Weather permitting, the work is scheduled to begin about six miles south of Lander on WYO 28 near Willow Creek. Between Tuesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 25, the paving crew is scheduled for work from the junction of US 287/WYO 789 in Lander north toward Hudson on WYO 789.   “We are contacting Lander businesses that will be impacted by our operations, and we appreciate the patience of...

Paving crew scheduled for work near Lovell, Basin

Paving crew scheduled for work near Lovell, Basin

Date: 06/08/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Monday, June 8, 2009   Paving crew scheduled for work near Lovell, Basin   A Wyoming Department of Transportation asphalt paving crew is scheduled to finishing paving near Lovell Monday, June 8, and the crew is scheduled to move its operations to the Basin area on Tuesday, June 9.   Weather permitting, about 2,400 tons of asphalt will be placed in the Basin area through June 16 on US 310, US 30, WYO 30, US 16/20, and US 14.   WYDOT’s hot-mix patching operation consists of a four-man paving crew, a roller operator and numerous WYDOT trucks hauling the hot asphalt.   “Please...

Meeteetse asphalt overlay project to begin next week

Meeteetse asphalt overlay project to begin next week

Date: 06/08/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Monday, June 8, 2009   Meeteetse asphalt overlay project to begin next week   Shoulder work and asphalt rotomilling is scheduled to begin next week on 6.04 miles of WYO 290 beginning in Meeteetse, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   Prime contractor Century Companies Inc., is mobilizing equipment to the $1.9 million asphalt rehabilitation project this week.   “The contractor intends to start working on the shoulders the week of June 15, and they plan to rotomill the portion of the project in the town of Meeteetse the...

Curb and gutter being installed on Cowley project

Curb and gutter being installed on Cowley project

Date: 05/27/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, May 27, 2009   Curb and gutter being installed on Cowley project   Storm drain pipe installation is progressing on the Main Street portion of the $6.6 million Cowley Streets Improvement Project, and road work is beginning on the west end of the project.   "Curb and gutter installation is progressing from the Cannery Road heading east. A pipe crew is installing storm sewer trunk line up 4th Street,” said Ben Steed, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Basin. "The contractor is scheduled to continue installing drop inlet boxes and lateral lines...

Lost Creek bridge replacement project begins

Lost Creek bridge replacement project begins

Date: 05/27/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, May 27, 2009   Lost Creek bridge replacement project begins   The bridge over Lost Creek near Ten Sleep is being removed and rebuilt beginning this week, according to Dan McAfee, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Worland.   The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the $331,433 project to D.W. Oxendahl Construction of Worden, Mont., last October.   The project includes grading, draining, removal and replacement of the bridge and other work on Washakie County Road 80, about 50 miles south of Ten Sleep.   “The new 50-foot bridge will...

US 14A opens for summer at noon, Wednesday, May 20

US 14A opens for summer at noon, Wednesday, May 20

Date: 05/26/2009 

Editors: Photographs were taken by Lovell Maintenance Foreman Jim Thomas on May 14. Please credit WYDOT.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, May 19, 2009   US 14A opens for summer at noon, Wednesday, May 20   Maintenance crews from the Wyoming Department of Transportation will open US 14A west of Burgess Junction for the summer at noon Wednesday, May 20.   "Barring another spring snowstorm, it will remain open," said Lovell Maintenance Foreman Jim Thomas. "Please drive carefully. It's barely spring up there."   Last year, the highway opened for the summer on May 23.   WYDOT seasonally opens this...

Goodrich Drive storm drain installation complete

Goodrich Drive storm drain installation complete

Date: 05/15/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, May 15, 2009   Goodrich Drive storm drain installation complete   Storm drain installation has been completed on the north end of the $1.5 million Goodrich Drive improvement project in Lander.   “Reconstruction of the street is beginning this week and next,” said Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander. “Curb and gutter is being removed and replaced on the north end of the project, along with placement of geotextile separation fabric, biaxial geogrid, and crushed base."   Patrick Construction Inc., of Lander, was awarded the bid...

ADA upgrade project to begin in Shoshoni

ADA upgrade project to begin in Shoshoni

Date: 05/07/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday, May 7, 2009   ADA upgrade project to begin in Shoshoni   A $295,000 highway improvement project is scheduled to begin Monday, May 11, in the town of Shoshoni, according to Richard Warren, Wyoming Department of Transportation project inspector in Riverton.   “Traffic delays will be minimal during the work, but people are advised to slow down and pay attention through the work zones,” Warren said. “Pay attention or pay the price.”   The two-month project includes Americans with Disabilities Act improvements to sidewalks, curbs and gutters along US 26 through Shoshoni,...

Paving scheduled next week for WYO 120 work near Cody

Paving scheduled next week for WYO 120 work near Cody

Date: 05/05/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, May 5, 2009   Paving scheduled next week for WYO 120 work near Cody   A Wyoming Department of Transportation asphalt paving crew is scheduled to pave a short section of highway Monday, May 11, about 10 miles south of Cody.   Weather permitting, about 2,200 tons of asphalt will be placed in several different areas of WYO 120 next week south of Cody.   WYDOT’s hot-mix patching operation consists of a four-man paving crew, a roller operator and numerous WYDOT trucks hauling the hot asphalt.   “Please obey posted speed limits during the paving operation, and obey flaggers...

US 14-16-20 bridge repairs to begin near Yellowstone Park

US 14-16-20 bridge repairs to begin near Yellowstone Park

Date: 05/05/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, May 5, 2009   US 14-16-20 bridge repairs to begin near Yellowstone Park   Repairs are scheduled to begin May 11 on a damaged bridge west of Cody near Yellowstone National Park, according to Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody.   “The US 14-16-20 project is scheduled to take approximately three months to complete,” Frost said. "The contractor plans to repair the bridge in May and the first part of June, and then clean the channel in July."   During the work, traffic will be restricted to one way across the bridge, and highway...

Basin-Burlington asphalt overlay project to begin

Basin-Burlington asphalt overlay project to begin

Date: 05/01/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, May 1, 2009   Basin-Burlington asphalt overlay project to begin   An asphalt paving and chip sealing project is scheduled to begin in mid-May between Basin and Burlington on WYO 30, according to Dan McAfee, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Worland.   The 13.78-mile project begins at reference marker 111.8 and ends between Basin and Burlington at milepost 125.58, with the exception of the town of Burlington.   “According to the contractor’s schedule, paving should begin in mid-May,” McAfee said. “The chip seal finish is scheduled for the first...

Lovell-Sage Creek public input meeting is Thursday, May 7

Lovell-Sage Creek public input meeting is Thursday, May 7

Date: 05/01/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, May 1, 2009   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, May 1, 2009   Lovell-Sage Creek public input meeting is Thursday, May 7   Citizens are invited to attend a Thursday, May 7, Wyoming Department of Transportation public meeting concerning the future Lovell-Sage Creek highway improvement project on US 310/US 14A west of Lovell.   The public meeting begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Lovell Town Hall in Lovell.   “Please plan to attend this public input meeting with officials from WYDOT and our design consultant,” said Ben Steed, WYDOT resident engineer in Basin.   The...

Manderson-Hyattville road widening, overlay project under way

Manderson-Hyattville road widening, overlay project under way

Date: 04/22/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Wednesday, April 22, 2009   Manderson-Hyattville road widening, overlay project under way   Short traffic delays are expected in the coming weeks on WYO 31 between Manderson and Hyattville due to an 8.7-mile highway widening and asphalt overlay project.   McGarvin-Moberly Construction Co., of Worland, is the prime contractor on the $2.83 million project.   McGarvin-Moberly is responsible for grading, road widening and placing asphalt pavement.   “The highway will be two-feet wider on each shoulder which will enhance the safety of the roadway,” said Dan McAfee, WYDOT resident...

Cowley Streets Improvement Project 2009

Cowley Streets Improvement Project 2009

Date: 04/17/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Friday, April 17, 2009   Rotomilling nearly complete on Cowley project   Rotomilling of the asphalt pavement roadway is nearly complete on the $6.6 million Cowley Streets Improvement Project, and installation of storm drain pipe is scheduled to begin next week on the west end of the project.   “We should be able to keep two-lane traffic in place for the most part throughout the work zone, though there may be a few occasions where we need to create single-lane traffic,” said Doug Jensen, WYDOT project engineer in Basin. “Please practice safety as you navigate the work zones.”...

New safety apparel requirement targets all workers in rights-of-way

New safety apparel requirement targets all workers in rights-of-way

Date: 04/14/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, April 14, 2009   New safety apparel requirement targets all workers in rights-of-way   The Wyoming Department of Transportation is issuing a reminder that a new Federal Highway Administration regulation requires all paid and volunteer workers within the right-of-way of Wyoming highways to wear high-visibility safety apparel.   The rule was effective Nov. 24, 2008.   “This action is being taken to hopefully decrease fatalities or injuries to workers who are exposed to traffic or to construction vehicles or equipment while working inside rights-of-way,” said Shelby...

Use care when burning near state rights-of-way

Use care when burning near state rights-of-way

Date: 04/14/2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, April 14, 2009   Use care when burning near state rights-of-way   Spring is the beginning of the prescribed burning season in many rural areas of northwest Wyoming, and Wyoming Department of Transportation officials are advising citizens of issues relating to prescribed burns near state rights-of-way.   Right-of-way fencing, signs inside the rights-of-way, and guardrail are owned by the State of Wyoming, according to Robin Clapp, WYDOT maintenance foreman in Riverton.   “We’ve had quite a bit of fence already burned this spring,” Clapp said. “If there has been a...

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