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

Date: 05/19/2010 

02:25

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 entire length of U.S. 14A that is part of the annual winter closure. “We are expecting more snow this weekend, so we’ll wait until Monday to open the road to citizens,” he said.
 
Annual maintenance patching activities are performed by the Lovell and Burgess Junction maintenance crews.
 
“Please drive carefully, and please buckle up. It’s barely spring up there, and winter conditions may return at any time,” said Thomas.
 
According to District 5 Maintenance Engineer Ron Huff, keeping the road open year-round is impractical.
 
“We close the road seasonally as a safety precaution,” Huff said.
 
MEDIA: Questions about this news release may be directed to Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 public relations specialist, at 856-1341.
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