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 issued for driving 65 mph in a 45 mph work zone would cost $210 to the driver of a passenger vehicle or pickup, and $510 to the driver of a semi-truck.
“The contractors and WYDOT are asking drivers to slow down through the work zone. Please use some common sense, and protect the contractor and yourself by driving at slower speeds,” Herren said.
Prime contractors Rice-Kilroy Construction Co., Inc., of Dubois and High Country Construction Co., of Lander are the prime contractors on the Bryant Section highway improvement project. The companies, through a joint venture, are responsible for grading, draining, asphalt milling, placing crushed gravel base, asphalt paving, removal and replacement of fencing and cattle guards, and other work on 5.74 miles of U.S. 26/Wyoming 789 beginning at milepost 109.67 between Riverton and Shoshoni.
“The contractors’ work includes work in the existing highway this fall, but most of the highway improvements impacting travelers of U.S. 26/Wyoming 789 won’t occur until next spring and summer,” Scheidemantel said.
Completion date for the improvements is June 30, 2012.
MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 Public Involvement Specialist, at 856-1341.