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70 mph speed limit in effect on WYO 130 north of Saratoga

70 mph speed limit in effect on WYO 130 north of Saratoga

Date: 02/03/2016 

The speed limit is now 70 mph on WYO 130 between I-80 and Saratoga. The 19-mile highway section is the third in the state to get the higher speed limit this year. Much of U.S. 85 from just east of its interchange with I-25 north of Cheyenne to Newcastle got the 70 mph limit on Jan. 15, and WYO 120 from about 18 miles north of Cody to the Montana border got the higher limit on Jan. 26. The three highway sections were the first chosen from 1,546 miles of highway WYDOT identified as having the best potential for safely handling the 70 mph limit approved for two-lane, rural highways by the 2015 Legislature....

WYDOT releases travel information app for smart phones

WYDOT releases travel information app for smart phones

Date: 02/02/2016 

A new smart phone app for road and travel information has been released by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). The Wyoming 511 app provides pre-trip and en route travel information, and can be used to provide location information to friends, family or emergency responders. It is available for most Android and Apple phones. WYDOT has created a short video to explain the app's features. A map-based feature of the app provides information intended for planning a trip. Users can choose between road conditions and highway cameras. When viewing road conditions, a color-coded system shows...

Fulton named assistant chief engineer

Fulton named assistant chief engineer

Date: 01/27/2016 

Keith Fulton of Cheyenne has been named WYDOT’s assistant chief engineer for engineering and planning.  Fulton moves to his new position after serving as state bridge engineer since 2010. He replaces Gregg Fredrick, who assumed duties as WYDOT chief engineer late last year. A Riverton native, Fulton earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming. While he was student, he worked for the UW Civil Engineering Department. He first worked for the Wyoming Highway Department during the summer of 1989 as a temporary employee based in Laramie. He joined the...

Transportation commission awards $18 million in highway contracts

Transportation commission awards $18 million in highway contracts

Date: 01/26/2016 

Projects to add passing lanes to WYO 59 and replace the US 85 bridge in Lusk were among the nine contracts for a total of $18.8 million awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its January meeting in Cheyenne. Hedquist Construction of Mills submitted the low bid of $6.5 million to add seven passing lanes to WYO 59 between Bill and Wright. Four of the passing lanes will be for northbound traffic and three for southbound. The project will be paid for with revenue from the 10-cent-fuel-tax increase, and the contract completion date is Oct. 31. Cheyenne’s Reiman Corp. and Subsidiary...

70 mph speed limit now in effect on WYO 120 north of Cody

70 mph speed limit now in effect on WYO 120 north of Cody

Date: 01/26/2016 

The speed limit is now 70 mph on WYO 120 from about 18 miles north of Cody to the Montana border. The highway section is the second to get the higher speed limit this month. Much of US 85 from just east of its interchange with I-25 (Exit 17) north of Cheyenne to Newcastle went to the 70 mph limit on Jan. 15. WYO 130 from I-80 south to Saratoga is also scheduled to get the higher speed limit when weather allows WYDOT to change the signs on that highway. The three highway sections are the first to get the higher speed limit approved for two-lane rural highways by the Legislature last year. They were...

WYDOT offers new teen driver safety program

WYDOT offers new teen driver safety program

Date: 01/25/2016 

WYDOT, the Safe Roads Alliance and State Farm® are partnering to provide Wyoming parents with a simple, easy-to-follow plan to teach teenagers safe driving habits. The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program focuses on the role of the parent in the driver education process, offering a guide for a methodical, sequential approach to teaching teens the driving skills they need for a lifetime of safe driving. The printed manuals are available at WYDOT’s driver license exam stations around the state, and will be provided to parents or guardians when teens apply for their first instruction permit. The manual...

25 projects completed with additional fuel tax revenue, 15 under contract

25 projects completed with additional fuel tax revenue, 15 under contract

Date: 01/22/2016 

  Twenty-five pavement preservation projects have been completed using the additional fuel tax revenue WYDOT received during the past two years, and work is either underway or under contract on 15 more projects. Work is expected to begin on another 14 10-cent fuel tax projects in fiscal 2016, and 17 more in 2017. The 25 projects already completed with the additional revenue were pavement preservation projects on 182 miles of highway, primarily involving milling off a few inches of deteriorating pavement and replacing it with a new layer of pavement the same thickness. “The increase in the fuel...

Truck crash causes delays in Wind River Canyon

Truck crash causes delays in Wind River Canyon

Date: 01/15/2016 

The crash of a tractor-trailer rig hauling bulk sugar took out 400-500 feet of guardrail on US 20-WYO 789 in Wind River Canyon about 10 miles south of Thermopolis late Thursday, causing traffic delays that extended into Friday. Until the guardrail repairs are completed, temporary reduced speed limits of 45 mph and 30 mph will be in effect, according to WYDOT Traffic Engineer Randy Merritt of Basin. A company under contract to repair guardrail has been notified, and repairs could begin as early as Sunday. Motorists traveling through Wind River Canyon Friday and possibly Saturday should expect stop...

Aeronautics Commission to meet Jan. 19 in Cheyenne

Aeronautics Commission to meet Jan. 19 in Cheyenne

Date: 01/12/2016 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will meet in Cheyenne on Jan. 19, beginning with a workshop at 10:45 a.m., and followed by a business meeting tentatively scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. The meetings will be conducted in the second-floor conference room at the WYDOT Aeronautics Division Building, 200 E. 8th Ave. The workshop will include presentations on the proposed Air Service Enhancement Program Priority Rating Model and the Wyoming Aviation Capital Improvement Program. For more information about the meeting agenda or the commission, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952,...

Speed limit to increase to 70 mph on three Wyoming highways this month

Speed limit to increase to 70 mph on three Wyoming highways this month

Date: 01/11/2016 

The speed limit will increase to 70 mph on sections of US 85, WYO 130 and WYO 120 later this month, when weather permits WYDOT to change the speed limit signs on the highways. Much of US 85 from just east of its interchange with I-25 (Exit 17) north of Cheyenne to Newcastle will be posted with the 70 mph limit. Highway segments adjacent to communities will retain their current speed limit. WYO 130 from I-80 south to Saratoga, and WYO 120 from about 18 miles north of Cody to the Montana border also will get the higher limit. WYDOT expects changing the speed limit signs on each of the three highways...

Governor names Panos WYDOT director

Governor names Panos WYDOT director

Date: 01/06/2016 

Gov. Matt Mead announced Wednesday that William "Bill" Panos is his choice to head the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Panos was one of four people nominated for the position by the Wyoming Transportation Commission. Panos had served as WYDOT's interim director since October.  “Bill Panos has proven himself as a talented leader and effective manager as the director of the School Facilities Department,” Mead said. “I am pleased he agreed to assume the responsibility of the Wyoming Department of Transportation. WYDOT has a proud tradition of quality leadership, and one that continues with Bill...

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