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Final I-80 night closure planned for sign installation

Final I-80 night closure planned for sign installation

Date: 07/21/2015 

Westbound Interstate 80 will be closed about 2 miles west of Laramie from 11 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, July 21, and 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday for installation of an overhead electronic message sign. The closure is the last in a series of eight on I-80 in southeast Wyoming this month for installation of the signs that allow WYDOT to alert drivers to conditions on the road ahead. WYDOT thanks motorists for their patience during this project to improve safety on the highway. The contractor for the project is Custom Lighting Service of West Jordan, Utah. The cost is $ 2.2 million...

Commission awards $14 million in contracts for highway work

Commission awards $14 million in contracts for highway work

Date: 07/20/2015 

Contracts totaling $14.6 million for six highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its July teleconference meeting. LeGrand Johnson Construction of Logan, Utah, was conditionally awarded a $5.3 million contract for improvements to nearly 6 miles of US 189 immediately north of La Barge. The work will include grinding off 4 inches of deteriorating pavement, mixing it with additives and using it as the base for 4 inches of new pavement. The road also will be widened to include 3-foot safety shoulders. It will be the last section of US 189 to be...

Progress continues on temporary bridge in Lusk

Progress continues on temporary bridge in Lusk

Date: 07/14/2015 

Progress is continuing on construction of the modular steel temporary bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Lusk. WYDOT crews from around the state are working to assemble the 200-foot span needed to replace the highway bridge that collapsed due to flooding on June 4. The structure is expected to take about two weeks to complete. Once the bridge is erected, it will allow two lanes of legal load traffic to cross. There will be no pedestrian access across the bridge. Any traffic that has an oversize or overweight permit will use WYO 270 (Manville and Lance Creek) to bypass Lusk. Until...

Aeronautics Commission schedules July 21 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules July 21 teleconference

Date: 07/13/2015 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on July 21. To be included in the teleconference, or for more information about the meeting agenda, the commission or its schedule, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952. The seven commission members, appointed by the governor for six-year terms, approve grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences on the third Tuesday of each of the...

Drivers now required to give bicyclists 3 feet of space when passing

Drivers now required to give bicyclists 3 feet of space when passing

Date: 07/07/2015 

A new law in effect in Wyoming requires drivers passing bicyclists to maintain at least three feet of space between their vehicle and the bicycle./ The Wyoming Highway Patrol is committed to highway safety and will make the new law an integral part of its mission to serve and protect all people on the state’s roads "In Wyoming, bicyclists have the same right to operate on our roadways as folks operating motor vehicles,” Lt. Col. Shannon Ratliff said. “Our main focus, however, is to ensure it's done safely. The WHP believes this law provides for a necessary buffer between bicycles and vehicles,...

Patrol seeks public assistance in identifying hit-and-run vehicle

Patrol seeks public assistance in identifying hit-and-run vehicle

Date: 07/01/2015 

The Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in identifying a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash at about 11:10 p.m. on June 27 at the intersection of College Drive (WY 212) and South Greeley Highway (US 85) in Cheyenne. The suspect vehicle is a red sedan, possibly an early 2000s model Pontiac, with Wyoming license plates. The vehicle failed to yield at the intersection and struck a motorcycle, injuring the rider. The suspect vehicle briefly stopped in the Loaf-N-Jug parking lot on the northwest corner of the intersection, and then proceeded west on College Drive. The suspect vehicle should...

WYDOT chief engineer named interim director of Workforce Services

WYDOT chief engineer named interim director of Workforce Services

Date: 06/30/2015 

Gov. Matt Mead has named Del McOmie interim director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. McOmie has served as WYDOT's chief engineer for the past 15 years. He will work with current DWS Director Joan Evans, who recently announced her resignation, to ensure a smooth transition until a permanent director is named. “Del is a talented administrator and I thank him for stepping in to manage DWS until a permanent director is named,” Mead said. “I am confident DWS is in good hands.” The governor said the search for a new director will begin immediately, and McOmie will lead the department...

Flagger on WYDOT I-80 project killed by truck

Flagger on WYDOT I-80 project killed by truck

Date: 06/19/2015 

 A 44-year-old Rawlins woman working as a traffic flagger on WYDOT's construction project on I-80 about 15 miles west of Rawlins was killed Thursday. Shelly Yoho was struck by a tractor-trailer rig driven by Karama T. Leota, 50, of West Valley, Utah, who was arrested at the scene and is expected to face charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, reckless driving and failing to maintain a lane of travel. Construction in the eastbound lanes at the site had resulted in head-to-head traffic and a reduced speed limit of 55 mph in the westbound lanes, beside which Yoho was flagging.  The Wyoming Highway...

Investigation of suspected pipe bomb leads to I-80 closure

Investigation of suspected pipe bomb leads to I-80 closure

Date: 06/17/2015 

A section of I-80 just east of the Burns-Carpenter Interchange was closed for about an hour Wednesday while bomb squad personnel investigated a suspected pipe bomb found beside the highway. A WYDOT maintenance worker found a section of galvanized pipe about 14 inches long with end caps sitting just off the pavement beside the westbound lanes of I-80 about one-half mile east of the interchange. He reported it to the Wyoming Highway Patrol at 11:44 a.m. Trooper Jeremy Beck responded, confirmed the device looked like a potential pipe bomb and requested assistance from the joint bomb squad of the Laramie...

WYDOT director urges Congress to invest in transportation infrastructure

WYDOT director urges Congress to invest in transportation infrastructure

Date: 06/17/2015 

WYDOT Director John Cox detailed the critical condition of the federal Highway Trust Fund and the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure in written testimony delivered Wednesday to the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee. Cox provided the testimony in his capacity as president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.  "There is ample documented evidence that shows infrastructure investment is critical for long-term economic growth, increasing productivity, employment, household income, and exports," Cox said in his testimony....

US 85 detour in Lusk working smoothly

US 85 detour in Lusk working smoothly

Date: 06/16/2015 

WYDOT is pleased to announce the short US 85 detour in Lusk that has been up and running since Saturday is working smoothly. Any delays are minimal. This detour is for passenger vehicles and light duty trucks to bypass the US 85 bridge that was washed out by flash flooding June 4. All highways into and out of Lusk are now open. The detour is well signed and easy to follow. You can take a virtual tour of the route here. Tractor-trailer rigs coming through Lusk must use the WYO 270 detour route that is signed and easy to use coming from US 85 north or south or US 18-20 from the east or west. For...

Work underway at I-25 - I-80 interchange in Cheyenne

Work underway at I-25 - I-80 interchange in Cheyenne

Date: 06/05/2015 

Work is underway on rehabilitation of the Interstate 25 northbound overpass over Interstate 80 in Cheyenne. The rehabilitation includes concrete repairs on and around the bridge, curb and guardrail repairs with upgrades, slab replacement, and a concrete overlay.  Traffic will be reduced to a single lane and travelers can expect reduced speed limits.  The work will require closures of the I-80 eastbound to I-25 northbound ramp, and the I-25 northbound to I-80 westbound ramp. There will be detours in place to get motorists around those closures.  Motorists who use this route should allow more time...

Emergency contract awarded for cleanup of slide debris near Wind River Canyon highway

Emergency contract awarded for cleanup of slide debris near Wind River Canyon highway

Date: 06/03/2015 

Work is underway on an emergency contract for cleanup of mudslide debris and rocks near US 20 - WYO 789 in Wind River Canyon. The $199,200 contract was awarded to Pab Good Trucking of Greybull. Removal of debris and rocks from the highway's clear zone is expected to take two to three weeks to complete. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers, and travelers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes. Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution and patience in the work zone. Mudslides triggered by heavy rains closed the highway for nearly three days beginning May 24.  

15 more projects expected to begin this year with additional fuel tax revenue

15 more projects expected to begin this year with additional fuel tax revenue

Date: 06/02/2015 

Sixteen pavement preservation projects have been completed using the additional fuel tax revenue WYDOT received during the past year, and work is expected to begin on 15 more projects in 2015. Work began in 2014, and will be completed this year on concrete repairs to US 14A-WYO 789 in Lovell and a project to rehabilitate 10 bridges in the northwestern portion of the state. Contracts have been awarded for 12 of the 15 new projects expected to begin in 2015. WYDOT’s share of the additional fuel tax revenues raised during the first 12 months the increase was in effect was approximately $46 million....

Transportation Commission awards $11.9 million in highway contracts

Transportation Commission awards $11.9 million in highway contracts

Date: 06/01/2015 

Contracts totaling $11.9 million for 11 highway projects around the state, including one made possible by increased fuel tax revenue, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its May teleconference meeting. Riverside Contracting of Missoula, Mont., won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $3.4 million for surface and bridge rehabilitation work on 4.5 miles of US 14-16-20 about 14 miles west of Cody. The work will include rehabilitation of the Shoshone River and Trout Creek bridges at each end of the project, and a new layer of asphalt between the bridges. It will...

All four alpine highway sections in Wyoming now open for summer season

All four alpine highway sections in Wyoming now open for summer season

Date: 05/27/2015 

WYO 70 over Battle Pass is now open for the season. It is the last of the four Wyoming alpine passes that close for the winter to reopen this spring. Travelers are advised that current high country conditions are wet with cold nights. Motorcyclists and bikers should watch for patches of frozen run-off before the morning sun warms the road surface. Short-term closures due to winter weather are still possible on all of the alpine passes. For current conditions on the roads, please phone 511 or visit the 511 Travel Information Service. Battle Pass, along with WYO 130 over the Snowy Range, US 14A in...

U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell open for the season.

U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell open for the season.

Date: 05/19/2015 

U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell is now open for the season. However, with spring storms forecast for parts of Wyoming in the next few days, additional short term closures could be necessary. To check current road conditions call 511 or go to wyoroad.info. The 22-mile section of scenic mountain road in the Bighorn Mountains of northcentral Wyoming is closed for winter annually on about Nov. 30 at the conclusion of the fall hunting season, and reopened in the spring for Memorial Day weekend. The closure extends from west of Burgess Junction at milepost 76.04 on the Lovell side, to milepost...

Federal Highway Administration head tours WYDOT’s Transportation Management Center

Federal Highway Administration head tours WYDOT’s Transportation Management Center

Date: 05/15/2015 

The head of the Federal Highway Administration toured WYDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) in Cheyenne Thursday and discussed the need for continued federal investment in Transportation infrastructure and safety. Greg Nadeau became the acting administrator of the FHWA on Monday after serving as deputy administrator since 2009. He was in Cheyenne for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials spring meeting. “This is a great example of an investment in safety,” Nadeau said of the TMC, which monitors highway and traffic conditions around the state, updates WYDOT’s...

Aeronautics Commission to meet May 21-22 in Cody

Aeronautics Commission to meet May 21-22 in Cody

Date: 05/11/2015 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a quarterly business meeting on May 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the conference room of the Best Western Premier Ivy Inn and Suites in Cody. Prior to the business meeting, the commission will tour the Cody and Greybull airports on May 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. For more information about the meeting agenda or the commission, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms, and approve grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance,...

WYDOT director discusses need for infrastructure investment

WYDOT director discusses need for infrastructure investment

Date: 05/08/2015 

WYDOT Director John Cox, who is serving as president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, is being featured on Transportation TV discussing the need for investment in the nation's infrastructure. Cox urges Congress to take action to pass a multi-year surface transportation bill that provides adequate investment for federal highway and transit programs.  Cox says America is seeing mounting evidence that the nation’s aging transportation systems need greater investment. “I think that the most evident effects are going to be seen probably along a couple of fronts,"...

U.S. 287 improvements scheduled to begin May 11 southeast of Lander; cyclists warned of potential conditions

U.S. 287 improvements scheduled to begin May 11 southeast of Lander; cyclists warned of potential conditions

Date: 05/06/2015 

Asphalt milling is scheduled to begin May 11 on a highway and bridge improvement project on U.S. 287 beginning about 15 miles southeast of Lander. The 4.66-mile project is located between mileposts 64.27 and 59.61. LeGrand Johnson Construction of Logan, Utah, is the prime contractor on the $4.92 million Beaver Creek West project, the second of two projects between Lander and Jeffrey City on U.S. 287. The Beaver Creek East project was built in 2013. "The contractor's plan is to be milling asphalt on Monday, May 11, and we may see the start of dirt work as early as May 18," said Wyoming Department...

Transportation Commission awards $12.2 million in highway contracts

Transportation Commission awards $12.2 million in highway contracts

Date: 04/29/2015 

Contracts totaling $12.2 million for 10 highway projects around the state, including one made possible by increased fuel tax revenue, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its April meeting in Cheyenne. Sletten Construction Co. of Great Falls, Mont., won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $4 million to build a new bridge over the Shoshone River near the Willwood Diversion Dam midway between Cody and Powell. The existing bridge passes over the top of the dam and is a single lane. The new bridge will be built about 100 yards downstream and will be wide enough...

INTERSTATE 80 WESTBOUND FROM LARAMIE NOW OPEN - REDUCED SPEED LIMIT IN EFFECT

INTERSTATE 80 WESTBOUND FROM LARAMIE NOW OPEN - REDUCED SPEED LIMIT IN EFFECT

Date: 04/21/2015 

Interstate 80 in southeast Wyoming fully reopened to traffic late Tuesday afternoon, after being closed since Monday morning's multi-vehicle crash near the Quealy Dome Interchange, about 20 miles west of Laramie.   The crash, which occurred about 8 a.m. Monday, involved close to 60 vehicles, a majority of them large tractor-trailer combinations. The event resulted in two fatalities and at least 16 injuries.   Several of the crashed vehicles were engulfed in fire, which slowed the emergency response and process of removing wrecked vehicles. The fire damaged a section of pavement, which required...

Interstate 80 west of Laramie will remain closed due to multi-vehicle crash

Interstate 80 west of Laramie will remain closed due to multi-vehicle crash

Date: 04/20/2015 

Interstate 80 between Sinclair and Laramie will be closed until Tuesday or longer, following Monday morning's multi-vehicle crash near the Quealy Dome Interchange, about 20 miles west of Laramie.   At latest count, approximately 50 vehicles, a majority of them large tractor-trailer combinations, were involved in the crash. which occurred about 8 a.m. The wreckage was scattered along the highway for a half mile or more, according to eyewitnesses.   Initial reports indicated as many as 15 vehicles were involved in the crash, and that number grew during the day as the emergency response and investigation...

Reopening of I-80 not expected until Saturday

Reopening of I-80 not expected until Saturday

Date: 04/17/2015 

WYDOT crews don't expect to be able to reopen I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie until sometime Saturday. An earlier reopening would require a break in the weather, which looked extremely unlikely Friday based on existing conditions and forecasts. An additional 6 inches to 11 inches of snow were forecast for the area Friday night and into Saturday. Two of the tractor-trailer rigs involved in the chain reaction crashes that closed the highway Thursday were split in half and spilled their cargo onto the highway. Efforts were still underway Friday to remove that cargo and the truck wreckage. During...

Aeronautics Commission schedules April 21 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules April 21 teleconference

Date: 04/14/2015 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on April 21. To be included in the teleconference, or for more information about the meeting agenda, the commission or its schedule, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952. The seven commission members, appointed by the governor for six-year terms, approve grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences on the third Tuesday of each of the...

Transportation Commission awards $12.8 million in highway contracts

Transportation Commission awards $12.8 million in highway contracts

Date: 03/23/2015 

Contracts totaling $12.8 million for six highway projects around the state, including two to be funded with revenue from the fuel tax increase, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its March meeting in Cheyenne. Cheyenne’s Simon Contractors and Subsidiaries won the largest of the contracts with a bid of $3.2 million for improvements to nearly 4 miles of US 26 (Valley Road) in Torrington. The work will include isolated concrete slab replacement, milling off deteriorating pavement and replacing it with a new layer of asphalt. Lighting upgrades also are planned and sidewalks...

Wyoming residents continue to express high satisfaction with WYDOT

Wyoming residents continue to express high satisfaction with WYDOT

Date: 03/16/2015 

Eight out of 10 Wyoming residents are satisfied with WYDOT’s stewardship of the state’s transportation system, according to a telephone survey completed by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming. WYSAC interviewed 1,004 adult Wyoming residents between Dec. 1 and Dec. 19, and 80 percent of them expressed overall satisfaction with WYDOT’s stewardship of the statewide transportation system. Three percent said they were dissatisfied, and 17 percent were neutral on the question. The 80 percent overall satisfaction rating was statistically unchanged from the results of a...

WYDOT, DWS collaborating to provide travel information for workers

WYDOT, DWS collaborating to provide travel information for workers

Date: 03/11/2015 

WYDOT and the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) are collaborating to make it easier for workers to stay abreast of travel conditions. Employers now have the opportunity to display customized road and weather information on large television monitors or other devices placed prominently at work sites to provide employees with regularly updated road condition reports to help them make informed travel decisions WYDOT will provide road and weather reports tailored to workplace locations, and DWS will assist employers who need to acquire and install display equipment. The travel information...

Aeronautics Commission schedules March 17 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules March 17 teleconference

Date: 03/10/2015 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on March 17. To be included in the teleconference, or for more information about the meeting agenda, the commission or its schedule, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952. The seven commission members, appointed by the governor for six-year terms, approve grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences on the third Tuesday of each of the...

Transportation Commission awards $29.5 million in contracts

Transportation Commission awards $29.5 million in contracts

Date: 02/23/2015 

Contracts totaling $29.5 million for eight projects around the state, including two to be funded through increased fuel tax revenue, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its February meeting in Cheyenne. Nearly 7 miles of I-25, from the Bull Creek bridge south of Buffalo to the I-90 Interchange north of Buffalo, will be improved under a contract won by Riverside Contracting of Missoula, Mont., which submitted the low bid of $16.3 million. The work will include cracking and compacting the deteriorating concrete pavement, which dates back to the late 1960s, and using that...

Aeronautics Commission schedules Feb. 17 teleconference meeting

Aeronautics Commission schedules Feb. 17 teleconference meeting

Date: 02/10/2015 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a monthly teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17. For more information on the meeting, or to arrange to participate in the teleconference, please call WYDOT’s Aeronautics Division at 777-3952. The Aeronautics Commission approves state and federal funding for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. It also can make loans to Wyoming counties, cities, towns and joint powers boards for construction, development and improvement of airport facilities. The seven commissioners are appointed by...

Two 10-cent fuel tax projects included in $32 million in highway contracts awarded

Two 10-cent fuel tax projects included in $32 million in highway contracts awarded

Date: 01/20/2015 

Contracts totaling nearly $32.5 million for five highway projects around the state, including two to be funded through the state’s fuel tax increase, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its January meeting in Cheyenne. The largest of the contracts went to Casper’s Hedquist Construction, which submitted the low bid of $16 million for improvements to 3.33 miles of Interstate 25 in Casper from north of the Poplar Street Interchange to north of the Wardwell Road Interchange. Deteriorating pavement will be ground off and replaced with a new layer of asphalt, bridges will be...

Aeronautics Commission to meet Jan. 26 in Cheyenne

Aeronautics Commission to meet Jan. 26 in Cheyenne

Date: 01/13/2015 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct its first quarterly business meeting of 2015 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 26 in the second-floor conference room of the WYDOT Aeronautics Division Building in Cheyenne. The building is located at 200 E. 8th Ave., and the meeting is open to the public. For more information about the meeting agenda or the commission, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952. While in Cheyenne, the commissioners also will attend the Wyoming Airport Operators Association Legislative Reception Jan. 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Conference Room...

Multiple crashes occur in whiteout on I-90

Multiple crashes occur in whiteout on I-90

Date: 01/08/2015 

Strong winds and falling snow created whiteout conditions Thursday on Interstate 90 about 11 miles south of Sheridan, where crashes occurred involving approximately 23 vehicles, including five tractor-trailer rigs. No fatalities were reported, but one serious injury and several minor injuries resulted. The crashes closed I-90 beginning at approximately 11:48 a.m. The highway remained closed northbound for more than five hours while crews removed the wreckage. Reopening of the southbound lanes took more than seven hours because fuel had to be removed from a tanker involved in the crash before the...

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