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Transportation Commission awards $16.5 million in highway contracts

Transportation Commission awards $16.5 million in highway contracts

Date: 08/22/2016 

Motorists will see additional passing lanes along WYO 59 between Douglas and Bill to help with traffic flow. The Wyoming Transportation Commission during its meeting on Aug. 18 awarded a $6.3 million passing lane contract to Concrete Foundations Inc. of Douglas for the installation of eight passing lanes along WYO 59. That contract was the largest the commission awarded out of a total of $16.5 million in contracts for 10 projects throughout the state. The eight passing lanes will be part of phase two of construction in that section of WYO 59. The work is expected to start in the spring and will...

Wagonhound rest area on I-80 to close temporarily

Wagonhound rest area on I-80 to close temporarily

Date: 08/22/2016 

The Wagonhound rest area on I-80 west of Laramie will close for striping work at 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22 and reopen at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The Wyoming Department of Transportation needs to close the rest area for the striping work to allow the paint to dry. The rest area is about 50 miles west of Laramie. Besides Wagonhound, the Fort Steele rest area remains closed for ongoing maintenance on the water system, which was due for an overhaul. The work is ongoing and is expected to continue over the next few weeks. Although those two rest areas are closed, travelers needing a break can still...

Section of West Allison Road set to reopen soon

Section of West Allison Road set to reopen soon

Date: 08/19/2016 

Motorists will soon be able to use a section of West Allison Road in Cheyenne that closed for construction in early May. The Wyoming Department of Transportation is anticipating reopening the intersection of Walterscheid Boulevard at West Allison Road early next week, and the 0.45 mile section of West Allison Road in early September. WYDOT closed the section of West Allison Road between Walterscheid Boulevard and South Greeley Highway (US 85) to through traffic on May 9 so crews could reconstruct the road. WYDOT then needed to close the intersection of Walterscheid Boulevard at West Allison Road...

Draft of 2017 STIP project listing now available

Draft of 2017 STIP project listing now available

Date: 08/12/2016 

A draft of WYDOT's State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for 2017 has been issued and is available for viewing and comment.  The STIP contains a listing of highway and bridge projects, and also airport improvement work WYDOT tentatively expects to contract for during the upcoming fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The STIP is published annually and updates are issued quarterly. Printed copies of the STIP and the quarterly updates are located at WYDOT offices, libraries, and city and county government offices. Comments about the 2017 STIP should be directed to Tim McDowell, state programming...

Citizen input sought on US 14-16-20 speed limit

Citizen input sought on US 14-16-20 speed limit

Date: 08/12/2016 

WYDOT is seeking public input as part of a speed limit study being conducted for US 14-16-20 west of Cody. The speed limit was raised to 70 mph on a 17-mile section of the highway this year after the Wyoming Legislature set 70 mph as the statutory speed limit for rural non-interstate highways in the state. Due to public concern since the new speed limit was implemented, WYDOT Traffic Engineer Randy Merritt of Basin said the limit on the highway section between the Shoshone National Forest boundary and the tunnels west of Cody will be investigated further. Morrison Maierle, an engineering firm in Sheridan,...

Aeronautics Commission schedules Aug. 16 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules Aug. 16 teleconference

Date: 08/12/2016 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 16. 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 commission approves grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancement. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences on the third Tuesday...

WYDOT crews assisting with Pine Bluffs cleanup

WYDOT crews assisting with Pine Bluffs cleanup

Date: 07/29/2016 

WYDOT crews from Laramie, Cheyenne and Pine Bluffs along with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, joined forces to help Pine Bluffs clean up after a severe storm Wednesday that pounded the community with golf-ball-sized hail.                                                                                                                

Motorists will see detours at Walterscheid Boulevard and West Allison Road

Motorists will see detours at Walterscheid Boulevard and West Allison Road

Date: 07/28/2016 

Motorists will be detoured around Walterscheid Boulevard at West Allison Road in Cheyenne starting the week of Aug. 1 so crews can complete storm sewer work. Walterscheid Boulevard at West Allison Road will be closed so crews can install a manhole and storm sewers at that intersection. The work is part of the West Allison Road reconstruction project, which started on May 9. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will have detour signs posted throughout the area while crews complete the work. WYDOT anticipants that intersection will be closed and detour signs up until mid-August. For the West...

Transportation Commission awards $11.8 million in contracts in July

Transportation Commission awards $11.8 million in contracts in July

Date: 07/26/2016 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation will make repairs to 6 miles of road along I-80 between Laramie and Rawlins. The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the $6 million contract to H-K Contractors Inc. of Idaho Falls, Idaho, during its meeting on July 21. That was the largest contract the commission awarded out of a total of $11.8 million in contracts for 10 projects throughout the state. For the I-80 project, the work will be on the eastbound lanes and will include milling, repaving and minor bridge repairs. The contract is expected to be completed by Oct. 15, 2017. The other contracts...

US 16 west of Buffalo reopened

US 16 west of Buffalo reopened

Date: 07/24/2016 

A 29-mile section of US 16 between Buffalo and Ten Sleep was reopened late Sunday. The highway section between Hazelton Road on the east and WYO 435 on the west had been closed since July 22 due to a fire For more road and travel information go to www.wyoroad.info.

US 191/189 reopens

US 191/189 reopens

Date: 07/18/2016 

US 191/189 between Daniel Junction and Hoback Junction reopened at noon Friday, July 22. The highway had been closed for five days while U.S. Forest Service crews battled the Cliff Creek fire north of Bondurant. The wildfire in the Bridger-Teton National Forest has burned more than 11,500 acres, and is only 10 percent contained. High winds, high temperatures and low humidity forecast today make it likely the fire will grow further. US 191/189 was closed Sunday when the fire burned across the highway and smoke began causing ongoing visibility problems.

Aeronautics Commission schedules July 19 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules July 19 teleconference

Date: 07/13/2016 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on July 19. 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 commission approves grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancement. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences on the third Tuesday...

Repairs will cause bridge lane closures near Saratoga

Repairs will cause bridge lane closures near Saratoga

Date: 06/28/2016 

Workers will make repairs to a bridge north of Saratoga on WYO 130 starting this week, which will cause traffic to be down to one lane. One lane of alternating traffic will be allowed to cross the bridge at a time while crews do the work on Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1. Flaggers will be on each end of the bridge directing traffic. Mountain Construction of Lovell is the prime contractor on the project. The work was originally supposed to take place in May but was postponed due to flooding, which occurred from above average snow pack rates that melted at a faster rate due to warmer weather....

WYDOT to start construction on $46.4 million North Sheridan Interchange project

WYDOT to start construction on $46.4 million North Sheridan Interchange project

Date: 06/20/2016 

Construction of a new interchange on I-90 and work on several streets in Sheridan will start this summer as part of a $46.4 million North Sheridan Interchange project. The Wyoming Transportation Commission during its Thursday meeting awarded the contract to Reiman Corp. of Cheyenne and High Country Construction Inc. of Lander. The project entails replacing the existing interchange with a new one about a mile north on I-90. The work will also include realigning Decker Road and reconstructing North Main Street, and will be completed in four phases with a completion date of October 2019. “We’re moving...

Wildlife crossing project featured in Wyoming PBS Trapper's Point documentary

Wildlife crossing project featured in Wyoming PBS Trapper's Point documentary

Date: 06/17/2016 

WYDOT's project to build two overpasses and six underpasses on a 12-mile section of WYO 191 west of Pinedale to provide safe crossings for pronghorn, deer and other wildlife is featured in the a new episode of the Wyoming PBS show Main Street Wyoming. The "Trapper's Point" episode explains how an archaeological study of in Sublette County helped researchers better understand wildlife movement along a major pronghorn migration corridor and helped facilitate new developments in methods of roadway safety for both motorists and wildlife. The program features WYDOT Archaeologist Julie Francis, Nicole...

Crews to start I-25 southbound bridge repairs on June 21

Crews to start I-25 southbound bridge repairs on June 21

Date: 06/17/2016 

A bridge rehabilitation project near Cheyenne that starts next week will cause minor delays and lane closures. Motorists will see travel impacts along the I-25 southbound bridge, which crosses over I-80, when crews from S & S Builders of Cheyenne start work on Tuesday, June 21. The work on the I-25 southbound bridge will entail concrete replacement in various areas of the structure, a new concrete deck overlay, bridge railing and guardrail upgrades, and new expansion joints. With the work in close proximity to several of the cloverleaf ramps, three of the four ramps will be closed. Those closures...

Crews to start resurfacing work on June 21

Crews to start resurfacing work on June 21

Date: 06/17/2016 

Motorists will see minor traffic delays along a section of US 30 (East Lincolnway) in Cheyenne starting next week as crews perform pavement resurfacing work. Simon Contractors is expected to start work on the project on Tuesday, June 21. However, the start date may change due to weather and other factors. Workers will be repairing the road surface beginning at the College Drive intersection and heading east through the intersection of Pershing Boulevard, stopping where the divided highway begins. They will do milling work first, followed by adding a new asphalt overlay to restore the condition...

WYO 13 from Arlington to Rock River moved to 70 mph speed limit

WYO 13 from Arlington to Rock River moved to 70 mph speed limit

Date: 06/16/2016 

WYO 13 from Arlington to Rock River is now signed for the new 70 mph statutory speed limit set by the 2016 Legislature. The higher speed limit is now in effect on a total of 3,409 miles of highway. During the transition to the new limit, drivers should continue to comply with the posted limit on all highways. Drivers can see on which highways the new limit is in effect by going to WYDOT's 511 Travel Information Service map, which is being updated as signing is completed on each new section. Exempted from the new limit are highways through urban and residential areas, school zones and anywhere special...

Aeronautics Commission schedules June 21 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules June 21 teleconference

Date: 06/14/2016 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on June 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 commission approves grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancement. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences on the third Tuesday...

All alpine passes now open for season

All alpine passes now open for season

Date: 06/10/2016 

Battle Pass on WYO 70 in southern Wyoming between Baggs and Encampment opened to traffic June 9. It was the last of Wyoming's seasonally closed alpine passes to be reopened for summer. Crews started working on WYO 70 at the end of May after reopening Snowy Range Pass on May 25. Crews from Saratoga worked on the eastern side, and crews from Baggs worked on the western side and they met in the middle. “We encountered more snow this year than we anticipated,” said Tim McGary, district maintenance engineer in Laramie. “As always, our crews worked hard to get the pass open and ready for the season.”...

WYDOT opens seasonally closed WYO 70 on June 9

WYDOT opens seasonally closed WYO 70 on June 9

Date: 06/08/2016 

Battle Pass (WYO 70) in southern Wyoming is now open to traffic. Wyoming Department of Transportation crews reopened WYO 70, which is between Baggs and Encampment, on Thursday morning after finishing snow removal. “We encountered more snow this year than we anticipated,” said Tim McGary, district maintenance engineer in Laramie. “As always, our crews worked hard to get the pass open and ready for the season.” WYDOT closes Battle Pass (WYO 70), the Snowy Range (WYO 130) between Laramie and Saratoga, and US 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell in late fall because of the amount of snow those areas...

State Transportation Improvement Program meetings scheduled in northwest Wyoming

State Transportation Improvement Program meetings scheduled in northwest Wyoming

Date: 06/06/2016 

Public meetings on the State Transportation Improvement Program are scheduled in five northwest Wyoming communities. Basin - July 18, 10 a.m., Big Horn County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 420 West C; Cody - July 18, 2 p.m., Park County Public Library, Grizzly Hall, 1500 Heart Mountain Street; Worland - July 19, 10 a.m., Washakie County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 1001 Big Horn Avenue; Thermopolis - July 19, 1:30 p.m., Hot Springs County Courthouse Annex, Commission Chambers, 117 N. 4th St.; and Riverton - July 20, 10 a.m., Riverton City Hall, Council Chambers, 816 North Federal Boulevard.

Adopt-A-Highway Spring Clean Fling and new safety video announced

Adopt-A-Highway Spring Clean Fling and new safety video announced

Date: 05/31/2016 

The view from Wyoming’s highways will improve in the coming month as Adopt-A-Highway volunteers get out to clean their two-mile highway sections during the annual Spring Clean Fling. Now in its 27th year, Wyoming’s Adopt A Highway program has nearly 900 participating groups statewide, and the members are encouraged to get out as weather permits in June to make the first of their two required cleanups for the year. During past Spring Clean Flings volunteers around the state removed more than 50 tons of litter from along the highways. WYDOT has created a new video to help the volunteers stay safe...

Right-of-way matter added to agenda for June 2 special meeting of Transportation Commission

Right-of-way matter added to agenda for June 2 special meeting of Transportation Commission

Date: 05/31/2016 

The Wyoming Transportation Commission has scheduled a special teleconference meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. on June 2 to consider bids for providing utility materials and a right-of-way matter for the Harney Street Viaduct project in Laramie. For more information on the meeting or to arrange to participate in the teleconference, please contact Commission Secretary Sandy Scott at (307) 777-4007. The Harney Street Viaduct project will replace the aging Clark Street Viaduct with a new structure about a third of a mile to the north. WYDOT expects to seek bids for the bridge construction portion of...

Seasonally closed Snowy Range Pass opens to traffic on May 25

Seasonally closed Snowy Range Pass opens to traffic on May 25

Date: 05/25/2016 

The scenic Snowy Range Pass between Centennial and Saratoga opened to traffic on May 25. The Wyoming Department of Transportation is expected to reopened the Snowy Range Pass (WYO 130) on Wednesday morning after clearing snow from the seasonally closed road since early May. “Everything went smoothly this year and the pass is now open for the season,” said Tim McGary, district maintenance engineer in Laramie. “Although we ran into some maintenance issues with some of our rotary snow blowers, we were able to get them all up and running so we could continue on schedule with reopening the pass.” WYDOT...

Crews will start paving work on a 13-mile section of I-80 near Elk Mountain on May 31

Crews will start paving work on a 13-mile section of I-80 near Elk Mountain on May 31

Date: 05/24/2016 

Drivers on a 13-mile, eastbound section of I-80 near Elk Mountain will encounter reduced speeds and a single-lane closure starting May 31 as crews complete paving work. Simon Contractors and Subsidiaries of Cheyenne will be doing the paving work between the Elk Mountain and Cooper Cove interchanges. Workers will be installing a 1-inch, high performance asphalt wearing course to provide better traction and a smoother ride, and to prevent water from seeping into the joint between the two lanes.  The paving is all that remains of a $7.3 million project the Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded...

Transportation Commission awards $23 million in contracts at May meeting

Transportation Commission awards $23 million in contracts at May meeting

Date: 05/23/2016 

Bridge reconstruction and overlay work will move to the eastbound lanes on a 2-mile section of I-80 near Pine Bluffs during the 2016 and 2017 construction seasons. The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded an $8 million contract to SEMA Construction Inc. and Subsidiaries of Centennial, Colo., during its meeting on May 19. That was the largest contract the commission awarded out of a total of $23 million in contracts for 15 projects throughout the state. In 2014, the commission awarded similar work on the 2-mile section of I-80 for the westbound lanes, which will be completed in June. “We’re...

Jim Good named to Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

Jim Good named to Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

Date: 05/23/2016 

James C. “Jim” Good, who represented Wyoming at the prestigious National Championship Air Races in Reno for decades, is the 2016 inductee into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame. Good, who served as an ambassador for aviation in the state for half a century, died in Casper on April 24 at the age of 83. An induction ceremony in his honor is scheduled June 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Casper-Natrona County International Airport hangar that houses his Good Warbirds Museum, where he gave tours to school groups and other organizations interested in the vintage aircraft he gathered there, including...

US 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell opens for season

US 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell opens for season

Date: 05/20/2016 

The annual spring opening of U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell occurred at 4 p.m. May 20. "Everything is clear, so the roadway will open for the summer today at 4 p.m.," said Pete Hallsten, WYDOT maintenance engineer in Basin. "Please drive safely and buckle up. Some roadway repairs will be completed next week under traffic control. Expect short delays next week." For current road conditions, call 511 or go to www.wyoroad.info. The annual winter closure of U.S. 14A, west of Burgess Junction, is at milepost 76.04 on the Lovell side of the Bighorn Mountains. The seasonal road closure at...

Repairs will cause bridge lane closures near Saratoga

Repairs will cause bridge lane closures near Saratoga

Date: 05/20/2016 

Traffic will be down to one lane over a bridge north of Saratoga on WYO 130 starting on Monday, May 23 as workers make repairs. Flaggers will be on each end of the bridge controlling traffic while crews complete the repairs. One lane of alternating traffic will be allowed to cross the bridge at a time. The speed limit will be reduced to 10 mph in the work zone, and motorists should expect about a 10- to 15-minute delay. The work is anticipated to be completed by late spring or early summer. “Motorists are asked to slow down, obey posted speed limits and watch out for workers when driving in the...

Air service agreement could serve as model for some Wyoming communities

Air service agreement could serve as model for some Wyoming communities

Date: 05/18/2016 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission has approved an air service grant that could serve as a model for future service to Wyoming communities facing a loss of flights due to changes in federal regulations. The grant approved Tuesday will allow expansion of current jet service by Denver Air Connection between Sheridan and Denver to include Riverton beginning July 1. The Sheridan-Johnson (County) Critical Air Service Team, Fremont (County) Air Service Team and WYDOT Aeronautics Division negotiated the agreement with Key Lime Air, a Colorado corporation doing business as Denver Air Connection. The grant...

Motorists will see detours on US 85 southbound ramp to I-25

Motorists will see detours on US 85 southbound ramp to I-25

Date: 05/13/2016 

Traffic using the US 85 southbound ramp to access I-25 north and south near Cheyenne will be detoured starting Monday, May 16 so crews can do concrete slab replacement.  Motorists will be detoured onto Yellowstone Road (WYO 219) southbound to the Iron Mountain intersection. Traffic will then head west onto Iron Mountain Road (WYO 211) to I-25. The detour will be in place for about two weeks while crews from Simon Contractors and Subsidiaries of Cheyenne tear out the old concrete and put in new concrete on the ramp, said Wayne Shenefelt, resident engineer with the Wyoming Department of Transportation...

Wagonhound and Fort Steele rest areas closed on I-80

Wagonhound and Fort Steele rest areas closed on I-80

Date: 05/12/2016 

Two rest areas along I-80 between Rawlins and Laramie are closed for repairs. The Wyoming Department of Transportation closed the Wagonhound rest area on Thursday due to structural issues. The agency doesn’t have a time frame as to when that rest area will reopen. WYDOT also closed the Fort Steele rest area in April for ongoing maintenance on the water system, which was due for an overhaul. The work is expected to continue over next few weeks. Although the two rest areas are closed, WYDOT has five others along I-80 that are open. They are Pine Bluffs, Summit (9 miles east of Laramie), Bitter Creek...

Aeronautics Commission schedules May 17 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules May 17 teleconference

Date: 05/10/2016 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on May 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 commission approves grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancement. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences on the third Tuesday...

Construction may cause minor traffic delays for motorists in and around Rawlins

Construction may cause minor traffic delays for motorists in and around Rawlins

Date: 05/09/2016 

Motorists will see minor traffic delays in and around Rawlins while crews complete grinding and other minor work on sections of I-80 and in the city starting May 16. Crews will do grinding work on I-80 near milepost 213 at the Sage Creek Bridge near Rawlins, on I-80 at milepost 214 near Rawlins and at various locations along Spruce Street in Rawlins. On the Thayer Street Bridge in Rawlins, crews will be filling in a crack in the bridge approach slab with epoxy. The minor work, which is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, is all that remains of a $1.8 million project WYDOT awarded to Simon Contractors...

WYO 412 between the I-80 Carter-Mountain View Interchange and US 189 moved to 70 mph speed limit

WYO 412 between the I-80 Carter-Mountain View Interchange and US 189 moved to 70 mph speed limit

Date: 05/05/2016 

WYO 412 between the I-80 Carter-Mountain View Interchange and US 189, WYO 374 from Cedar Mountain Road to the I-80 Granger Junction Interchange, and from Little America to James Town, and WYO 89 from north of Evanston to the Utah border are now signed for the new 70 mph statutory speed limit set by the 2016 Legislature. The higher speed limit is now in effect on a total of 2,993 miles of highway. During the transition to the new limit, drivers should continue to comply with the posted limit on all highways. Drivers can see on which highways the new limit is in effect by going to WYDOT's 511 Travel...

Section of West Allison Road in Laramie County to close May 9

Section of West Allison Road in Laramie County to close May 9

Date: 05/04/2016 

A section of West Allison Road will be closed to through traffic starting on May 9 while crews do utility and reconstruction work this summer. Simon Contractors of Cheyenne, the contractor for the project, will close a 0.45-mile section of West Allison Road between South Greeley Highway (US 85) and Walterscheid Boulevard while the work is taking place. Earlier this year, the Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the $2 million contract to Simon Contractors. The work is expected to be completed by Oct. 31. The Wyoming Department of Transportation is partnering with Laramie County on the project....

Move to 70 mph speed limit proceeding ahead of schedule

Move to 70 mph speed limit proceeding ahead of schedule

Date: 05/02/2016 

More than 2,700 miles of highway were signed for the new statutory 70 mph speed limit by the end of April, and WYDOT expects to have signs changed on another 700 miles of highway by the end of May. Chief Engineer Gregg Fredrick said installing the 70 mph overlays on speed limit signs progressed faster than expected in April, with crews finishing work on more sections than originally planned for April and May combined. The new speed limit set by the 2016 Legislature will go into effect on all non-interstate highways except those through urban and residential areas, school zones and anywhere special...

US 26/WYO 789 between Riverton and Shoshoni moved to 70 mph speed limit

US 26/WYO 789 between Riverton and Shoshoni moved to 70 mph speed limit

Date: 04/26/2016 

US 26/WYO 789 between Riverton and Shoshoni is now signed for the new 70 mph statutory speed limit set by the 2016 Legislature. The higher speed limit is now in effect on a total of  2,763 miles of highway. Other highway sections moved to the 70 mph limit in April include: US 20 between Worland and Lucerne and north of Shoshoni to the Boysen Marina; WYO 34 between Sybille Road and I-25; US 14 between Ucross and Sheridan; US 14A east of Lovell for about 16 miles; WYO 789 between Lander and Riverton; US 26-287 between Dubois and the Shoshone National Forest boundary WYO 213 from Burns to US 85; WYO...

Transportation Commission awards $24 million in contracts at April meeting

Transportation Commission awards $24 million in contracts at April meeting

Date: 04/25/2016 

The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded a total of $24 million in contracts for road reconstruction, bridge rehabilitation, sign replacement and other various work during its meeting in April. The commission awarded contracts for 12 projects throughout the state, including one which will be funded through increased fuel tax revenue. Reiman Corp. of Cheyenne won the largest contract with a low bid of $10.4 million to reconstruct and add shoulders to 6.35 miles of road and replace two bridges along WYO 193 near Story in Johnson and Sheridan counties. For the road work, WYDOT will do grading,...

WYDOT temporarily closes Fort Steele rest area on I-80

WYDOT temporarily closes Fort Steele rest area on I-80

Date: 04/21/2016 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation closed the Fort Steele rest area earlier this week due to a main water pump failure. The rest area is 13 miles east of Rawlins on I-80, and is expected to reopen next week. WYDOT is working quickly to get the issue fixed, and apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause to the traveling public. While the Fort Steele rest area is closed, travelers can access the Wagonhound rest area, which is 50 miles west of Laramie, before the Fort Steele rest area. They can also access the Bitter Creek rest area, which is 41 miles east of Rock Springs, which is after...

Travelers urged to be informed, prepared for spring storm

Travelers urged to be informed, prepared for spring storm

Date: 04/15/2016 

With a large spring storm forecast to bring heavy wet snow to much of Wyoming through the weekend and into Monday, drivers planning to travel in the coming days should monitor the weather forecast and check road conditions before leaving. Snowfall accumulations are forecast to reach 9 inches to 19 inches in the I-80 corridor between Cheyenne and Laramie, 6 inches to 18 inches between Laramie and Rawlins and 7 inches to 15 inches on the I-25 corridor between Cheyenne and Douglas. The snowy and windy conditions being forecast could lead to hazardous driving conditions including poor visibility, and...

Aeronautics Commission schedules April 19 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules April 19 teleconference

Date: 04/12/2016 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on April 19. 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 commission approves grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences on the third Tuesday...

Reduced speeds, single lane closures start Wednesday on I-80 near Walcott Junction

Reduced speeds, single lane closures start Wednesday on I-80 near Walcott Junction

Date: 04/05/2016 

Motorists will see reduced speeds along 6 miles of I-80 between Laramie and Rawlins that includes Walcott Junction starting on Wednesday, April 6 as crews prepare for construction in the westbound lane. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will have crews installing slip ramps and crossovers at each end of the project, which will be between mile marker 233 and 240 in Carbon County. During construction of the slip ramps and crossovers, there will be one lane closed in both the eastbound and westbound lanes during daylight hours only. In each direction, a single lane will remain open. Traffic...

30 highway sections scheduled to get 70 mph speed limit in April

30 highway sections scheduled to get 70 mph speed limit in April

Date: 03/31/2016 

Drivers can expect to see WYDOT crews installing 70 mph speed limit signs around the state in April to bring the roads up to the new statutory speed limit for non-interstate highways in Wyoming. WYDOT expects to have about 1,500 miles of highways raised to the 70 mph limit by the end of April, with another 1,000 miles to follow in May. WYDOT’s 511 Travel Information Service map at www.wyoroad.info will be updated to show each highway increased to the 70 mph limit when the signing is completed on that section. Until the new signs are up, the existing posted speed limit remains in effect. “Drivers...

Aeronautics Commission schedules March 29 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules March 29 teleconference

Date: 03/24/2016 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a supplemental business meeting via a teleconference March 29 beginning at 1:30 p.m. To be included in the teleconference, or for more information about the agenda, the commission or its schedule, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952. The commission approves grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences...

Transportation Commission awards $12.4 million in contracts

Transportation Commission awards $12.4 million in contracts

Date: 03/22/2016 

The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded contracts totaling $12.4 million for seven projects, including three that will be funded through increased fuel tax revenue, during its March meeting. The work the Wyoming Department of Transportation will complete in various parts of the state includes minor bridge rehabilitation, road grading and overlay and slide stabilization. S & S Builders of Gillette won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $3.9 million to complete minor repairs to 22 bridges in Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston counties. The work will consist of rehabilitating...

70 mph speed limit coming to more Wyoming highways

70 mph speed limit coming to more Wyoming highways

Date: 03/18/2016 

Signs are being manufactured and crews could be out on rural two-lane highways before the end of the month posting 70 mph speed limit signs. Gov. Matt Mead signed into law Tuesday a bill raising the statutory speed limit to 70 mph for non-interstate highways in Wyoming. WYDOT expects to have about 1,500 miles of highways raised to the 70 mph limit by the end of April, and another 1,000 miles by the end of May, with work continuing through the summer. Until the new signs are up, the existing posted speed limit remains in effect. “Drivers are required to adhere to the speed limit posted on any highway...

25 projects completed with additional fuel tax revenue, 21 underway or under contract

25 projects completed with additional fuel tax revenue, 21 underway or under contract

Date: 03/17/2016 

  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 21 more projects. Work is expected to begin on 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 tax was...

Aeronautics Commission schedules March 15 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules March 15 teleconference

Date: 03/02/2016 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on March 15. 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 commission approves grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences on the third Tuesday...

Transportation Commission awards $12.4 million in contracts

Transportation Commission awards $12.4 million in contracts

Date: 02/22/2016 

Contracts totaling $12.4 million for 11 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. Mountain View Building of Sheridan submitted the low bid of $2.89 million to rebuild about a mile of West Fifth Street (WYO 330) in Sheridan, from Mydland Road west to the end of the paved section. The work also will include new sidewalks, curb and gutter, and the contract completion date is Oct. 31. Cheyenne’s Reiman Corp. was the low bidder at $1.95 million to complete rehabilitation...

I-80 Summit Rest Area reopens

I-80 Summit Rest Area reopens

Date: 02/18/2016 

The Summit Rest Area on Interstate-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie reopened on Feb. 18. All normal services are again available at the facility located at the highest point on I-80. WYDOT has been able to contract for temporary maintenance services at the rest area until a new full-time caretaker can be hired. WYDOT closed the rest area on Jan. 27, due to a lack of maintenance services after the previous caretaker left unexpectedly.

Aeronautics Commission to meet Feb. 24-25 in Cheyenne

Aeronautics Commission to meet Feb. 24-25 in Cheyenne

Date: 02/17/2016 

Members of the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will attend the Wyoming Airport Operators Legislative Reception on Feb. 24, and then conduct a quarterly business meeting on Feb. 25, both in Cheyenne. The Legislative Reception Wednesday will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom B of the Little America Hotel and Resort. The business meeting the following day will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor conference room at the WYDOT Aeronautics Division Building, 200 E. 8th Ave. For more information about the meeting agenda or the commission, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952,...

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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