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Aeronautics Commission scheduled to meet Sept. 24-26 in Laramie

Aeronautics Commission scheduled to meet Sept. 24-26 in Laramie

Date: 09/09/2014 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will meet in Laramie Sept. 24-26 in conjunction with the Wyoming Airport Operators Association (WAOA) Fall Conference. The commissioners will attend WAOA conference events beginning Sept. 24, and then convene for their regular quarterly meeting on Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m., or immediately following the close of the WAOA conference. The meeting in the Gold Room of the Holiday Inn at 204 S. 30th Street is open to the public. The commission, made up of seven members appointed by the governor for six-year terms, approves grants of state and federal money for use in airport...

Togwotee project competing for national awards

Togwotee project competing for national awards

Date: 09/09/2014 

WYDOT’s reconstruction of US 26-287 between Dubois and Moran Junction is one of 10 projects selected to compete for two awards given for the nation’s best transportation projects. One of the awards is being decided by online voting, and the Wyoming project currently sits in eighth place in the voting that will continue unitl Oct. 24. The 10 finalists received the highest overall scores during four regional competitions. The Togwotee project was honored for the best use of innovation in a medium-sized project at the America’s Transportation Awards western regional competition in July. It is now...

Adopt-A-Highway program celebrates 25th anniversary

Adopt-A-Highway program celebrates 25th anniversary

Date: 09/08/2014 

Wyoming’s Adopt-A-Highway program is celebrating 25 years of helping keep the view from the state’s highways clean, and saluting the volunteers around the state who participate, particularly the 11 groups that have been cleaning since the beginning. The Cheyenne Sunrise Lions Club, Cheyenne Frontier Lions Club, Casper Mountain Lions Club, Bethel Baptist Church of Casper, Alpine Ladies League, Jackson District Cub Scouts, Ranchester-Dayton Rotary Club, Story Lions Club, Gillette Lions Club, Kiwanis Club of Thermopolis and the Powell Girl Scouts have participated in the program since 1989. They are...

Aeronautics Commission schedules Sept. 16 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules Sept. 16 teleconference

Date: 09/04/2014 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will convene at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 for a teleconference to consider uses for additional Airport Improvement Program funding. The meeting is open to the public, and for additional information or to arrange to participate in the teleconference, please call the Wyoming Aeronautics Division at 777-3952. The commission approves state and federal funding for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. It also can make loans to Wyoming cities, towns, counties and joint powers boards for construction, development and improvement...

Cowboy fans should be prepared for highway construction

Cowboy fans should be prepared for highway construction

Date: 08/29/2014 

Fans traveling to the Cowboys football opener Saturday are advised to be prepared for reduced speeds in construction areas on both sides of Laramie. The Remount Interchange bridge on I-80 about midway between Cheyenne and Laramie is being worked on, reducing westbound traffic for a short stretch to single lane. Speeds are reduced to 65 mph. A mill and pavement overlay project in progress on I-80 for 10 miles between the Otto Road and Round Top interchanges west of Cheyenne also reduces traffic to single lane and the speed limit to 65 mph. Concrete slab repair is underway on I-80 from South Greeley...

Quarterly update of STIP project list issued

Quarterly update of STIP project list issued

Date: 08/15/2014 

An update to WYDOT’s “State Transportation Improvement Program” (STIP) for 2014 has been issued and is available for viewing. The STIP contains a listing of highway and bridge projects, and also airport improvement work, that WYDOT tentatively expects to let to contract during the current fiscal year. The STIP is published annually and updates are issued quarterly. Printed copies of the 2014 STIP are located at WYDOT offices, libraries, and city and county government offices. In addition to current-year projects, the STIP includes a listing of planned transportation projects slated for future years,...

Commission awards $35.5 million in contracts for highway work

Commission awards $35.5 million in contracts for highway work

Date: 07/28/2014 

Contracts totaling $35.5 million for seven highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its July teleconference meeting. McGarvin-Moberly Construction of Worland won the largest of the contracts with a low bid of $12.2 million for milling off deteriorating pavement and replacing it with new pavement on 12 miles of the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 just east of Wamsutter. The contract completion date is Sept. 30, 2015. McGarvin-Moberly also won a $7.3 million contract to remove deteriorating pavement and lay down new pavement on nearly 7 miles...

Togwotee project honored for innovation

Togwotee project honored for innovation

Date: 07/15/2014 

WYDOT’s US 26-287 reconstruction between Dubois and Moran Junction was honored for the best use of innovation in a medium-sized project at the America’s Transportation Awards western regional competition. The award was announced on July 14 at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials annual meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. The organization includes 18 member states from Texas to Hawaii and the Dakotas to Alaska. Bob Bonds, WYDOT Environmental Services NEPA manager, accepted the award on behalf of the department and all the personnel who worked on the project. Mike Hancock,...

80 mph speed limit in effect on 488 miles of interstates

80 mph speed limit in effect on 488 miles of interstates

Date: 07/01/2014 

Motorists can now legally drive up to 80 mph on some sections of rural  interstate highway in Wyoming, resulting from action taken by the state Legislature during its 2014 session. WYDOT crews have completed changing speed limit signs along three sections of Interstate 25, totaling 268 miles in length, as well as on three sections of I-80 (116 miles) and two sections of I-90 (104 miles).  In approving the speed limit increase, legislators directed WYDOT to conduct a study of the three rural interstate routes to determine where a speed limit of 80 would be appropriate. Factors considered in the...

WYDOT seeks public input on Statewide Freight Plan

WYDOT seeks public input on Statewide Freight Plan

Date: 06/27/2014 

WYDOT is developing a Statewide Freight Plan to provide direction for future freight transportation policy in Wyoming. The plan will enable WYDOT to implement a broad approach to statewide planning that will integrate freight elements into the larger Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan, expand economic development opportunities for grants and public-private partnerships, and improve network safety and efficiency. Public input is necessary to the development of a plan that accurately reflects the current needs and future opportunities for freight and freight-related economic development in...

Transportation commission awards $15.5 million in highway contracts

Transportation commission awards $15.5 million in highway contracts

Date: 06/24/2014 

Contracts totaling $15.5 million for six highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its June meeting in Cheyenne. Riverside Contracting of Missoula, Mont., won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $9.6 million for widening and resurfacing four miles of US 14-16-20 between the Shoshone National Forest boundary and the Wapiti Bridge west of Cody. The work will widen the highway’s safety shoulders from the current six feet to eight feet, and also include some isolated reconstruction. The contract completion date is Sept. 30, 2015. Custom...

Blasting to require traffic delays on US 287 south of Laramie

Blasting to require traffic delays on US 287 south of Laramie

Date: 06/17/2014 

Blasting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, on WYDOT's project to widen US 287 to four lanes north of the Colorado border. Travelers in both directions are advised to expect delays of up to 30 minutes at that time. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the construction area during the blasting delays.

Snow control costs exceed budget by $6.7 million

Snow control costs exceed budget by $6.7 million

Date: 06/13/2014 

WYDOT’s snow control costs during the current fiscal year were $29.3 million through the end of June, well above the $22.6 million budgeted. The $29.3 million figure includes the cost of reopening WYO 70 over Battle Pass, which opened on June 3.  WYDOT operates on the federal fiscal year of Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, so the current budget also must cover any snow control needed next September. The cost overrun will be made up through funds from the department’s budgets for equipment, buildings and state-funded construction projects. The snow control costs were about average through January, when...

All alpine passes now open

All alpine passes now open

Date: 06/03/2014 

WYO 70 over Battle Pass in south-central Wyoming opened on June 3. Battle Pass is the last of the seasonally closed alpine passes in the state to reopen. WYO 130 over the Snowy Range opened on May 24, and US 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell opened on May 22. The high elevation passes close annually in late autumn when relatively low traffic and deep snow accumulations render plowing operations impractical. For current conditions, please phone 511 or visit www.wyoroad.info.

Study estimates airports contribute $1.4 billion to Wyoming's economy

Study estimates airports contribute $1.4 billion to Wyoming's economy

Date: 05/28/2014 

A study completed for the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division found that 35 of the state’s public-use airports generate a combined $1.4 billion in economic activity in the state annually. That figure was derived using the Federal Aviation Administration’s approved methodology for estimating an airport’s economic impacts, which considers jobs created or supported by the airports directly and by the travelers and businesses that use the airports, and the successive waves of additional economic activity they generate. The study estimates 12,268 jobs in the state are related...

Snowy Range Pass opens

Snowy Range Pass opens

Date: 05/22/2014 

WYO 130 over Snowy Range Pass opened for the summer season at dawn Saturday. 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 dries road surface. All travelers and hikers should be prepared for possible closures due to winter-like weather on the pass even after it opens. Next week, manpower and equipment will move west to WYO 70, which remains impassable with snow to be cleared, equipment serviced and the path widened. There is no set opening date for WYO 70 at this time....

US 14A opens

US 14A opens

Date: 05/22/2014 

A 22-mile section of US 14A in the Big Horn Mountains reopened for the summer season Thursday. Motorists are cautioned that winter conditions can still occur on the highway, which is lined with snowbanks several feet high and still relatively narrow. Most sideroads leading to and from the highway are still blocked.   WYDOT closes this 22-mile stretch of scenic mountain road annually in late November at the conclusion of the fall hunting season when relatively low traffic, combined with deep snow accumulations, render plowing operations impractical. Most years it is reopened in time for Memorial...

US 14A spring opening expected May 22

US 14A spring opening expected May 22

Date: 05/20/2014 

The annual spring opening of U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22. "We've broken through to the Burgess Junction side of the mountain," said Jason Fleming, WYDOT maintenance foreman in Lovell. "We're cleaning up the roadway, fixing the major road slide area on our side of the mountain, and we've been battling snow drifts on the mountain. We'll have more maintenance work to do on the roadway and the slide after Thursday's opener." The annual winter closure of U.S. 14A, west of Burgess Junction, is at milepost 76.04 on the Lovell side of the Big Horn...

Transportation Commission awards $34 million in highway contracts

Transportation Commission awards $34 million in highway contracts

Date: 05/20/2014 

Contracts totaling $34.1 million for eight highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its May meeting in Laramie. Oftedal Construction of Casper won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $11.1 million for reconstruction of US 16 through Ten Sleep and adding a climbing lane for westbound traffic leaving Ten Sleep. The project also will include replacement of the bridge over the Nowood River and new sidewalk and lighting in Ten Sleep. Work on the reconstruction in town won’t begin until after the Nowoodstock Ten Sleep Music Festival Aug....

Aeronautics Commission adds informal meeting to Gillette schedule

Aeronautics Commission adds informal meeting to Gillette schedule

Date: 05/16/2014 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct an informal meeting at 4 p.m. today at the Wingate hotel in Gillette to discuss air service. No decisions will be made at the meeting. The commission is in Gillette to conduct airport tours today and its quarterly meeting Friday. Commissioners will tour the Hulett Municipal Airport at 11:30 a.m. today, and the Gillette-Campbell County Airport at 2:45 p.m. The quarterly meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Wingate. The commissioners, appointed by the governor for six-year terms, approve grants of state and federal money for airport construction,...

Record storm brings record 511 Web traffic

Record storm brings record 511 Web traffic

Date: 05/14/2014 

This week’s record spring snowstorm resulted in a record 19 million hits to WYDOT’s 511 Travel Information Service website. The high volume of users caused slowed response times for some of the site’s pages during the storm. “We are working to correct the problems,” said Vince Garcia, manager of WYDOT’s Geographic Information Systems/Intelligent Transportation Systems program. “WYDOT is making every effort to provide information in text, email and Web formats in an effort to save money by reducing the number of phone calls to the 511 system.” Between 12:01 a.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday, the 511...

Draft federal transportation funding bill is good start

Draft federal transportation funding bill is good start

Date: 05/14/2014 

Draft legislation released by a U.S. Senate committee earlier this week is a good start towards reauthorization of federal transportation funding, according to WYDOT Director John Cox. The legislation, titled MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, was issued Monday by the Senate's Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming is a leading member of the committee and a co-sponsor of the bill. "We've been busy reviewing the details of the bill, but are pleased that Sen. Barasso and his peers have made progress on the transportation funding issue," Cox said. "The highway funding...

WYO 59 south of Gillette reopens following fatal crash

WYO 59 south of Gillette reopens following fatal crash

Date: 05/14/2014 

WYO 59 was reopened at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, following a four-hour closure due to a crash that resulted in three fatalities and at least three injuries. The crash at about 7:30 a.m. involved eight vehicles and blocked the entire highway. The Highway Patrol says a northbound Powder River Transport bus crashed into the back of a line of traffic stopped by a flagger at a WYDOT crack sealing project. The construction zone was properly marked with signs, speed reductions and flaggers. The Powder River Transport bus collided with the line of stopped vehicles at a high rate of speed, killing three people...

More than 100 crashes reported during spring storm

More than 100 crashes reported during spring storm

Date: 05/12/2014 

The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that, between midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. Monday, troopers responded to 97 property damage crashes, 17 injury crashes, and two fatal crashes, and also provided 225 motorist assists. Patrol spokesman Capt. Perry Jones said blowing snow could continue to be a problem through Tuesday, creating slippery roads and poor visibility. He urged travelers to buckle up and slow down.  Before traveling in southeast Wyoming, motorists should check the status of their planned route by visiting www.wyoroad.info. Travelers can also dial 511 within the state for more information...

Updated STIP project list available

Updated STIP project list available

Date: 04/30/2014 

An update to WYDOT’s State Transportation Improvement Program” (STIP) for 2014 has been issued and is available for viewing. The STIP contains a listing of highway and bridge projects, and also airport improvement work, that WYDOT tentatively expects to let to contract during the current fiscal year. The STIP is published annually and updates are issued quarterly. In addition to current-year projects, the STIP includes a listing of planned transportation projects slated for future years, as well as a summary of pass-through funding for public transit programs throughout the state. Highway projects...

Landslide affects traffic on US 14 southeast of Sheridan

Landslide affects traffic on US 14 southeast of Sheridan

Date: 04/29/2014 

A landslide on Jim Creek Hill about 15 miles southeast of Sheridan has resulted in a temporary detour and reduced speed limit of 30 mph on US Highway 14. WYDOT geologists have been monitoring the slide since early spring, and  significant movement last week prompted maintenance crews to grade and pave a detour into the hillside beside the road to move traffic away from the slide below the highway. The detour is narrower than the highway, so drivers are urged to use caution and comply with the reduced speed limit. Barriers have been installed along the edge of the highway to improve safety.  

Highways in Kemmerer-Opal area reopen

Highways in Kemmerer-Opal area reopen

Date: 04/23/2014 

US 30 and WYO 240 in the Opal-Kemmerer reopened Thursday after being closed the previous day due to a fire caused by an explosion at the Williams Gas Plant. The highways reopened at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Motorists can check on the current status of highways by going to www.wyoroad.info or dialing 511. 

Transportation Commission awards $24 million in highway contracts

Transportation Commission awards $24 million in highway contracts

Date: 04/22/2014 

Contracts totaling $24.4 million for 12 highway projects around the state, including two made possible by increased fuel tax revenue, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its April meeting. Concrete Foundations of Douglas won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $6.2 million for improvements to US 20-26-87 (E. Richards Street) between the East Douglas Interchange and Mesa Drive in Douglas. About one-half mile of the highway on the eastern end of the project will be rebuilt with concrete pavement because it carries growing heavy truck traffic. The remainder of...

April 13 crashes involved 54 vehicles

April 13 crashes involved 54 vehicles

Date: 04/14/2014 

The Highway Patrol says a total of 54 vehicles were involved in the series of 10 crashes on April 13 that led to the closure of the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 between Laramie and Rawlins for approximately 18 hours. Troopers investigating the crashes said speed too fast for the existing conditions was a contributing factor to the pileup about 7 miles east of Elk Mountain, where snowy, icy and windy conditions with limited visibility had resulted in the speed limit being reduced to 45 mph.  Five crash victims were transported to area hospitals.

Transportation Commission awards $33.5 million in highway contracts

Transportation Commission awards $33.5 million in highway contracts

Date: 03/25/2014 

Contracts totaling $33.5 million for 12 highway projects around the state, including three to be funded with increased fuel tax revenue, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its March meeting in Cheyenne. Cheyenne’s Reiman Corp. won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $4.9 million to replace and repair damaged concrete slabs on a mile of US 14A-WYO789 (Main Street) in Lovell. The road repairs account for $2.4 million of the total contract and will be paid for with revenue from the 10-cent fuel tax increase. Also included in the contract is replacing water and...

New Cheyenne driver license location now open

New Cheyenne driver license location now open

Date: 03/10/2014 

The Cheyenne driver license office is now open at its new location just northwest of the I-25 College Drive Interchange. The office opens at 8 a.m. and closes its doors at 4:30 p.m. so customers already in line can be served by 5 p.m. The former Norris Travel Center facility at 1520 Etchepare Circle has been remodeled and has room for an additional examiner station, more room and parking for customers and easier access to public restrooms. The facility had been vacant since 2012, when the Travel and Tourism Department opened the new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center at the High Plains Interchange...

Alternate route recommended to avoid US 85 flooding near Cheyenne

Alternate route recommended to avoid US 85 flooding near Cheyenne

Date: 03/05/2014 

A section of U.S. 85 between Cheyenne and LaGrange was reopened Wednesday, but WYDOT recommended travelers take an alternate route to avoid the flooding that closed the highway earlier in the day. The flooding is localized at milepost 31.5 about 13 miles northeast of the Interstate 25-U.S. 85 Torringtion Interchange north of Cheyenne. Signs have been posted to warn drivers of the flooding ahead. However, WYDOT recommends travelers use the alternate route of I-80 to WYO 213 to US 85 to avoid the flooded area.

Parsley Boulevard I-80 overpass expected to reopen Saturday

Parsley Boulevard I-80 overpass expected to reopen Saturday

Date: 02/28/2014 

The Parsley Boulevard Bridge over Interstate 80 in Cheyenne will reopen after required traffic control barriers are set up. WYDOT bridge engineers have determined it is safe to restore trafific with a 15 mph speed limit and traffic control barriers to restrict the bridge to two 10-foot lanes. Weather permitting the barriers should be in place by Saturday evening. The bridge was closed on Feb. 28 after a westbound truck carrying an over-height storage tank damaged girders that had previously been struck by a truck carrying an over-height excavator last August. The Wyoming Transportation Commission...

Transportation Commission awards $17 million in contracts

Transportation Commission awards $17 million in contracts

Date: 02/24/2014 

Contracts totaling nearly $17.4 million for 13 projects around the state, including two that will be funded through increased fuel tax revenue, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its February meeting in Cheyenne. Deteriorating pavement on nearly five miles of Interstate 90 between Acme and Ranchester north of Sheridan will be milled off and replaced with a new layer of pavement under a $6 million contract won by Riverside Contracting of Missoula, Mont. The work will include rehabilitating the decks of seven bridges and improvements to a drainage culvert. The contract completion...

Updated STIP project list available

Updated STIP project list available

Date: 02/05/2014 

An update to WYDOT’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for 2014 has been issued and is available for viewing. The STIP contains a listing of highway and bridge projects, and also airport improvement work, that WYDOT tentatively expects to let to contract during the current fiscal year. The STIP is published annually and updates are issued quarterly. Printed copies of the 2014 STIP are located at WYDOT offices, libraries, and city and county government offices. In addition to current-year projects, the STIP includes a listing of planned transportation projects slated for future years,...

Twitter feeds available for highway closures

Twitter feeds available for highway closures

Date: 02/05/2014 

Twitter is now an option for travelers who want to be notified about closures on the Wyoming’s highways. WYDOT has created Twitter feeds for I-80, I-25 and I-90, and for the rest of the state’s highways broken down into five regions. Once on Twitter, users can search for WYDOT and choose which of the eight feeds they want to follow. “The Twitter feed is meant to be a really immediate release of information and we’re trying to focus on road closure information at this point,” WYDOT GIS/ITS Manager Vince Garcia said. “A person can follow the Twitter accounts and they’ll receive closure alerts directly...

Transportation commission awards $12 million in highway contracts

Transportation commission awards $12 million in highway contracts

Date: 01/22/2014 

Contracts totaling nearly $12.8 million for six highway projects around the state, including the 11th project 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 Cheyenne’s Reiman Corp., which submitted the low bid of $4.9 million to replace the Lewis Street Bridge in Sheridan and reconstruct portions of the streets approaching the bridge. The new bridge will be built to the east of the existing bridge, which will continue to carry traffic during the construction. The...

Fuel tax increase used to fund four of six contracts awarded by commission

Fuel tax increase used to fund four of six contracts awarded by commission

Date: 12/13/2013 

Contracts totaling $18.7 million for six highway projects, including four pavement preservation projects made possible by increased state fuel tax revenue, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its December meeting conducted Dec. 12 in Casper. Since the fuel tax increase went into effect in July, a total of ten pavement preservation projects, covering more than 82 miles of highway at a cost of about $29 million, have been awarded by the Commission. Nine more projects accounting for another 39 miles of similar work are slated to go to contract between now and next summer....

Continuing cold weather prompts Gov. Mead to extend emergency rules for propane delivery

Continuing cold weather prompts Gov. Mead to extend emergency rules for propane delivery

Date: 12/11/2013 

Gov. Matt Mead has extended his executive order (2013-7) creating emergency rules for WYDOT. The order, originally issued Dec. 6 and extended today (Dec. 11)  is specific to drivers of propane delivery trucks working inside of Wyoming and it allows them, temporarily, to make extra deliveries to heat homes and businesses. “The extreme cold temperatures have continued and demand for propane, a fuel many people here use to heat their homes, remains high. We need to extend the emergency rules to help meet that demand for the safety of Wyoming residents,” Gov. Mead said. “We continue to stay in touch...

Due to extreme cold, Governor issues executive order relating to propane deliveries

Due to extreme cold, Governor issues executive order relating to propane deliveries

Date: 12/06/2013 

To help ease propane shortages around the state due to extended winter weather, Gov. Matt Mead has issued an executive order temporarily suspending hours of service limitations for drivers of propane delivery trucks. Normally, drivers may operate their trucks no more than 11 hours within any 24-hour period, with a minimum of 10 hours of rest between driving stints. Gov. Mead's action, taken Friday, Dec. 6, exempts propane truck drivers from those limitations.  “This extreme cold has caused a spike in the demand for propane, a fuel many people here use to heat their homes. This temporary, emergency...

Three more fuel tax projects among 11 contracts awarded by commission

Three more fuel tax projects among 11 contracts awarded by commission

Date: 11/22/2013 

Contracts totaling $51.5 million for 11 highway projects around the state, including three pavement preservation projects made possible by increased state fuel tax revenue, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its November meeting conducted Nov. 21 in Cheyenne. McGarvin-Moberly Construction Company of Worland was the successful bidder for all three of projects funded by the fuel tax increase. The projects include sections of WYO 28 south of Lander, US 16-20 north of Worland and WYO 30 near Basin. Since the fuel tax increase went into effect in July, a total of six pavement...

Chain law's 'Level 2' requires commercial vehicles to chain up

Chain law's 'Level 2' requires commercial vehicles to chain up

Date: 11/19/2013 

When winter storms significantly impact highway travel in Wyoming, the state's chain law will go into effect. Wyoming's chain law is two-tiered. What is called "Level 1" is declared when conditions are rated as "hazardous." Travel is restricted to vehicles equipped with tire chains, or to vehicles with adequate snow tires, or to all-wheel-drive vehicles. When conditions deteriorate to an "extremely hazardous" rating, Level 2 of the chain law is declared. Travel is then restricted to vehicles equipped with tire chains or all-wheel-drive vehicles equipped with adequate mud and snow or all-weather...

U.S. 14A seasonal closure scheduled Nov. 18

U.S. 14A seasonal closure scheduled Nov. 18

Date: 11/04/2013 

The annual fall roadway closure of U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell is scheduled for noon on Nov. 18. Currently, U.S. 14A's mountain road conditions include blowing and drifting snow with strong winds. The annual fall closure of U.S. 14A, west of Burgess Junction, will be in effect at milepost 76.04 on the Lovell side of the Big Horn Mountains. The seasonal road closure at Burgess Junction is just east of milepost 98.1. WYDOT annually closes this 22-mile stretch of scenic mountain road in the Bighorn Mountains of north-central Wyoming in November near the conclusion of the fall hunting...

Cox elected vice president of national transportation organization

Cox elected vice president of national transportation organization

Date: 10/24/2013 

WYDOT Director John Cox is the new vice president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. He was elected by the association’s board of directors at the organization’s annual meeting Monday in Denver. AASHTO represents highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It serves as a liaison between state departments and the federal government, and sets technical standards for all phases of highway system development, including design and construction of highways and bridges. Traditionally the AASHTO vice president...

Additional fuel tax projects among 10 contracts awarded by commission

Additional fuel tax projects among 10 contracts awarded by commission

Date: 10/22/2013 

Contracts totaling $58.9 million for 10 highway projects around the state, including two pavement preservation projects made possible by increased fuel tax revenue, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its October meeting in Cheyenne. Hedquist Construction of Mills submitted the low bid of $18.5 million for improvements to US 20-26 and WYO 254 west of Casper. The work will include a pavement overlay and shoulder widening on about 2 miles of US 20-26 between I-25 and the Casper Creek Bridge. A 1.5-mile section of WYO 254, including the bridge over US 20-26, will be rebuilt...

Statewide Rail Plan survey available online

Statewide Rail Plan survey available online

Date: 10/18/2013 

A Statewide Rail Plan is being developed by WYDOT and the Wyoming Business Council, with help from agencies and the public, to provide direction for future freight and passenger rail transportation policy in Wyoming.   The plan will enable WYDOT to implement a broad approach to statewide planning that will integrate passenger and freight rail elements into the larger Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan. Rail infrastructure improvements are not funded by WYDOT, but the plan will expand economic development opportunities for grants and public-private partnerships and improve network safety and...

Snowy Range highway closed for weekend

Snowy Range highway closed for weekend

Date: 10/11/2013 

WYO 130 over Snowy Range Pass west of Laramie is closed for the weekend. Blowing and drifting snow Friday made it difficult for WYDOT plows to keep the 13-mile highway section open, and maintenance foremen decided it would not be safe for travelers to attempt to cross the high mountain pass in the dark. The highway section will remain closed in both directions Oct. 12-13, and a decision will be made Monday whether to reopen the highway. The highway is closed annually for the winter when relatively low traffic, combined with deep snow accumulations, render plowing operations impractical. During...

STIP project listing for 2014 now available

STIP project listing for 2014 now available

Date: 10/01/2013 

WYDOT's State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for 2014 is available for viewing. The STIP contains a listing of highway and bridge projects, and also airport improvement work, that WYDOT tentatively expects to let to contract during the upcoming fiscal year. The STIP is published annually and updates are issued quarterly. The STIP documents, in PDF format, can be accessed by clicking, in succession, the "Construction & Engineering" tab and then the line reading "STIP Project Listing." Printed copies of the 2014 STIP are located at WYDOT offices, libraries, and city and county government...

Nightly construction closures scheduled for I-90 this week

Nightly construction closures scheduled for I-90 this week

Date: 09/30/2013 

Installation of structures over the highway for electronic message signs will require one-hour nighttime closures on I-90 in the Sundance area Sept. 30-Oct. 3. In each case the  highway will close at 10 p.m. for approximately one hour, reopen to let traffic through,  then close again for an additional hour.  The closure Sept. 30  will be in the westbound lanes of I-90 just east of Sundance.  The closure Oct. 1 will be in the eastound lanes of I-90 just east of Sundance. The closure Oct. 2 will be in the westbound lanes of I-90 just west of Sundance. The final closure on Oct.. 3 will be in the eastbound...

Johnson named to Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

Johnson named to Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

Date: 09/26/2013 

Raymond A. Johnson, one of Wyoming’s early commercial pilots, has been named the 2013 inductee into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame. In addition to flying for commercial airlines, Johnson’s aviation career included barnstorming, air racing, weather observation, flight instruction, flight testing, crop dusting, and serving as a forest fire lookout and the state’s aviation safety officer. He was selected as the 22nd inductee into the Hall of Fame by its board of directors, with the approval of the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission. An induction ceremony is being planned for later this fall. Born in1912,...

Transportation commission awards $14.7 million in contracts

Transportation commission awards $14.7 million in contracts

Date: 09/26/2013 

Contracts totaling $14.7 million for nine projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its September meeting in Cheyenne. Oftedahl Construction of Casper was awarded a $6.6 million contract for landslide repair work on US 14 at the sites of the Bret and Upper Shell Creek slides about 14 miles east of Shell. The work will include drilling into the unstable soil underneath the road and on the slope below the road and installing micropiles and tieback anchors. Micropiles are steel pipes inserted vertically through the slide material into the bedrock below...

Aeronautics Commission schedules special teleconference meeting

Aeronautics Commission schedules special teleconference meeting

Date: 09/20/2013 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a special teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23, to allow the commission to approve modifications to the Wyoming Aviation Capital Improvement Program. The modifications are needed due to additional federal funds becoming available for airport projects. 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...

Driver license services restored

Driver license services restored

Date: 09/16/2013 

WYDOT Driver Services was able to resume business as usual Monday, after a flooding-related computer network outage Friday had prevented driver license examination stations around the state from issuing or renewing licenses or ID cards. The outage was repaired during the weekend. The problem had prevented WYDOT Driver Services from making the necessary checks of applicants' driving records in other states. 

Weather closes westbound I-80 lane west of Cheyenne

Weather closes westbound I-80 lane west of Cheyenne

Date: 09/13/2013 

Heavy rains caused pavement damage Friday that forced the restriction of westbound I-80 to a single lane between the Remount Interchange and Buford west of Cheyenne. WYDOT maintenance crews were working in the area Friday and scheduled to continue Saturday and Sunday. The crews are confident they can reopen the driving lane with the help of some dry weather. WYDOT urges motorists traveling to Laramie for the University of Wyoming football game Saturday to plan ahead and use common sense. Allow yourself plenty of time to arrive, turn off the cruise control in wet or damaged areas and drive at a...

I-25, US 85, US 287 closed southbound into Colorado Friday

I-25, US 85, US 287 closed southbound into Colorado Friday

Date: 09/13/2013 

Southbound I-25 and US 85 south of Cheyenne and southbound US 287 south of Laramie were closed Friday at the request of the Colorado Department of Transportation due to flood-related closures in Colorado. Interstate 25 was closed to all traffic, while on US 85 and US 287 emergency traffic and local Colorado residents only were allowed southbound out of Wyoming.  No commercial vehicle traffic was allowed.  No reopening time was being projected Friday. Please dial 511 or go to www.wyoroad.info for updates on the closures and call (303) 639-1111, go to www.cotrip.org or visit CDOT's Facebook page to...

Patrol to focus on commercial vehicle safety in Big Horn Basin

Patrol to focus on commercial vehicle safety in Big Horn Basin

Date: 09/13/2013 

Wyoming Highway Patrol teams will be working in the Big Horn Basin Sept. 16-20 to educate commercial vehicle drivers about the importance of driving safely and maintaining a safe vehicle and to remove unsafe vehicles from the road. Troopers and port of entry personnel will be working as a Mobile Enforcement and Education Team (MEET) in Big Horn, Park, Washakie and Hot Springs counties during the five-day period. They will focus on commercial vehicle safety violations as well as commercial vehicle driver qualifications and log books. The Patrol is charged with ensuring the safe operation of all...

Aeronautics Commission to meet Sept. 15-17 in Jackson

Aeronautics Commission to meet Sept. 15-17 in Jackson

Date: 09/11/2013 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct its quarterly meeting Sept. 17 at the Snow King Hotel in Jackson. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m., or immediately following a Wyoming Airport Operators’ Association (WAOA) meeting the commission will attend at the Snow King. Commission members also will attend the annual WAOA conference September 15-16.  For more information about the commission or the meeting agenda, please call the WYDOT Aeronautics Division at (307) 777-3952. Members of the commission, appointed by the governor for six-year terms, approve grants of state and federal money for...

19 projects planned for additional fuel tax revenue in FY 2014

19 projects planned for additional fuel tax revenue in FY 2014

Date: 09/03/2013 

WYDOT plans to work on 19 additional highway projects during fiscal year 2014 with the projected increase in fuel tax revenues it expects to receive during the year. Those projects are among 52 the department proposes to begin over the next three fiscal years using the estimated $47.5 million a year in additional fuel tax revenue. A map and descriptions of the proposed projects are available for viewing. Preliminary work has already begun on the first project to be paid for with the added fuel tax revenue. McGarvin-Moberly Construction has begun crushing rock for new pavement on a 10-mile section...

Aeronautics Commission schedules special teleconference meeting

Aeronautics Commission schedules special teleconference meeting

Date: 08/30/2013 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a special teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3 to approve modifications to the Wyoming Aviation Capital Improvement Program. The modifications are due to additional federal funds becoming available for airport projects. 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...

Closure scheduled for westbound I-80 Aug. 28

Closure scheduled for westbound I-80 Aug. 28

Date: 08/26/2013 

The westbound lanes of I-80 will be closed briefly Wednesday east of the Cheyenne Port of Entry beginning at 8 p.m. The closure to allow crews to hang a new electronic message sign over the highway is expected to last between 30 minutes and an hour. There will be no detour during the closure.

WYDOT Authorized Travel program open for applications

WYDOT Authorized Travel program open for applications

Date: 08/23/2013 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 WYDOT Authorized Travel program. The program gives approved drivers permission, when conditions allow, to drive on portions of otherwise closed highways. It is designed to help people travel between home and work, school, medical appointments and agricultural property. Road closures are necessary to ensure the safety of travelers, but the closure points are limited to where WYDOT has gates to block traffic. That means portions of a closed highway may be passable when the closure is due to a traffic crash or storm...

Beartooth Highway section reopened

Beartooth Highway section reopened

Date: 08/22/2013 

The Beartooth Highway (US 212) section between Long Lake in Wyoming and Red Lodge, Mont. that had been closed Aug. 21 due to a wildfire was reopned at 2 p.m. Aug. 22. You can fiind fire and closure updates at the Beartooth Highway website.

Transportation commission awards $2 million slide stabilization contract

Transportation commission awards $2 million slide stabilization contract

Date: 08/16/2013 

A $2 million contract for stabilization of the Upper Marten Slide on WYO 24 about eight miles west of Aladdin was awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its August meeting in Cheyenne. Johner & Sons of Spearfish, S.D., submitted the low bid for the work that will include construction of a shear key and toe berm at the bottom of the slope below the highway. The shear key, a trench filled with rock to disrupt the slide plane, is scheduled to be done by Dec. 1. WYDOT geologists will monitor the slide closely during excavation of the trench to ensure it doesn’t further destabilize...

Delays possible on southbound I-25 in Colorado

Delays possible on southbound I-25 in Colorado

Date: 07/31/2013 

Motorists southbound on I-25 to Colorado should be prepared for delays in a construction project beginning about 16 miles south of the Wyoming border. The Colorado Department of Transportation says delays of up to 15 minutes are possible on a 13-mile section of the southbound lanes where concrete repairs are being completed to extend the life of the highway. The delays are possible Mondays through Fridays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lane closures will be in effect around the clock through September between the Owl Canyon Road and Colorado Highway 14 (Mulberry Street) interchanges. Every effort is being...

Work resumes on road construction suspended for Frontier Days

Work resumes on road construction suspended for Frontier Days

Date: 07/26/2013 

Work will resume next week on three WYDOT construction projects suspended for Frontier Days. The work includes construction of the diverging diamond interchange at I-25 and College Drive, West Pershing Boulevard between Bent and Snyder avenues and the Parsley Avenue bridge over Interstate 80. Drivers are urged to be alert for flaggers and traffic control in the construction areas and exercise patience and courtesy in dealing with construction workers and their fellow motorists. The diverging diamond interchange project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October. Utilities repairs on West...

Contract awarded for first project to be funded with additional fuel tax revenue

Contract awarded for first project to be funded with additional fuel tax revenue

Date: 07/18/2013 

The first project to be funded with the additional fuel tax revenue WYDOT will receive this year is among the six contracts totaling $13.4 million awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its July teleconference meeting. McGarvin-Moberly Construction of Worland won that contract with a bid of $3.8 million for milling off deteriorating pavement and replacing it with a new layer of pavement and a final chip seal on a 10 mile-section of WYO 28 between the Sublette County line and the South Pass Rest Area south of Lander. WYDOT will fund the project with the additional $4 million in...

Patrol joining I-80 safety initiative

Patrol joining I-80 safety initiative

Date: 07/12/2013 

  The Wyoming Highway Patrol will join law enforcement officers from coast to coast July 24-31 in the I-80 Challenge Highway Safety Initiative to save lives during one of the busiest travel times of the year. The Patrol will ramp up enforcement of lifesaving traffic safety laws, cracking down on drivers who are speeding, driving drunk or distracted or not wearing a seat belt, with the goal of achieving a zero fatality rate for the eight-day period. The safety initiative targets a heavy summer travel period when the rate of fatal and injury crashes on I-80 is higher than any other time of the year. ...

Transportation commission awards $29 million in highway contracts

Transportation commission awards $29 million in highway contracts

Date: 06/25/2013 

Contracts totaling $29.4 million for three highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its June meeting in Cheyenne. Foothills Contracting of Webster, S.D., won the largest contract with the low bid of $20 million for resurfacing and widening eight miles of US 16 from about a mile east of Newcastle to the South Dakota border. Three miles of the highway will be reconstructed, and three bridges will be rehabilitated. Safety shoulders on the entire section will be widened to eight feet and a center turn lane will be extended for about 1.5 miles between...

Veteran designation option now available on Wyoming driver licenses

Veteran designation option now available on Wyoming driver licenses

Date: 06/14/2013 

Wyoming veterans now have the option of requesting a veteran designation be shown on the front of their Wyoming driver license or identification cards. The red “V” in the upper right-hand corner of the license or card will allow Wyoming veterans to validate their honorable service with a government-issued identification card. To qualify for the designation, applicants must submit a verification form and copy of their separation papers (Form DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to the Wyoming Veterans Commission. The verification form is available on the Web at www.dot.state.wy.us/home/driver_license_records/forms.defau...

Aeronautics Commission to meet May 23-24 in Rock Springs

Aeronautics Commission to meet May 23-24 in Rock Springs

Date: 05/21/2013 

  The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a quarterly meeting on May 24, in Rock Springs. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Homewood Suites, 60 Winston Drive, and is open to the public On May 23 the commission will tour the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport at 11:30 a.m., and the Greater Green River Intergalactic Space Port at 2:30 p.m.   The commissioners, appointed by the governor for six-year terms, approve grants of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. It also can make loans to Wyoming counties,...

Transportation Commission awards $35 million in highway contracts

Transportation Commission awards $35 million in highway contracts

Date: 05/16/2013 

  Contracts totaling $35.7 million for eight highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its May meeting in Cheyenne. Oftedal Construction of Casper submitted the low bid of $12.3 million for reconstruction of 3.5 miles of US 14A on the eastern edge of Cody. The highway will be widened to five lanes to include a continuous turn lane and 8-foot shoulders. It is the final section in a long-term series of projects to widen the entire  24-miles of the highway between Cody and Powell. The contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2014. Oftedal also was the...

Donor Alliance honors WYDOT

Donor Alliance honors WYDOT

Date: 05/15/2013 

  Donate Life America presented WYDOT Driver Services employees with its Gold Medal Award on May 14 in recognition of the high percentage of Wyoming residents who have pledged to be organ, eye and tissue donors. “Fifty-nine percent of Wyoming residents say yes to organ donation when renewing or obtaining their driver license or state ID card,” said Andrea Smith, director of communications and public relations for the Donor Alliance. “That puts Wyoming at the ninth-highest rate in the nation.” Without the cooperation and dedication of driver license examiners who make applicants aware of the donor...

Cost of plowing Yellowstone's south entrance below estimate

Cost of plowing Yellowstone's south entrance below estimate

Date: 04/30/2013 

The cost for WYDOT to plow 16 miles of the road from Flagg Ranch through Yellowstone National Park's south entrance was $57,200, $13,200 below the estimate of $70,400 the department made before the 15-day effort began. Yellowstone's south gate opened to visitors on schedule May 10. All entrances to the park are now open. Another  WYDOT crew plowed 15 miles of the road between the park's east entrance and Fishing Bridge, finishing their work on April 17. WYDOT's assistance was enlisted in helping open the Yellowstone roads that were closed over the winter after National Park Service officials announced...

Tips for navigating WYDOT's new website

Tips for navigating WYDOT's new website

Date: 04/30/2013 

  WYDOT unveiled a new version of its Web site April 30, allowing the department to provide more information to the public in an easier to use format. For those familiar with the previous format, all the pages previously contained in the left-hand navigation are now available as links under the tabs across the top of the page. If you are more comfortable with old style of navigation, click on the three bars next to “Navigate” in the upper right-hand corner of the site and it will open a list of pages as it appeared in the left-hand navigation on the previous site. Clicking on the site map icon...

Transportation Commission awards $12 million in highway contracts

Transportation Commission awards $12 million in highway contracts

Date: 04/23/2013 

Contracts totaling $12 million for 11 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its April meeting. Kirkland Construction of Rye, Colo., won the largest of the contracts with a low bid of nearly $3 million for reclamation of the Hakalo Quarry near Glenrock. The limestone quarry, which has provided rock for road base on highway projects throughout central Wyoming, will be reshaped and reseeded. The contract completion date is Nov. 30.   Cheyenne’s Reiman Corp. submitted the low bid of $1.8 million for rehabilitation work on five bridges on northwest...

Commission awards $12.5 million in contracts

Commission awards $12.5 million in contracts

Date: 03/25/2013 

Contracts totaling $12.5 million for 12 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its March meeting in Cheyenne. Cheyenne’s Knife River won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of nearly $4 million for rebuilding five miles of WYO 310 and 311 (Hightower Road) about three miles west of Wheatland.   The project will be a full-depth reclamation in which the deteriorating pavement will be ground up and left in place to serve as the base for a new layer of pavement. The work also will include replacing an aging timber bridge. Work is not...

Trappers Point project wins engineering award

Trappers Point project wins engineering award

Date: 02/11/2013 

The Wyoming Engineering Society has named WYDOT’s Trappers Point wildlife crossing project its 2012 President’s Project of the Year. District 3 Construction Engineer Ted Wells accepted the award on behalf of WYDOT and all the contributing agencies during the WES annual convention Feb. 8 in Casper. The project included design and construction of 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. It was initiated and funded by WYDOT, designed by WYDOT and Valley West Engineering of Jackson and built...

New truck parking map available

New truck parking map available

Date: 02/08/2013 

A  “Wyoming Truck Parking Map,” is now available in printed and online versions.  The map and guide identifies parking opportunities for large commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailer combinations, along Wyoming’s three Interstate highways – I-25, I-80, and I-90.   It lists truck stops and other businesses that provide truck parking opportunities, as well as publicly owned and maintained facilities such as truck parking lots, turnouts and rest areas. The information includes the number of truck parking spaces at each location, as well as available amenities such as fuel, restrooms, food service...

Transportation commission awards $22 million in highway contracts

Transportation commission awards $22 million in highway contracts

Date: 01/30/2013 

Contracts totaling nearly $22.6 million for 12 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its January meeting in Cheyenne.   Riverside Contracting of Missoula, Mont., submitted the low bid of $9.56 million to mill off deteriorating pavement and replace it with a new layer of pavement on 11miles of I-25 near Kaycee. The work also will include upgrading guardrail and the contract completion date is June 30, 2014.   Casper Electric was the low bidder at $5.4 million for installation of 19 overhead electronic message signs on I-90 and I-25. The signs...

Survey shows high satisfaction with WYDOT

Survey shows high satisfaction with WYDOT

Date: 01/17/2013 

Nearly 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.   Brian Harnisch, research scientist at WYSAC, presented the survey results to the Wyoming Transportation Commission at its monthly meeting in Cheyenne Thursday.   WYSAC interviewed 991 adult Wyoming residents between Nov. 27 and Dec. 16, 2012, and 79 percent of them expressed overall satisfaction with WYDOT’s stewardship of the statewide transportation system. Two percent...

Transportation commission awards $20 million in highway contracts

Transportation commission awards $20 million in highway contracts

Date: 12/10/2012 

Contracts totaling $20.2 million for seven highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its December meeting in Laramie.   A 10-mile section of US 287 north of Rawlins will get a new layer of pavement and passing lanes under a contract won by Casper’s McMurry Ready-Mix with the low bid of $11.9 million. A passing lane in each direction will be added between mileposts 19 and 20. The contract completion date is June 30, 2014.   HK Contractors of Idaho Falls submitted the low bid of $2.7 million for patching to extend the life of pavement on highway...

Transportation commission awards $25.6 million in highway contracts

Transportation commission awards $25.6 million in highway contracts

Date: 11/21/2012 

Contracts totaling $25.6 million for 12 highway projects around the state, including construction of Wyoming’s first diverging diamond interchange, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its November meeting in Cheyenne. Gillette’s S&S Builders submitted the low bid of $3.1 million to build the diverging diamond at the College Drive Interchange on Interstate 25 in south Cheyenne. The diverging diamond configuration eliminates the need to make left turns across oncoming traffic and will improve traffic flow and safety at the interchange, which experiences heavy traffic accessing...

Section of WYO 70 designated scenic byway

Section of WYO 70 designated scenic byway

Date: 11/19/2012 

The Wyoming Transportation Commission has designated a 28-mile section of Wyoming Highway 70 in the Medicine Bow National Forest between Encampment and Baggs as the Battle Pass Scenic Byway.   The state’s 16th scenic byway crosses Battle Pass at 9,955 feet in the Sierra Madre Mountains, through an area rich in historic and cultural sites, scenic vistas and recreation opportunities.   The route passes between Bridger Peak and Battle Lake, and near the Huston Park and Encampment River wilderness areas and Hog Park Reservoir.   It crosses the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and in addition...

New variable speed limit signs in operation on WY0 28

New variable speed limit signs in operation on WY0 28

Date: 11/09/2012 

New electronic variable speed limit signs are now in operation on WYO 28 in the South Pass area between Farson and Lander. The signs will allow WYDOT to drop the speed limit in 5 mph increments to as low as 30 mph when weather and road conditions make it necessary on a 34-mile section of the highway known for severe wind and surface conditions as well as heavy truck traffic. The signs’ advanced technology allows WYDOT’s Transportation Management Center in Cheyenne to tailor the speed limit to match road conditions on highway sections as short as two miles in length.  The posted speed limit can...

William Cheney named to Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

William Cheney named to Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

Date: 10/25/2012 

William H. Cheney, whose aviation career encompassed everything from conducting wildlife surveys to managing the Guernsey Airport, will be inducted into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame during ceremonies Nov. 10 in Casper. He was selected for the honor by the Hall of Fame’s board of directors with the approval of the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission.   Cheney, 77, logged nearly 17,000 hours of flying time during his career, most of it at the controls of single-engine, tail-dragger aircraft, often under extreme and unusual conditions. He has flown at least 32 different aircraft, including models...

Transportation commission awards $36 million in highway contracts

Transportation commission awards $36 million in highway contracts

Date: 10/22/2012 

Contracts totaling more than $36 million for 11 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its October meeting in Cheyenne. Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction of Draper, Utah, submitted the low bid of $14.5 million for improvements to three miles of US 191 southwest of Rock Springs. The first mile of the highway south of Interstate 80 will be rebuilt and widened from the current two lanes to five lanes, including a center turn lane. The next two miles of the highway to the south will remain two lanes, but will get a new layer of asphalt pavement...

Transportation commission awards $14 million in contracts

Transportation commission awards $14 million in contracts

Date: 10/08/2012 

Contracts totaling nearly $14 million for nine highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during a teleconference meeting Thursday.   A deteriorating 3.4-mile section of WYO 270 about four miles north of Manville will be reconstructed and widened under a $5.5 million contract won by Lander’s High Country Construction. The highway’s existing 2-foot safety shoulders will be widened to 4 feet and the rebuilt road will get a final chip seal before the contract completion date of Aug. 31, 2014.   Cheyenne’s Knife River submitted the low bid of $3.1 to build...

Transportation commission awards $14.8 million in contracts

Transportation commission awards $14.8 million in contracts

Date: 08/21/2012 

Contracts totaling more than $14.8 million for eight highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its August meeting in Cheyenne.   Hedquist Construction of Mills won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $4.7 million for reconstruction of nearly two miles of Poison Spider Road between US 20-26 and Robertson Road in Mills. The road will be widened to include a center turn lane for the length of the section. Sidewalks will be added along the urban portion of the road. The contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2013.   Cheyenne’s Knife River...

Transportation commission awards $17 million in contracts

Transportation commission awards $17 million in contracts

Date: 07/25/2012 

Contracts totaling nearly $17.8 million for 11 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its July teleconference meeting.   Worland’s McGarvin-Moberly Construction won the largest of the contracts with a low bid of $5 million for a pavement overlay and chip seal to preserve the pavement on 19 miles of WYO 431 west of Worland. The contract carries a completion date of Sept. 30, 2013.   McGarvin-Moberly also won a $2.9 million contract for a pavement overlay on nine miles of WYO 487 about nine miles north of Medicine Bow, and a $1.2 million contract...

New passing law for two-lane roads now in effect

New passing law for two-lane roads now in effect

Date: 07/02/2012 

  A new law that allows drivers to exceed the speed limit by up to 10 mph to pass a vehicle traveling under the speed limit on some two-lane roads in Wyoming is now in effect. The law approved by the 2012 Legislature applies only on two-lane roads with a posted speed limit of 50 mph or higher. In addition, the only vehicles the law authorizes to exceed that speed limit are passenger cars, pickups and motorcycles, and only if they are not towing a trailer. Those vehicles can exceed the posted speed limit on the highway section by up to 10 mph, in order to get around the slower vehicle safely. “As...

Transportation commission awards nearly $29 million in contracts

Transportation commission awards nearly $29 million in contracts

Date: 06/26/2012 

Contracts totaling $28.9 million for nine highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its June meeting in Cheyenne. Reiman Corp. of Cheyenne won the largest contract with the low bid of $12.2 million for a new 1.5-mile highway section and railroad overpass spanning the BNSF tracks to connect US 85 to US 26 near F Street in Torrington. The work also will include landscaping in a park area created by the new bridge ramp between E, F and 17th streets, and grading of an industrial park road. The contract completion date is May 31, 2014.   Worland’s...

Crashes, delays drop at Vandehei Interchange

Crashes, delays drop at Vandehei Interchange

Date: 06/18/2012 

The number of crashes and the average wait times for vehicles both dropped during the first year the roundabouts at the Vandehei Interchange on I-25 in Cheyenne  were open to traffic.   The roundabouts opened on May 25, 2011, 25 days ahead of schedule. Reiman Corp. of Cheyenne completed the project for $6.1 million.   In the year since the roundabouts opened there have been three crashes reported at the interchange. None of those crashes resulted in injuries.   During the year prior to beginning the construction that widened the Vandehei bridge and replaced the intersections on each side with roundabouts,...

Transportation Commission awards $33 million in highway contracts

Transportation Commission awards $33 million in highway contracts

Date: 05/21/2012 

Contracts totaling nearly $33.4 million for 10 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its May meeting in Casper.   Nearly six miles of Interstate 90 about 24 miles southeast of Buffalo will be reconstructed by Riverside Contracting of Missoula, Mont., which submitted the low bid of $20.2 million. Work will begin on the eastbound lanes and will include bridge rehabilitation and drainage improvements. Most of the work is expected to be done during the 2013 construction season, with a final layer of pavement to follow in 2014. The contract completion...

Transportation Commission awards nearly $28 million in highway contracts

Transportation Commission awards nearly $28 million in highway contracts

Date: 04/24/2012 

Contracts totaling nearly $28 million for 11 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its regular monthly meeting in Cheyenne. Worland’s McGarvin Moberly Construction won the largest of the contracts with a low bid of $6.9 million for milling off deteriorating pavement and replacing it with a new layer of pavement on 11 miles of US 20-26 between Waltman and Powder River west of Casper. The work also will include bridge rehabilitation. The contract completion date is Sept. 30, 2013.   McGarvin Moberly also won a $2.8 million contract for a pavement...

Commission awards $31 million in contracts

Commission awards $31 million in contracts

Date: 03/27/2012 

Contracts totaling nearly $31.2 million for 11 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its March meeting in Cheyenne.   Work will begin on the new West Belt Loop Road west of Casper under a contract won by Kelley Trucking of Golden, Colo., with a low bid of $19.2 million. The project will include grading and other earthwork and construction of a bridge over the North Platte River. The new road will extend seven miles from the area where WYO 220 transitions from two lanes to four in southwest Casper to US 20-26 at its intersection with the Shoshoni...

Wyoming Transportation Commission awards $20.3 million in contracts

Wyoming Transportation Commission awards $20.3 million in contracts

Date: 02/24/2012 

Contracts totaling nearly $20.3 million for 13 projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its February meeting in Cheyenne.  New parking areas to allow vehicles on Interstate 80 to safely install or remove tire chains for crossing the hills known as the Three Sisters east of Evanston will be built under a $6.3 million contract awarded to low bidder H-K Contractors of Idaho Falls. The contract completion date is June 30, 2013.   A truck parking area at the Fort Bridger Interchange will have space for up to 100 trucks when needed during highway closures...

Work begins on WYO 130 project southeast of Saratoga

Work begins on WYO 130 project southeast of Saratoga

Date: 02/09/2012 

Work has begun on a detour around the temporary bridge spanning a section of WYO 130 washed out by flash flooding on Brush Creek about 22 miles southeast of Saratoga. Work on the detour downstream from the temporary bridge is not expected to affect movement of alternating one-way traffic over the bridge, which has been in use on the highway since July 23.   Once the detour is completed, traffic will be diverted onto it so the bridge can be dismantled and new concrete culvert installed. The detour will handle alternating one-way traffic controlled by a temporary traffic signal.   Gillette’s S&S...

Transportation commission awards $22 million in highway contracts

Transportation commission awards $22 million in highway contracts

Date: 01/19/2012 

Transportation commission awards $22 million in highway contracts     Contracts totaling nearly $22.4 million for 12 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its January meeting in Cheyenne.   Donald B. Murphy Contractors of Federal Way, Wash., submitted the low bid of $5.8 million for reconstruction of a section of WYO 28 about 19 miles south of Lander damaged by a landslide. The work is expected to begin in June and the contract completion date is Sept. 20.   High County Construction of Lander won a $5.4 million contract for reconstruction...

WYDOT is first to pay out all federal stimulus funds to contractors

WYDOT is first to pay out all federal stimulus funds to contractors

Date: 01/19/2012 

All $157.6 million in federal economic stimulus money received for Wyoming highway projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is now in the hands of the contractors who completed 69 projects around the state. WYDOT is the first state department of transportation to complete the effort to get all of its stimulus funds for highways into the construction economy. Nationwide, 87 percent of the ARRA funds for highways have been spent. Among the projects funded completely or partially with stimulus money were improvements to US 14A west of Cody, US 18 west of Lusk, I-80 between Rock...

Environmental award recognizes collaboration on wildlife connectivity project

Environmental award recognizes collaboration on wildlife connectivity project

Date: 01/12/2012 

Wyoming received an Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative (EEI) award from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) during a Jan. 12 ceremony in Cheyenne. The award recognizes the collaboration of WYDOT, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations in making possible the Trappers Point wildlife connectivity project, which will improve motorist safety and also reduce wildlife mortality in northwest Wyoming.   The Trappers Point project is located on US 189 and US 191 in Sublette County. The $9.7 million effort, sponsored by WYDOT, went to contract last year and is...

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