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I-80 work in Pine Bluffs to affect traffic pattern

I-80 work in Pine Bluffs to affect traffic pattern

Date: 03/29/2017 

Work will begin soon on a project to reconstruct three bridges on eastbound Interstate 80 in Pine Bluffs. As a result, drivers should expect and prepare for significant detours and route changes in the project area. Changes are scheduled to be implemented over the next few weeks. All I-80 traffic through Pine Bluffs in both directions will be routed to the westbound lanes, creating a two-lane traffic pattern. Both westbound and eastbound traffic will be able to exit, but not enter, I-80 at the Parsons Street interchange (Exit 401). Instead, westbound traffic will be able to enter the interstate...

US 14-16-20 road-opening work scheduled west of Cody

US 14-16-20 road-opening work scheduled west of Cody

Date: 03/28/2017 

Annual spring opening road work on US 14-16-20 between Pahaska and the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park is scheduled to begin next Monday, April 3. The opening of two miles of US 14-16-20 highway between Pahaska and Yellowstone is dependent upon favorable weather. This stretch of highway is closed annually west of Pahaska due to the limited amount traffic; the stretch of highway has traditionally been a popular winter recreation area for cross-country skiers and people with snowmobiles. “This is the normal time of the year for WYDOT's road-opening operations to take place,” said WYDOT area...

Orin Junction rest area closed

Orin Junction rest area closed

Date: 03/27/2017 

Orin Junction rest area on I-25, 13 miles south of Douglas, will be closed starting Monday, March 27 so crews can make repairs to the water system. The rest area will be closed for at least two days or until water test results are returned clean. For a complete list of all the rest areas in Wyoming, visit WYDOT's rest area web page.

Transportation Commission awards $13.6 million in highway contracts in March

Transportation Commission awards $13.6 million in highway contracts in March

Date: 03/27/2017 

Construction crews will replace an older wooden bridge near Alcova in Natrona County. The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded Hedquist Construction Inc., of Casper, the $2.7 million contract for the bridge work during its meeting on Thursday, March 23. The commission awarded that contract and seven others totaling $13.6 million. The work near Alcova will be on County Road 407. Crews will install a temporary bridge and then remove the existing bridge. The work is needed because the bridge has had issues with weight restrictions. The new bridge will be steel and concrete. The bridge is being...

Laramie airport project recognized by ACPA

Laramie airport project recognized by ACPA

Date: 03/27/2017 

The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association recently recognized a Wyoming Department of Transportation project as part of its Excellence in Concrete Paving Awards. The department was recognized in the commercial service and military airports category for Wyoming for the concrete apron reconstruction project at the Laramie Regional Airport. The project involved installation of new underdrains and a new pavement section, including 12 inches of new concrete. The project addressed specific challenges for an apron that is subjected to adverse weather conditions. The project...

Wyoming Public Safety Communications Commission to meet April 4-5

Wyoming Public Safety Communications Commission to meet April 4-5

Date: 03/24/2017 

The Wyoming Public Safety Communications Commission will meet in Cheyenne at 2 p.m. April 4 and 8 a.m. on April 5 at the Wyoming Department of Transportation Auditorium, 5300 Bishop Blvd. During the April 5 session, Wyoming Department of Transportation Director Bill Panos will make a presentation on the future of the PSCC. The meeting will also cover WyoLink billing and capitalization. The Wyoming Public Safety Communications Commission is comprised of gubernatorial appointees from state, county, local and federal public safety agencies and associations. The commission is responsible for promoting...

Sidewalk improvement project restarts in Worland; 15th Street/Big Horn Avenue intersection closure begins next week

Sidewalk improvement project restarts in Worland; 15th Street/Big Horn Avenue intersection closure begins next week

Date: 03/22/2017 

A three-week closure of Worland's busiest intersection is scheduled to begin Monday, March 27, to allow the remaining portion of a $1.13 million Wyoming Department of Transportation sidewalk improvement project to be completed. Closure of the intersection at 15th Street and Big Horn Avenue will allow replacement of sidewalk corners, sidewalk, curb and gutter, double gutter and electrical work, according to WYDOT Resident Engineer Dan McAfee of Worland. During the intersection improvements, a signed detour will be in place to route traffic around the intersection on 14th and 17th streets. "The length...

Fremont County Law Enforcement officers arrest seven drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s weekend; no fatality crashes reported

Fremont County Law Enforcement officers arrest seven drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s weekend; no fatality crashes reported

Date: 03/22/2017 

As part of a county-wide, multi-agency seat belt and DWUI enforcement operation “Zero Deaths, Zero DUIs,” Fremont County law enforcement officers arrested seven drunk drivers during the recent St. Patrick’s Day and weekend. During the three-day operation, area law enforcement made 199 traffic stops, issued 51 speeding citations, two seat belt citations, one child restraint citation, 46 other citations and issued 155 warnings. There were no traffic fatalities reported over the weekend in Fremont County. Fremont County law enforcement agencies are working together again in 2017 as part of a county-wide,...

Aeronautics Commission to hold teleconference March 21

Aeronautics Commission to hold teleconference March 21

Date: 03/20/2017 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will meet at 1:30 p.m. March 21 on a teleconference. The commission will consider 2017 budget modifications as well as proposals for plans through fiscal year 2021-2022 for the Wyoming Aviation Capital Improvement Program. The full agenda and dates for upcoming meetings are available on the Aeronautics web page. For more information about the meeting agenda or the commission, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952, email katie.pfister@wyo.gov or visit the commission page on WYDOT’s website at www.dot.state.wy.us. The seven commissioners, appointed...

US 26-89 reopens after land movement causes damage

US 26-89 reopens after land movement causes damage

Date: 03/18/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation reopened US 26-89 through the Snake River Canyon, but crews will continue to monitor land movement in the area. The movement is about 2 miles south of Hoback Junction. Maintenance crews noticed large fissures as wide as 4 inches and as deep as 2 feet in the pavement in the Deer Creek Landside Mitigation area near milepost 139, which created extensive road damage to the section. In anticipation of the road damage, WYDOT mobilized equipment and crews and put together a plan for a temporary detour around the shoulder to maintain two-way traffic, if possible. ...

Land movement causes road damage, detour constructed

Land movement causes road damage, detour constructed

Date: 03/18/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has been cautiously monitoring movement on US 26-89 through the Snake River Canyon about 2 miles south of Hoback Junction. Maintenance crews noticed large fissures as wide as 4 inches and as deep as 2 feet in the pavement in the Deer Creek Landside Mitigation area near milepost 139, which created extensive road damage to the section. In anticipation of the road damage, WYDOT mobilized equipment and crews and put together a plan for a temporary detour around the shoulder to maintain two-way traffic, if possible.  WYDOT crews went to work yesterday to construct...

Preliminary surveying for 2020 project scheduled to begin next week in Cody

Preliminary surveying for 2020 project scheduled to begin next week in Cody

Date: 03/17/2017 

A future roadway rehabilitation project in the City of Cody is the reason for preliminary surveying work this month by the Wyoming Department of Transportation. The future project is tentatively scheduled for the year 2020. As part of this future project, WYDOT is upgrading the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements at the street corners on each city block. WYDOT Photos and Surveys workers from Cheyenne will be on site as early as next week, and possibly through early April, to survey existing street corners and gather preliminary data so plans can be developed for the project.  “We are tentatively...

Spring burning? Plan ahead, avoid burning in state rights-of-way

Spring burning? Plan ahead, avoid burning in state rights-of-way

Date: 03/17/2017 

As temperatures begin to warm and the winter snows melt, many ranchers, farmers and other people head outside to begin their annual agricultural burns. Each year, as the spring burning season gets into full swing, at least a few of these burns get out of control. This year, the National Weather Service is encouraging people to stay safe and “Learn Before You Burn!” “Frequently, our calm mornings turn windy during the afternoon,” said Tim Troutman of the National Weather Service Riverton office. “Having an up-to-date wind speed and direction forecast can help you decide whether or not dropping the...

I-80 will see work on centerline cracks

I-80 will see work on centerline cracks

Date: 03/17/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation, along with contract crews from Highway Improvements Inc., began work on a crack sealing job Interstate 80 between Green River and Rock Springs earlier week. Crews will be sealing the centerline joints on both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Work is expected to carry over into April. Residents and travelers are advised to expect speed reductions and moving operations, coupled with advanced signing warning drivers. After finishing work on I-80, crews will then move operations to US 191 north of Rock Springs.  All work will be tentatively scheduled and...

Work on Hoback Junction South Road bridge begins

Work on Hoback Junction South Road bridge begins

Date: 03/17/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation, with contract crews from Cannon Builders Inc., are initiating work in the Hoback Junction with the replacement of the bridge over the Hoback River on Teton County Road 33, also known as Hoback Junction South Road. Residents will see crews and equipment mobilizing this week and preparing to place a temporary, single-lane bridge downstream and adjacent to the current bridge. After traffic is moved to the temporary bridge, work will then begin on the new bridge. Delays will be used as needed and crews will do their best to keep them to 15 minutes or less. ...

WYDOT and Game and Fish putting more attention on wildlife and vehicle safety with April summit

WYDOT and Game and Fish putting more attention on wildlife and vehicle safety with April summit

Date: 03/17/2017 

Many travelers in Wyoming have spotted some of the major projects that have been put in place to keep wildlife and drivers safe. The overpasses and underpasses between Pinedale and Jackson are the most well recognized and they have reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions, but both the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department want to work with the public to do even more for public safety and for conservation. To focus more attention on this topic the two agencies are inviting anyone interested in learning more and giving input to the WYOMING’S WILDLIFE AND...

WYDOT, WHP implement safety measures to keep motorists safe

WYDOT, WHP implement safety measures to keep motorists safe

Date: 03/17/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Highway Patrol are implementing several safety measures to help raise awareness on the importance of safe driving. Recent fatalities in the state prompted officials to look at ways to reach out to the public to encourage them to buckle up and not drive drunk. WYDOT will display on its dynamic message signs throughout the state five different safety messages. Some of the messages people will see include, “Check your seat belt! Check your speed!,” “Your family needs you! Slow Down! Buckle Up!,” and “18 deaths on Wyoming roads this year. Buckle...

WYDOT monitors movement on US 26-89

WYDOT monitors movement on US 26-89

Date: 03/17/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is cautiously monitoring movement on US 26-89 through the Snake River Canyon about 2 miles south of Hoback Junction. Maintenance crews have noticed large fissures as wide as 4 inches and as deep as 2 feet in the pavement in the Deer Creek Landside Mitigation area near milepost 139. (Watch a video of the cracking below). WYDOT Maintenance Foreman Bruce Daigle said the movement is being caused by saturated material under the pavement, due to the unusually high amounts of precipitation the area received through the winter. “The water underneath the road is...

WYDOT warns drivers: Avoid Purple Sage Road if possible

WYDOT warns drivers: Avoid Purple Sage Road if possible

Date: 03/13/2017 

Warming temperatures have caused rapid melting of lower elevation snowpacks, creating rising levels of water in Sweetwater County. Several areas in Sweetwater County are see flooding impacts as runoff continues to rise. The Wyoming Department of Transportation would like to warn travels of travel impacts on Purple Sage Road, out west of Rock Springs. WYDOT crews are reporting about 10 inches of standing water in certain areas. "It's passable in one lane or so, but we recommend you avoid the area if you don't have to be out here," WYDOT Maintenance Specialist Paul McGuire said. McGuire said crews...

Federal program seeks applications for grant funding

Federal program seeks applications for grant funding

Date: 03/10/2017 

State and local entities that want to improve road access to federal lands may be eligible for federal grant money. The Program Decisions Committee of the Wyoming Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Call for Projects. Applications will be accepted through May 19. State agencies, cities and counties are eligible to apply and submit their plans. The projects that are eligible are roads that are maintained by the state, a city or county that accesses federal lands. The projects can include rehabilitation, restoration, construction, reconstruction, engineering,...

Troopers increase patrols on Teton Pass due to tractor trailers violating seasonal closure

Troopers increase patrols on Teton Pass due to tractor trailers violating seasonal closure

Date: 03/09/2017 

Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers will be increasing patrols of Teton Pass (WYO 22), near the town of Jackson, in response to a recent increase in reports of tractor trailers violating the seasonal closure. Teton Pass is closed to all tractor trailer traffic from Nov. 15 to April 1 every winter. Any tractor trailers illegally accessing Teton Pass will be found in violation of running a road closure and subject to fines. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will also be installing a mobile variable message board with the closure messaging for added awareness.  Teton Pass will remain closed to...

WYDOT cancels Harney Street construction kickoff

WYDOT cancels Harney Street construction kickoff

Date: 03/07/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Harney Street construction kickoff event scheduled for March 9 in Laramie has been canceled due to weather. Work will continue on the new viaduct, which will replace the 53-year-old Clark Street viaduct. The Clark Street viaduct has physical deterioration and doesn’t have the appropriate width to accommodate vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The viaduct work is part of 1.33 miles of construction that also includes connecting traffic with Snowy Range Road, WYO 230 and widening the Laramie River Bridge to four lanes. WYDOT will construct a new section...

PSCC moves under the Wyoming Department of Transportation

PSCC moves under the Wyoming Department of Transportation

Date: 03/07/2017 

Local communities will now have even more input on public safety communications throughout the state. State officials reorganized and streamlined the Public Safety Communications Commission by putting it under the Wyoming Department of Transportation, and giving more representation to public safety, county and local entities. The state Legislature passed a bill this past session making the move official, which Gov. Matt Mead signed into law recently. The Communications Commission, which state officials created in 2004, was previously housed under the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security. The commission...

WYDOT to hold open house concerning CY improvement project in Casper

WYDOT to hold open house concerning CY improvement project in Casper

Date: 03/07/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation will host a public open house concerning upcoming improvements on WYO 220 (CY Avenue) in Casper. The open house will take place from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Thursday, March 9 inside the Casper Room at the Natrona County Extension Office, 2011 Fairgrounds Road. While there is no formal presentation planned, representatives with WYDOT and Knife River will discuss and answer questions about the project, scheduled to begin in April. The project improves a section of CY Avenue between Wyoming Boulevard and Robertson Road, including median crossovers and the roadway surface....

WYDOT implements temporary speed limit changes north of Evanston

WYDOT implements temporary speed limit changes north of Evanston

Date: 03/03/2017 

WYDOT will begin the first of a few experimental studies on the effectiveness of nighttime speed limit reductions on wildlife vehicle collisions in parts of western Wyoming. One of the first areas to be signed for the reduced nighttime speed limits is WYO 89 north of Evanston from mileposts 1 to 11. As of March 1 and through April 30, and then again Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, speeds in this area will be reduced to 55 mph at night. Signs will have “when flashing” yellow beacons indicating the enforceable reduced nighttime speed period. When the flashing beacons are not activated, the nighttime speed...

Federal Lands Access Program seeks applicants for projects

Federal Lands Access Program seeks applicants for projects

Date: 03/02/2017 

The Wyoming Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) Programming Decisions Committee (PDC) is accepting applications for the 2017 Call for Projects. Applications will be accepted through May 19. A program summary table of each state can be found on FHWA FLAP Headquarters webpage. Wyoming is highlighted in green as “open” for the 2017 Call for Projects. Applicants can click on the state of Wyoming, which will then open a dialogue box. They can then click on the “View All Wyoming FLAP Information” link, which will take them to the Wyoming Federal Lands Access Program webpage. On that page, applicants...

Department makes improvements to license plate

Department makes improvements to license plate

Date: 02/23/2017 

Wyoming residents renewing their registration this year will get new plates with their tags, bearing improvements to ensure vehicles are not misidentified outside of Wyoming. The new plate features Square Top Mountain, part of the Wind River Range near Dubois, Wyoming. More importantly, Wyoming Department of Transportation Manager of Motor Vehicle Services Debbie Lopez said the new plate design includes a change in how passenger vehicles, trucks, commercial carriers and other designations are identified, which required a change to state law. Previously, Lopez said state law dictated plate designs...

Aeronautics Commission to hold teleconference Feb. 27

Aeronautics Commission to hold teleconference Feb. 27

Date: 02/23/2017 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will meet at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 on a teleconference. The commission will discuss a runway project at Lander’s Hunt Field during the meeting. The full agenda and dates for upcoming meetings will be posted here. For more information about the meeting agenda or the commission, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952, email katie.pfister@wyo.gov or visit the commission page on WYDOT’s website at www.dot.state.wy.us. The seven commissioners, appointed by the governor for six-year terms, approve grants and loans of state and federal money for airport...

Commission awards $12 million in highway contracts in February

Commission awards $12 million in highway contracts in February

Date: 02/23/2017 

Motorists driving on a section of US 16 between Ten Sleep and Buffalo will soon experience a smoother pavement surface. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will smooth the pavement by removing the ruts on 9 miles of US 16 in Big Horn and Washakie counties. The work on US 16 will also include guardrail upgrades. WYDOT will pay for the project using 10-cent fuel-tax revenue. The contract completion date is Oct. 31. The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded McGarvin-Moberly Construction Co., of Worland, the $3.3 million contract during its meeting on Feb. 16. The commission awarded that contract...

Pedestrian bridge closed south of Riverton

Pedestrian bridge closed south of Riverton

Date: 02/22/2017 

Instability of a pier on a pedestrian bridge across the Little Wind River south of Riverton has forced the closure of the bridge to pedestrians. The pedestrian bridge was closed until further notice Wednesday morning, Feb. 22. The bridge is south of Riverton along a pedestrian pathway where it crosses the Little Wind River between the City of Riverton and Beaver Creek Housing. It is near the 789 Casino. Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Robert Scheidemantel said the mid-February thaw in Fremont County resulted in ice building under the pedestrian bridge on the two piers. "We're...

WHP pilots 'slick-top' patrol car program

WHP pilots 'slick-top' patrol car program

Date: 02/22/2017 

The Wyoming Highway Patrol launched a pilot program using "slick-top" patrol cars in hopes of increasing highway safety across Wyoming. Five new patrol vehicles will be patrolling Wyoming with one car headed to each of the five WHP districts across the state. Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. David Wagener said slick-top patrol cars do not bear a light bar and have less conspicuous markings. “They are still fully marked, but the markings are subdued,” Wagener said. They are still clearly identifiable as WHP patrol vehicles, he said, and will be used to help identify distracted driving, impaired driving...

WYDOT continues to provide support in flood control efforts

WYDOT continues to provide support in flood control efforts

Date: 02/22/2017 

Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance crews are continuing to provide support in flood mitigation efforts near Worland, Manderson and Greybull. WYDOT’s efforts include transporting and placing concrete barriers, providing sand for sandbagging operations, transporting and placing filled sandbags, closing roads when necessary for safety, inspecting bridges, and advising officials on flood control work. Runoff water reached high levels over the weekend in the Manderson community at the confluence of the Nowood and Big Horn rivers. Ice from the Nowood River jammed just above Manderson before...

Teton Pass may see intermittent closures

Teton Pass may see intermittent closures

Date: 02/21/2017 

Motorists may see intermittent closures of Teton Pass (WYO 22) over the next few days. Wyoming Department of Transportation crews may need to do avalanche control work in the area because of additional snow accumulation. Teton Pass, which is between the Idaho state line and Jackson, is expected to get an additional six to 12 inches of snow through midday Wednesday, Feb. 22, said Mark Heuer, a meteorologist with DayWeather. Later in the week, snow will taper off and winds will become less intense. Motorists can check WYDOT’s 511 Travel and Information website for the latest on Teton Pass closures...

Wyoming residents continue to express satisfaction with WYDOT’s work

Wyoming residents continue to express satisfaction with WYDOT’s work

Date: 02/21/2017 

More residents than ever indicated they feel satisfied with the way the Wyoming Department of Transportation takes care of the state’s transportation system. WYDOT’s 2016 customer satisfaction survey results showed the agency received an all-time-high mark of 84 percent satisfaction for its stewardship of the transportation system, which is a significant increase from the 2014 survey result of 80 percent. The results are part of a comprehensive survey the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) at the University of Wyoming conducted for WYDOT between Nov. 10 and 30. WYDOT has contracted with...

Teton Pass reopens after avalanche control work

Teton Pass reopens after avalanche control work

Date: 02/21/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation reopened the Teton pass (WYO 22) at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 after crews completed avalanche control work. WYDOT closed the pass earlier this morning to perform the work. Teton Pass is between the Idaho state line and Jackson. For more information on closures and weather conditions, please visit WYDOT’s 511 website.     

WYDOT to close Teton Pass overnight for avalanche control

WYDOT to close Teton Pass overnight for avalanche control

Date: 02/20/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation will close Teton Pass (WYO 22) starting at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The closure is for avalanche control. Work is expected to last a few hours, with the pass reopening in the morning on Feb. 21. Teton Pass is between the Idaho state line and Jackson. For more information on closures and weather conditions, please visit WYDOT's 511 website.

Patrol provides life-saving service with ‘blood runs’

Patrol provides life-saving service with ‘blood runs’

Date: 02/16/2017 

Snow blows across the roadway, creating areas of ice even where the sun shines. “11 degrees … there’s a potential for black ice.” He scans the roadway for gravel and dry pavement before pointing out a dry line. “Do you see that gray area? I’m keeping my tires on that line.” Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Tim Romig is always reassessing the road to determine how he can make his delivery safely, even while traveling more than 110 mph in his Dodge Charger on a day on which the forecast calls for winds between 55 and 75 mph in areas of Southeast Wyoming. Romig raced west on Interstate 80 on Feb. 3 not...

WYDOT continues sand-bagging support for flooding along Big Horn River

WYDOT continues sand-bagging support for flooding along Big Horn River

Date: 02/13/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation continues to provide sand-bagging support for flooding caused by ice jams along the Big Horn River in Worland, near Manderson and Greybull. WYDOT workers provided support Saturday, Sunday and early Monday. WYDOT workers hauled concrete barriers Saturday to Worland from Ten Sleep, Shoshoni and Basin. Rapidly rising temperatures began melting snow quickly last Thursday and early Friday. Three WYDOT trucks and their drivers were busy all day Sunday resupplying sand to sand-bagging locations near the Big Horn River, and concrete barrier was hauled to Worland....

Aeronautics Commission to meet Feb. 14-15 in Cheyenne

Aeronautics Commission to meet Feb. 14-15 in Cheyenne

Date: 02/13/2017 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will meet Feb. 14-15 in Cheyenne to attend a legislative reception and hold its monthly business meeting. The commission will attend the Wyoming Airport Operator Association’s Legislative Reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Little American Hotel followed by its business meeting at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Wyoming Department of Transportation Auditorium at 5300 Bishop Blvd. Commission meetings are open to the public. For more information about the meeting agenda or the commission, please contact the commission secretary at (307)...

Melting snow closes US 287, increases stream flows in central, northeast Wyoming

Melting snow closes US 287, increases stream flows in central, northeast Wyoming

Date: 02/13/2017 

Rapidly rising temperatures began melting winter snow quickly Thursday and early Friday, leading to localized flooding, increased streamflows and causing a short closure of US 287 on the north edge of Lander. The Lander highway closure was caused by swelling flows in Squaw Creek. Water left the banks of Squaw Creek and flowed through the Museum of the American West and Pioneer Museum parking lots, across US 287 and through the parking lot of KOVE-KDLY radio station for about five to six hours Friday morning. Northbound and southbound traffic was rerouted to North Second Street and Milford, and...

WYDOT reopens Teton Pass early; all roads into Jackson now open

WYDOT reopens Teton Pass early; all roads into Jackson now open

Date: 02/11/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation reopened Teton Pass Saturday, making all roads into the Jackson area open to traffic. The Jackson maintenance crew, and personnel and equipment from around the state worked quickly and efficiently to clear Teton Pass (WYO 22) of avalanche debris and snow accumulation on Saturday, and as a result, Teton Pass opened several hours earlier than expected. Crews opened Teton Pass, which is between the Idaho state line and Jackson, at 2 p.m. "We have some of the best guys around,” said Bruce Daigle, WYDOT maintenance foreman. “They have been working their tails...

Teton Pass opening delayed, Hoback Canyon reopens

Teton Pass opening delayed, Hoback Canyon reopens

Date: 02/11/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has pushed back the opening of Teton Pass to at least Sunday, Feb. 12. Crews had hoped to open Teton Pass on Saturday, but delayed it because of the large amounts of snow that have come down on Glory Bowl and Twin slide paths. Crews, however, will work to open Teton Pass (WYO 22), between the Idaho state line and Jackson, sooner if possible. "Our crews are the best in the business,” said Tory Thomas, district maintenance engineer for District 3 in Rock Springs. “They know that pass like the back of their hand. There is no one that could get this specialized...

WYDOT to close Wagonhound rest area Monday

WYDOT to close Wagonhound rest area Monday

Date: 02/10/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation will close the Wagonhound rest area on Monday, Feb. 13 so crews can remove four damaged light poles. Crews will close the Wagonhound rest area, which is 50 miles west of Laramie, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. so a crane can remove the damaged poles. Crews found cracks at the base of the poles, which has caused the structures to weaken. One of the poles has already fallen. Although the rest area is closed WYDOT has six others along I-80 that are open. They are Pine Bluffs (near the Nebraska border), Summit (9 miles east of Laramie), Ft. Steele (13 miles east of Rawlins),...

WYDOT works to keep Snake River and Hoback canyons open

WYDOT works to keep Snake River and Hoback canyons open

Date: 02/10/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation reopened the Snake River Canyon on Friday, Feb. 10, and continues work on reopening the Hoback Canyon. Crews reopened Snake River Canyon (US 26-89) west of Hoback Junction, around 10 a.m. Hoback Canyon (US 189-191), south of Jackson and southeast of Hoback Junction, is expected to reopen shortly. That section of road reopened earlier on Friday, but crews had to reclose it after another avalanche occurred. The area is experiencing avalanche activity because of warmer temperatures and increased precipitation. Due to conditions in the area, the threat of avalanches...

WYDOT reopens Snake River, Hoback canyons

WYDOT reopens Snake River, Hoback canyons

Date: 02/10/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation reopened Snake River and Hoback canyons on Friday, Feb. 10. Crews reopened Snake River Canyon (US 26-89), west of Hoback Junction, around 10 a.m. Hoback Canyon (US 189-191), south of Jackson and southeast of Hoback Junction, reopened around noon. Both road sections closed earlier this week because of avalanches. Slide activity continued throughout the night on Thursday, Feb. 9, and resulted in continued closures because of unsafe conditions. Warm temperatures and increased precipitation brought on the slides. Teton Pass (WYO 22), between the Idaho state...

Snake River Canyon reopens, Hoback Canyon on track to reopen later Friday

Snake River Canyon reopens, Hoback Canyon on track to reopen later Friday

Date: 02/10/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation reopened the Snake River Canyon early on Friday, Feb. 10, and expects to reopen the Hoback Canyon later in the day. Crews reopened the Snake River Canyon (US 26-89), west of Hoback Junction, around 10 a.m. after working throughout the morning to clear the debris from several avalanches. Crews are working on Hoback Canyon (US 189-191), south of Jackson and southeast of Hoback Junction, which is expected to open after noon. Both sections of road closed earlier this week due to avalanches. Slide activity continued throughout the night on Thursday, Feb. 9, resulting...

Tips for staying prepared when driving in the winter

Tips for staying prepared when driving in the winter

Date: 02/10/2017 

When motorists head out for either a short or long trip, they need to make sure they’re prepared now that the winter months are here. Some of the ways motorists can be prepared include having an emergency kit in their vehicles, making sure their tires are properly inflated, making sure their tire treads are still good and keeping the gas tank full. Emergency kits should contain such items as water, nonperishable food, flares, a shovel and blankets. Another way to stay safe is for motorists to make sure their vehicles are in good working condition. “You want to make sure the mechanical and the exterior...

Snake River Canyon, Hoback Canyon to reopen Friday, Feb. 10

Snake River Canyon, Hoback Canyon to reopen Friday, Feb. 10

Date: 02/10/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation will reopen the Snake River Canyon and Hoback Canyon on Friday, Feb. 10. The threat of avalanches remains likely and maintenance crews are in those areas working to clear and ensure the roads are safe for the traveling public. Snake River Canyon (US 26-89), west of Hoback Junction, is expected to reopen after 10 a.m. Hoback Canyon (US 189-191), south of Jackson and southeast of Hoback Junction, is expected to reopen after noon. Teton Pass (WYO 22), between the Idaho state line and Jackson, remains closed. Crews will evaluate the area and focus efforts on...

Teton Pass, Snake River Canyon closed due to slides

Teton Pass, Snake River Canyon closed due to slides

Date: 02/09/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has closed Teton Pass and Snake River Canyon in the Jackson area because of multiple avalanches. The slides are the result of unprecedented levels of snow accumulation and drastic temperature swings. US 189-191 south of Jackson and southeast of Hoback Junction remains open into Jackson but has the potential to close at any moment if the threat of avalanches increases. Teton Pass (WYO 22), between the Idaho state line and Jackson, will likely remain closed through Saturday. Snake River Canyon (US 26-89), west of Hoback Junction, will remain closed Thursday...

Sign shop ensures state's road signs stay maintained and visible

Sign shop ensures state's road signs stay maintained and visible

Date: 02/09/2017 

Helping the public find the way from one point to another in the state is among the many responsibilities of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, and one that may seem a bit mundane. But from mile markers, to speed limits, to navigation and travel information - WYDOT has more than 70,000 signs that need regular maintenance and replacement. While it goes without saying that signs are replaced when they’re faded or need updating, WYDOT Sign Shop Supervisor Mike Calaway said his team uses data, technology and experience to ensure that the state’s signs are monitored and replaced efficiently....

WYDOT Director William T. Panos to testify before U.S. Senate committee

WYDOT Director William T. Panos to testify before U.S. Senate committee

Date: 02/07/2017 

Wyoming Department of Transportation Director William T. Panos will testify before a U.S. Senate committee on Feb. 8 about challenges and opportunities regarding surface transportation from a rural perspective. Panos will testify before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairs the committee. Panos’ testimony will highlight the unique funding issues rural states face, especially related to public-private partnerships (P3s), debt and other innovative financing techniques, as well as national implications linked to the investment in rural transportation...

WRS studies ways to make state's roadways safer in winter

WRS studies ways to make state's roadways safer in winter

Date: 02/02/2017 

When most of the public prepares for a winter storm by getting what they need in place so they can avoid going out in the weather, a group of WYDOT’s employees braves the storm collecting data to make Wyoming’s roadways safer. While bad weather is an inconvenience to most of us, WYDOT’s Winter Research Services (WRS) team sees each storm as an opportunity to develop better ways to provide a safer transportation system for Wyoming’s driving public. “We go out during the storm event and take measurements on the surface, and we’ll follow plows and also see how their treatments are working,” said Cliff...

Road closures essential for public safety

Road closures essential for public safety

Date: 01/31/2017 

While WYDOT works around the clock to keep Wyoming’s roadways open, closures are necessary for public safety. And while closures may be a source of frustration for the traveling pubic, Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. David Wagener said it comes down to the simple fact that the road is impassable. Closures may be because of winter conditions but also because of a crash or even a hazardous materials spill, so while winter months are when most closures take place, the need to close the road extends into the summer. “Conditions where the gate is at might be clear and dry, the weather is nice the roads are...

Avoid pushing snow into state highways

Avoid pushing snow into state highways

Date: 01/25/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is reminding people that it's a violation of state law to place snow in state roads. WYDOT employees in northwest Wyoming have received reports recently of people pushing snow into the traffic lanes of state highways. “Shoveling or plowing snow into the roadway where it will obstruct traffic and make it dangerous to pass is illegal in Wyoming, said Riverton Maintenance Foreman Robin Clapp. State statute 36-10-401 stipulates that anyone who obstructs a public road or highway, common street or alley, public bridge or navigable river in a way that makes it...

Transportation Commission awards $31.8 million in highway contracts in January

Transportation Commission awards $31.8 million in highway contracts in January

Date: 01/24/2017 

Construction crews will start preliminary work on a $9 million paving and rehabilitation project on 7 miles of Interstate 80 west of Cheyenne this summer. The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded Knife River of Cheyenne the contract for the work near Otto Road in Laramie County during its meeting on Jan. 19. The contract was one of 13 the commission awarded totaling $31.8 million. Crews will be repaving the surface in the east and westbound lanes, said Tim Morton, resident engineer with the Wyoming Department of Transportation in Cheyenne. Crews will also add a material that will help provide...

WYDOT installs flexible delineators for safer roads

WYDOT installs flexible delineators for safer roads

Date: 01/19/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is making sure its roads are even safer for the traveling public by ensuring road markers remain intact and visible. In certain areas where vehicles have repeatedly damaged delineator posts, WYDOT installed flexible delineator posts made by Shur-Tite that can withstand being hit or run over numerous times without breaking. Delineators help motorists see where the side of the road is during adverse weather conditions. WYDOT’s maintenance crews also use the posts as a way to see the road when they plow. Maintenance crews and emergency personnel also use the...

WYDOT’s new 511 map offers more functionality

WYDOT’s new 511 map offers more functionality

Date: 01/19/2017 

Travelers looking for Wyoming road information now have access to a new 511 travel map that offers improved functionality and usability. The Wyoming Department of Transportation revamped its 511 map and launched a new version on Thursday, Jan. 19, making it mobile friendly and providing even more road information, conditions and other travel information. Work on the map started about six months ago. “The new map has more functionality and has a more modern look and feel,” said Vince Garcia, WYDOT’s GIS/ITS manager. “There are a lot of new features that will enhance a user’s experience and help...

WYDOT’s dynamic message and variable speed limit signs help motorists stay informed

WYDOT’s dynamic message and variable speed limit signs help motorists stay informed

Date: 01/11/2017 

Motorists have more information about road conditions when traveling thanks to the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s dynamic message and variable speed limit signs. The signs are situated throughout the state in key locations, and are designed to alert motorists about road conditions or when speed limits are reduced due to weather conditions and other road incidents. “We use dynamic message signs to get information to the public to help them make better decisions downstream,” said Vince Garcia, GIS/ITS program manager. “We’re committed to giving the public the best information possible so...

Use caution when driving during the evening hours

Use caution when driving during the evening hours

Date: 01/11/2017 

With daylight hours getting shorter, motorists should use extra caution when venturing outside to avoid getting into crashes. During this time of the year, it gets darker when people are heading home from work, which means motorists need to be more alert. To better see and be seen, motorists should make sure their exterior lights are in good working order and free from snow, ice and dirt. “I know it’s cold and I know you need to get to work, but maybe give yourself a couple of extra minutes to make sure you clear the snow off your headlights and taillights,” said Sgt. David Wagener, of the Wyoming...

Tribal transportation leader Big John Smith dies

Tribal transportation leader Big John Smith dies

Date: 01/04/2017 

Big John Smith, Director of the Eastern Shoshone/Northern Arapaho Tribal Transportation Department for the past 27 years, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Casper following a short illness. A rosary service and viewing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete, with a wake following at Smith's residence, 161 Johnstown Valley Road near Kinnear. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Blue Sky Hall, and burial will follow in the Aragon Cemetery in Kinnear. A feast and giveaway is scheduled to begin at Blue Sky Hall following burial. Smith, who celebrated his...

Aeronautics Commission to meet via teleconference Jan 10

Aeronautics Commission to meet via teleconference Jan 10

Date: 01/03/2017 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission shall convene on Tuesday, January 10 via teleconference.  The meeting shall begin at 1:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The Aeronautics Commission holds four in-person meetings per year.  All other monthly meetings are held via teleconference, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The seven commissioners, appointed by the governor for six-year terms, approve grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. The Aeronautics Commission may also make loans...

WYDOT maintenance crews work to ensure roads stay safe in the winter

WYDOT maintenance crews work to ensure roads stay safe in the winter

Date: 01/03/2017 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation uses a variety of materials to increase traction and help melt ice and snow during winter months. Although plows take care of a majority of the snow, the ice melting materials help with snow and ice that’s left on the roads. WYODT uses sand, a crushed aggregate with salt mixed in to keep it from freezing, to keep the roads clear. “We do add liquid chemical to it so that the sand goes down wet in all of the newer trucks – some of the older ones don’t have that feature,” said Tim McGary, District Maintenance engineer out of Laramie. “But the idea is to try...

Be prepared before traveling during the winter

Be prepared before traveling during the winter

Date: 01/03/2017 

When you head out to travel during this winter season, make sure you know before you go. The Wyoming Department of Transportation has several resources available to help motorists stay informed about travel conditions. Motorists can visit WYDOT’s 511 Road and Travel Information website to get the latest information on conditions and road closures. The site also has other features such as web cameras to help give motorists an idea of what conditions are like in a certain location. But motorists need to remember that even though conditions may look good in one area, it doesn’t mean that down the...

What documents you need for a Wyoming driver license

What documents you need for a Wyoming driver license

Date: 01/02/2017 

Need to renew your driver license? New to the state and need to switch to a Wyoming driver license? Or, are you a new driver who is getting a license for the first time? There are several documents motorists will need when either renewing a license, switching to a Wyoming license or getting a brand new license. The Wyoming Department of Transportation has all the documents listed on its website that drivers will need to bring with them to WYDOT’s Driver Services offices when getting a license. The documents needed are the same for a driver license and a state identification card. Drivers will need...

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