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

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

Date: 05/04/2016 

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

US 18-20 from the I-25 Orin Junction Interchange to the Nebraska border moved to 70 mph speed limit

US 18-20 from the I-25 Orin Junction Interchange to the Nebraska border moved to 70 mph speed limit

Date: 05/03/2016 

US 18-20 from the I-25 Orin Junction Interchange to the Nebraska border, WYO 319 from US 18 to Glendo and WYO 345 from the I-90 Acme Road Interchange to the Montana border are now signed for the new 70 mph statutory speed limit set by the 2016 Legislature. The higher speed limit is now in effect on a total of 2,881 miles of highway. Highway sections moved to the 70 mph limit in April include: US 26/WYO 789 between Riverton and Shoshoni;  US 20 between Worland and Lucerne and north of Shoshoni to the Boysen Marina; WYO 34 between Sybille Road and I-25; US 14 between Ucross and Sheridan; US 14A east...

Move to 70 mph speed limit proceeding ahead of schedule

Move to 70 mph speed limit proceeding ahead of schedule

Date: 05/02/2016 

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

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

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

Date: 04/26/2016 

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

Transportation Commission awards $24 million in contracts at April meeting

Transportation Commission awards $24 million in contracts at April meeting

Date: 04/25/2016 

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

WYDOT temporarily closes Fort Steele rest area on I-80

WYDOT temporarily closes Fort Steele rest area on I-80

Date: 04/21/2016 

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

Travelers urged to be informed, prepared for spring storm

Travelers urged to be informed, prepared for spring storm

Date: 04/15/2016 

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

Aeronautics Commission schedules April 19 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules April 19 teleconference

Date: 04/12/2016 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on April 19. To be included in the teleconference, or for more information about the meeting agenda, the commission or its schedule, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952, or katie.pfister@wyo.gov. The commission approves grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences...

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

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

Date: 04/05/2016 

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

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

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

Date: 03/31/2016 

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

Aeronautics Commission schedules March 29 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules March 29 teleconference

Date: 03/24/2016 

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

Transportation Commission awards $12.4 million in contracts

Transportation Commission awards $12.4 million in contracts

Date: 03/22/2016 

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

70 mph speed limit coming to more Wyoming highways

70 mph speed limit coming to more Wyoming highways

Date: 03/18/2016 

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

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

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

Date: 03/17/2016 

  Twenty-five pavement preservation projects have been completed using the additional fuel tax revenue WYDOT received during the past two years, and work is either underway or under contract on 21 more projects. Work is expected to begin on 14 10-cent fuel tax projects in fiscal 2016, and 17 more in 2017. The 25 projects already completed with the additional revenue were pavement preservation projects on 182 miles of highway, primarily involving milling off a few inches of deteriorating pavement and replacing it with a new layer of pavement the same thickness. “The increase in the fuel tax was...

Aeronautics Commission schedules March 15 teleconference

Aeronautics Commission schedules March 15 teleconference

Date: 03/02/2016 

The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on March 15. To be included in the teleconference, or for more information about the meeting agenda, the commission or its schedule, please contact the commission secretary at (307) 777-3952, or katie.pfister@wyo.gov. The commission approves grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms. They meet in person quarterly, and conduct teleconferences...

Transportation Commission awards $12.4 million in contracts

Transportation Commission awards $12.4 million in contracts

Date: 02/22/2016 

Contracts totaling $12.4 million for 11 projects around the state, including two to be funded through increased fuel tax revenue, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its February meeting in Cheyenne. Mountain View Building of Sheridan submitted the low bid of $2.89 million to rebuild about a mile of West Fifth Street (WYO 330) in Sheridan, from Mydland Road west to the end of the paved section. The work also will include new sidewalks, curb and gutter, and the contract completion date is Oct. 31. Cheyenne’s Reiman Corp. was the low bidder at $1.95 million to complete rehabilitation...

I-80 Summit Rest Area reopens

I-80 Summit Rest Area reopens

Date: 02/18/2016 

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

Aeronautics Commission to meet Feb. 24-25 in Cheyenne

Aeronautics Commission to meet Feb. 24-25 in Cheyenne

Date: 02/17/2016 

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

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

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

Date: 02/03/2016 

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

WYDOT releases travel information app for smart phones

WYDOT releases travel information app for smart phones

Date: 02/02/2016 

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

Fulton named assistant chief engineer

Fulton named assistant chief engineer

Date: 01/27/2016 

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

Transportation commission awards $18 million in highway contracts

Transportation commission awards $18 million in highway contracts

Date: 01/26/2016 

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

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

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

Date: 01/26/2016 

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

WYDOT offers new teen driver safety program

WYDOT offers new teen driver safety program

Date: 01/25/2016 

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

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

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

Date: 01/22/2016 

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

Truck crash causes delays in Wind River Canyon

Truck crash causes delays in Wind River Canyon

Date: 01/15/2016 

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

Aeronautics Commission to meet Jan. 19 in Cheyenne

Aeronautics Commission to meet Jan. 19 in Cheyenne

Date: 01/12/2016 

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

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

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

Date: 01/11/2016 

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

Governor names Panos WYDOT director

Governor names Panos WYDOT director

Date: 01/06/2016 

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

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