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2012 releases

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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