Larson named to Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame
Glen G. Larson, a decorated Vietnam War fighter pilot who continued to serve his country in the Air Force and Air National Guard and worked as a test pilot and executive for McDonnell Douglas Corp., is the 2014 inductee into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame. The Rawlins native earned four Distinguished Flying Crosses and 19 Air Medals during his combat service in Vietnam in 1972-73, and later was awarded the Legion of Merit. As an aircraft commander and fast forward air controller in the 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing “Wolf Pack,” he flew 221 missions totaling...
Transportation commission awards $33.8 million in highway contracts
Contracts totaling nearly $33.8 million for nine highway projects around the state, including two to be funded with revenue from the fuel tax increase, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its December meeting in Laramie. A 7-mile section of Interstate 90 between the Powder River and the Johnson-Campbell County line will get a new layer of pavement under a $13.2 million contract won by Simon Contractors and Subsidiaries of Cheyenne. The project also will include rehabilitation work on six bridges on the highway section. The contract completion date is June 30, 2017. High...
Aeronautics Commission cancels Dec. 16 teleconference
The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission has canceled its Dec. 16 teleconference meeting due to a lack of agenda items to discuss. The commission’s next meeting will be in January. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms to approve grants and loans of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. The commission meets in-person quarterly, and conducts teleconferences on the third Tuesday of each of the other eight months.
Calling underway for WYDOT customer satisfaction survey
The Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming has begun making telephone calls to Wyoming residents to complete a customer satisfaction survey for WYDOT. The calls are being made on weekday evenings, Saturday afternoons and Sunday evenings. The survey includes up to 30 questions and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The goal is to get responses from a sample of approximately 900 Wyoming residents, and the calls will continue until that number is reached or until the end of December. WYDOT contracts with UW to conduct the survey every two years to measure residents’ satisfaction...
Cox elected AASHTO president
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Board of Directors today elected Wyoming Department of Transportation Director John Cox as the association's president. Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III was elected vice president. "I am honored to accept this important leadership role at a time when AASHTO is celebrating its Centennial year," said Cox. "AASHTO has been there from the beginning, providing leadership to build the national transportation system we rely on today. As we enter our second century, AASHTO's work is far from over. The nation's...
WYO 70, US 14A passes closed for winter
WYO 70 over Battle Pass and U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell were closed for the winter Monday. Blowing snow and poor visibility forced the closure of WYO 70 over Battle Pass between Encampment and Baggs. Hunters and hikers are encouraged to leave the area as soon as they can as road conditions will continue to deteriorate. Similar conditions forced the closure of a 22-mile section of US 14A. The road closure gates are located at Burgess Junction just east of milepost 98, and on the Lovell side of the mountain near milepost 76. WYDOT seasonally closes the mountain road in the Big Horn...
Transportation commission awards nearly $35 million in highway contracts
Contracts totaling $34.9 million for six highway projects around the state, including two to be funded with revenue from the 10-cent fuel tax increase, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its November meeting in Cheyenne. Malcolm Drilling Co. of San Francisco won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $10.8 million for installing coupled shear piles to stabilize the Hoback North landslide along US 26-89-189-191 about 10 miles south of Jackson. The work will include drilling 222 shafts into the bedrock above and below the highway. The shafts will then be filled...
Aeronautics Commission to meet Nov. 20-21 in Cheyenne
The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct its quarterly meeting on Nov. 21 in Cheyenne. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the WYDOT Aeronautics Division Building at 200 E. 8th Ave., and is open to the public. The previous day the commission will conduct its annual budget and Wyoming Aviation Capital Improvement Program workshop beginning at 1 p.m. at the same location. That meeting also is open to the public. The seven commissioners, appointed by the governor for six-year terms, approve grants of state and federal money for airport construction, maintenance,...
2015 State Transportation Improvement Program now available
WYDOT's State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for 2015 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 2015 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, as well as a summary of pass-through...
Transportation Commission awards $42 million in highway contracts.
Contracts totaling $42.1 million for nine highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its October meeting in Cheyenne. The new Casper West Belt Loop Road connecting WYO 220 to US 20-26 west of Casper will be paved under a $16.6 million contract awarded to low bidder Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction of Draper, Utah. Grading and construction of a bridge over the North Platte River for the 7.6-mile road were completed last year. The new road will extend from the area where WYO 220 transitions from two lanes to four southwest of Casper to US 20-26 at...
LED retrofit expected to save $690,000 a year in energy costs for lighting
Work has been completed in the Casper area and is underway in the Cheyenne area on a statewide project to convert all of WYDOT’s roadway lighting to LED, an upgrade expected to save the department about $690,000 a year in energy costs. When completed next summer, the project will make Wyoming the first state in the nation to have all its highway lighting upgraded to LED. The upgrades being completed by Casper’s Modern Electric Co. will spread across the rest of the state over the course of the coming year, ending with the retrofitting of the lighting in the Green River Tunnels on I-80. The project...
Website to be unavailable Saturday
WYDOT’s website will be unavailable Saturday morning due to a scheduled power shutdown at the facility that houses all of the state of Wyoming’s servers and network equipment. WYDOT’s 511 Travel Information Service website is not expected to be affected by the outage, which is scheduled to begin at 3 a.m. on Oct. 18 and last until noon. The outage is necessary to complete an upgrade of the power capacity in the state’s data centers. WYDOT apologizes for any inconvenience the outage causes.
Aeronautics Commission teleconference scheduled Oct. 21
The Wyoming Aeronautics Commission will conduct a teleconference meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Oct 21. For information about the meeting agenda or to be included in the teleconference, please contact Aeronautics Commission Secretary Katie Pfister at (307) 777-3952. 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 construction, maintenance, improvements, marketing and air service enhancements. The commissioners also can make loans to Wyoming’s cities, towns, counties and joint powers boards for...
Survey seeks input for Statewide Freight Plan
WYDOT is seeking public input to assist in the development of a Statewide Freight Plan (SFP). Interested members of the public are encouraged to take a short online survey at www.SurveyMonkey.com/s/WYDOT_SFP to help the department implement a broad approach to statewide planning that will integrate freight elements into the larger Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan. Public input is necessary to the development of a plan that accurately reflects the current needs and future opportunities for freight-related economic development in Wyoming. WYDOT has been in communication with a variety of...
Transportation Commission schedules special teleconference meeting
The Wyoming Transportation Commission will conduct a special teleconference meeting beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 to consider a report from the WYDOT Aeronautics Division. The teleconference will be based in the Commission Room at WYDOT Headquarters, 5300 Bishop Boulevard, in Cheyenne. The public can attend the meeting there, or arrange to be included in the teleconference by calling (307) 777-4007. The Transportation Commission governs the activities of WYDOT under state law, and is composed of seven members appointed by the governor for six-year terms. Each commissioner represents a district...
Reason Foundation report ranks Wyoming’s highway system most cost-effective
Wyoming’s highway system is ranked the best performing and most cost-effective in the nation in a report issued by a nonpartisan organization that conducts public policy research. The Reason Foundation’s 21st Annual Highway Report bases its rankings on 2012 data comparing states’ spending per mile of road for construction, maintenance and administration, the condition of rural and urban interstate highways, percentage of deficient bridges, urban interstate congestion, fatality rates and other factors. Wyoming Transportation Commission Chairman Bruce McCormack of Cody said the high ranking is the...
Transportation commission awards $29 million in contracts
Contracts totaling $29.2 million for 15 projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its September meeting in Cheyenne. Oftedal Construction of Casper won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $9.96 million to build a 1,500-foot-long retaining wall below US 26-89 immediately southwest of the new Snake River Bridge south of Hoback Junction. The highway section above the retaining wall also will be rebuilt, connecting previously improved sections of the highway. The project is the final phase in a series of projects to improve US 26-89 between...
Aeronautics Commission scheduled to meet Sept. 24-26 in Laramie
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
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 until 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 side roads 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
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
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
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
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 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. Barrasso 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Torrington 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
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 traffic 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
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
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 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
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...