Citizen input sought on US 14-16-20 speed limit

August 12, 2016

WYDOT is seeking public input as part of a speed limit study being conducted for US 14-16-20 west of Cody.

The speed limit was raised to 70 mph on a 17-mile section of the highway this year after the Wyoming Legislature set 70 mph as the statutory speed limit for rural non-interstate highways in the state.

Due to public concern since the new speed limit was implemented, WYDOT Traffic Engineer Randy Merritt of Basin said the limit on the highway section between the Shoshone National Forest boundary and the tunnels west of Cody will be investigated further.

Morrison Maierle, an engineering firm in Sheridan, has been contracted to review geometric constraints of the highway, operating speeds, vehicle-wildlife conflicts, highway access density, type of roadway use and other criteria to make a recommendation on the future speed limit.

Citizens wishing to comment on the speed limit on the highway section are asked to send them via email by Sept. 1.

"These public comments will be used to make sure all concerns are fully investigated during this study," Merritt said.

Study results will be presented at a Wapiti-area public meeting this fall.