Wyoming Department of Transportation

It's a bright summer day on one of America's sketchiest, yet breathtaking roadways. Snow flurries drift from above, then drift down the steep cliffs that hallmark this famous highway that goes along the Montana and Wyoming border, through Yellowstone National Park.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) recently recognized two contractors for completing state road surfacing projects that provided an exceptionally smooth ride. WYDOT recognized Simon Contractors, of Cheyenne, with the Smoothest Pavement with Wearing Course award for a project on Interstate 80 near Cheyenne.

A partnership between WYDOT, Campbell County Commission, Contura Coal West, Western Fuels Wyoming Inc. and WYODAK Resource Development Corporation LLC, has resulted in the construction of a new route to accommodate heavy truck traffic in Gillette. This new roadway will provide a second north-south access to north WYO 59.

A 10-mi. stretch of U.S. 14 from Burgess Junction south to the Big Horn County and District 5 boundary met many challenges this summer, but did get paved just in time for the snow to start flying. WYDOT dealt with weather on the mountain this summer.

As proposed, in fiscal year 2019 the federal government would pay $17.52 million of $21.01 million to pay for Wyoming Department of Transportation construction projects within Park County. Another $3.4 million would come from the State of Wyoming. Projects include: Pavement rehabilitation at the Pitchford-Wood River West section, Meeteetse, 2.22 mi., $2.54 million; Chief Joseph Highway slide repair, .11 mi., $6 million; Railroad work along Park County Road 10 and Lane 17, $168,000; Reconstruction of 1.6 mi.

Collin Castle of the Michigan Department of Transportation and Alison Ragan of the Wyoming Department of Transportation were named the winners of the 2018 Transportation Vanguard Award during the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in Atlanta Sept.

A $14 million federal grant for a new interchange project on Interstate 80 near Rock Springs, Wyo., will improve traffic mobility and safety, and help entice business development in the area. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will receive a $14 million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant that will be used to construct a new interchange and reconstruct Industrial Road from Foothill Boulevard south to Blairtown Road.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation and Teton County recently closed the temporary bridge that was carrying traffic over the Gros Ventre River while the permanent structure, Cattleman's Bridge, is under construction. The closure was in response to unsafe conditions and potential catastrophic failure of the temporary structure due to the sinking of one of the structure's piers.

A private contractor and Wyoming Department of Transportation personnel are continuing temporary repairs of new cracks in WYO 296 on the switchback above the Chief Joe Slide area. The contractor, Geological Stabilization Inc., (GSI) of Grand Junction, Colo., completed repairs May 1 on the Chief Joe Slide.

Motorists will soon have a second way of getting in and out of Bar Nunn. The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded 71 Construction, of Casper, a $6.8 million contract to construct a new interchange at Bar Nunn during its meeting in November. The commission awarded that and nine other contracts totaling $22.9 million.

Vehicles in Wyoming equipped with new communication technology will soon help make Interstate 80 safer for travelers. The Wyoming Department of Transportation, the University of Wyoming and their partners demonstrated the new connected vehicle technology recently in Cheyenne to show how vehicles and roadside units can communicate road information and alerts to other motorists in near real-time time.