Wyoming Residents Satisfied With State Highways, According to Analysis

At least one state is satisfied with its road conditions.

Thu April 02, 2015 - West Edition
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RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) A strong majority of Wyoming residents are satisfied with how highways in the state are maintained, according to a recent survey.

Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center interviewed 1,004 adult Wyoming residents between Dec. 1 and Dec. 19 by telephone to ask their satisfaction with Wyoming Department of Transportation’s state highway stewardship.

According to the survey, 80 percent of individuals interviewed expressed overall satisfaction with WYDOT’s stewardship. The results remain the same since the last survey in 2012.

WYDOT performs the survey every two years.

WYDOT spokesman Dave Kingham said the survey is conducted to see how the agency is doing to provide safer roads.

“There were questions regarding many topics,’’ Kingham told the Rawlins Daily Times. “We asked about plowing and sanding in the winter and moving traffic through construction zones in the summer.’’

Other questions included satisfaction with services, including interactions with highway patrol and drivers license offices.

The survey sample included residents from every county in Wyoming through randomly generated phone numbers to ask residents a maximum 26 questions.

“The survey was short enough so it didn’t take too much time,’’ Kingham said. “But it was detailed enough to provide good feedback.’’

The results have a margin of error of 3 percentage points with 95 percent confidence the state population’s opinions, as a whole, fall within that range.

According to the survey results, 85 percent of the respondents agreed the state’s highways and interstates usually permit travel with only minimal delays. Eighty-one percent said they were satisfied with state highway maintenance.

On winter highway maintenance, 73 percent of residents said highways are plowed promptly, and 71 percent said plowing and sanding is done thoroughly.

Thirty-six percent of the respondents said they had direct contact with Wyoming Highway Patrol personnel during the last two years. Of those respondents, 84 percent said Patrol personnel are courteous, 79 percent believe Highway Patrol responds in a timely manner and 78 percent said the state patrol meets their expectation.

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