The St. Stephen's to Hudson highway is now a Wind River Reservation route, no longer under the jurisdiction of WYDOT. (Ernie Over photo)

The St. Stephen’s to Hudson highway is now a Wind River Reservation route, no longer under the jurisdiction of WYDOT. (Ernie Over photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Wyoming 138 between St. Stephen’s Mission and Hudson is no longer under the jurisdiction of the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

The roadway officially became a tribal road in January 2011 under the direction of the Joint Tribal Council on the Wind River Reservation. State highway signs were removed from Wyoming 138 this past week.

“Wyoming 138 is officially in tribal hands, and we will not be actively patrolling that roadway in the future,” said Capt. Len DeClercq of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. “If there is a problem or an emergency, we will respond. We will not take routine enforcement actions in the future, such as speed enforcement.”

Under terms of the agreement between WYDOT and the Joint Tribal Council, the Joint Tribal Council has assumed maintenance and enforcement responsibilities for the rebuilt roadway.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation completed highway improvements on 7.95 miles of Wyoming 138 in 2007-08. High Country Construction, Inc., of Lander was the prime contractor on the $9.5 million project to rebuild Wyoming 138 between mileposts .047 east of Hudson at the junction with Wyoming 789 and milepost 8.002 near St. Stephen’s.

The Hudson-St. Stephen’s project included about 94.3 percent of reconstruction, widening near the bridge over the Little Wind River and Lamoreaux Draw, and widening of the highway and an asphalt overlay near the junction of Wyoming 137 on the north end of the project.

–WYDOT