WHP: I-80 Crash is reminder of importance of Public Safety Dispatchers

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – As National Public Safety Telecommunications Week (April 12th – 18th) draws to an end, our major crash event on Interstate 80 yesterday between Cheyenne and Laramie reminds us all how critical of a role our public safety dispatchers play in protecting and serving the citizens of Wyoming and the United States. Our dispatchers work 24 / 7, 365 days a year and are the first line to the front line.

WYO 789 through Hudson re-striped to add a center turn lane, two traffic lanes eliminated

(Hudson, Wyo.) – Motorists traveling between Riverton and Lander will notice a new traffic pattern through Hudson this week as the highway there has been re-striped. Wyoming Department of Transportation crews removed all pavement markings through town earlier this week and re-striped the highway with a center turn lane. Instead of two traffic lanes in each direction, there is now only one.

Highway maintenance operation brings traffic delays to Wyoming 789 between Riverton and Hudson

(Riverton, Wyo.) –   Sealing of cracks in the driving surface of Wyoming 789 will cause traffic delays of up to 10 minutes over the next week between Hudson and Riverton, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
If weather cooperates, workers may shut down Hudson-Riverton crack sealing operations for a day to finish crack sealing a portion of Wyoming 28 on South Pass.
“Please give these workers a brake so they can perform this important maintenance operation on our highways,” according to WYDOT Resident Engineer Robert Scheidemantel of Riverton. “We apologize for the inconvenience. We’re scheduled to be finished with crack sealing between Riverton and Hudson about Jan. 24, weather cooperating.”

Don’t blade or shovel all that snow onto a state highway, it’s a violation of state law

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Department of Transportation reminds property owners in Riverton not to blade or shovel snow from their parking lots and sidewalks onto a state highway, which includes North and South Federal Boulevards and East and West Main Streets in Riverton. Apparently there has been significant snow piled onto the highway on North Federal in Riverton.

Lower speed limit in effect at Riverview Road bridge construction zone in southwest Riverton

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A reduced project speed limit of 30 mph is now in effect on the Riverview Road highway improvement project in Riverton.
“The new speed limit will be aggressively enforced by the Fremont County sheriff’s deputies and Riverton Police Department officers,” according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton. “Please slow down for the safety of the workers and yourself.”
The bridge will be replaced with a box culvert. (Kristin Barlow photo)

The bridge will be replaced with a box culvert. (Kristin Barlow photos)

Chip sealing scheduled to begin Monday between Dubois and Diversion Dam and at Rosie’s Ridge on Togwotee

Pilot vehicles such as the flagger and vehicle above, will lead motorists through the chip sealing areas. (WYDOT)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Chip sealing of more than 22 miles of U.S. 26/287 between Dubois and Diversion Dam is scheduled to begin Monday, July 22 by the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Motorists should expect traffic delays during this important maintenance activity between Riverton and Dubois.
 
Chip sealing is performed by evenly distributing a thin base of hot oil on an existing pavement surface and then embedding finely graded gravel into it. The gravel is evenly distributed over the seal spray, then rolled into a smooth pavement surface. Leftover gravel is swept off the roadway.
 
“Please slow down for safety’s sake. Motorists will be led through the work zone behind a pilot vehicle, and it may become dusty at times,” said WYDOT chip sealing foreman Shane Wilson of Thermopolis. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during this important work, which cost-effectively extends the life of our highways.”
Togwotee Pass

Chip sealing of the Rosie’s Ridge project on the Togwotee Trail (U.S. 26/287) west of Dubois is also scheduled to begin Monday, July 22.