Winter driving

All county roads open this morning, Chain Law 1 on South Pass, Slick, Slick in Spots, Snowing on some routes

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Department of Transportation reports all roads in Fremont County are open today, with snow and blowing snow between Shoshoni and Casper; slick, snowing, high winds and blowing snow on US 287 between Sweetwater Station and Jeffrey City; slick and snowfall between Dubois and Diversion Dam Junction; and slick to slick in spots elsewhere. The Chain Law is in effect on WYO 28 over South Pass.

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WYDOT: Twelve projects complete, seven underway with additional fuel tax revenue

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Twelve pavement preservation projects have been completed using the additional fuel tax revenue WYDOT received during the past year, and work is expected to be complete this fall on five others. Four of the projects are in Fremont County, three on South Pass and one currently under construction on US 26/287 near Diversion Dam.

Night work continues on the Diversion Dam Intersection Project north of Fort Washakie on Highway 26/287. (WYDOT)

Night work continues on Diversion Dam Junction highway improvement project west of Riverton 

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – The prime contractor of a $4.21 million highway improvement project near Diversion Dam Junction is continuing to work up to 20 hours a day, six days a week.
The 2.32-mile project is on U.S. 26/287 west of Riverton.
Night shifts are continuing Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., while night shifts on Saturday are scheduled to run3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Day shifts (Monday through Friday) generally run from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.(Saturdays).
Prime contractor Oftedal Construction, Inc., of Casper plans to complete and pave the 2.32-mile project this year.
The scope of work for the Diversion Dam Junction project includes grading, milling asphalt, placing crushed gravel base and asphalt pavement surfacing, chip seal, cattle guards, signing, fencing and other work on 2.32 miles on U.S. 26/287 beginning at RM 97.25 between Dubois and Riverton.
Contract completion date is June 30, 2015.
Night work on the Diversion Dam Project north of Fort Washakie on Highway 26/287. (WYDOT)

Night work on the Diversion Dam Project north of Fort Washakie on Highway 26/287. (WYDOT)

Driver safety encouraged as sugar beet harvest begins

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Slow-moving trucks entering the highway from agricultural fields will be the norm in the coming months as the sugar campaign begins in Fremont County and the Big Horn Basin.
Local farmers are expected to begin digging beets soon; in other areas, such as near Lovell, the sugar campaign has started. The sugar campaign usually lasts about five months, and its success depends on weather and other factors.
During the farmers’ sugar campaign, drivers are encouraged to pay attention to heavier truck traffic on highways throughout northwest Wyoming.
“It’s important to be cautious of heavy trucks turning on and off highways,” said Lyle Lamb, Wyoming Department of Transportation district traffic engineer in Basin. “Trucks hauling heavy loads cannot slow or stop quickly. Be patient with accelerating trucks as it takes more time for trucks to accelerate to the posted speed limit.”
The sugar beet crop represents an important source of income for many farmers in Fremont County and the Big Horn Basin. Most of the trucks hauling the beets are coming from local farm fields near our local communities.
“Every beet harvested is hauled by truck on highways to a sugar factory, either in Lovell or Worland. Give these farmers a brake when you see them. Farmers are making positive contributions to the local economies in the counties where they live,” Lamb said.
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