CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials believe the state needs a significant computer system upgrade but the replacement price is an obstacle.
Wyoming may study tolling on Interstate 80
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials hope to study tolls as a means of improving and maintaining Interstate 80.
The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports that the Joint Transportation, Highways...
SkyWest chosen for Wyoming air service contract
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — SkyWest Airlines has won the initial bidding for a long-term state contract to provide commercial air service to as many as four Wyoming cities.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Two Colorado men have been ordered to pay $16,000 in restitution to the Wyoming Department of Transportation for stealing pieces of wood fences designed to help reduce snow...
New commander of Wyoming National Guard takes over
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming National Guard has a new leader.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Maj. Gen. Gregory Porter was sworn in as the next adjutant general of the Guard and...
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation says more than 500 people have purchased Wyoming license plates promoting wildlife conservation.
The Latest: I-80 in Wyoming could remain closed until Friday
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on I-80 closure in south-central Wyoming (all times local):
Wintry weather could keep a long section of Interstate 80 in south-central Wyoming closed until midday Friday.
Highway officials on Thursday reopened some routes in Wyoming, including Wyoming 28 from Lander to Farson and U.S. 287 north of Rawlins.
Avalanche damages car in northwest Wyoming
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Snow tumbled onto a highway in northwest Wyoming, damaging one car but not injuring anyone.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation says an avalanche occurred around noon Wednesday and sent snow onto U.S. 89 just south of Jackson.
Dawn Dunlap, of Jackson, tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that her car was hit by the avalanche.
Avalanche buries car on Wyoming’s Teton Pass; no injuries
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff's deputy rescued a driver after a car was buried in an avalanche on Teton Pass in northwest Wyoming.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the car was caught in the slide Wednesday evening, and the pass was closed in both directions. No injuries were reported.
Snowy weather causes travel problems in southern Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Winter weather conditions closed sections of Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming for much of Friday.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation closed I-80 in both directions between Rawlins and Rock Springs.
That closure forced WYDOT to shut down westbound lanes between Cheyenne and Rawlins and eastbound lanes from Evanston to Rock Springs.
Stretch of I-80 in Wyoming closed for over a day
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Crews on Thursday completed cleanup of hazardous material from a truck crash that closed westbound traffic on Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming for more than a day.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation says the truck carrying hazardous materials crashed about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday just west of Arlington. No one was hurt, but WYDOT crews closed the road to westbound traffic around 11 a.m. to make room for the cleanup process.
Wyoming to use federal grant to improve I-80 winter traffic
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation says it will use a $20 million federal grant to improve winter safety along a stretch of Interstate 80.
The highway agency seeks to reduce crashes and improve traffic flow during the winter on a 45-mile (72-kilometer) section between Laramie and Rawlins.
Wyoming begins accepting proposals from air carriers
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Airlines interested in providing air service to rural Wyoming communities have until Dec. 20 to submit proposals to the state for consideration.
Wyoming Department of Transportation Director Bill Panos told the Wyoming Air Service Improvement Council on Wednesday in Gillette that a number of airlines have already downloaded the request for proposals.
Wyoming transportation employee jailed for zip tie theft
POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — A former supervisor with the Wyoming Department of Transportation has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for stealing $3,000 worth of items from the department, including more than $2,200 worth of zip ties.
Prosecutors said 62-year-old Louis "Alan" Kousoulos took items from the department's shop in Cody and used zip ties purchased by the department to secure rebar while building a house.
Snow drifts hamper efforts to keep Wyoming highway open
LOVELL, Wyo. (AP) — State transportation officials are considering closing U.S. Highway 14A over northern Wyoming's Big Horn Mountains earlier than usual this winter as snow drifts hamper efforts to keep the roadway clear.
A 22-mile stretch of the scenic road is closed annually about Nov. 30 and opens Memorial Day weekend.
WYDOT presents need for funding
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials with the Wyoming Department of Transportation told lawmakers that the agency is faced with more than $135 million in unfunded operating expenses.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports those expenses include more than $72 million in construction and maintenance projects.
Cody man dies on Wyoming highway repair project
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A 26-year-old Cody man has died following an incident involving two haul trucks at a highway project in northwest Wyoming.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation says Ronald S. Frankenberry was driving a truck for a contractor on the Chief Joseph highway slide repair project.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Pence says Frankenberry was driving down a haul road on Friday when he apparently collided with another truck that was heading back up the hill.
Wyoming changing to new temporary vehicle tags
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation says temporary vehicle tags are getting a makeover to make them more secure and to prevent fraud.
The agency is dropping the green temporary tags in favor of a non-destructible white tag that features a hologram sticker. Two auto dealers in Cheyenne have started issuing the new tags.
WYDOT's Motor Vehicle Services program will cease issuing the green temporary tags on Aug. 31.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A survey of truck drivers passing through Wyoming found their top safety concerns to be winter weather, high wind speeds and other drivers.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, in conjunction with the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Wyoming Trucking Association, conducted the safety survey from June 2017 through August 2017.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation says all the stretches of mountain pass highways closed during the winter are open for traffic.
WYDOT crews reopened Wyoming 130 over the Snowy Range and Wyoming 70 over the Sierra Madre Range on Monday and opened U.S. 14A between Lovell and Burgess Junction on Tuesday.
All three stretches have been reopened ahead of schedule from their annual seasonal closure over the winter.
2 Wyoming highways opened after seasonal closure
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Crews have plowed open two Wyoming mountain highways in the southeast part of the state.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation says both Wyoming 130 and 70 are open for travel after crews cleared the roads of winter snow.
Wyoming 130 crosses the Snowy Range and 70 the Sierra Madre Range.
Wyoming sees increase in highway blow-overs
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Despite the efforts of the Wyoming Department of Transportation and other agencies, the number of blow-over crashes involving light and high-profile vehicles has increased on Interstates 25 and 80 over the last four years.
According to WYDOT, in 2013, between mile markers 0 and 120.817 on I-25, Wyoming saw 11 blow-over crashes. In 2017, there were 29 such crashes over the same stretch.
New ‘move over’ law will protect roadway workers
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new Wyoming law that takes effect July 1 will require motorists to move their vehicles over for people working along highways and interstates on construction, maintenance and utility projects.
Violators will face a $235 fine.
The new law aims to extend protections that are currently afforded to law enforcement vehicles and first-responders.
WYDOT plans to begin final touches at the “Y” next week
Work on the “Y” intersection at Broadway and Highway 22 is expected to start again Monday, April 23, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
After reconstruction of the intersection in fall 2017, WYDOT is adding finishing touches before summer begins.
Strong winds blow over 11 vehicles on Wyoming highways
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation says 11 vehicles on Wyoming highways blew over on Tuesday due to strong winds.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that nine vehicles blew over on Interstate 25 south of Cheyenne, while two were toppled on Interstate 80. Nobody died in the blow overs.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Witnesses say two snowboarders triggered an avalanche that partially buried a pickup truck and closed a highway in western Wyoming.
Nobody was hurt but the Wyoming Department of Transportation says Wyoming Highway 22 over Teton Pass will remain closed for several hours after the avalanche Friday morning.
Highway foreman Bruce Daigle says the snow is still unstable.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has agreed with a district court decision that the state transportation department cannot be sued in the case of a 7-year-old who was killed by a licensed driver with a visual handicap.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that then-78-year-old Sandra Pennock, who had one glass eye and glaucoma in the other, was driving in 2015 through Riverton with a valid license when she hit and killed Sophia Archer.
A number of Jackson Hole residents had the fortune of viewing a mountain lion over the weekend in as accessible a spot as it gets — next to the “Welcome to Jackson, Wyoming” sign south of Smith’s.
The cat was feeding on a road-killed mule deer that was lying on the shoulder of Highway 89. Its whereabouts became well known after the big feline was caught on video Friday and the footage was posted on social media, earning thousands of views.
Department of Transportation explores employee housing
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation is moving toward providing housing for its employees in Teton County, in particular its first responders.
I25 in southeast Wyoming closed Monday
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Blowing and drifting snow forced the closure Monday of a 70-mile stretch of Interstate 25 in southeast Wyoming.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation shut down both lanes between Wheatland and Cheyenne late Monday morning and for most of the afternoon.
The highway was expected to reopen sometime later Monday.
Lower speed limit may have reduced Wyoming wildlife crashes
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say lowering the speed limit on a Wyoming highway may have helped reduce the number of crashes involving wildlife.
KULR-TV reports that the Wyoming Department of Transportation announced last fall that the speed limit on Yellowstone Highway west of Cody would be reduced to 55 miles per hour at night from 65 during the day.
Boulder blasting to close Wyoming highway
THERMOPOLIS, Wyo. (AP) — The highway through a canyon in central Wyoming will close for two hours Thursday while crews remove a large boulder looming over the road.
Several rockslides happened in Wind River Canyon last spring. The falling rock damaged a guardrail and temporarily closed U.S. Highway 20.
On Thursday, work crews plan to blast away a large rock above the road. Wyoming Department of Transportation officials say they want the rock down before winter.
Agencies cooperate to improve fence for Wyoming pronghorns
About 3 miles of fence will be easier for migrating pronghorns to cross thanks to a cooperative effort by Wyoming agencies.
High winds topple 9 semitrucks near Wyoming-Colorado line
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say high wind speeds tipped over nine semitrucks on a highway near the border of Wyoming and Colorado.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper reports that 60 mph (97 kph) winds toppled the vehicles Monday on Interstate 25 near the city of Cheyenne.
The free-right turn lanes have been removed. Drivers traveling northbound on Buffalo Way must turn right. The new “Y” configuration is almost complete.
Next week, contractors plan to patch some ruts in the road and draw new lane lines to reflect the intersection’s reconfiguration, according to Bob Hammond, resident engineer at the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
Wyoming officials test pilot digital driver’s licenses
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials and an international technology company tested the state's pilot digital driver's licenses.
Shot highway signs costing Wyoming thousands
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — People shooting highway signs are costing Wyoming big money year after year.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is preparing to replace more than 500 signs on federal highways in Park, Big Horn, Fremont and Teton counties.
Department traffic supervisor Steven Otto says almost 100 of those signs have been shot by some type of firearm. Another 50 or so signs were deliberately damaged in other ways, putting the annual vandalism cost at almost $16,000 for sign materials alone.
State highway signs are often targeted by vandals and thieves, but the problem has gotten so bad that Wyoming Department of Transportation officials are asking the public for help.
“The statistics are pretty alarming actually,” said Cody Beers, WYDOT’s public relations specialist. “If you see people vandalizing signs, call them in.”
Nearly 600 signs are being replaced in the state this year, and 25 percent were shot, stolen or vandalized, Beers said.
Wyoming asking Yellowstone workers to register vehicles
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state of Wyoming wants to ensure those who live and work in Yellowstone register their vehicles in the state.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation, at the request of Gov. Matt Mead and members of Wyoming's congressional delegation, is pushing to get more Yellowstone residents and workers to follow state law and purchase Wyoming registrations and driver's licenses.
Wyoming to pilot digital driver’s license phone app
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is set to run a pilot program that will make driver's license accessible through a phone application.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/2y3MjZD ) Thursday that about 100 people statewide within the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Highway Patrol will be using the pilot program.
Wyoming is joining three other states and the District of Columbia in using the digital IDs.
Wyoming looks at how to stabilize air service
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials are studying whether they should enter into contracts directly with airlines to guarantee a certain level of air service in the state.
The Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2wzakoy) reports the capacity purchase agreements would guarantee airlines a certain payment and set flight frequency, price and destination.
Jammed: Eclipse crowds may have doubled Wyoming’s population
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The least populated state in the nation has seen total eclipses before but likely never as many people.
The amount of traffic during Monday's eclipse suggests Wyoming may have temporarily doubled its population of 585,000 — as some predicted it would.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation counted 536,000 more vehicles than usual on Wyoming's roads and highways — a 68 percent increase.
The Latest: Eclipse moves through Wyoming, drawing thousands
The Latest on the total solar eclipse crossing Wyoming (all times local):
The heavy post-eclipse traffic in Wyoming is causing slow travel along Interstate 25 and U.S. 85 in the eastern part of the state as well as in the far western part of the state.
Wyoming Department of Transportation spokesman Doug McGee says state troopers rerouted traffic off U.S. 85 in southeast Wyoming because it was so congested Monday afternoon.
Traffic already up in Wyoming ahead of eclipse
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation reports increased traffic in the state leading up to next week's solar eclipse.
WYDOT spokesman Doug McGee says numbers from Wednesday and Thursday show overall traffic counts increased by more than 30,000 vehicles per day when looking at a five-year average for the same timeframes in August.
He says travelers are using secondary roads as well as the major highways.
Bidding brisk for 5 former ‘Welcome to Wyoming’ signs
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The winners of a Wyoming online auction will be able to welcome people to their home or business in a big way.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is selling five "Welcome to Wyoming" signs that used to greet drivers from other states.
Each sign measures 8 feet by 4 feet and weighs over 100 pounds. As of Tuesday, online bids ranged from $510 to $760, with 13 days of bidding left.
County weighs temporary fix for Cattleman’s Bridge
The Teton County Engineering Department is considering temporary solutions to replace Cattleman's Bridge, which buckled and was closed by early-June flooding.
Wyoming license, registration fees increasing
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — On Saturday, motorists in Wyoming will pay more for driver's licenses and vehicle registration.
The Wyoming Legislature this past winter increased the fees. Updated registration rates vary by vehicle type, and driver's license fees are doubling across the board.
The increases come after lawmakers removed a $25 million general fund allocation the Wyoming Department of Transportation receives to maintain and operate state roadways and bridges.
Wyoming has upped state fees for motor vehicle registration, effective July 1.
The state Legislature doubled the registration fee for cars from $15 to $30 and motorcycles and multipurpose vehicles from $12 to $25. Truck and trailer fees have also doubled or nearly doubled, depending on weight.
State fees are collected by the Teton County treasurer and sent to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
Teton County has been talking about building the Tribal Trails connector for decades. Now county commissioners are asking the Wyoming Department of Transportation for help with the project.
Commissioners approved a letter Monday formally requesting that WYDOT serve as the lead agency on the Tribal Trails connector project.
The new connector will extend Tribal Trail Road to Highway 22 in an effort to relieve pressure at the “Y” intersection.