Passing Lanes on US 191 to be Chip Sealed
by Wyoming Department of Transportation
July 14, 2008
Beginning July 22 the contractor for the 16 passing lanes on US 191 north of Rock Springs will begin chip sealing the project.
The project was made possible through the additional funds appropriated by the 2007 State Legislature, and in May 2007, the $14 million contract was awarded to LeGrand Johnson Construction Co. of Logan, Utah. Each passing lane is slightly more than a mile in length and the project spans nearly 75 miles in length.
"Doing the posted speed limit of 65 m.p.h., motorists will have the opportunity to safely pass other vehicles about every five minutes when the project is completed," said Theresa Herbin, Public Involvement Specialist for District 3. "The public voiced their safety concerns for US 191, and thanks to the Legislators, we got the funds to do something about it," she said.
It is planned that the contractor will begin the chip seal project at milepost 8.8 and progress to the north towards Pinedale. The project is due to be completed Oct. 31, 2008.
WYDOT and the prime contractor are committed to public and contractor safety and urges motorists to slow down and obey the posted speed limits, as well as to be alert and cautious while driving through these construction areas.