Last two passing lanes on US 191 to be chip sealed
Project completion date is October 31, 2008
by Wyoming Department of Transportation
August 26, 2008
(Pinedale) - The addition of passing lanes on US 191 is on the last leg of the project as the contractor chip seals the final two passing lanes on Aug. 26 and 27.
The $14 million project was made possible through the additional funds appropriated by the 2007 State Legislature, and in May 2007, the contract was awarded to LeGrand Johnson Construction Co. of Logan, Utah. The contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2008. Each of the 16 passing lanes 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.
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.
Motorists are advised to obey posted speed limits, devote their full attention to the flaggers and changes in traffic patterns, traffic control devices, signing, and lane markings to get through these construction areas safely. They should also increase their usual following distance, move into the correct lane well in-advance, restrict cell phone usage or other distractions, and be aware of their surroundings.